Wallace and Gromit
The duo in Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Calls for city honours
As Wallace and Gromit come home to Bristol with a third Oscar - and the Aardman trophy case gets even fuller - a local councillor calls for the claymation duo to be honoured by the city.
The hapless inventor and his canine sidekick took the Academy Award for best animated feature film for their first full-length feature Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Now Southville councillor Matthew Symonds says the time is right for Bristol to have its own Wallace and Gromit statue.
“There cannot be a single Bristolian who isn’t proud of their success,” said Cllr Symonds.
“They really have placed Bristol on the map worldwide and because of Aardman a sizeable animation and special effects motion picture company that has made a big impact on the city.
"What’s more they actively encourage the education and training of new animators in Bristol, and they have taken time to support the city’s children’s hospital, too.”
Cllr Symonds suggested that a civic reception should be held to thank Nick Park's creations for their contribution to the life and gaiety of the City of Bristol.
“It really is about time that the Lord Mayor offered Wallace the best cheese the city can lay hands on, Gromit and his makers are more than welcome too,” said Cllr Symonds.
Cllr Symonds says that a campaign should be started to raise funds for a statue of Wallace and Gromit in Bristol.
“In the past statues have been funded by public subscription to commemorate Bristol’s great and the good from the poet Chatterton to Cary Grant.
"After staring in three Oscar-winning productions I think that Wallace and Gromit have certainly earned a statue now,” he said.
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last updated: 18/09/07
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