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Aardman's Next Film
Animation giants announce Crood Awakening (UPDATED)

12 May 2005  |  Written by   

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Not content with taking over the known animation universe with the forthcoming stop-motion extravaganza, Wallace And Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (which Empire saw 20 minutes of today, and it looks absolutely amazing; more on that in Chris' Daily Diary tomorrow) and the CG comedy, Flushed Away (ditto), our very own Empire Award-winning animation gods, Aardman Animation, today announced plans for a new feature film.

The movie, to be called Crood Awakening, was announced by Aardman chief, Peter Lord, and will mark the Bristol-based company's fourth collaboration with DreamWorks.

"This has been super-duper, super-secret up until now," said Lord, unveiling a typically Aardman piece of artwork – a half-dressed cavemen with a club and a trademark overbite. The comedy – which will be model-based – will be written by John Cleese. No director is yet attached, but Nick Park confirmed to us today that he's far too busy - and knackered - to do it.

Plot details are also scarce – "It's going to be a great comedy about culture clashes in the prehistoric age," said Lord, "involving a completely Unevolved tribe and a super-evolved tribe."

We'll try to get more on it, but that Aardman-DreamWorks-Cleese axis looks pretty much unbeatable. In fact you could say we're pre-hysterical! (Note to self: you're fired).

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