World of Invention on Region 2 DVD and possible amusement park ride

December 23rd, 2010

In the latest Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Newsletter we learned that the Region 2 DVD release of Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention is now available in the aardstore!

No word yet on other region releases, so it looks like those of us in the US will still have to wait.

Other big news this week is the possibility of a Wallace and Gromit amusement park ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach along the Fylde coast in Blackpool, England.

Filmmaker Nick Park says he is in talks on the possible development of a theme park ride based around his cheese-loving Wallace and Gromit characters.

The Preston-born animator told Kirsty Young about the plan on Saturday’s edition of the Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs.

“We are in the middle of discussions with Blackpool Pleasure Beach about a Wallace and Gromit ride,” Park said.

Reference: Nick Park plans Wallace and Gromit theme park ride (AFP)

For more about that the Desert Island Disks episode you can read about it here:

Guardian.co.uk: Nick Park on Desert Island Discs: Cracking tunes, Gromit!

Or listen to it now on the BBC site!

Holiday Raffle! (US residents only please)

December 23rd, 2010

The great folks at personalise.com who recently release custom cards and calendars featuring Wallace and Gromit have sent me 3 Danilo Wallace and Gromit 2011 wall calendars, 2 of which I’m raffling off on this site to US residents!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE RAFFLE

Winners will be announced and calendars shipped in the first week in January. Please email me if you have any questions or if you have trouble using the web form: elizabeth@wallaceandgromit.net

Since it can be difficult to get Wallace and Gromit goodies here in the US I’m asking that only US residents apply for this raffle. Thanks!

Wallace and Gromit to Grace Radio Times Holiday Issue Cover!

December 7th, 2010

For the second time this year (and the second holiday cover) Wallace and Gromit will be appearing on the December 18-31.


Click image for high-res 3.3M version of the cover

More information via Amy Brill of the BBC:

Radio Times runs aptly snowy Wallace & Gromit cover for its Christmas issue

Radio Times has shot its own exclusive picture of Nick Park’s creations for its cracking bumper Christmas issue, featuring the duo bearing gifts, crackers and sporting Santa hats. The magazine is in the shops now until 27 December, with listings covering 18-31 December) and is the most eagerly anticipated publishing event of the year – internet forums speculate about what will be on Radio Times’ Christmas cover and the on-sale date as early as August.

Oscar-winning creator Nick Park said: “I still have to pinch myself when I see my characters, that I thought up at college, appearing on TV or in magazines. But to be on the front cover of an institution like the Radio Times – and the Christmas issue – that is an honour indeed, but then W&G are top models. I started planning it months ago, working with my trusted team, to give the cover all the charm and quality of the films. It’s strange working on a Christmas themed photo shoot – when your ‘top models’ are melting in the summer heat. But we worked with dogged devotion to bring you something ‘yule’ love.”

This year’s bumper issue offers a free DVD of the excruciatingly funny Outnumbered Christmas Special, free to collect from Currys or PC World, as well as two weeks worth of in-depth listings for the festive period.

Holiday stamp goodies and World of Invention Magazine

December 7th, 2010

First up, I received an email from Andy Grey of Post Office Ltd who let me know of this great little countdown widget for getting your Royal Mail Christmas mailings out on time:

He also let me know of some really great stamp wallpapers, I’m now using one on my desktop!

http://treatbox.net/wallace-gromit-wallpapers/

Next up, if you’re in the UK you can now find the Totally… Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention magazine on newstands. For those of us outside the UK and using Windows, Mac or iPad you can buy a digital copy for just 2 pounds.

World of Invention Magazine

And finally, the last Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention episode of the season is airing this week. If you’re outside the UK and unable to view these gems, there are some short clips on the Aardman YouTube page, which features a whole playlist for World of Invention: http://www.youtube.com/user/aardman#g/c/D2AF82165A5DEAA5. You can also read the summaries which some diligent folks have posted on the Wikipedia Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention page.

World of Invention begins and Cracking Contraptions Manual

November 12th, 2010

On November 3rd the first episode Wallace and Gromit’s new World of Invention series began on BBC One, and viewers were treated to a second episode on Wednesday the 10th. Here’s hoping they release it on DVD in the States pretty quick so us US-bound fans can see it! For now I’ll have to suffice with some preview articles and reviews.

Preview: Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention comes to BBC One

Review: Wallace & Gromit’s World Of Invention – Nature Knows Best

Also quite a treat to read was a preview interview with Wallace himself by whatsontv.co.uk: Wallace: ‘I fancy being a celebrity chef’

But the other big news of the week is the release of the brand new Cracking Contraptions Manual!

Guardian.co.uk: Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions Manual goes on sale

WallaceAndGromit.com Forum: Cracking Contraptions Manual is out now!:

How do the Techno Trousers work? What’s inside the Rocket? How did Wallace rebuild Preston the Cyber Dog?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in Haynes Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions Manual, as the lid is lifted on the wonderful contraptions of everyone’s favourite inventor.

Order your copy now at the Aardstore! WALLACE & GROMIT Cracking Contraptions Manual

Personalise.com now offers Wallace and Gromit cards and calendars!

November 9th, 2010

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How about a 2011 calendar?

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outside card

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inside card

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personalise calendar

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Finally, as a reader of wallaceandgromit.net you’re entitled to a coupon code, just enter PERS1WG1 when you check out to get 20% off your first card and/or calendar order until November 19th.

Wallace and Gromit grace the cover of Radio Times, again!

October 27th, 2010

Back in 2008 I was pleased to announce that Wallace and Gromit Grace Cover of Radio Times, in preparation for the release of A Matter of Loaf and Death.

I’m delighted to be able to share that they made the cover once again, this time for their upcoming World of Invention series!

Thanks to Amy Brill of the BBC for letting me know and getting me the great high-resolution image of the cover. In her email she also described what was available inside:

a giant Wallace & Gromit poster and wall chart, to celebrate their return to our screens in BBC1’s World of Invention. Plus an exclusive interview with their Oscar-winning creator Nick Park.

Excellent!

BBC Wallace and Gromit site launched!

October 23rd, 2010

I mentioned in the last post that a new splash page had been put up for the new Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention series on BBC.

Well, I’m happy to announce that the site has gone fully live! Complete with a game (which I really should stop playing and go to sleep!), kits and a new competition, the site is a real treat.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone/wallaceandgromit/

And if you’re like me and in the United States so can’t see the video on the BBC site, you can check out the WallaceandGromitWOI Channel on YouTube for some early clips and BBC One commercials for the show.

Well done, lads!

BBC Wallace and Gromit site and Canterbury Anifest!

October 7th, 2010

This week by a representative from the BBC who let me know that they had launched their “coming up” page for Wallace and Gromit’s World Of Invention series! It’s pretty sparse at the moment, but you can check it out here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone/wallaceandgromit/

I’m pretty excited to see what ends up there! The buzz around this new series has been picking up, just today there was an article over at expatica.com: Channels snap up Wallace and Gromit TV series:

The BBC-commissioned show has already been sold to 12 territories worldwide and was attracting big interest at the MIPCOM audiovisual entertainment show that runs to Thursday in the French resort of Cannes.

“There’s been a lot of interest and we’ve got lots of pre-sales,” Aardman Rights executive Lucy Wendover told AFP.

The show premieres in Britain next week and has been bought by channels including France Television, Germany’s Super RTL, Australia’s ABC, Sweden’s SVT, Finland’s YLE, Thailand’s PBS and Viva Entertainment in the Middle East.

Now, I may live on the wrong continent but I was also contacted this week by Bradley Sturch of Animate & Create who let me know about an upcoming Canterbury Anifest on October 9th:

The festival will run from 11am – 8pm and will feature a host of special guests including Aardman Animations and the models of Wallace & Gromit, Small Films and the children of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firman talking about Bagpuss and The Clangers. There will be a special screening of the CGI hit The Gruffalo as well as screenings of animations created by budding film makers from around Britain.

To round off the day there will be a comedy show starring Phill Jupitus and Emma Kennedy, who will be chatting about their favourite Looney Tune cartoons.

It promises to be a fantastic day out for families and animation fans alike, with day tickets only £25 per person for all the days activities or £20 concession (over 65s and students with a valid student card)

Canterbury Anifest

If anyone attends and gets photos of the Wallace and Gromit models, I’d be happy to post your favorites and give you credit, so please let me know by sending an email to elizabeth@wallaceandgromit.net

Wallace and Gromit featured on Royal Mail’s new Christmas stamp!

September 24th, 2010

This week I received an email from Melanie Seasons of onlinefire.co.uk letting me know that Wallace and Gromit were being featured on this years Royal Mail Chirstmas stamps!

2nd Class – Wallace and Gromit carol singing
Suitably wrapped up against the cold Wallace and Gromit go carol singing

1st Class – Gromit posting Christmas cards
A robin watches Gromit as he posts the duo’s cards.

2nd Class Large – Wallace and Gromit carol Singing
The wider format of the Large stamp shows a lit up Christmas tree in the background.

1st Class Large – Gromit posting Christmas cards
The wider format of the Large stamp reveals the wicked penguin Feathers McGraw about to launch a snowball from behind the pillar box.

60p – Wallace dressing the Christmas tree
Wallace places a Christmas fairy that looks suspiciously like Feathers McGraw on top of the Christmas tree.

97p – Gromit with Christmas pudding
Gromit arrives with a magnificent Christmas pudding.

£1.45 – Gromit’s Christmas pullover
Wallace gives a thumbs-up as Gromit tries on his seasonal gift of a bone-themed pullover.


(click image to enlarge)

The press release:

They are multi Academy Award winners and global screen stars, and now Wallace and Gromit will make a special appearance in millions of homes worldwide after signing-up to feature on Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps, unveiled today.

Available from 2nd November, the stamps feature the nation’s favourite animated characters going about their Christmas duties with the 1st Class stamp showing the two posting their Christmas cards.

Wallace and Gromit go carol singing on the 2nd Class stamp and dress the Christmas tree on the 60p stamp. As usual, Gromit is left to do the majority of the work, carrying the cards and hauling an unfeasibly large Christmas pudding around on the 97p stamp with his reward being a bone-themed jumper shown on the £1.46 stamp.

Like the duo’s award-winning films, the stamps are packed with detail, but with the added challenge of reducing the ‘World of Wallace and Gromit’ down to stamp size.

To achieve this Royal Mail’s design team worked closely with Nick Park and Aardman Animations to devise brand new scenes featuring the pair.

The approach to the stamps was similar to how Aardman Animations create a film, with Nick Park drawing scenes and visual jokes involving the characters, before refining the designs so that they would work in a definitive stamp format. Each stamp was then constructed with models, props and background sets – all created especially for the issue.

Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, said; “It’s been such a wonderful honour and a pleasure to work with Royal Mail and to have my characters, Wallace and Gromit, immortalised on their very own stamps.

“It was one of the biggest challenges my talented team and I have faced yet – to create memorable Christmas images of the duo – the size of postage stamps. But we knew we’d lick it in the end.”

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said; “The process of developing these stamps has been a labour of love for all concerned – but I think it has resulted in one of the finest sets of Christmas stamps Royal Mail has ever produced.

“Nick and his team’s attention to detail is legendary, but their efforts to bring Christmas with Wallace and Gromit to life on stamps is truly extraordinary. Keen-eyed collectors armed with a magnifying glass will see that the envelope seen being posted on the 1st Class stamp features the actual 1st Class stamp.”

There is even a video about it where Nick Park himself discusses the stamps, check it out here:

How exciting! I can’t wait to get a set of my own.