A new animated short featuring Aardman’s beloved plasticine characters Wallace and Gromit is scheduled to debut in conjunction with the big Diamond Jubilee of the Queen celebration in the U.K. The National Trust’s Wallace & Gromit’s Jubilee Bunt-a-Thon will premiere at Trust places including local property Belton House in Grantham. The one-minute short was especially created for the National Trust festivities as part of their Summer of Celebration campaign and shows the pair preparing for the big weekend by scaling the ladders to hoist the bunting up around a magnificent Trust manor.
A green-grass carpet celebration and a behind-the-scenes documentary are also part of the big Jubilee Bunt-a-thon festivities. The one-minute animation begins in the familiar setting of 62 West Wallaby Street with the ever faithful and long suffering Gromit sitting at his sewing machine making miles of bunting to adorn National Trust places across the country.
Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, noted, “I have to pinch myself when I think how far Wallace and Gromit have come; from ideas in my head, to ‘film stars’ working with great organizations such as the National Trust, which the nation holds dear to its heart. At Aardman we are thrilled that Wallace and Gromit have had a chance to explore all the Trust has to offer – from helping to put up bunting to enjoying their Wensleydale cheese platter at a picnic. Wallace and Gromit are in for a cracking summer at the National Trust. The National Trust has a special place in my heart from a childhood memory of completing a paint-by-numbers at Stourhead, to Montacute House, on which we based Tottington Hall in the Curse of the Were-rabbit.”
Wallace & Gromit’s Jubilee Bunt-a-Thon will be shown on 4th June at Belton House as part of the Summer of Celebration Diamond Jubilee parties. For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new short, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallaceandgromit.