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A Close Shave -- Trade is booming for Wallace and Gromit's Wash'n'Go window-cleaning service, and love is in the air as Wallace falls for the owner of the local wool shop, the lovely Wendolene Ramsbottom. But Wallace has a new invention - a Knit-O-matic machine - and adventure looms: sheep are being rustled, wool is in short supply and Wendolene's malevolent pooch Preston is on the prowl...

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Director:
Writers:
Bob Baker (written by) &
Nick Park (written by)
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Release Date:
29 December 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
From the Oscar-winning creator of A Grand Day Out and The Wrong Trousers. See more »
Plot:
Wallace falls for Wendolene, a wool shop owner, while Gromit is framed for the sheep rustling. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 18 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Close to perfect. See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sallis ... Wallace (voice)

Anne Reid ... Wendolene (voice)

Directed by
Nick Park 
 
Writing credits
Bob Baker (written by) &
Nick Park (written by)

Produced by
Peter Lord .... executive producer
Colin Rose .... executive producer: BBC
Michael Rose .... producer
Carla Shelley .... producer
David Sproxton .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Julian Nott 
 
Cinematography by
Dave Alex Riddett (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Helen Garrard 
 
Art Direction by
Phil Lewis 
 
Art Department
Trisha Budd .... assistant art director: props
Tim Farrington .... scenic artist
Richard Higgs .... graphic design
Michael Salter .... storyboard artist
Jason Spencer Galsworthy .... model maker
Zennor Witney .... model maker
 
Sound Department
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer
Adrian Rhodes .... dubbing editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Jeff Cliff .... mechanical models
Linda Langley .... model sculptor
David 'Del' Lawson .... model technician (as Del Lawson)
Johnny Parsons .... model coordinator (as John Parsons)
John Wright .... mechanical models
Stella Bogh .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC (uncredited)
Alison O'Brien .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recording producer: CFC (uncredited)
Tim Wellspring .... visual effects coordinator: CFC (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bradley .... gaffer
Simon Jacobs .... photography
Sam James .... camera operator
Ian Jewels .... gaffer
Tristan Oliver .... photography
Frank Passingham .... photography
Paul Smith .... camera operator
Nick Upton .... camera assistant
 
Animation Department
Steve Box .... key character animator
Gary Cureton .... character animator
Sergio Delfino .... assistant animator
Nick Park .... character animator
Peter Peake .... character animator
Loyd Price .... character animator
Nick Upton .... animation assistant
Ian Whitlock .... assistant animator
Allan Yates .... animation systems engineer
 
Editorial Department
Bridget Mazzey .... assistant film editor
Tasmin Parry .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Nic Raine .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alan Gregory .... technical crew
Bob Gregory .... technical crew
Glenn Hall .... technical crew
Harry Linden .... floor manager
John Oaten .... technical crew
Peter Thornton .... production consultant
 
Thanks
Tara Bacon .... thanks
Lisa Bilbe .... thanks
Mike Booth .... thanks
Elizabeth Buttler .... thanks
Dug Calder .... thanks (as Douglas Calder)
Ben Cook .... thanks
Charles Copping .... thanks
Maxine Guest .... thanks
Toby Hannam .... thanks
Beverley Issacs .... thanks
Curtis Jobling .... thanks
Janet Legg .... thanks
Beth MacDonald .... thanks
Stuart Markovic .... thanks
Jason Marshall .... thanks
John McAleavy .... thanks
Viv Paeper .... thanks
Darren Robbie .... thanks
Susannah Shaw .... thanks
Arthur Sheriff .... thanks (as Arthur Sherriff)
Barry Shutler .... thanks
John Truckle .... thanks
Adam Vernon .... thanks
Sophie Wright .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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30 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (as Dolby Stereo)

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Trivia:
There is a large billboard with a painting of a baker and the slogan "Try Bob's Buns." The co-writer of the film is Bob Baker.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gromit unwraps the jigsaw puzzle box, the label indicates it contains 5000 pieces. While he finishes laying the puzzle, the upright box now shows the number 500 on the label, and when he reads the puzzle's message, there are just 13 x 8 = 104 pieces on the table.See more »
Quotes:
Wallace:Have you been peckish during the night? Only, someone's been at me cheese.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wallace and Gromit ThemeSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Close to perfect., 10 January 2009
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

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.

9/10

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