Wallace And Gromit Creator Aardman Animations: Link To Ed Miliband Is Not Damaging The Brand
Wallace and Gromit creator Aardman Animations has denied reports that links to Ed Miliband are damaging its brand.
In a number of satirical cartoons, the Labour leader has been portrayed as hapless Plasticine inventor Wallace whose schemes and loyal dog sidekick, Gromit, have made him one of the best-known figures in animated British film.
But recent reports suggested that senior figures at Aardman were concerned about the repeated comparisons between Wallace and Mr Miliband.
However, a spokesman for the Bristol-based firm said Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park is a fan of Times cartoonist Peter Brooks, who is behind eight of the depictions.
Spokesman Arthur Sheriff, who added that the company is non-political, said: "We don't mind these cartoons at all.
"They are great fun. Peter Brooks is a great cartoonist and Nick Park loves them. There is no truth in the reports at all.
"We admire Peter Brooks and there is no problem whatsoever."
The spokesman also denied suggestions in the Independent on Sunday article that bosses at the company would express their concerns at a meeting this week.
"We have meetings every week and this may come up just as a matter of fact - 'Oh, we're in the Press again - the Times have run another cartoon'," Mr Sheriff said.
"But it's not an agenda point, it's not a point of the meeting, it's a general conversation.
"It's just not an issue to us at all."
Speaking about his sketch, Brookes told The Independent on Sunday: "Miliband is being seen as hapless, and that fits the Wallace character."