First look at ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and ‘The Twits’
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First look at ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and ‘The Twits’

A selection of the most highly anticipated animated movies got an early preview at the Annecy Showcase, offering first looks at characters from Wallace & Gromit and The Twits, amongst others.

On Wednesday, June 12th, Netflix presented at the Annecy Animation Festival, an event that gathers the biggest names in the animation world to celebrate the form’s ever-growing technology and creative diversity. Netflix Animation joined the crowds as a key cornerstone of the industry.

During the festival, Netflix offered sneak peeks at some of its most highly anticipated upcoming projects. The most exciting reveal was a first look at Feather McGraw, the villainous penguin set to make a return in the new Wallace & Gromit movie. The title of the film was revealed last week to much excitement, as it was announced that Wallace & Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl is set for release in December 2024. 

The Wallace & Gromit creator and four-time Academy Award-winner Nick Park was at the event to do the big reveal. Park also wrote the story for the upcoming film in which “Gromit’s concern that Wallace is becoming too dependent on his inventions proves justified when Wallace invents a ‘smart gnome’ that seems to develop an evil mind of its own. When it emerges that a vengeful figure from the past might be masterminding things, it falls to Gromit to battle sinister forces and save his master,” as per the Netflix synopsis.

The return of Feathers McGraw has excited fans of the series. The character first appeared in the 1993 short The Wrong Trousers. In the short clip seen of the new movie, the character is out for vengeance following the events of that earlier movie, tying other pieces of the franchise together in the upcoming new chapter. 

Amongst the other films that received a first look at the festival was an upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation of The Twits, led by writer, director and producer Phil Johnston. The movie is set for release direct to Netflix, but not until 2025. 

Another project that got a first sneak peek was Twilight of the Gods, which is described by writer and director Zack Snyder as a “monumental tale, steeped in the rich lore of Norse Mythology, of mortals and gods facing off in a pitched battle, where the lines between honor and revenge are blurred.” After previewing an epic battle scene from the show, Snyder received great applause as he revealed he “would love to do some more” animated work.

There were plenty of other previews and first looks across the festival, including a sneak peek at Spellbound, a new project from the director at the helm of the Shrek series. With plenty of exciting upcoming offerings for both TV and film, the festival proved that it’s a promising time in the world of animation, with some of the most hotly anticipated projects in recent media news set for release soon.