Aardman partners with The Vine Lab to celebrate 25th anniversary of Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave
Film fans are being offered the rare opportunity to take home a part of history in celebration of the silver anniversary of Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave.
To mark the momentous moment in British film history, Aardman has partnered with The Vine Lab on an exclusive collectors’ model of one of the most iconic scenes from the Academy Award®-winning short film. The highly detailed, silver-effect model will depict the moment that Gromit flies into the air in his sidecar plane at the end of the sequence that ultimately leads to the demise of the film’s villain, Preston. Designed using rare production images from the making of the film, the intricate model includes a host of extra-special details, such as limited edition numbering and a special Aardman fingerprint signature.
In a nod to the film’s original release date, there will be just 1,995 models available as part of the special edition release. However, in order to make the incredible concept into a reality, The Vine Lab is asking fans to pledge their interest in securing one of the unique models via Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform that supports creative projects. The site will be live from 22nd October and will remain open for just 35 days, or until all the models have been claimed.
Pledgers will not only get their hands on one of the ultra-rare anniversary models but, in a first for Wallace & Gromit fans, will also be invited to become a vital part of the product development team. Throughout the project, fans who back the campaign will be able to see how the product develops as well as gain access to never-seen-before seen photos and videos from the original production.
Commenting on the unique opportunity, Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit said: “We are really excited to have teamed up with The Vine Lab to create a very special 25th anniversary collectable. It’s obvious to us that the team at The Vine Lab are huge fans of our work and they have crammed in all of the amazing detail we expect from our models into this collectable and the packaging. We are so pleased to offer something truly unique to our fans and would love for them to get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
There are various pledge packages available to suit a variety of budgets, each offering an opportunity to access original sketches and behind-the-scenes content from the making of the film. Early-bird prices for the model start at £225, and come complete with white handling gloves, a certificate of authenticity, a storyboard print, behind-the-scenes art cards, and an acknowledgement in the end credits. In addition, there are five deluxe packages available for £2,500, which include an illustration signed by Nick Park, The Making Of book signed by Merlin Crossingham, and the money-can’t-buy opportunity to receive an Aardman model of yourself, along with all of the exclusive content included within the other packages.
Emma Beeson, Co-Founder of The Vine Lab, commented: “At The Vine Lab, we live and breathe pop culture and are huge fans of Aardman. We have worked painstakingly and affectionately to recreate Gromit’s plane using hundreds of archived images and rare footage in order to guarantee an intricately detailed collectors’ model that we know British film fans will love. We can’t wait to work alongside our pledgers to create something truly special.”
Pledges will be open until 26th November. To claim your part of British film history, visit Kickstarter.