Aardman Animation has shared a statement in response to global fears the studio is running out of clay after reports emerged that the manufacturers of the material had shut down earlier this year.
It was reported by The Telegraph that Newclay Products closed its factory in Newton Abbott in March, and that Aardman had bought up the remaining stock in light of this event.
The Newplast clay that Aardman purchased was reportedly only enough for the company to make one more film, a new movie in the Wallace and Gromit franchise that is expected to be released next year.
News of this caused global outcry from fans who feared the studio would no longer be able to create its beloved films, with some lamenting the lack of clay and others sharing memes about trying to procure the studio more.
In response to this, Aardman shared a statement on social media in the hope of reassuring fan that everything would be fine.
The statement read: "We are touched about recent concern over the future of our beloved clay creations, but wanted to reassure fans that there is absolutely no need to worry.
"We have high levels of existing stocks of modelling clay to service current and future productions and, much like Wallace in his workshop, we have been tinkering away behind the scenes for quite some time with plans in place to ensure a smooth transition to new stocks to continue to make our iconic productions."
Aardman Animation's next movie is the hotly-anticipated sequel to Chicken Run, Chicken Run 2: Dawn of the Nugget which is being released on Netflix.
The studio is well known for its use of clay to create its stop-motion animation. First established by Peter Lord and David Sproxton in 1972, the company has cemented itself as one of the biggest and most beloved British animation studios thanks to its long-running filmography, which includes the likes of Morph, Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.
According to the report from The Telegraph, Aardman is expected to try and find a new supplier of clay in the long run following the closure of Newplast.
Valerie Dearing, one of the founders of Newclay Products, told the publication: "Aardman bought a lot of our remaining stock of Newplast to keep them going. They got what they said was two years’ worth. It came to about 40 boxes, which must have been around 400 kg."
Chicken Run 2: Dawn of the Nugget will be released on Netflix on 15 December.
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