Royal Mail to release Wallace and Gromit Christmas stamps

20 October 2010
imports_CCGB_aardman-stamps_07986.jpg Royal Mail to release Wallace and Gromit Christmas stamps
Available from 2nd November, a series of stamps will show Wallace and Gromit carrying out their Christmas activities. ...

Wallace and Gromit, the beloved animated characters, are going to be featured on Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps, available from 2nd November. The stamps will feature the pair going about their Christmas duties with the First Class stamp showing them posting their Christmas cards.

More used to life on the big screen, it was a challenge to reduce the ‘World of Wallace and Gromit’ down to stamp size. To achieve this, Royal Mail’s design team worked closely with creator Nick Park and Aardman Animations to devise brand new scenes featuring the pair.

The approach to the stamps was similar to how Aardman Animations create a film, with Nick Park drawing scenes and visual jokes involving the characters, before refining the designs so that they would work in a definitive stamp format. Each stamp was then constructed with models, props and background sets – all created especially for the issue.

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Nick Park said: “It’s been such a wonderful honour and a pleasure to work with the Royal Mail and to have my characters immortalised on their very own stamps.

“It was one of the biggest challenges my talented team and I have faced yet – to create memorable Christmas images of the duo – the size of postage stamps. But we knew we’d lick it in the end.”