The new story from Aardman Productions, titled The Big Fix Up, is described as a story-driven augmented reality adventure, rather than a film or a game, although there are elements of both. It will be available to viewers via an app on their mobile phone or tablet this autumn, with the camera in that device enabling digital versions of Wallace and Gromit to appear in front of viewers as the story unfolds.

June 02, 2020

"There will always be a place for sitting in front of your television and watching Netflix, but I think there’s a real future for how to tap into that AR layer that we feel a part of,” said Cummings, adding that AR is frequently an afterthought, or a repetition of the same experience that is already available in 2D. “[AR] needs to be given a space to tell its own story.”

May 25, 2020

Wallace and Gromit, the delightfully goofy Brit and his preternaturally clever hound, will embark on their first augmented-reality adventure in the fall of 2020. The full AR experience in the forthcoming app will initially only be available in the United Kingdom, to be followed by the U.S. and other markets.

May 25, 2020

Aardman plans to tell the story, which will unfold over time, using computer-generated animation, character phone calls, comic strips and through gameplay itself. 

May 25, 2020

The stop-motion animated duo Wallace and Gromit are, after many short films and forays into video games and comics, making their first foray into augmented reality.

May 25, 2020

"We at Fictioneers are on a mission to innovate storytelling. ... It's a rare privilege to be able to do so with some of the most beloved animated characters in the world and give fans the first opportunity to join in Wallace & Gromit's story," said Susan Cummings, co-founder of Fictioneers and managing director of Tiny Rebel Games.

May 05, 2020

Aardman’s iconic duo, Wallace and Gromit break free from the screen to arrive in homes this autumn in their first Augmented Reality adventure. The Big Fix Up, a collaboration between new immersive storytelling startup, Fictioneers (a joint venture of Potato, Sugar Creative, and Tiny Rebel Games, alongside research partner University of South Wales) and multi award-winning animation studio Aardman, invites users to join Wallace and Gromit’s new odd job company, Spick & Spanners. Beginning in early autumn 2020, The Big Fix Up invites families across the UK to take control of an epic story that will unfold for them in real-time, experienced safely on their mobile phones, in their homes and gardens. It incorporates a range of augmented reality, mixed reality and traditional storytelling techniques, with a grand finale that safely brings the action to them. 

October 08, 2019

AARDMAN PARTNERS WITH THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE ON ‘CRACKING IDEAS’ COMPETITION

The challenge encourages children aged 5 to 11 to take inspiration from Wallace & Gromit’s inventions, engaging them in product design and highlighting the importance of protecting their intellectual property. The prize-winning invention will star in a new Wallace & Gromit digital research project in 2020, and they’ll also win an Aardman model making workshop for their school.

April 25, 2019

South Wales Argus: Tiny Rebel Games to help develop new Wallace & Gromit experience following £4m funding

Susan Cummings, founder of Tiny Rebel Games and member of the consortium said: “We feel the future of immersive experiences lies in being able to weave a story together using a variety of media and experiences.

"At the core will be an engaging narrative, created in partnership with the incredibly creative team at Aardman, which will appeal to Wallace & Gromit fans of all ages.

"Around this core, we will use both cutting edge and traditional techniques to enable storytelling and allow people to engage with an evolving narrative. These may include immersive technologies such as augmented reality, mixed reality and haptics as well as live theatrical production, websites, social media channels and even comic books and audio adventures.”

April 24, 2019

Gamesindustry.biz: UK government awards £12m funding for innovation projects based on homegrown IP

"Success stories like award-winning Wallace and Gromit, and BAFTA-winning Peaky Blinders are part of the reason why our creative industries are truly world-leading - attracting audiences both here in the UK and internationally and helping create a sector already worth some £100 billion to our economy," said UK business secretary Greg Clark.

April 24, 2019

British success stories Wallace & Gromit to feature in next generation entertainment experiences

Award winning Aardman, the brains behind Wallace & Gromit, are part of a consortia with developers Tiny Rebel Games, digital specialists Potato, creative agency Sugar Creative and the University of South Wales. Together, they will build on successes of Academy Award-winning films including The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave by taking the characters into the future of storytelling.

The consortia will be benefiting from £4 million investment to develop new immersive storytelling experience based on their famous creations which will put fans right at the heart of the action, enabling people to join adventures with Wallace & Gromit, looking in any direction, and see and feel part of the action.

April 24, 2019

Animation Magazine: UK Studios Team with Aardman for ‘Wallace & Gromit’ AR

“It’s fantastic that we complete our line-up of audience facing demonstrators with this hugely ambitious collaboration between Tiny Rebel Games, Potato, Sugar Creative, University of South Wales and the creators of Wallace and Gromit. Their aim to revolutionize augmented reality gaming along with the advances in AI, haptics, audience interaction and film production technologies from our other competition winners means the public will be able to try out some truly groundbreaking experiences over the next 18 months,” commented UKRI Challenge Director for Audience of the Future, Prof. Andrew Chitty.

April 16, 2019

Wales Online: 50 creative companies making their mark in Wales

Tiny Rebel Games was founded by Susan and Lee Cummings. Their Doctor Who Infinity game was named UK Game of Show at the Games Development Conference in San Francisco last year. They were recently awarded a major UK grant for augmented-reality storytelling which resulted in the expansion of their studio.

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