A Close Shave (1995)

Unrated  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  29 December 1995 (USA)
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Wallace falls for Wendolene, a wool shop owner, while Gromit is framed for the sheep rustling.



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Complete credited cast:
Wallace (voice)
Wendolene (voice)


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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From the Oscar-winning creator of A Grand Day Out and The Wrong Trousers. See more »


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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the pond flips over to create a driveway, Frank the tortoise from Creature Comforts can be seen on the right of the path. See more »


When Shaun the sheep is walking along the ladder towards the motorcycle, Wendolene shouts "Be careful, Shaun." However, Shaun is simply a nickname that Wallace has given him and he has never been called that in front of Wendolene, so how does she know his name? See more »


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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Crazy Credits

After the credits and the Aardman logo is shown, we hear sheep bleating. See more »


References Crime and Punishment (1935) See more »


Wallace and Gromit Theme
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Close to perfect.
10 January 2009 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Even though the story is probably less impressive- and overdone when compared to the other Wallace & Gromit shorts, it still probably is my favorite. It's simply such a fine and entertaining movie to watch, not in the least because it has Preston, the evil villain dog in it and a whole bunch of sheep.

It's an impressive looking movie, with some surprising big sequences. What I always love about the Wallace & Gromit movies is that they often feature some amazing build-up and shot action sequences and chases in particular. It's often worth the price alone already.

This was the second Wallace & Gromit short to win an Oscar for best animated short, which not only proofs the quality and entertainment level of the Wallace & Gromit shorts but shows as well that you don't need a big budget or impressive new techniques to make a brilliant animated movie with. The claymation is impressive as always and has lots of details to it. It must be an incredibly time consuming but also incredibly rewarding process to make a movie like this. Nick Park must surely enjoy it. He's in the claymation business for over 20 years now, together with Peter Lord.

This movie takes some chance to add another human character to the movie. All of the previous Wallace & Gromit movies were mostly purely about the strange friendship between the man and dog, in which the dog always seemed like the more clever and rational of the two. This gamble however worked out fine for the movie and the added love-story plot actually adds a lot to the movie. As a matter of fact, after this movie Wallace had many more love-interests in later Wallace & Gromit adventures, such as the big theatrical released "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and the latest short "Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'".

It of course are not just the human characters that make this movie but also really the animals. Preston the dog is such a great and evil movie villain. The sheep in this movie also provide the movie with lots of hilarious moments and they are cute looking as well.

perhaps my favorite Wallace & Gromit short.



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