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Aardman Animations burns. [20051010|13:36]
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I know there are more pressing tragedies on people's minds today, but since I just saw the wonderful new Wallace and Gromit film yesterday, I'm taking a moment to mourn the loss of Aardman Animations' Bristol studio.

Bless Nick Park for putting such a brave face on the loss of his work.


[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-10-10 15:20 (UTC)
Heh. I'm only allowing myself to read snippets of the first tragedy--the loss of life is staggering.

As to the the second, that's plain awful. We're biiig fans of 'Chicken Runs' (as ThePup calls it) and have likely seen it dozens of times. He either stalks around the house menacingly in a pair of Wellies I had when I was 4, or slips a plastic coat hangar up around his hips, shakes and proclaims, "I'm being Chicken Runs!" (I believe he's alluding to the dance scene).

What a shame. But kudos to Mr. Parks: ""Even though it's precious stuff and nostalgic - and it's dreadful news for the company, in the light of other tragedies it's not a big deal."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 10:09 (UTC)
I've been periodically envisioning The Puppy as Mrs. Tweedy and it gives me the giggles every time. (Which is kinda embarrassing when you're on public transport and you suddenly start grinning at what appears to other people to be nothing.)

I always think of Fowler whenever I get self-conscious about being an American in a crowd of Brits: "Pushy Americans, always showing up late for every war. Overpaid, oversexed and over here."
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-10-10 16:02 (UTC)
That's a shame for Aardman. Do they have an APB out on the penguin who likely caused this?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 10:05 (UTC)
It could only have been Feathers McGraw. Not content with thievery, he has expanded his repertoire to arson. Despicable, these penguins.
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2005-10-10 20:39 (UTC)
Oh wow, I had no idea. this is nowhere on the NYTimes cover webpage, because, as you alluded to, there are other human tragedies going on. This is very sad. Does it stink of arson? I'm not a big believer of spontaneous combustion.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 10:14 (UTC)
I don't know. There isn't much being said about the cause of the fire. Probably nothing will be reported until there's a fair amount of certainty. This article goes into a bit more detail about the history of Aardman and the items that were lost. One thing I'm pleased to hear is that the rocket from W&G's "A Grand Day Out" survived.
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