Wallace and Gromit to make return on Internet

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002

LONDON (AP) -- The goofy plasticine man and his long-suffering canine sidekick are coming back -- and they're bringing a whole new range of crazy gadgets.

After a break of six years, Wallace and Gromit are returning in a series of short Internet films that show off Wallace's latest inventions, their creator said Wednesday.

Nick Park, who has won three Academy Awards for his animated films, said fans will be able to download the 12 one-minute movies from the Internet this fall.

''As fans already appreciate, Wallace is one of the most prolific inventors of our time -- remember a certain pair of mechanical trousers?'' Park's company, Aardman Animations, said in a statement, referring to the wayward pants in the animated short, ''The Wrong Trousers.''

In the new mini-films, Gromit will demonstrate a series of inventions, including a high-powered gun that fires cricket balls and a toaster-cum-TV -- which Aardman calls ''essentials for a modern lifestyle.''

Wallace and Gromit have not had any film adventures since the Oscar-winning ''A Close Shave'' in 1995. Park and collaborator Nick Lord's first full-length animated film, ''Chicken Run,'' about a group of hens escaping a chicken coop, was a hit last year.

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