This fab photo of Nick Park and Peter Lord plotting
a daring escape from
Aardman studios featured in a five page Sunday Times
on 'Chicken Run' (May 28th).
Apparently, there are up to 300 life-size chicken models
and 140 smaller
ones in the crowd scenes. 180 people worked on the
film, and there
were up to 28 units working at any one time. The 10
inch character models
cost up to £1000 each and one character model
- Bunty - had 3077
feathers on her plasticene frame - So there.
This one escapes June 30th in the UK - one week behind
If you're as hungry as I am, the Aardmarket's already
Got a spare £16,500? - That's how much you would
have had to spend
if you'd bought the Rupert annual that was sold
at auction over the
The 1973 edition features Nutwood's
most famous resident sporting
a brown face instead of the customary white visage.
Apparently 12 editions
of the 500,000 print run featured the error. And
only 3 of these are
now thought to exist.
The auction figure fetched twice the expected price,
apparently. And to
think, the annual had an original cover price
of just 53 pence!
You'll find plenty of Rupert information at 'The
Followers Of Rupert':
Top news, mainframers, Bob Dot Enzo and the gang
are coming back to
TV screens next year - Hoorah, and all that...
ReBoot was the first computer generated TV show
and ran for 3
seasons till its mainframe was callously switched
off. But the fans
wouldn't let it die, would they? Now there are
2 new feature-length
shows in production - Yes!
There's a collossal following for this show on the
web and the toys
are becoming rather collected. Me, I loved the
show too. I've yet to find
a shot from the episode that featured our very
own Feathers McGraw.
If anyone knows a site with this image I'll add
a link to it on the
Wallace and Gromit page. Happy hunting!
Meanwhile, here's an utterly-butterly-brilliant
Reboot site for ya, with
all the spiel on the new shows (and that
pic of Dot):
It's quite good, isn't it? AngryKid, I mean -
I must admit I was
hesitant about this one, especially when Aardman
talked about it
being shot with umpteen hundred sculpted heads
on a live-action
body. But it works. And it's funny.
Owing to a series of signing-up errors, hosts
atomfilms now have my
user-name logged as: 'howmanynamesdoihavetotypehere'!
(honest) Let's hope you don't encounter
the same glitches...
Go see the AngryKid for yourself at:
Here we go again... According
to Variety, Jimmy Murakami is
directing an animated version of 'A Christmas
Carol' here in blighty.
The $12million production features the voices
of Nicolas Cage, Kate
Winslet and Simon Callow as the voice of
Scrooge and playing
him, too, in a live-action top and tailing. But
a burning question hangs
over the production:
Eh, why? - Why are they making this? Have
they put some amazing
spin on the tale?- If anyone knows do tell. I
know, I know, you shouldn't
knock it till you see it. For all I know it could
be the definitive version
of Dickens' winter tale. But it'll
have to go some, I reckon, to take the classic
'Scrooge', or indeed Disney's very sweet 'Mickey's
Christmas Carol' or
the moptastic 'Muppet Christmas Carol'.
Let's hope I have to eat my own
words, eh? - Humbug!
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! -
Preee-senting, for your very great pleasure,
the first Big Knights video release featuring
6 fantastic episodes.
Yep, those most enthusiastic knights are
on vid at last. Now's your
chance to convince the BBC they've got a
hit on their hands: Buy this
video in bulk! And when it comes out
on DVD, buy it again!
Here's a big homepage for you to peruse:
So go out and buy this one as well! - It's
the complete Ivor The Engine
series on one chuffingly brilliant video.
Another Smallfilms classic that
brings a nostalgic tear to the eye
(probably the steam...) Mr Postgate
and Mr Firmin, Toonhound salutes you.
I reckon my TOON GODS
section beckons you both...
Smallfilms. Big impact:
Both vids are on general release, so you
don't need me to plug an
e-commerce site, do you?
The search goes on...
Can someone unearth a 'Cockleshell Bay' site?
Or this old chestnut from issues past: a
'Cloppa Castle' site?
- Till next time!