The idea for Nick Park's latest Wallace And Gromit movie triumph, THE CURSE OF THE WERE RABBIT, was originally rejected by BBC bosses when presented in book form.

The plasticine animation, which has received rave reviews and is tipped for an Oscar nomination, was born from a conversation in a pub between Park and writer Bob Baker, who was responsible for previous films THE WRONG TROUSERS and A CLOSE SHAVE.

Park explains, "At the time it was a book about a lot of thieving rabbits that invade Wallace and Gromit's home.

"We thought that instead of a werewolf that eats sheep and people, it could be a very funny spoof if all the vegetables in the town were being eaten by this rabbit monster.

"In the end BBC books didn't use it and we thought 'what a great idea for a feature film'."