W&g Fan Reports From Bristol Zoo Event!

On Saturday 15th September at 6:00pm, Bristol Zoo opened its gates and admitted ticket holders for ‘A Grand Night Out with Wallace and Gromit’. Our super-fan and ace reporter, Sebastian Hamilton, went along to check out the festivities:

“Thousands of people flooded into the gardens, looking at the attractions as they went. On show was the wonderful Shaun the Sheep Land Rover, with a life-sized posable Shaun attached so you could have your picture taken with him!

As you moved deeper into the gardens there was a ‘PicKnit’ stall, publicising the work of the Shaun the Sheep PicKnit Challenge – where groups of knitters from all ages and all abilities have been knitting a life-size picnic. On show were some examples of what to make, including some beautiful sandwiches and a nice bottle of bubbly! Overseeing the whole stall was a life-sized knitted Shaun the Sheep, which received a lot of attention from all ages of fans.

Deeper still into the gardens took you to the Aardman stall, where there were many Aardman models on show, including the ‘His Master’s Voice’ Gromit statuette recently used as a logo for HMV. Aardman had also set up a challenge whereby people could take packs of plasticine and try to create their own models. Actual Aardman model makers then judged them and picked the best from three age groups.

The main ‘hub’ for the evening was the large grassy area below their giant outdoor screen. Here, visitors were invited to set up a picnic of their own and have a bite of food before the main attraction. I had stopped off on the way and stocked up on my cheese supplies again, so enjoyed some official Wallace and Gromit Wensleydale with my Jacob’s crackers.

Finally, at 7:30pm, the main attractions started. The big screen was turned on and we were treated to a special Shaun the Sheep episode – ‘Save the Tree’. This very cute episode showed the sheep trying their best to stop the Farmer from chopping down their favourite tree. It was a very special episode as well, because for the first time we saw the Farmer as a child – something that touched the hearts of many visitors. Shaun was followed by highlights of the new Creature Comforts USA – never before seen in this country!

Finally the real moment of the night started and they played through the entire ‘Curse of the Were-Rabbit’ on the big screen. Having seen it over 50 times but only once before on a big screen, this was a very special opportunity for me.

By the end, as most visitors had sat on the floor to view the movie, everyone’s bones were badly aching, but we had a 5 minute short break to stretch ourselves, and for families with younger children to leave, before they showed the new Aardman film, ‘The Pearce Sisters’. This disturbing, but visually fascinating film showed two spinster sisters and the life they lead.

Overall this night was a real treat for all involved, and I certainly had the impression that everyone had enjoyed themselves. People from all ages went; families, couples, and even fans on their own! It was a real testament to just how universal Wallace and Gromit have become.

I hope to see more of these in the future, and the attendance that it got really made me think that a Wallace and Gromit Convention would go down very well. Who knows what the future could hold…”

Thank you to Sebastian for his fantastic report. For more exciting W&G information check out his fan site at: featuring podcasts, film guides, comic reviews and more!

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