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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
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 Wallace & Gromit rules!! Jan. 9 2006
By boby
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. and for u all peoples who dont like them two words for you "you suck" how can u not like these guys. i seen a guy write somthing and what the hell was he smoking. these guys arnt scarey. u little baby
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4.0 out of 5 stars no Nick Park commentary Dec 12 2005
By A Customer
The Amazon review is quite misleading, the "DVD Edition" referred to is not this one, but another DVD. The movies themselves are there and fine, but I find the given description very misleading
"Additional 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. ...
--Doug Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition."
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5.0 out of 5 stars ARE THERE MORE WALLACE & GROMIT OUT THERE ? June 18 2004
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. It may take a certain mindset to really appreciate this animation, but we'll take all we can get!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Cool May 2 2004
By A Customer
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.
The Wrong Trousers is a lot better, I love the con-penguin, and the shoot out in the house, along with the heist.
A Close Shave is the best. It is action packed, which refers to the part when they chase the 'dog'.
A really cool movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand collection of Wallace and Gromit. Feb. 16 2004
By Trooper
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. Cracklin' good fun for kids and adults alike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Brit Humor, Clay Style Jan. 5 2004
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 in a high-tech environ with common enemies in three acts: where to vacation, an unwanted border, and a wool robbery foiled.
Long Trousers and A Close Shave are just howlers for me!
You've got to give this a try -- it is enormously funny and sophisticated and so well done. The musical score fits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Cracking toast, Gromit!" Dec 26 2003
By Shaz
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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