Aardman Animation gives the definitive word on what was and wasn’t lost in the Bristol fire–and announces the show must go on:
…The facility used to store sets, awards, and historical artefacts, is not a part of the Aardman studio, and we are glad to report that no Aardman staff have been affected. However, we have lost a number of irreplaceable storyboards, awards, props and pieces of film memorabilia from our 30 year history.
None of the material from the new Wallace & Gromit film The Curse of the Wererabbit’ was in storage at the time, but we have lost many original sets from Chicken Run, Creature Comforts, and the three Wallace & Gromit short films, that were used for reference and toured around the world for exhibition.
This will not in any way affect existing or future Aardman productions as 100% of sets and props are purpose built for each production.