A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)

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Wallace and his dog, Gromit, open a bakery and get tied up with a murder mystery. But, when Wallace falls in love Gromit is left to solve the case.

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Wallace and Gromit have a brand new business. The conversion of 62 West Wallaby Street is complete and impressive, the whole house is now a granary with ovens and robotic kneading arms. Huge mixing bowls are all over the place and everything is covered with a layer of flour. On the roof is a 'Wallace patent-pending' old-fashioned windmill. The transformation is perfect. Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that 12 local bakers have 'disappeared' this year - but Wallace isn't worried. He's too distracted and 'dough-eyed' in love with local beauty and bread enthusiast, Piella Bakewell, to be of much help. While they enjoy being the 'Toast of the Town', Gromit, with his master's life in jeopardy, must be the sleuth and solve the escalating murder mystery - in what quickly becomes a 'Matter of Loaf and Death'. Written by WelshHobo

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Fluffles owns a single by "Doggy Osmond," a parody of singer Donny Osmond, whose 1971 hit single "Puppy Love" has become his trademark. The lyric "and they called it Puppy Love..." can also be heard sung at the end of the film. See more »

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When Piella leaves Wallace & Gromits Home, and cycles away. The scene pans to the hallway of their house and Piella's hat and coat are hanging up, yet she has just left. See more »

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Wallace: But Piella, you're the Baker-Lite girl!
Piella Bakewell: *Was* the Baker-Lite girl! I ate too much, you see!
Wallace: Oh, really?
Piella Bakewell: I couldn't ride the balloon anymore!
Wallace: Oh dear!
Piella Bakewell: So they dropped me!
Wallace: What a blow. Ooh!
Piella Bakewell: ME! A curse on bakers and their loathsome confections!
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Fairly amusing and certainly nice to look at, but...
4 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not as funny as the other Wallace and Gromit shorts, and certainly not as charming. Many of the jokes were spoofing well known films and would probably only be found funny by people that have seen them. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable enough and the animation, as always with Wallace and Gromit and with Aardman was top-notch which is great considering the fact that A Matter of Loaf and Death had the shortest production time for any Wallace and Gromit short so far.

It'll please the kids, that's for sure. The adult-pleasing jokes felt sparse but hit the mark. The story lacked the usual quirky charm of Wallace and Gromit but it still pretty much worked. I enjoyed the film but overall felt it lacked elements that made the previous ones so brilliant, so for me it's a 7/10.


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