Aardman Animations assure fans they will not run out clay

Aardman Animations are working to find new stock in order to make more productions.

Aardman Animations have assured fans they will not run out of modelling clay following reports of stocks drying up.

It was reported over the weekend that the stop-motion studio behind Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run only had enough animation clay to make one more movie because the manufacturer had shut down earlier this year.

However, representatives for the British studio issued a statement on Monday insisting fans didn’t need to worry about their clay stock.

“We are touched about recent concern over the future of our beloved clay creations, but wanted to reassure fans that there is absolutely no need to worry,” read their statement on social media.

“We have high levels of existing stocks of modelling clay to service current and future productions and, much like Wallace in his workshop, we have been tinkering away behind the scenes for quite some time with plans in place to ensure a smooth transition to new stocks to continue to make our iconic productions.”

Paul and Valerie Dearing, the directors of Newclay Products, announced in late October that the company ceased trading back in March. They were well known for producing Lewis Newplast, a specialist animation clay used by Aardman.

Valerie Dearing told The Telegraph over the weekend that the animation studio bought a lot of their remaining Newsplast stock.

“They got what they said was two years’ worth. It came to about 40 boxes, which must have been around 400 kg,” she said.

Aardman’s latest release is the long-awaited Chicken Run sequel, Chicken Run 2: Dawn of the Nugget, which premiered at the London Film Festival in October ahead of a Netflix release on 15 December.

Animators are currently working on a new Wallace and Gromit feature film.

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