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Do not Fear, There Is not Actually a Claymation Clay Scarcity

Cease movement followers can breathe a sigh of reduction. Over the weekend, the Telegraph reported that Aardman Animations, the British animation studio liable for claymation movies like Wallace and Gromit and Rooster Run, had run out of clay and shuttered its doorways. Nonetheless, Aardman Animations launched a press release on Monday on the contrary, sustaining that they’ve loads of clay and haven’t any intention of ceasing operations. 

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The beloved claymation characters from stop-motion movies like Wallace and Gromit are made with a particular sort of clay referred to as Lewis Newplast. Named after an artwork trainer named Mr. Lewis who invented the substance in his backyard shed, Lewis Newplast is a Plasticine-esque putty that’s an “animator’s dream” given its pliability and talent to maintain its form underneath scorching lights. However Newclay Merchandise, which manufactures and sells Lewis Newplast, introduced final month that it had ceased buying and selling and liquidated all of its property in March of this 12 months, main some to fret that the way forward for claymation was in peril. Per the Telegraph, British animation studio Aardman Animations purchased up the remaining Lewis Newplast materials, however solely had sufficient for one remaining movie: a sequel to essentially the most profitable cease movement movie of all time, 2005’s Wallace and Gromit.

Now, although, Aardaman Animation claims that there isn’t any have to be up in arms. The animation studio launched a press release saying that whereas they’re “touched about current concern” concerning the way forward for claymation, there’s  “completely no want to fret,” in regards to the remaining Lewis Newplast inventory. “We’ve got excessive ranges of current shares of modeling clay to service present and future productions,” continues the assertion. “And, very like Wallace, we have now been tinkering away behind the scenes for fairly a while with plans in place to make sure a easy transition to new shares to proceed to make our iconic productions.” 

On December 15, a sequel to Rooster Run (2000), Rooster Run: Daybreak of the Nugget, is about to hit theaters. Directed by Nick Park and Merlin Crossingham, the Wallace and Gromit sequel will reportedly comply with an out-of-control “sensible gnome” and can arrive on Netflix and the BBC someday in 2024.