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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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Wallace loses his green vest from beneath his overalls when he lands on his motorbike. See more »

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Wallace: Is this place yours?
Wendolene Ramsbottom: Mm-hmm. My father left it to me. Along with his debts, and a few other things.
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Pure family fun - 91%
28 December 2005 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I love Christmas for many reasons but one of them is that the BBC always (and I do mean, ALWAYS) show the Wallace & Gromit shorts, this being the third and the last one before their recent big-screen adventure "The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit". It was also the first time Park decided to really push the boat out and you can see how much fun he is having with the characters. This is almost as good as "The Wrong Trousers" but is much more ambitious in scope and scale.

For the uninitiated (and quite frankly, where have you been?), Wallace (once again voiced by Peter Sallis) is an inventor living in northern England with his long-suffering dog called Gromit. This time, the pair have a window-cleaning service on offer and it's via this that Wallace meets a woman called Wendolene (Anne Reid) and promptly falls in love. But this isn't good news for Gromit who finds himself framed for sheep rustling. Soon, it's up to Wallace and a slightly scrawny sheep called Shaun to rescue the pooch from prison and discover who is behind the sheep shortage.

This feels more like a big-budget production than the earlier shorts, though there are still moments when fingerprints can be seen on a character's nose. This is also a perfect example of true family entertainment, warming all but the coldest of hearts and keeping adults as joyously amused as kids. It's genuinely funny, wonderfully inventive and a sheer joy from start to finish. The highlight for me is the brilliant night-time pursuit of the sheep rustlers with the motorcycle sidecar, a porridge cannon and a small army of woolly hostages balanced in a sheep-pyramid. Fantastic from start to finish - if you want consistently good family entertainment then look no further than Wallace & Gromit.


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