WALLACE AND GROMIT: DVD
A Grand Day Out, A Close Shave, The Wrong Trousers – three classic animated adventures from Ardman Animations of London, starring the subsurban bachelor Wallace, and his best friend, a clever dog called Gromit.
Gromit’s a dog. Doesn’t talk. He reads, though, and
understands Wallace, his master. And they go on a cheese holiday.
. . A Grand Day Out, they have, too. With a rocket to the moon.
Nick Park made this claymation film in 1989 (well, he finished it
then, he had been working on it for years), and the rocket also
launched his claim to fame. He had joined Aardman Animations,
which has since become a creative powerhouse for claymation, with
Chicekn Run its first feature length project, financed by
DreamWorks – and there are three more to come.
On their moon adventure, Wallace & Gromit discover a skiing
oven . . . with an attitude. The oven, like Gromit, doesn’t
talk. But it has recognisably human charcateristics, conveyed
with the same physicality as silent actors used. There is tension
and drama in every frame, as well as endless humour.
A Close Shave is a dramatic, tantalising tale involving, sheep, a
wool shop and its lady owner with a dog which has evil plans, and
the adventures they trigger for Wallace & Gromit, with great
lines like, “Tell me about windows” as a conversation
starter. (Wallace & Gromit are window cleaners.) The humour
is spiked with true Brit understatement and clever, effective use
of music (played for real), not to mention perfectly cast voices,
economical and an absurdly funny script. Without giving away too
much of this taut drama, you should be alerted to the scene where
Gromit, in jail, is reading Crime & Punishment by Fido
Dogstoyevsky. It’s just one of many touches that make
Aardman’s work entertaining. But it’s their ability to
turnn clay into character that is their most powerful creative
tool, drawing us into their magic world as if these figures were
human. And compelling.
The Wrong Trousers builds on the Wallace & Gromit legend
– a thriller with a bitter sweet taste involving an evil
penguin and robotic trousers. It is famous for (among other
moments) the legendary high speed chase on a toy train.
Witty, whimsical and endearing, these are three classics from
Aardman on one animusing DVD.
The DVD also offers a 15 minute backgrounder on the how Aardman
Animations and Nick Park got together, tracing the story of their
animated, Oscar winning success around the world.
Andrew L. Urban
Published July 26, 2001
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WALLACE & GROMIT (G)
(ANIMATION) CAST: Voice of Peter Sallis as Wallace
DIRECTOR: Nick Park
RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: June 4, 2001
The Amazing World of Wallace & Gromit
Presentation: widescreen 2:35:1, 16:9 transfer, Dolby 5.1