Wallace and Gromit recreate Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal in new TV ad

Updated: May 12, 2010, 16:41 PM IST

London: Animated characters Wallace and Gromit have recreated Diego Maradona`s infamous ``Hand of God`` goal in a new TV advert.

The ad, called Hand of Dog, has been launched to advertise utilities company Npower`s status as one of the main backers of England`s bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

The TV advert, created by the agency VCCP and Aardman Animations, shows Wallace and Gromit trying to profit from the tournament in England through their pie-making business WAG``s Pies Ltd.

However, when Wallace`s latest invention – a pie-delivery machine – shoots a pie into the air and threatens a game, his faithful dog Gromit sprints through the stands and on to the pitch.

As he flies through the air and catches hold of the pie, his other paw accidentally makes contact with the football and sends it into the goal.

In the end, the ad shows the pair reading an article on the front page of their local newspaper with the headline ‘Hand of Dog’.

`We believe a successful bid to stage the Fifa World Cup in England would be fantastic for the country and particularly for Britain`s businesses,` the Telegraph quoted Kevin Peake, marketing director at Npower, as saying.

Terry Butcher, who was in the England side for the 1986 competition, said: `The new advert`s "Hand of Dog" scene is a great take on what was one of the most heartbreaking moments in my career and in England`s football history. `But we`ve moved on and Npower has shown with Gromit that we Brits do have a sense of humour.`

ANI

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