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Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures

6 Ratings: 4.3
This DVD, released by Dreamworks, features the first 3 Wallace & Gromit short films, plus 10 Cracking Contraptions short films

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Genre: Adventure, Animation, Classics, Comedy, Family
Release Date: 1989, 1992, 1995
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures

"No Cheese, Gromit!"

  • Dec 18, 2008

In 1989, Nick Park partnered with Aardman Animation and released a twenty-five minute short film that created a worldwide phenomenon. It featured as its protagonists an eccentric inventor, named Wallace (voiced by veteran British TV and film actor Peter Sallis) and his mute dog, Gromit. Wallace (lovably inept) and Gromit (silent but emotive) would become the cornerstone of Aardman's style of stop-motion animation. Their popularity can be credited to the witty comedic writing, the quaint design of the plasticine models and most importantly to the brilliant animators, whose talents are virtually unlimited. Although Gromit never actually speaks, his facial expressions communicate all of his thoughts and emotions giving testament to the skills of the animation team. Since their conception Wallace & Gromit have starred in three short films, a series of "mini-shorts", a feature-length film, not to mention countless advertisements and commercials (mostly in the U.K. and in Japan).
The climactic chase scene from "The Wrong Trousers"...

A Grand Day Out - 1989
Wallace, all out of cheese, decides that his holiday should be at "a place where there's cheese". He decides, rather impetuously, to go to the moon because as he says, "Everybody knows the moon's made of cheese." What follows is an hilarious montage sequence showing Wallace and faithful Gromit designing and constructing a rocket ship in the basement. After its completion he and Gromit take off and eventually land on the moon. There they encounter a patrolling gas oven (who for some reason has an antenna on his head and a police baton) that dreams of skiing. As you can tell, there's little logic or reason in the story but that's what gives it its charm.
Saying good-bye to the moon...

The Wrong Trousers - 1993
It's Gromit's birthday and Wallace has spent the last of his money buying Gromit a ridiculously extravagant present. The "Techno Trousers" (a mechanized pair of legs that can take Gromit for "walkies") seem harmless enough but if they were to fall into the wrong hands, they could become a tool for evil. And of course they do. Wallace lets out a room (Gromit's, in fact) to an unscrupulous penguin that turns out to be a professional jewel thief. With the "Techno Trousers" at his disposal, the penguin uses Wallace, involuntarily and unwittingly, to carry out the heist. In the end only Gromit can save the day. This is easily the best of the W&G series.
The wrong trousers!

A Close Shave - 1995
Wallace and Gromit have recently established a window-washing service, which leads them to Wendolene, the owner of a local wool shop. As the country faces a wool shortage and sheep keep disappearing, Wendolene and her dog, Preston are revealed to be more than they seem. Meanwhile Wallace finds an escaped sheep has been hiding in his home and dubs him Shaun (shorn). But when Preston frames Gromit, Gromit is held responsible for the sheep napping, and Wallace and Shaun must break him out of prison. The film reaches its climax with an incredible chase sequence, which concludes in a final showdown between Wallace and Preston. This is technically the most complicated of the W&G shorts but it still has the simple charm of its predecessors.
Shaun meet Gromit, Gromit meet Shaun...

It's no wonder Wallace & Gromit are beloved characters around the world.

There have been two recent DVD releases of these classic short films.
The first DVD release was put out by Dreamworks and features all three short films as well as ten Cracking Contraptions "mini-shorts", a behind the scenes look at Cracking Contraptions and a sneak peek at The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures
The second DVD release was put out by 20th Century Fox and Hit Entertainment. It includes the three short films and all ten Cracking Contraptions, an audio commentary track for each of the original three short films, two Shaun the Sheep episodes, "The Amazing Adventures of Wallace & Gromit" featurette, "Inside The Wrong Trousers" featurette, and much more.
Wallace & Gromit: Three Amazing Adventures
Here's the link for the official Wallace & Gromit website:

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December 20, 2009
Curiously, I haven't seen any of this yet. I am soo weak.
December 20, 2009
I'm not surprised. You don't seem to be the "family friendly British humor" type. However, you'd probably like the very adult dark comedy "Death at a Funeral".
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