LATEST NEWS » 2009 - A CRACKING ROUNDUP
2009 was another fantastic year for our animated pair. There were awards, birthday celebrations, great competitions and almost 2,000 Creations entries on the site! Here at wallaceandgromit.com we decided to celebrate by looking back on the year’s main events…
Wallace & Gromit celebrated a cracking Christmas, with their new short film “A Matter of Loaf and Death” taking the top spot as the “highest rated show” of 2008 when it aired on Christmas Day on BBC One. The film was subsequently released onto iTunes in the new year to a great reception.
With Valentine’s Day just round the corner, Wallace & Gromit were shown lots of love this month when they picked up 2 cracking awards – their latest adventure “A Matter of Loaf and Death” picked up the best short animation BAFTA in the UK and the Best Animated Short Subject at the Annie Awards in the US, beating off stiff competition from Pixar.
March saw the launch of an exciting new exhibition at the Science Museum. “A World of Cracking Ideas” invited visitors to enter Wallace & Gromit’s house at 62 West Wallaby Street to learn more about how cracking ideas can be turned into life-changing inventions, and encourage budding inventors to get their thinking caps on and enter the national Cracking ideas competition.
March was also a month for new merchandise, including a new flour range from Bacheldre, a collection of stunning commemorative figurines from Robert Harrop and the brand new Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures downloadable game from Telltale. It was also the month where the UK public could get their hands on A Matter of Loaf and Death” on DVD for the first time.
April saw Wallace & Gromit star in a brand new commercial for npower, as they helped promote energy efficiency to the nation. The ad contained a ‘cheeky’ shot of Wallace running naked from the bathroom due to a lack of hot water for his shower, but luckily Gromit was on hand to cover his dignity!
April was also a very exciting month for animators! Firstly, Aardman teamed up with Firebox to launch a “Morphmation” competition, calling for fans to create their own Morph animation. Entries flooded in, with finalist being showcased on Aardman’s YouTube channel to let the public have their say.
Aardman also announced that they were in production with two new films, a swashbuckling stop-motion film called "Pirates" and a state-of-the-art CGI Christmas-themed film called "Arthur Christmas"
May was a good month for gamers - along with the success of their downloadable PC game, Telltale Games announced that "Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures" would make the leap over the console gaming on xbox live.
June started off with Nick Park taking a trip over to Japan to visit Studio Ghibli and meet the company’s founders and check out a brand new Wallace & Gromit exhibit in their museum, before the launch of A Matter of Loaf and Death the following month
Meanwhile over in the USA, Amercian fans of Wallace & Gromit finally got their chance to watch "A Matter of Loaf and Death” as it made it’s debut on the AT&T network along with the rest of their cracking adventures.
In mid-June the nation donned their brightest clothing for the annual Wrong Trousers Day to help raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, raising over £14,000 to help sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK – well done to everyone who took part!
As mankind celebrated 40 years since the first man landed on the moon, our space adventurers were also busy with various events this month.
After a taste of stardom in their first npower commercial in April, Wallace & Gromit were back in July in another energy-saving ad, this time stuffing their loft with sheep to educate the nation about loft insulation!!
July 18th marked the theatrical release of “A Matter of Loaf and Death” in Japan, a month after Nick Park visited Studio Ghibli.
And finally, after signing up in your thousands each month, July was also the point at which Wallace & Gromit hit the 100,000 fan mark on Facebook. To celebrate the occasion, we entered all our fans into a prize draw to win an exclusive W&G goodie bag. The lucky winner was Liam Barrington from the UK – congratulations!
August was a very special month for wallaceandgromit.com, as we celebrated our 2nd birthday. In true website fashion, we celebrated the occasion with a rundown of the best, worst, oldest and newest of the past year….plus a slice of birthday cake!
Robert Harrop Designs held a special ‘Grand Day Out' weekend celebrating the new Wallace & Gromit side of their Collectors Club. Fans were able to get stuck into workshops with Aardman Model maker Jim Parkyn, making their own rabbits form ‘Curse of the Were-Rabbit’.
Fans in America got the chance to own 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' as the DVD launched in the US. And excitingly, Aardman was commissioned by the BBC to create a brand new live action show featuring Wallace & Gromit…which will air later in 2010!
October was an exciting month as we all prepared for Wallace & Gromit’s 20th anniversary. On wallaceandgromit.com we asked you to submit questions to be asked directly to Nick Park…and we received over 100 suggestions! While at The Illustration Cupboard gallery in London, a special exhibition of Nick Park work was displayed to celebrate 20 years of the eccentric pair.
As well as this, Wallace & Gromit did their bit to help Children In Need by starring in an advert for the appeal, which screened across the UK.
This month we finally got to celebrate 2 decades of inventions, adventures and of course, cheese, on Wallace & Gromit’s 20th anniversary! It was hard to believe that it had been 20 years since the eccentric inventor and his trusty dog first hit our screens in ‘A Grand Day Out’.
To celebrate, Wallace & Gromit took over the Google Doodle for the day! The doodle was seen by millions and was one of only 3 Google Doodles to be made outside of Google HQ. Fans also got to see an exclusive interview with Nick Park made up entirely of questions sent to wallaceandgromit.com and asked by our very own Katie! Meanwhile, The Culture Show came to the Aardman studios to film a special edition of the programme for BBC 2 and brought with them a full brass band to play the famous Wallace & Gromit theme tune!
The inventive pair also had their debut on the iPhone in the form of the new Wallace & Gromit Digital Comics! The first comic was offered to fans for free and more cracking stories have been added since, all available to download from the App Store.
The London Film Festival held a special screening of A Grand Day Out, followed by a question and answer session with Nick Park and the Film Critic & Writer, David Gritten. Three lucky fans won tickets on wallaceandgromit.com to go along to both the screening and the interview afterwards!
On top of all this, walllaceandgromit.com got a whole new design, including new wallpapers, ecards and activity packs!
December saw Wallace & Gromit getting all Christmassy in Marks & Spencer’s yuletide adverts alongside other famous British faces. The pair were seen ordering food online, including, of course, cheese, in preparation for Christmas!
The inventive twosome also got their very own official online shop, full of goodies from DVDs and books to toys and games…just in time for Christmas!
And over the Christmas holidays we all got to relax and watch the Wallace & Gromit films…it just wouldn’t be Christmas without them!
So what's in store for Wallace & Gromit in the new decade? We wouldn't like to give the game away just yet, but rest assured there will be plenty of exciting new adventures for our famous pair. Keep checking wallaceandgromit.com for all the latest news, and happy 2010!
that was long and exciting to read... but u said give the game away... i wonder if its Grand Adventures paart 2! or... The nxt episode of wallace and gromit.... or......AUGH! I CANT WAIT!
Wow, that was very interesting! Particulary because I came on the W&G Site at October 2009 and so I can see what was important in the months before! Thank you Kirsten, it must have taken you a lot of work to write so much about evey month!
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