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Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit

Peter Sallis , Anne Reid , Nick Park    Unrated   DVD
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The first three Wallace & Gromit shorts are grouped together in a single volume.

A Grand Day Out
Nominated for an Academy Award in 1990, this was the first short-film adventure starring Wallace & Gromit. This 24-minute comedy was created by clay animator Nick Park over a six-year period at the National Film and Television School in London and at the Aardman Animation studios, which Park boosted to international acclaim. In their debut adventure, Wallace and his furry pal Gromit find themselves desperate for "a nice bit of Gorgonzola," but their refrigerator's empty and the local cheese shop is closed for a holiday! Undeterred, Wallace comes up with an extreme solution to the cheese shortage: since the moon is made of cheese (we all know that's true, right?), he decides to build a rocket and blast off for a cheesy lunar picnic! Gromit's only too happy to help, and before long the inventive duo is on the moon, where they encounter a clever appliance that's part oven, part robot, part lunar skiing enthusiast... Well, you just have to see the movie to understand how any of this whimsical lunar-cy can make any sense! It's a grand tale of wonderful discoveries, fantastic inventions--and really great cheese!

The Wrong Trousers
Clay-animation master Nick Park deservedly won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Animated Short for this 30-minute masterpiece, in which the good-natured inventor Wallace and his trusty dog, Gromit, return for another grand adventure. It all begins on the morning of Gromit's birthday, when Wallace gives his beloved pooch the gift of his latest invention--a pair of mechanical "techno-trousers" that can be programmed to take Gromit out for "walkies" while Wallace sits comfortably at home. Gromit's not exactly thrilled with the new gadget, and things go from bad to worse when Wallace rents a room to a new boarder--a rather suspicious-looking penguin--to offset his rising expenses. As it turns out, the penguin's a notorious thief, and the amazing techno-trousers provide a foolproof method of pulling off a diamond heist! It's Gromit's big opportunity for canine heroics, and The Wrong Trousers turns into one of the funniest, most inventive caper-comedies ever made, with an action-packed climax on a speeding miniature train. Will the notorious "Feathers" wind up in jail, where he belongs? Will Gromit finally get his due recognition? Watch this amazing marvel of clay animation to see why Wallace & Gromit have become global celebrities--this is comedic ingenuity at its finest.

A Close Shave
Hot from the international triumph of The Wrong Trousers, clay animator Nick Park knew that his third Wallace & Gromit film was going to have to be the biggest and best adventure yet for the mild-mannered inventor Wallace and his perceptive pooch, Gromit. With the ambitiously zany plot of A Close Shave, Park and his fellow animators rose to the occasion, and their film won the 1995 Academy Award (Park's second Oscar) for Best Animated Short. This time out, Wallace & Gromit have teamed up to provide a window-washing service, and that's how Wallace meets the lovely Wendolene Ramsbottom, a wool-shop owner whose malevolent dog, Preston, turns out to be the mastermind of a sheep-napping scheme! Of course, no Wallace & Gromit adventure can be without a grandiose gadget, so Wallace's latest invention is the Knit-O-Matic, a yarn-making machine capable of shearing a whole flock of sheep just a bit too efficiently! When the villainous Preston gains control of the mechanical knitting marvel, Gromit must race to the rescue, and A Close Shave reaches new heights of clay-animation mastery. Every shot is a testament to Nick Park's patience, his clever ingenuity, and his filmmaking flair. The movie's so technically impressive, in fact, that the whole world wondered where Park could go next. It was clear that Wallace & Gromit would eventually star in an animated feature-length movie, since this marvelous 30-minute film represents its own kind of short-form perfection. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

This DVD collection has a few extras included on the previous DVD release. The key ingredient is Nick Park and his associates' commentary over the three tales. The commentaries are quite enjoyable with the team noting the origins of the action and several hidden gags. There is also 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, some fun bumpers (short commercials) that Wallace and Gromit appeared in for British Channel 2, a few early works of Parks, and a gallery of blueprints and photos to complete the collection. --Doug Thomas

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD that leaves you wanting more Jan. 9 2003
Format:DVD
I was introduced to Wallace and Gromit a few years ago when my brother borrowed the VHS tapes from our cousin. I loved them immediately, and when I found this DVD on sale, I snapped it up.
For the uninitiated, Wallace is a bumbling but good-hearted inventor whose creations probably wouldn't work as well as they do if not for the intervention of his genius dog, Gromit. This DVD collects their first three adventures -- "A Grand Day Out" (in which they travel to the moon because they're out of cheese), "The Wrong Trousers" (in which they get caught up in a jewel heist) and "A Close Shave" (in which they encounter a sheep-stealing cyborg and Wallace falls in love). The latter two both won Academy Awards for best animated short.
The DVD has wonderful extras -- including a commentary track with the creator and director, Nick Park, that really enlightens you as to how these characters developed. You learn tidbits like why Gromit doesn't talk, how long it took to make "A Grand Day Out" and how some of the simpler animation tricks worked.
Overall, it's a good little package for anyone who digs the cartoons, although it just leaves you craving more. I can't wait for the full-length Wallace and Gromit feature Park is working on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Cracking toast, Gromit!" Dec 26 2003
By Shaz
Format:DVD
What a delight! Nick Park's claymation orginally caught everyone's attention when "The Wrong Trousers" won the Academy Award for animation short. Before "Chicken Run", there was Wallace, a somewhat oblivious guy, and his clever dog Gromit. In three different adventures, you get:
"The Wrong Trousers": Wallace gets Gromit mechanical "Techno-Trousers" for his birthday ("Excellent for 'walkies'", he tells Gromit). However, a penguin with sinister designs uses the Techno-Trousers to take over W&G's home. It's Gromit to the rescue!
"A Grand Day Out": Wallace is feeling a bit peckish for some cheese. What better place to find an abundance of it than the moon? Once their rocket lands, however, a local resident has other plans for them.
"A Close Shave": Wallace finds love with Wendolene Ramsbottoms and Gromit is framed for sheepnapping!
Anyone who liked "Chicken Run" should also purchase W&G. The claymation is superb, and the storylines are clever and funny with traditional British humor. A must-have. Extras include commentary by Nick Park on all three movies, bios, Park's early work, over 30 minutes of behind-the-scene footage, a W&G scrapbook, trailers and much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great set of movies! Dec 22 2003
Format:DVD
This fantastic DVD has three Wallace and Gromit adventures, the very cream of British animation!
1) A Grand Day Out (first released in 1991) - When Wallace runs out of cheese, he decides that he must spend his vacation gathering more. Now, what place is synonymous with cheese? Why the Moon, of course! And so, with the long-suffering Gromit in tow, Wallace sets out to get some of that Moon-cheese.
2) The Wrong Trousers (first released in 1993) - After Wallace gets Gromit the latest thing, a pair of Techno-Trousers to take him on walks, he suddenly finds that his finances need a boost. But, when the new boarder shows up, he turns out to be a penguin with a secret - he's really the notorious thief Feathers McGraw! Feathers sees a real opportunity with Wallace and the Techno-Trousers, but he needs Gromit out of the way.
3) A Close Shave (first released in 1995) - When Wallace meets Wendolene Ramsbottom, it's love at first sight. But, there's a wool shortage caused by the activities of a sheep-rustler, and Wendolene has a secret. There's a Frankenstein's monster on the trail of Wallace and Gromit, and it will take brains (oops!) and a lot of luck to see them through this adventure!
This is a great set of movies! It has everything you could want in an animated series - monsters, villains, gunplay, skiing robots, sheep, toy train chases (you have to see it to believe it!), automobile chases, and, of course, cheese. As an added bonus, this DVD has a 30-minute behind-the-scenes special, that shows you how the Wallace and Gromit adventures are made, some scenes from other Nick Park productions, and more.
My children and I love this DVD, and we highly recommend it to you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walace And Gromitt Rule Sept. 15 2003
Format:DVD
What can you say about a guy whose films keep getting nominated for Oscars (and often win)? Nick Park is a cinematic genius and this collection of shorts really shows his talent.
Wallace is a gentle soul with a very intelligent dog (Gromit). Together they somehow do the impossible by both playing the straight man (and it works!).
In A Grand Day Out, it is a bank holiday and Wallace discovers that they are all out of cheese (sort of like you or me finding out we are out of air). But isn't the Moon made out of cheese? Wallace and Gromit build a spaceship in their Frankenstein-Castle style basement and set off for a snack.
In The Wrong Trousers money is a little short and the pair must take in a boarder; a penguin. One reason money is short is that Wallace bought Gromit some Techno-Trousers for his birthday. These are ex-NASA programable robotic pants. But all is not as it seems with the boarder. This one has one of the greatest train-chases on film.
In A Close Shave we meet a second character with a voice, a yarn-shop owner who seems a perfect match for Wallace. But why does she have so much yarn during a wool shortage?
Nick Park has a knack for knowing what makes great movie scenes work. He then weaves these scenes together with Wallace and Gromit and the results are pure gold.
These three films are accompanied by a bunch of behind the scenes footage that really makes you appreciate how talented the whole crew is. A great collection for viewers of most ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wallace & Gromit rules!!
lol these guys are the bomb i seen the curse of the wear rabbit and omg its really good buy it right away when it comes out in feb. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2006 by boby
4.0 out of 5 stars no Nick Park commentary
The Amazon review is quite misleading, the "DVD Edition" referred to is not this one, but another DVD. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst animation on Earth
If you can stomach "Wallace and Gromit",I admire you.This is the absolute WORST animation on Earth!I felt like I was punishing myself by watching this horrible DVD. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars ARE THERE MORE WALLACE & GROMIT OUT THERE ?
We have purchased all the Nick Park/Aardman/Wallace & Gromit DVDs we can find on Amazon. Are there more out there? It seems to me from watching PBS, etc. that there might be. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Janet Filter
1.0 out of 5 stars WALLACE AND GROMIT SUCK!
THESE SHORTS ARE NOT WORTHY OF THE ONE STAR WE WERE FORCED TO GIVE THEM. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL OF YOU PEOPLE???? Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Child Care Providers
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Cool
This is a really interesting movie. First, the Grand Day Out. I hate this one actually, it's very boring, though I love the inventions Wallace and Gromit make. Read more
Published on May 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand collection of Wallace and Gromit.
All three charming Wallace and Gromit shorts on one DVD. The details that are put into these stories make them fun to watch again and again. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Brit Humor, Clay Style
I love British comedy, it is truly not just the ordinary we on the other pond side are use to.
Here Nick Park achieves very funny stuff with this unusual pair of man and dog... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by rodboomboom
5.0 out of 5 stars British wit at its best
I highly recommend this video to both animation fans and lovers of British comedy.
Published on Nov. 23 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Left Us Wanting More
Only wish there were more Wallace and Gromit episodes!
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Published on Nov. 23 2003
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