October 11, 2005
Wallace & Gromit sets and props were among almost 30
years of materials lost when the warehouse used by Aardman
Animations Ltd. burned down yesterday in Bristol, England
''Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,"
an Aardman and DreamWorks SKG production, opened as the
top movie in US and Canadian theaters, taking in $16.1 million
in ticket sales between Oct. 7-9, according to figures released
yesterday by box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
While material from ''The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
wasn't yet in storage, the blaze ruined what should have
been a day of celebration for Aardman after the film's box-office
results, the company events and exhibitions manager Kieran
Argo said in a telephone interview from Bristol.
''Our warehouse where we store all of our sets, props,
story boards, and models from earlier productions has been
totally destroyed," Argo said. ''We've lost 30 years
of history from Morph in the 1970s up to and including the
latest series of 'Creature Comforts.' "
Firefighters were called to a blaze near Bristol's main
Temple Meads railway station at about 5:30 a.m. local time,
Wenna Coombs, a spokeswoman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service,
Dave Sproxton Says;A lot of the original sets were there,
including several panels of original storyboards and that,
in a way, is the biggest loss