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A Matter of Loaf and Death -- Winner of the Short Animation 2008 British Academy Film Award, this all new adventure features all of the classic ingredients of a great murder mystery – suspicion, rivalry, love, intrigue and heroism – and is topped off with a large helping of loyalty and friendship, cooking up all you “knead” for fun family viewing.
A Matter of Loaf and Death -- Winner of the Short Animation 2008 British Academy Film Award, this all new adventure features all of the classic ingredients of a great murder mystery – suspicion, rivalry, love, intrigue and heroism – and is topped off with a large helping of loyalty and friendship, cooking up all you “knead” for fun family viewing.

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Director:
Writers:
Nick Park (written by) &
Bob Baker (written by)
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Release Date:
3 December 2008 (Australia) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It seems some things don't get better with age.................... See more (34 total) »

Cast

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Peter Sallis ... Wallace (voice)
Sally Lindsay ... Piella Bakewell (voice)

Melissa Collier ... Fluffles (voice)
Sarah Laborde ... Bake O Lite Singer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Thripp (voice) (uncredited)
Ben Whitehead ... Bob the Baker (voice) (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Miles Bullough .... executive producer
Peter Lord .... executive producer
Steve Pegram .... producer
David Sproxton .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Julian Nott 
 
Cinematography by
Dave Alex Riddett (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David McCormick 
 
Art Direction by
Matt Perry 
 
Production Management
Richard Beek .... production manager (as Richard 'Beeky' Beek)
Jacqueline White .... head of production
 
Art Department
Arlene Arrell .... puppet maker
Chris Booth .... puppet maker
Rachel Bowen .... set dress / prop maker
Andy Brown .... set dress / prop maker
Sophie Brown .... set dress / prop maker
Paul Bryant .... set dress / prop maker
Claire Cohen .... senior puppet maker
Claire Drewett .... senior puppet maker
Jon Frier .... senior puppet maker
Fred Gray .... scenic artist
Will Harding .... puppet maker
Mathew Healey .... carpenter / prop maker (as Matthew Healey)
Helen Javes .... set dress / prop maker
Nancy Jones .... puppet maker
Anne King .... senior puppet maker
Jane Kite .... prop supervisor
Sarah Laborde .... assistant art director
Phil Lewis .... set production designer
Gavin Lines .... graphic designer
Stuart Mallaber .... set dress / prop maker
Gary Roberts .... puppet maker
Michael Salter .... storyboard artist
Jay Anfield Smart .... puppet maker
Debbie Smith .... senior puppet maker
Andy Spradbery .... senior puppet maker
Jo Symanowski .... draughtsperson
Harriet Thomas .... senior puppet maker
David Vinicombe .... storyboard artist
Cathryn Webber .... carpenter / prop maker
Ellie Weston .... senior puppet maker
Manon Wright .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Will Norie .... additional dubbing editor
David Peacock .... adr recordist (as Dave Peacock)
Adrian Rhodes .... sound designer
Chris Stock .... voice track breakdown
Dafydd Archard .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Tony Curran .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Nick Del-Molino .... mix assistant (uncredited)
Nick Kray .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Will Norie .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Israel Hernández .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tim Brade .... visual effects
Hugh Brazier .... visual effects
George Milburn .... motion control
Lizzie Spivey .... puppet production manager
Zoe Starzak .... puppet production manager
Bram Ttwheam .... visual effects supervisor
Philip Child .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Barrett .... rigger
Charles Copping .... lighting camera
Richard Hosken .... gaffer
Richard Modlen .... rigger
Sam Morris .... camera assistant
Clive Scott .... lighting
Alan Scrase .... rigger
Churton Season .... camera assistant
Paul Smith .... lighting camera
Ben Stradling .... camera assistant
 
Animation Department
Sara Barbas .... assistant animator
Will Becher .... character animator
Dug Calder .... character animator
Joanne Chalkley .... character animator (as Jo Chalkley)
Merlin Crossingham .... supervising animator
Steve Edge .... assistant animator
Alison Evans .... character animator
Jo Fenton .... character animator
Jay Grace .... character animator
Wendy Griffiths .... character animator
Seamus Malone .... character animator
Dave Osmand .... character animator
Suzy Parr .... character animator
Elodie Poncon .... assistant animator
Loyd Price .... character animator
Dan Ramsay .... character animator
Claire Rolls .... character animator
Christopher Sadler .... character animator
Jan Sanger .... puppet production designer
Justin Smith .... assistant animator
Andy Symanowski .... character animator
Darren Thomson .... character animator
Dean Watson .... assistant animator
Ian Whitlock .... character animator
Lee Wilton .... character animator
 
Editorial Department
Angharad Owen .... additional editor
Andrew Ward .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Lewis Jones .... assistant music engineer
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tom Barnes .... production technology
Ben Barrowman .... production runner
Richard Bowen .... production runner
Mark Burton .... creative consultant
David Button .... assistant floor manager
Richard Crocombe .... production technology
Ian Fleming .... production technology
Pete Forde .... production technology
Lew Gardiner .... production technology
Richard Goleszowski .... creative consultant
Alan Gregory .... production technology
Bob Gregory .... production technology
Richard Hansom .... development executive
Guy Holme .... production technology
Sam Horton .... production runner
Stef Ingram .... production assistant
Angie Last .... assistant: Nick Park
Suzi Little .... production technology
Emily Metcalfe .... p.a.
John Morrissey .... production technology
Kate Munkenbeck .... production coordinator
Sarah Powell .... production assistant
Paul Reeves .... production technology
Morgan Roe .... production technology
Nathan Sale Sr. .... production technology
Luke Smith .... production technology
Ben Whitehead .... read in artist
Andy Woodland .... production technology
 

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30 min
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Trivia:
The box of stuff that Fluffles moves into Wallace and Gromit's house includes, along with a lot of doggy culture, a small Bagpuss.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the end of the movie. Piella hits Gromit away from the bomb. When the bomb falls out of the window, Piella turns and we see an impression of Gromit on her weapon. But the impression is on the wrong side.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Blues Brothers (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Unchained MelodySee more »

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18 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
It seems some things don't get better with age...................., 26 December 2008
Author: P. T. from United Kingdom

As a fan of the original three 'Wallace and Gromit' short films I was pleased to hear that there would be a fourth outing for the duo. Sadly though, 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' doesn't live up to the standards set by Nick Park's earlier works. There were several reasons for this: Firstly, the pacing of the film was far too rushed, thus preventing the viewer from ever really getting involved with the story on screen. Much of the film seems to jump from one scenario to the next, never giving the story time to build up, as so wonderfully demonstrated in 'The Wrong Trousers'.

Secondly, there seemed to be far greater use of music this time round, but rather than setting the mood, it seemed too 'obvious' in places, and merely felt forced, and comic in nature. In fact I can barely recall a moment of silence within the film at all. Conversely, take the scene in 'The Wrong Trousers' with Gromit hiding in a box and the Penguin slowly advancing towards him. The use of music (and restraint)is so effective, chilling and suspenseful, and really creates atmosphere.

Thirdly, the humour has changed somewhat over the years. In the earlier films, there were more subtle visual gags that weren't so overtly put forth, whereas in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' there seems to be a greater if not equal emphasis on verbal dialogue, which doesn't seem to have quite the same appeal. Plus, much of the humour seems to be 'spoof-like' in nature resulting in contrived humour.

Forthly, 'Piella Bakewell' is simply not that interesting of a character, and ends up more being more annoying than menacing. Also, the whole end sequence falls flat, not only on its own terms, but in comparison to both 'TWT' and 'ACS'.

In summary, it seems that in an attempt to cram in as much as possible in 30 minutes of airtime, and the desire to throw all restraint out of the window, much of the charm, build-up and true brilliance of the original shorts has been lost. Nevertheless, any adventure with Wallace and Gromit is a welcome one, and much requested by fans. Perhaps Nick Park might study his earlier films, picking up on the techniques that made them so good in the first place. Who knows, maybe next time 'Wallace and Gromit' will go on an adventure in another country...................

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