Wallace & Gromit’s Aardman Animations Assure Fans They Are Not Running Out of Clay


    • Aardman Animations has reassured fans that they have plenty of clay stock for future productions, dispelling concerns about running out.
    • The studio is known for beloved franchises like Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun the Sheep, as well as other successful movies.
    • The upcoming Wallace and Gromit movie, dealing with the duo’s latest invention, the “smart gnome,” will not be hindered by clay shortages.

    Beloved animation studio Aardman Animations have released a statement which should put minds at ease following news of a panic that the company was running out of clay. Clay which, for a studio that specializes in stop-motion and clay animation as seen in the likes of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, is pretty crucial. Following reports that Aardman was running low on supplies due to their clay supplier having closed down (via The Telegraph), the studio has stated that, thankfully, they still have plenty of stock. And have been working behind the scenes on alternatives for the future.

    “We are touched about the recent concern over the future of our beloved clay creations, but wanted to reassure fans that there is absolutely no need to worry. We have high levels of existing stocks of modelling clay to service current and future productions and, much like Wallace in his workshop, we have been tinkering away behind the scenes for quite some time with plans in place to ensure a smooth transition to new stocks to continue to make our iconic productions.”

    Aardman have become best known for crafting such beloved franchises as Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun the Sheep. Other movies in their impressive roster include Flushed Away, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Arthur Christmas, and Early Man.

    Recent reports claimed that the studio only had enough clay left to complete the upcoming Wallace and Gromit movie, which is due to be released on Netflix next year and will reportedly follow the duo as they deal with issues caused by Wallace’s latest invention, the “smart gnome.”

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    Aardman Will Next Deliver the Long-Awaited Sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

    Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

    Release Date
    December 15, 2023

    Sam Fell

    Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Imelda Staunton, Bella Ramsey, David Bradley

    1hr 37min

    Sam Fell, Karey Kirkpatrick, Peter Lord

    Aardman Animations will once again demonstrate why they are one of the best in the business with the long-awaited sequel, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. Check out the official synopsis and recent trailer below.

    “Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream — a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk — this time, they’re breaking in!”

    Directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away, ParaNorman) and from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget will make a few changes to the cast, with Thandiwe Newton taking over as Ginger, replacing Julia Sawalha, while Shazam! Fury of the Gods star Zachary Levi stars as Rocky Rhodes, replacing Mel Gibson.

    The rest of the cast includes The Last of Us star Bella Ramsey as Molly alongside Romesh Ranganathan, Daniel Mays, Jane Horrocks, Imelda Staunton, Lynn Ferguson, Josie Sedgwick-Davies, and Nick Mohammed, with David Bradley starring as Fowler and taking over from the late Benjamin Whitrow who sadly passed away in 2017.

    Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget is scheduled to be released on 15 December 2023, by Netflix.


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