Creator bakes up new Wallace and Gromit film

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LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) Plasticine pals Wallace and Gromit are to appear in a new short film, the first since their Oscar-winning animated feature movie.

The intrepid inventor and his faithful sidekick will star in a half-hour instalment, ''Trouble at Mill'' about the quirky duo's attempts to run a bakery business, creator Nick Park said on a video posted on their Web site.

''In this film Wallace and Gromit have got a new business, they're into baking and they've built a windmill on the top of their house to grind the corn, to bake the bread and with a dough-to-door delivery service,'' he said.

The film, which also sees cheese-fan Wallace develop a new love interest in the guise of a woman called Piella, will be co-written with Bob Baker who collaborated on previous successful outings for the animated duo.

Park told the BBC they would start work on the film next January at Aardman studios and it would take about eight months to shoot. It will be shown on BBC TV at the end of 2008.

The full length film, ''Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit'', was released in 2005 to critical acclaim and was awarded the Oscar for best animated feature.

Park had previously won Oscars in the short film category with works featuring Wallace and Gromit -- ''The Wrong Trousers'' in 1993 and ''A Close Shave'' in 1995.

He was also nominated in 1990 for ''A Grand Day Out''.

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