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.
Directors Nick Park and Steve Box of Aardman Animations were still stunned by their triumph.
"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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