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    Default NEW Wallace and Gromit adventure this Xmas- "A Matter Of Loaf And Death"

    When Wallace and Gromit return to our TV screens this Christmas it might seem as if the cheese-mad inventor and his dog are savouring a slice of purely British domesticity.
    The new 30-minute adventure, A Matter Of Loaf And Death, is the centrepiece of BBC1’s Christmas schedule.
    And it is creator Nick Park’s first production since his deal with American animation team DreamWorks broke down last year.

    New chapter: Gromit has a love interest, Fluffles the poodle, in Nick Park's first production since his five-film deal with DreamWorks collapsed last year

    It features the Plasticine pair opening Top Bun, a bakery full of technical wizardry, and is littered with national references - from jokes about Yorkshire to ‘Furry Liquid’.
    ‘There’s something very British about Wallace and Gromit, with their cosy terrace house and everything starting in that domestic way,’ Nick admits in a rare interview.
    The official reason for his split from DreamWorks was ‘different business goals’ - their five-film deal broke down last year after three films.

    But Nick concedes there was a culture clash that stopped him and his Aardman Animations team cracking the American market.
    ‘DreamWorks took us on as a British team, but at times things could get very focus-grouped around what would appeal to American audiences.

    'Both companies had different ideas about what represented success.’
    Best of British: Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park says there a culture clash which stopped the animated characters cracking the U.S. market

    There was speculation that DreamWorks tried to make Wallace and Gromit adopt American culture.
    ‘Sometimes - but we didn’t really give in to it,’ says Nick.
    ‘They love Wallace and Gromit over there, I think they just tried to Americanise the films without thinking because everything’s got to be about America.
    ‘I’m not trying to please some kid in some suburb in North America, whom I don’t understand.
    'I don’t even want to please that audience - if they like it, they like it.
    ‘Here in Britain we’re used to having American imports. If they use a phrase you don’t know you just use your imagination.
    'What’s so great about coming back and working with the BBC is that I’ve had one note from them the whole project.
    'At DreamWorks there were lots of meetings, endless notes.
    ‘I think it’s nice now to come back to a simpler format. I don’t have to please anyone but myself.’
    Nick, 50, has been phenomenally successful, winning four Oscars, yet he speaks with a trademark modesty.
    ‘It’s funny. You do forget that you have them,’ he says of the awards.
    Most Oscar winners show off their statuettes in cabinets, or at the very least in the downstairs loo.
    Nick keeps his at the office because, he says, ‘the whole team won them, not just me’.
    The office is the Aardman studio in Bristol that Nick joined in 1985.
    He worked as an animator on a number of projects including the video for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer before completing his first Wallace and Gromit film, A Grand Day Out, in 1989.
    The pair subsequently appeared in two other short films, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave - both of which won Oscars - and the feature-length Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.

    Slice of intrigue: The latest Wallace and Gromit caper forms the centrepiece of the BBC's Christmas Day schedule

    They have a Delia Smith-like power to influence Britain’s buying public.
    When Stinking Bishop cheese featured in Were-Rabbit, the farmer who makes it was inundated with orders from all over the world and demand rocketed by 500 per cent.
    But Nick is pleased A Matter of Loaf And Death was completed too late for an Oscar submission.
    ‘It took off the pressure,’ he says.
    ‘What I get a thrill out of is creating an illusion, making a film that’s somewhere between a live action with people... it has a reality to it and yet the characters are clay.
    'There’s a lot of computer animation around but we’ve stuck to what we know.
    'I think that’s a big part of Wallace and Gromit’s popularity.
    'Nearly everything is still handmade, and you can see that - our thumbprints are on all the models in the films.’
    Aardman animators still spend whole days modelling puppets to produce just 1.5 seconds of footage.
    ‘My models are soft looking, rounded and chunky - everything in their world has a kind of cosy look.
    'I find it wonderful to make things with that kind of style.’
    His plots stem from his childhood in the Sixties and Seventies in Preston, Lancashire.
    Could that nostalgia be part of Wallace and Gromit’s appeal? Nick’s face lights up.
    ‘I wasn’t actually trying to create a nostalgic feel, it was just part of it.
    'Plasticine was everywhere when I was little, and every time I open the packet I feel nostalgic.’
    Nick regards A Matter Of Loaf And Death’s broadcast on British TV as a ‘homecoming’.
    Beaming, he says: ‘This year the BBC1 graphics between the programmes are going to be all Wallace and Gromit Christmassy themed.’
    Then, with characteristic modesty, he adds: ‘Lucky old Wallace and Gromit, it’s been quite a year for them, really.’
    In fact, as Wallace might say, it’s been just cracking.

    He only has eyes for Fluffles, the beautiful poodle with oodles of mascara

    Romance is in the air when Wallace and Gromit return to BBC1 on Christmas Day in A Matter Of Loaf And Death.
    The pair become embroiled in what Nick Park calls a classic ‘who-doughnut’ mystery.
    But in a new twist cultured hound Gromit has a love interest for the first time.

    Romantic tail: Cultured Gromit falls for Fluffles in A Matter of Loaf and Death

    Her name is Fluffles, a beautiful snow-white poodle, with big eyes and long lashes.
    She wears a fashionable red collar, but is shy and slightly nervous.
    Nick says: ‘It’s a slow burn romance. Wallace has had two love interests in the past and we thought it was high time for Gromit to get his groove on.
    'Initially, we were going to make her a blonde air-head. But we opted instead to give her a quiet hidden strength.’
    Wallace and Gromit are busy running a bakery called Top Bun.
    Business is booming but Gromit is concerned by newspaper reports that a ‘cereal killer’ is targeting all bakers in town.
    Wallace is unconcerned as he is wooing his own love interest, Piella Bakewell - a voluptuous former beauty queen and Fluffles’s owner.
    Gromit turns action hero and tries to uncover the killer - with the usual comic consequences.
    Loaf And Death is on at 8.30pm, meanwhile Wallace and Gromit in The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit gets its TV premiere on BBC1 at 4.25pm.

    Genius behind Wallace and Gromit admits to 'culture clash' behind collapse of Hollywood film deal | Mail Online

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    Thanks for the post! Huge Wallace and Grommit fan here.

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    Love Wallace and Gromit!

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    I saw this last week and laughed my ass off. I have to say it's the best yet. There's this line about inbreeding... you'll never catch it first time.
    But let's just say it won't be called Wallace & Gromit after this one.

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    awesome! can't wait! i looooove me some wallace & gromit.
    white, black, puerto rican/everybody just a freakin'/good times were rollin'.

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