Plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit are back, but this time on the web. Oscar winning creator Nick Park has made a series of 12 one-minute movies based on the intrepid inventor's latest creations and their demonstrations on his long suffering dog.
The web-based films will be available free of charge and should be online by the autumn. The mini movies will be the first outing for the duo since the 1995 release of A Close Shave.
Park is also working on a script for a new full-length film, The Great Vegetable Plot, but this is not due out for a few years.
The films are based on a series of photo vignettes which Park was commissioned to create by a US magazine to demonstrate Wallace's gadgets. Such inventions include an unintentionally high-powered bowling gun, the Vac-O-Matic and the breakfast TV toaster.
Park's animation company, Aardman, explained that, by using a free CDRom 'album', fans will be able to visit chosen websites to collect a series of short film clips.
Each set collected unlocks a whole film for viewing from the CD. A new film will be available for collection onto the 'album' each weekend.
Aardman has already launched a successful internet animation series with Angry Kid.
You can also download a set of Wallace and Gromit icons from the vnunet download section here.
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