The first four of 70 Gromit sculptures to be designed by internationally-renowned artists have been revealed in Bristol.
Dozens of giant sculptures of one of the country's best-loved TV characters will be unleashed onto the streets of Bristol next summer.
Following the launch of their new film and support in the 2012 Budget, Cordelia Lynch looks at a great week for Aardman Animations.
Organisers of the Gromit Trail say more than a million people visited this summer bringing around £120 miillion to the city.
Now, after its huge success, it's been revealed that the team behind the models hope to roll out a similar idea in 2015, with another of their characters.
Katie Rowlett reports.
Figures out today show 225,000 more people visited Bristol's attractions than normal during the Gromit Unleashed Art Trail. Julie Finch, the Head of Museums, Galleries and Archives in Bristol, talks about how it's changed Bristolian attitudes.
As organisers of the Gromit trail in Bristol announce that it brought around £120 million into the city, news comes of plans for a new trail in 2015 with another Aardman favourite, Shaun the Sheep.
Here's Lucy Wendover from Bristol's Aardman Animations.
Organisers of Gromit Unleashed say nearly 1.2 million people visited the trail and exhibition this year, contributing £120 million to the Bristol economy.
According to their research, just over half the visitors were from Bristol, two per cent from abroad, and the rest from other parts of the UK.
And organisers have revealed they are working on a new idea for 2015 involving another Aardman Animations character, Shaun the Sheep.
Last week the auction of the Gromit statues raised £2.3 million for Bristol Children's Hospital.
The most expensive Gromit was sold for a staggering £65,000 thousand pounds.
Some of the lucky bidders have been taking delivery of the dogs that have won thousands of hearts.
Richard Payne reports.
The University of the West of England won a Gromit statue with a successful bid of £23,000 at last night's auction.
'Sheepdog' is a Trojan horse style Gromit, with a view of one Aardman's other famous characters - Shaun the Sheep - operating it inside.
The auction raised £2.3 million towards Bristol Children's Hospital.
An auction of 81 Gromit statues raised more than £2 million for Bristol Children's Hospital last.
The most expensive Gromit sold for a staggering 65 thousand pounds.
Richard Payne spoke Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park about the event's success:
The auction of the Bristol Gromits has raised a total of £2,357,000 for the Grand Appeal. The money will go towards Bristol Children's Hospital.