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Wallace and Gromit inspire kids

2009-03-30 03:42:50 GMT2009-03-30 11:42:50 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Calling all kids - Wallace and Gromit need you.

There's a brain drain in the United Kingdom and the government needs new inventions as a matter of national emergency.

At least, that's the premise of a new exhibition at the Science Museum.

The beloved Englishman Wallace is renowned for his wacky inventions, some good and others, not so good.

The characters' creator Nick Park says it's this sense of ingenuity that he hopes will inspire the inventors of tomorrow.

SOUNDBITE: Nick Park, Creator of Wallace and Gromit, saying (English):

"What's nice is Wallace and Gromit isn't computer animation but in a way, it is Plasticine and built by hand, you can see the fingerprints. I think that in some way inspires kids because you can see how it's done."

Among some of the highlights include an ideas station where kids come up with inventions.

There's also a clay area where kids can make their own characters.

SOUNDBITE: Marshall, 9, saying (English):

"You can do cool stuff and I got to see the inventor of Wallace and Gromit and see all this kind of stuff and you get to play with them."

SOUNDBITE: Bobbie, 9, saying (English) :

"You learn a lot, you learn a lot about Wallace and Gromit."

Park has won three Oscars and last Christmas, boosted sales of Wallace's favourite cheese -- Wensleydale -- following a Christmas special on TV.

And it's all down to a few traits he shares with the loveable duo.

SOUNDBITE: Nick Park, Creator of Wallace and Gromit, saying (English):

"I can see my father in Wallace, though, he loved knocking things together in the shed. Gromit, he probably is a part of me as well, he's quiet, which I was, and he likes the comforts of life."

A "World of Cracking Ideas" will run until November.

Cindy Martin, Reuters

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