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(1995)

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When Gromit is sitting in jail, "Feathers was 'ere" is written on the cell wall behind him. Feathers was the villain of The Wrong Trousers (1993).
In a radio interview, director Nick Park said that Wallace's references to Wensleydale cheese in this film unintentionally saved a small British cheese-maker from bankruptcy. Interest in the cheese was sparked by the film, and one of the few makers of Wensleydale suddenly found itself with numerous requests for it, thereby saving it from financial ruin.
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).
The debut of Shaun the Sheep (2007), who would get his own animated spin-off. Wallace naming him Shaun is a play on the word 'shorn', when sheep get their fleece sheared.
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When Gromit is reading the newspaper, one of the headlines says "Killer Dog On Loose. Lord Baskerville Not Connected."
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The first Wallace and Gromit film where Wallace's is not the only voice.
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When Preston is reading the paper, one of the headlines talks of an Oscar winner. This is probably a reference to The Wrong Trousers (1993), which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short. This film would also win the Oscar that year.
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Hair gel and glass beads created the soap suds when Shaun is taking a bath. They started to smell bad after spending all day under the studio lamps.
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Preston, the evil villain dog, is the name of the town where director Nick Park was born.
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When Wallace goes to the pantry to make his own porridge, on the shelf behind the two cans of beans is a box that says "Steve Box", key character animator for "A Close Shave".
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When Shaun cuts off the bars on Gromit's jail cell, the sparks were added in digitally.
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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.
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In 1995, when this film was first aired on British TV, because of their huge popularity, Wallace and Gromit became BBC2's Christmas mascots and co-starred with a live 2 in a small line of "sting" trailers and idents.
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The motorcycle used by Wallace and Gromit is a 200cc Triumph Tiger Cub which was not normally used with a sidecar. A large topiary model of the pair in their vehicle was on display in Solihull near Triumph's old factory in Meriden.
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Nick Park met Anne Reid after the film was finished.
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40 animators worked on the film, twice as many as there were on The Wrong Trousers (1993).
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Beeswax was added to the porridge to make it stickier.
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Wendolene Ramsbottom is Wallace and Gromit's first female character.
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When the pond flips over to create a driveway, Frank the tortoise from Creature Comforts can be seen on the right of the path.
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Released theatrically in the US alongside Pocahontas (1995).
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When Wallace is getting his gear on, the music was meant to link the scene with Thunderbirds (1965), whenever the Traceys were getting ready for action.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The first Wallace and Gromit film where Wallace does not actually eat any cheese. Every time he tries to, he is prevented from doing so by Shaun.
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