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What the Wallace and Gromit team did next

The team behind animated characters Wallace and Gromit have been working on a new series. It's called Chop Socky Chooks and it sees a host of new characters brought to life by CGI technology. Newsbeat caught up with actor Paul Kaye who voices Dr Wasabi in the show, to find out what life was like behind the scenes at Oscar-winning Aardman Animations.

Image from Chop Socky Chooks
Chop Socky Chooks comes from the team that produced Wallace and Gromit

What is Chop Socky Chooks all about?

"It's about wasabi world, which is a huge great shopping mall which I run with an iron fin. I play the dastardly Dr Wasabi who's a mutated shark with issues.

"I come up with all these really quite sinister plans involving genetics and there's all sorts of weird worlds - it's quite Python-esque. There's big philosophical things going on. I would describe it as martial-arts-spolitation."

What was it like making the series?

"I would come out of the booth drenched in sweat. I actually dislocated my shoulder at one point because I got so involved and tripped up and slammed my arm against the wall. Not many people could claim to get injured that severely in a sound booth. But I like to give 110%."

How did you find it working with Aardman Animations?

"It's just a really exciting world, I really love it. I got to hold Nick Park's Oscar. They were great.

"I like using my energy and being as full on as possible. I'm usually told to tone things down. With this, I screamed my head off thinking I couldn't possibly do it any bigger, and they'd want it bigger and bigger and bigger."

Is the series aimed at kids or adults?
Paul Kaye
Actor Paul Kaye says his five-year-old is a big fan of the show

"I think these days animations cater for both - probably because they want to make the adults partisan as far as buying all the toys afterwards!

"It's grown up in places and it's got the right levels of stupidity and street-savvy which is what kids would expect. I know from my five-year-old - they make their minds up very quickly.

"He's stuck with this one - I've gaffer taped him down and put the remote control as far away as possible but he's still watching it avidly. I now have to read his bedtime stories in a camp German accent."

What was it like working on something which took two years to make?

"I've got used to that with films. When you do something that you're really proud of there's nothing more frustrating than waiting for it to come out because you think it might have an influence on how you're perceived and it might take you somewhere else."

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