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'Wallace and Gromit' veteran Nick Park returns to stop-motion animation with 'Early Man'

'Wallace and Gromit' veteran Nick Park returns to stop-motion animation with 'Early Man'

Surrounded by body parts in a former aluminum warehouse on the outskirts of Bristol, in the southwest of England, Nigel Leach enthusiastically hands me an arm. “Feel that,” he says, as I gingerly pinch the disembodied limb.

Rather than a grisly crime scene, I’m actually on a tour of the puppet-making department at Academy Award-winning Aardman Studios. The tiny, finger-sized bicep in my hands, which is made entirely of silicon, belongs to one of the characters from “Early Man,” the latest animated stop-motion feature from Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

“Nick likes the thumby texture,” explains Leach, a team leader in the puppet-making department, gesturing to the...

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