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A Close Shave (1995)

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Wallace falls for Wendolene, a wool shop owner, while Gromit is framed for the sheep rustling.

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When Wallace and Gromit go over to wash windows, Wallace falls in love with a wool store owner named Wendolene. Meanwhile, Gromit is framed for killing sheep and is put in jail. So with help from the sheep and Wendolene, Wallace must get him out of prison. Written by Mike-2000

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This film manages to refer to every single Wallace & Gromit adventure, even the upcoming ones. When Gromit is in jail, we see a crescent moon through the window, referring to their trip to the Moon in A Grand Day Out (1989). In the same scene, 'Feathers Was Ere' is written on the wall. He was the villain of The Wrong Trousers (1993). Gromit's reading a book published by Penguin, and Feathers was a penguin. When Wallace thinks they have rats, he thinks about calling in pest control. He and Gromit become pest controllers in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). Gromit sees a poster for Baker Bob outside Wendoline's wool shop. Baker Bob would get murdered in A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008). See more »

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The porridge gun shoots at Wallace, and some of it lands on the wall. In the next shot, the porridge is gone. See more »

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Wendolene Ramsbottom: Yer dog's waiting.
Wallace: Aye, I'd better see to him. The bounce has gone from his bungee.
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Really good fun but stolen by the sheep
28 September 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wallace and Gromit are working as window cleaners when Wallace meets Wendolene – the owner of the local wool store and falls in love. Gromit stumbles across a plot to kidnap sheep to make them into food but is framed for a sheep murder before he can do anything. Can Wallace get Gromit out of jail in time to foil the sheep rustlers?

By this stage Christmas on the BBC was basically better known as the time when we get the new W&G film rather than for the birth of the son of God. This film was THE focus for Christmas day – ITV did everything but stop broadcasting at the same time as this was on – who would want to compete with this?! Happily it doesn't disappoint. The plot is silly but incredibly well thought out and very imaginative.

The comedy is as bright and breezy as ever – getting to kids without resorting to lazy clowning or stupid sight gags and also reaching adults without lacing the film with innuendo or hidden smut. Instead it is just a clever mix of wit and humour that really hits the mark. On Christmas Day it's easy to sit and doze through anything but this made me sit up and pay attention

The characters are as good as ever. As always Wallace is solid and wonderfully eccentric while Gromit is the real brains behind everything working. Gromit is my favourite character but here he is upstaged by the oh-so-cute Shaun the sheep (on his way to a merchandising boom!). Shaun is more for kids but Gromit still steals many scenes. Wendolene (gettit?) is not so good and the scenes with Wallace and her don't work as well as the rest.

Overall this is very funny despite just falling short of the mark set by `The Wrong Trousers'. Word is Park is currently writing a W&G movie – I can't wait!!!!


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