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UK Approves a “Wallace and Gromit” Tax Break

Discussions of government tax subsidies tend to be fairly dry affairs, unless they involve Wallace and Gromit:

Aardman Animations, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, Arthur Christmas and the upcoming The Pirates! Band of Misfits, had earlier threatened to leave the UK if it did not receive a tax break for TV productions. It would follow in the footsteps of other UK TV producers who had already left the country, including Bob the Builder (now produced in the US), Thomas the Tank Engine in Canada and Noddy in Ireland. The new corporate tax relief scheme announced this week will benefit UK-based TV animation studios as well as video game production companies. You can read more about what this means at the Guardian website.

  • Kate

    I only learned about this yesterday but it seemed to be met with enormous approval from UK animators I know. Seems like a good thing. :)

  • Said it before, and I’ll say it again…we need more creative and arts initiatives like this in the United States, BADLY.

    • James Fox

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  • Tony C

    The Sun… ugh…

  • Paula P

    I will be extremely happy if this means that I’ll have my artists working in the studio with me (I work in production) rather than miles away. One of the things I’ve always liked about animation was walking around the studio and looking at all the talented people making amazing things. Fingers crossed that this initiative will help keeping our work in house rather than sending it far, far away :)

  • Tom R

    Really positive news in an otherwise negative industry in the UK!

    It would be great if some film studios popped up, but being next to France will ensure that’ll probably never happen.

  • Great that UK animators will be seeing a little extra cash over the next few years; they’ll need it by the time the government have all but dismantled the NHS.

  • Julian

    I’ve discussed this with my friend in the UK, and I don’t believe it’s finally coming to light. The UK has been absent in the major scene on animation for the past 20 years. Turn on the TV over there and it’s all Cartoon Network and Disney, walk down the streets, all American or Japanese film posters, “Kung Fu Panda” adverts were the thing to see on a double decker bus for crying out loud! I not only want to see more in animation in the UK, I want to see more traditional and cultural British animation being appreciated.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      yeah, there’s no end to this globalization that’s affected our lives unless something isn’t done.

    • SKent.

      I wouldn’t really agree with that at all. The UK is about as significant a player as just about any part of the world outside of California. Japan is a special case, since they have a much larger population and they pretty much have a monopoly on Japanese-language productions, so they don’t have to worry about competition from abroad.

  • YES!

  • Tak

    Ha ha Ha, good ol’ Parliament.
    Or as I like to call it, The Crazy Ape Pit

    At any rate I hope there’s a pick up in the number of projects over there.

  • The only time I’ve actually, genuinely smiled at a Politics Meeting…best news ever!

  • SKent.

    honestly it really rubs me up the wrong way when any sort of company makes threats like this to get tax breaks.

    UK taxpayers subsidize the education and art college of their animators, and UK license-holders pay to provide the receptive local market that is the british broadcasting corporation. I don’t think these are bad things at all, but I like to think that the benefit this industry brings can go some of the way towards paying for all the support structures that make its existence possible in the first place.