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Could Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park have a 3D film up his sleeve?

03.09.2010
I adore Wallace & Gromit. Each one of their now classic short films have been fantastic highlights of animation, storytelling, and charm for the past couple of decades (bested only by the geniuses at Pixar). Their latest, A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH was up for an Oscar for Best Animated Short this past Sunday (though lost out to the very clever LOGORAMA).

W&G creator Nick Park recently spoke to the BBC, and talked a bit about how he at one point had an IMAX 3D Wallace & Gromit project in the works: "When I first saw 3D coming in I had quite an appetite to do a 3D film. We were even planning to do an IMAX Wallace and Gromit at one point in 3D but for some reason financially that got shelved."

Park, a fan of current 3D juggernaut AVATAR, said he would love to tackle a project in the format, hinting at perhaps even having something in the works: "I'd like to see a 3D Plasticine animation - I think it would really suit it. In a way I've been a bit [skeptical], but I have a feature idea up my sleeve which I'm thinking might be 3D."

I watched A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in 3D about five years ago during one of its regular Halloween re-exhibitions, and I've got to say, before AVATAR, it was probably the single best example of 3D I had seen in a theater. Something about watching the miniature sets of NIGHTMARE in 3D made the stop-motion world of that film come to life in a really exciting new way. It gave me an even stronger appreciation for the craft on screen because it suddenly felt even more tangible somehow. If Park and Aardman Animations went ahead and created a 3D stop-motion feature (whether W&G or not), I'd absolutely be all for it.
Extra Tidbit: Plasticine is a brand of non-drying putty-like modeling material. When asked by the BBC whether he would bring the Wallace and Gromit models to the Oscars, Nick Park replied, "They probably wouldn't let them in with all the security. It's tricky bringing them through customs, because Plasticine somehow registers the same as Semtex so I've been pulled aside few times and questioned!"

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