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Monday 18 December 2017

By 'eck, Gromit... We're not funny in US

Wallace And Gromit creator Nick Park has revealed how his sense of humour failed to tickle US movie bosses.

His Aardman company teamed up with DreamWorks in 1999 in a five-movie deal.

But they parted company in 2007 after making just three of the five films -- Chicken Run, Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and Flushed Away.

Park said: "There is a language barrier with humour. The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit was going to be called The Great Vegetable Plot, but market research didn't like it.

"The verdict was that 'vegetables are a negative with kids', but that's why it works. It's elevating vegetables. That's how Wallace And Gromit works. It was elevating the mundane to something big in Hollywood. That's the irony."

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