CNN reports that a warehouse fire has claimed almost the entirety of the props, sets and character models of the Aardman Animation company in Bristol, England. “Our whole history has been wiped out,” said a company spokesman. Incredibly, the man who has more invested than most in the destroyed studio inventory, Nick Park, the Academy Award-winning creator of Aardman Animation and its most beloved characters, Wallace and Gromit, was the one with the clearest perspective about the loss. "Even though it is a precious and nostalgic collection and valuable to the company, in light of other tragedies, today isn't a big deal," he said.
Apparently, the sets from the studio's latest film, Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-rabbit survived the blaze, perhaps in part due to their presence in an exhibit currently on display at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, in conjunction with the movie's recent release. The exhibit continues at the Arclight through October 16.