Wallace And Gromit creators Aardman Animations have received an insurance payout of less than $1.7 million (GBP1 million) to cover the valuable clay figures lost in the blaze that destroyed their warehouse last year (OCT05). In the fire at their warehouse in Bristol, England, the animators lost, among other characters, much-loved plasticine double act Wallace and Gromit from Oscar-winning movies including WALLACE + GROMIT: Curse Of The Were-rabbit. And although Aardman insist some of their creations were worth $170,000 (GBP100,000) each, insurance company Norwich Union valued Wallace at $6,800 (GBP4,000) and faithful pooch Gromit at a mere $3,400 (GBP2,000). An insider says, "Many at Aardman feel they haven't been paid out anything like what they should be. "Some Wallace and Gromits destroyed were originals. They could fetch GBP100,000 each on eBay."
Claymation hit WALLACE + GROMIT: Curse Of The Were-rabbit was the big winner at the Annie Awards on Saturday (04FEB06), picking up 10 trophies at the annual animation ceremony.
British animator Nick Park and co-director Steve Box picked up a collection of accolades, including Best Animated Feature, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production, Directing in an Animated Feature Production and Writing in an Animated Feature Production, while Peter Sallis was honoured for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production for providing the voice to barmy inventor WALLACE.
TV cartoon Family Guy picked up two awards, including Directing in an Animated Television Production for the North by North Quahog episode for Peter Shin and Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production for SETH McFARLANE, who voiced tormented tot STEWIE.
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Movie giant Dreamworks Animation is suffering a staggering net loss of $3.7 million (GBP2.4 million) - after hoards of disappointed customers demanded refunds for their Shrek 2 DVDs.
The company made a $146.1 million (GBP81 million) second-quarter profit last year (04) increasing the year's total to $300.3 million (GBP166 million), but the large number of returned DVDs between April (05) and June (05) meant revenues plummeted to just $35.4 million (GBP20 million).
But Dreamworks bosses hope their hit animated movie MADAGASCAR and forthcoming film WALLACE + GROMIT: Curse Of The Were-rabbit will save the company.
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