By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 6, 2006
Curse of the Were-Rabbit Receives Top Honours
Wallace and Gromit - Curse of the Were-Rabbit, took home the Oscar for Best Animated Film!
For those of you who follow these award shows, Wallace and Gromit - Curse of the Were-Rabbit, also scooped the Outstanding British Film of the Year at the Baftas less than a month ago. This was the first time an animated film has featured in the category.
"It's one small step for Wallace and Gromit, one giant leap for Plasticine-kind," joked Box.
Park said: "We had always had this vision for our own movie. It was a great night for Aardman, for animation and for us as filmmakers."
Another wonderful surprise for the directors of the film was that they secured A - List actors. Wallace and Gromit's cast consisted of celebrity voice actors Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Peter Sallis - all of whom were at the Oscars lastnight to celebrate the Oscar win.
Box said of Sallis at the Baftas: "I think Peter is very proud of his work as Wallace and he really wanted to come last night. He's coming to the Oscars with us and I think it will be the trip of a lifetime for him."
Aardman now has other Hollywood actors on its wish-list, with Christopher Walken among top choices.
"I'm a huge fan of Christopher Walken and he's got a great voice for animation," said Box.
The next project at Aardmans is Flushed Away, a computer-generated adventure about sewer rats featuring the voice of Shane Richie.
The Bristol-based company's Bafta success comes four months after a devastating warehouse fire destroyed much of its history.
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