Nick Park the creator of Wallace and Gromit has revealed he invented Labour leader Ed Miliband. Following a leak at the studios Park has finally admitted to creating Miliband as an experimental character in the early days of Aardman.
In a press release wobbly jawed animator Park, who bears no resemblance to Miliband or any of his other plasticine puppets, claimed the character was originally intended for a show entitled Bumbling Brothers. The pilot episode of the show never saw the light of day because TV companies rejected it as preposterous claiming the brothers looked completely different.
‘We just couldn’t get the other brother right,’ admitted Park. ‘No matter how hard we tried he just came out looking different, his character was simply not believable. In the end we were only able to use the Ed character. We tried turning Ed into an RSPCA officer and pairing him up with an old dog named Alan for a show called Down on the Pound, but that didn’t work either’.
Park claims the dog character wouldn’t stay when told and didn’t understand his role even after training. Aardman brought in a specialist dog handling consultant from the Metropolitan Police but that seemed to make the situation worse.
According to Park they put the brothers on a shelf for a number of years while they developed more successful projects. Thanks to current media attention Park is confident they will be able to make use of the figures in a new show. ‘Recently plasticine prices have doubled and we are looking at ways to make the business leaner,’ claimed Park citing the recent VAT increase and a hike in oil prices as the main problem. ‘Reusing old characters is a great way of doing this,’ he said.
In the press release Park also disclosed that they have repaired a flaw found in the original Ed’s brother figure. Jonathan Lovett one of Aardman’s senior animators made the discovery when stripping the figure back to its bare essentials in preparation for re-modelling. It turns out they made the clay man without any testicles. Lovett claims that all Aardman characters are fully intact when they are formed and need to be as realistic as possible in order to make their performances believable. ‘If you watch the way Wallace moves when he walks you can tell he is complete,’ said Lovett, ‘it is details like this that make Aardman one of the leading animation companies in the world’.
Park is confident that the new Miliband show will be a big hit now it has balls.