The Wrong Trousers (1993)
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The second of the adventures of Wallace & Gromit sees the animation greatly improve and the comedy oh so very sharp and funny. The basic plot is a little silly but very well crafted considering this is a short film I wish many `proper' films had plots this clever and imaginative. It is also absolutely a wonder to watch even when I wasn't laughing I was easily charmed by the wit and imagination of the whole thing.
The animation is superb, Wallace is as good as ever and Gromit is much more fully developed and is easily the star. The penguin however threatens to steal the show as well as the jewel. How can a plastercine penguin with a glove on it's head that likes listening to organ music be threatening? Well it can here he snaps his head round and stares with such menace that it's frightening! They all work well together but Gromit takes the film by a nose.
With all those brain dead kids cartoons around on TV this should be treasured. Adults will love it as there is plenty of detail for them to enjoy and kids will totally fall for the rich comedy and well animated characters. A wonderful little gem.
I have this on DVD and enjoy taking time to check some segments out frame by frame to catch all the background details like book titles on the shelf and news paper headlines. It's enjoyable for youth and adults alike.
I guess this one is the best from the three, although 'A Close Shave' comes close. You must see all three of them anyway, so it doesn't really matter.
I think that my favorite scene was Wallace "walking" around in the trousers; they must have had fun filming that scene. Watching these cartoons, one can see that "Chicken Run" was coming eventually. All in all, this is a cartoon that you can't afford to miss. Perfect.
This is a warming tale about friendship and realistic characters, and children are sure to enjoy the imagination behind the story and the claymation and humour. Adults are also sure to love the same on a higher level. It's rare in a film to find a tale enjoyable to both children and adults, but 'The Wrong Trousers' succeeds in this.
This is a charming little short film, and it should be watched and enjoyed by all. Highly recommended.
But you would have been right.
Thanks, Nick Park, for making this old man feel like a kid again.
Did I mention that Gromit is a plasticine dog in an animated movie ? No ? Believe me I'm not some bleeding heart animal loving do gooder - I'm a very prolific IMDb reviewer perhaps the most cynical one on this site and I was totally moved and entertained by this animated film . If I enjoyed it how can anyone else not enjoy it ?
THE WRONG TROUSERS is the second and best of the Wallace & Gromit shorts . As with Nick Parks other work the animation where animals have idiosyncratic humanized personalities is superb but its the script co- written by Park and former DOCTOR WHO scriptwriter Bob Baker that is so enjoyable . The plotting and character interaction makes it touching and exciting and even this childless cynic enjoyed every single moment of it
If you're a parent and are wondering how to keep the kids quiet for over an hour maybe you should show them an episode from the new DOCTOR WHO series followed by THE WRONG TROUSERS . If that doesn't work as family entertainment nothing will
Nick Park's films are held in reverence by the animation community, and with good cause. Rarely before had the claymation medium been utilised to create such rich animated characters; even previous successes like 'Closed Mondays (1974)' couldn't evade the fact that they were produced using shifting masses of clay. 'The Wrong Trousers' boasts but three characters only one of which can speak and yet the relationship between the three is superbly authentic. Maybe it's the personal touch of recognising the animators' thumb-prints on every character, but somehow Park manages to capture every nuance of their behaviour, every tiny inflection of emotion. In half an hour, Gromit doesn't utter a single word, and yet he communicates his sadness, anger and excitement through an affectionate glance or downcast eye. Likewise, the sinister Feathers McGraw attains creepiness precisely through his silence. That he doesn't speak keeps his motives veiled in secrecy, and those beady, ominous eyes are probably enough to give young children nightmares.
Of course, most people love 'The Wrong Trousers' for its humour, and there's plenty of it. That sparkling British humour is truly allowed to shine, and the gentle voice-acting of Peter Sallis has the sheer sincerity to carry the frequently-offbeat jokes. Whereas 'A Grand Day Out' was a homage of sorts to the science-fiction genre, probably more in line with Georges Méliès than anyone else, this effort is an affectionate satire of the British crime films of the 1950s and 1960s. The evil penguin has the eccentric malevolence of Alec Guinness in 'The Ladykillers (1955),' though without the fondness for articulate speech. The object of the villainous heist scheme resembles the titular jewel in 'The Pink Panther (1964).' With mock seriousness, amateur sleuth Gromit paces his way through the clichés of the genre, culminating in a hilarious madcap locomotive chase along miniature train-tracks, which our hero must lay down as he goes. This sort of impeccable entertainment deserves to run for far longer than thirty minutes.
"The Wrong Trousers" is best at the end with a very funny chase scene inside a toy train set. Earlier, Wallace, the inventor, is trying to invent a pair of remote-controlled trousers. He's a bit short on money so he rents out a room in house. The lodger prefer Gromit's room. Gromit is Wallace's pet dog. The dog is literally put out in the dog house, and is not happy about this.
In a crazy series of events, the tenant - an evil penguin - gets Wallace inadvertently involved in a jewel heist and Gromit has to come to the rescue. It's very silly but the unique animated cinematography helps make this a winner.
Wallace is an English inventor with a love for cheese, crackers and his cup of tea. Gromit is his dog, and the star of the shorts. He doesn't talk at all, but he doesn't have to, all is said through facial expressions and body language, and done perfectly so. Gromit is the work of a comedy genius.
In this short Wallace is short of money, so he puts up a room in his house for rent. Soon after a penguin, yes a penguin, turns up at his door. Like Gromit, he doesn't talk at all. The penguin takes great interest in Wallaces new invention, a pair of remote controlled metallic trousers.
I won't tell anymore, you'll have to see for yourself, but all the thirty minutes we are served very clever comedic details, you'll find more and more the each time you see it, generally a lot of craziness and especially "the train-scene" which will make you laugh your head of. A must see. 10/10
The comedy elements allied to Sallis's voice are amongst the best imaginable, and all done with stop-go animation. What makes a perfectly ordinary penguin with a rubber glove on its head - or a 'chicken' as it's called - look so menacing by simply turning its head? I just don't know. Remember; this isn't CGI. And then there's the jam-flinging gadget that gets unexpectedly out of kilter. The result could have been lifted from the best of Tom & Jerry. Techno-Trousers - ex NASA, just the thing for walkies. Gromit is yanked off without ceremony, just a stifled yelp of surprise. When that faithful but rejected dog decided it was finally time to leave home and the musical pathos welled-up, I saw a grown man wipe his own eye.
The devil's in the detail, and Nick Park misses very little.
What is also extremely imaginative is the sound track. Heard on a good system, it's really quite amazing. The echoey slap, slap, slappity-slap of little penguin feet in a lonely side-street, or the booming clamour of the air-conditioning plenum on the museum roof as Gromit's Techno-Trousers blunder about; all have a genuinely believable stamp. There's even the sound of wind blowing up there.
And finally, check-out the chase around the house on a toy train-set. It really does begin to look like magic. I love the little 'foop' as the pilfering penguin drops conveniently into a milk bottle. Witty and hilarious in equal measure.
Later, more sophisticated offerings like 'Chicken Run' seem to be just a little overblown and contrived. For me, 'The Wrong Trousers' will always be Nick Park's masterpiece.
Has anyone else noticed how similar his and Wallis's expressions are? Methinks he found his inspiration in a mirror.
Salis is sooooo Gromit i can't belive it. This is how REAL animation should be done, Walt, eat your heart out (and have some wensleydale and crackers to wash it down ). Cracking.
The only -- and I stress, ONLY -- drawback is that it should be labeled "Warning: Choking Hazard! Do not consume food or beverages during this film. Sudden uncontrolled laughter could cause substances to be inhaled." But hey, it's only 30 minutes -- you can live that long without pizza and Coke.
As in "Kane", Nick Park and his crew of animators expertly combine a variety of methods in telling their story. The "acting," or rather the character animation, is wonderful, more so for the dog Gromit than for the goofy-looking human Wallace; Gromit's subtle expressions conveying everything we need to know about what he's thinking. Even more subtle is the penguin lodger, with a deliberately bland face but expressive gestures and body language. The plot is ingenious, with hardly an ounce of fat, and perfectly paced, starting slowly and gaining momentum almost imperceptibly until the climax.
The visual storytelling is excellent, especially since so much has to be conveyed without dialogue, and the clarity of the climactic sequence at the end marks a high point for film editing. The staging includes dramatic lighting and other bits of visual texture with which few animators bother. Finally, the music is one of "Trousers"'s most overlooked features--the sequence in which Gromit leaves in the rain while the penguin watches from the window offers a neat demonstration of music's effectiveness as a storytelling tool.
I don't really think "The Wrong Trousers" is really BETTER than "Citizen Kane", in an artistic sense. Of course, Orson Welles didn't try to make "Kane" as a 30-minute animated film with only three characters (two of whom are silent), either. As with "Kane", however, I get more out of "The Wrong Trousers" every time I watch it.
Wallace and Gromits quiet lifes come to an end when Wallace, who seriously needs the money, rents Gromits room to a penguin. Gromit immediately thinks something's going on when this penguin leaves his light and music on all night, but sneaks out of the house himself. Wallace however finds the little penguin a great treat, as he brings him the newspaper and his slippers.
Gromit thinks he's of no use anymore and leaves the house, right after his birthday on which he got a pair of mechanical trousers, which are playing a large role in this 30 minute comedy. You see, anyone with the remote can do with the trousers what they want, and the evil penguin is making a use of that.
So one day he lets Wallace slip into these trousers, makes him tired so he will fall asleep in the trousers. That way he can rob a diamond from a museum, and he succeeds. But Gromit was onto the little guy and when both come back to the house he's waiting for them to stop the penguin. A hilarious chase on little trains is the result.
So much for the story, let's start with the praise.
The animation is fantastic. The story is entertaining, compelling and even has some scary moments. The side gags are endless(ly funny). My favorite: while shadowing the penguin Gromit is watching him behind his newspaper. In the newspaper there's a story about: 'Dog reading paper'. I love that. And what about the scene when Gromit slips from the bed into the chair, and there isn't any toast ready. You know what's coming next, and Gromit as well... it's just fantastic!
But the end scene on the trains is the best part IMO. I don't know if anything can ever match that... it must've been the funniest thing I ever witnessed.
I would have written more, but I can't wait to watch 'Cracking Contraptions' next, so I'll just leave you with this: if you don't see in the fun in this, you're a lost cause. 10/10!!!
If you liked "A Grand Day Out" then you should definitely check this film out as well. If you like claymation, then you should also definitely check this film out. This film is great, and I hope you like it too. Thanks for reading,