Wallace and Gromit, the sweet animated duo created by Nick Park in 1989, returns to screens in a brand new short film that will premiere on the BBC and Netflix during Christmas 2024. It’s been more than fifteen years since Wallace and Gromit appeared in their last adventure, A matter of bread and death, and following the death of Peter Sallis, who provided the voice of Wallace in all their appearances, many believed that there would be no new outings for the characters in the future. Along with the first look at Aardman Animation’s upcoming Chicken run continued, the announcement of the new project of Netflix came as an unexpected surprise to fans.
While details are expected to be sparse at the moment, they are not a big Hollywood blockbuster and that’s why we already have a plot for the new story. The synopsis reads: “With contemporary fears about automation, the film will focus on Gromit’s concern that Wallace has become overconfident with his inventions, which seems justified when Wallace invents a ‘smart gnome’ who seems to have a mind of his own. . “While events are getting out of hand, it is up to Gromit to put aside its concerns and fight sinister forces, otherwise Wallace may never be able to find out again.”
Wallace and Gromit were the most popular characters in Aardman Animation’s history, and the franchise also led to spin-offs. Shaun the Sheep, who himself was very popular with a children’s TV series and films of his own. Nick Park will direct again, this time sharing helmet duties with Merlin Crossingham, and also writing the screenplay with Madagascarsee Mark Burton.
Sean Clarke, managing director of Aardman, said: “Wallace and Gromit are so loved by everyone at Aardman – they are like family to us, and we can no longer be excited to create a brand new film for them to star in. not. When Nick came up with the concept for a ‘smart gnome’, we all agreed that Wallace would find the idea irresistible. We are sure audiences will also find the story irresistible. ”
Wallace and Gromit’s unexpected return will be a big Christmas party
After such a long absence, the return of Wallace and Gromit in the UK will premiere on the BBC, with the expectation that it will provide the crown jewel of the channel’s Christmas Day viewing, while the film will be distributed in all other areas by Netflix, and it will definitely be a massive draw in the battle for Christmas ratings. It will follow a tradition for the Wallace and Gromit releases since then The Wrong Pants in 1993, and consider A matter of bread and death drawn in the largest UK Christmas Day audience in five years with a peak audience of 14.4 million, which equates to a 58% share of the viewing public, there is no reason to believe that the new film will follow.
The first three Wallace and Gromit films, A great day out, the wrong pants and A close shave, all have a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the fact that this is only the sixth outing for the duo in more than 30 years, Wallace and Gromit are the biggest example of what happens when a creator goes for quality over quantity .
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