Every since Wallace and Gromit first hit our screens back in 1989, they’ve become a British instituion. The first adventure was a short called A Grand Day Out. The moment Wallace uttered: “Gromit, that’s it! Cheese! We’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese! Wallace: Everybody knows the moon is made of cheese” – we knew we were in for a treat. And, now they’re back with Netflix to make a brand new film.
Making Wensleydale cheese one of the most popular ever after suggesting the moon tastes like it Nick Park and Aardman Animations were on to a winner from the start.
The film is set to be released on the popular streaming platform Netflixin 2024, but will be debut first on the BBC, which is fitting since that is where it all began those many moons ago.
A press release said, “Nick has always wanted – indeed needed – to continue the adventures of these two characters that he knows so uniquely well.”
The last Wallace & Gromit film was The Curse of the Were-Rabbit back in 2005. The hilarious supernatural comedy film was produced by DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations.
Park is set to direct the new story alongside Aardman’s Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit, Merlin Crossingham, with the much-admired animation writer Mark Burton, who has the likes of Madagascar, Early Man, and Paddington 3 in his portfolio.
It is not yet sure who is going to replace Peter Sallis who sadly passed away back in 2017, but whoever it is has some big shoes to fill.
An early synopsis for the yet to be titled Wallace & Gromit movie reads:
“Gromit’s concern that Wallace has become overdependent on his inventions proves justified, when Wallace invents a “smart gnome” that seems to develop a mind of its own. As events spiral out of control, it falls to Gromit to put aside his qualms and battle sinister forces – or Wallace may never be able to invent again!”
If that wasn’t exciting enough, it seems that there may be a computer game in the works as well. In 2020 they announced a partnership between Aardman and game publisher Bandai Namco. It is yet to be known whether it going to be based on an existing W&G work or something totally new.
A job listing states Aardman is looking to hire people to “help [them] build a mad, open-world and fill it with compelling stories … [which] pushes into new design space within the 3D action-adventure genre … [and focuses on] inventive mechanics and compelling characters imbued with the humor, love, and craftmanship you’d expect from Aardman”. Whatever – as long as we win some nice stilton at the end of it.