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Description: The Christmas stamps for 2010, to be released on November 2, feature ‘claymation’ duo Wallace & Gromit, stars of the Aardman Animations’ Oscar-winning films A Grand Day Out, A Close Shave and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Royal Mail’s design team worked closely with Nick Park, the creator of characters, and Aardman to create five exclusive scenes featuring the duo, for the set of seven self-adhesive stamps. Park drew the scenes, and refined them to work to best effect in the two definitive formats, before each was constructed with models, props and background sets created especially for the issue. Park said: ‘It’s been a wonderful honour and a pleasure to work with Royal Mail, and to have my characters immortalised on stamps. It was one of the biggest challenges my talented team have faced yet, to create memorable images the size of postage stamps. But we knew we’d lick it in the end.’ 1st class & 1st Large Gromit posting Christmas cards A robin watches Gromit as he po
Short Review: COMMEMORATIVE WORTH Wallace & Gromit are fast becoming intrinsic to the British Christmas, so why not? QUALITY OF DESIGN These are original scenes, and it’s always hard to fault the animators’ attention to detail WOW FACTOR This set will certainly get noticed on seasonal greetings cards, which can only be a good thing
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