'Wallace & Gromit,' Nick Park's Feat of Clay

Nick Park holds a Wallace figurine.

Animator Nick Park holds the stars of his stop-motion film. They look so much bigger on the screen. DreamWorks hide caption

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Animator Nick Park is the artistic genius behind the new film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

How Did They Do It?

It's the feature-film debut of Wallace, a brainy British inventor, and his silent best friend, the flop-eared dog Gromit.

It was no simple thing to make the film. Park didn't rely on the computer graphics that have revolutionized animation. This is stop-motion animation, with clay figures and painstaking, frame-by-frame work. There are 115,000 frames of finished footage in the film, and it took five years to complete.

Wallace and Gromit

Wallace and Gromit, ready for action in their first feature-length film. DreamWorks hide caption

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But unlike Wallace & Gromit, Park and his creative team do have feature-length film experience. They scored a major hit with the 2000 escape-movie spoof Chicken Run.

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