The celebration of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit's box office win was tragically short-lived, as a fire decimated a warehouse containing the "entire history" of W&G's production company:
All the props and sets from the Wallace and Gromit movies were feared destroyed in a fire on Monday, the day after the plasticine pals' debut feature film went straight to the top of the North American box office.
Production house Aardman Animations said a blaze at a warehouse in Bristol, western England, was thought to have wiped out its entire history, including models, memorabilia and awards from the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short films.
"We woke up to the most fantastic news this morning that 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' had debuted in the United States at number one," said company spokesman Arthur Sheriff.
"But this has really thrown us," he added. "It's our entire history." [...]
"It looks like most of the contents of the building have been destroyed," [a fire service spokeswoman] said, adding the cause of the blaze was under investigation.
Investigation? It's time to double-bolt the bomb shelter door, put on our tinfoil hats, and figure out a way to blame Disney, the archrival of W&G:TCOTWR distributor DreamWorks Animation. Our pet theory, concocted in less than fifteen seconds, features just-retired former Disney CEO Michael Eisner shifting into a role in the Mouse's top-secret Corporate Terrorism Department. His first mission: paying back nemesis/hated "little midget" Jeffrey Katzenberg for knocking Touchstone's (a Disney company) Flightplan from first place at the box office. The truth is out there.