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A Matter of Loaf and Death -- Trailer for this new addition to the much-loved animated series
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:
Not their best but still great fun See more (35 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)
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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:
First Wallace and Gromit film shot on digital video.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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 Spider-Man 2 (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Unchained MelodySee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not their best but still great fun, 25 December 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Wallace and Gromit have a new business venture and it is going down a storm. Having carried out some renovation on their house, they are now an operating bakery who deliver bread to your door. Of course, paranoid Gromit is concerned about the recent murders of twelve bakers in the town but it barely registers to Wallace. Pat of the reason for this is that he has a new focal point in his life as the Piella, the former Bake O Light bread girl is in town and seems just as enamoured by Wallace as he is by her. The romance begins while Gromit smells a rat.

The Wallace & Gromit films are mostly famous for the couple of big Christmas episodes they did that made them famous across the world and I was fine with the BBC holding this special back till Christmas Day because it did seem like their natural home. This film has a plot structure similar to A Close Shave in that the twosome are running a business which has some sinister activity by others associated with it. The fact that it happens to be murder in this case is perhaps a little dark for Christmas Day but it didn't matter because it does not stop it being fun. The plot goes where you expect and I really enjoyed it even though I didn't particularly like Piella or Fluffles as characters – but for me it will be a while before I enjoy any character as much as I did Feathers McGraw. The plot allows for plenty of movie references, some of which you need to "get" to find it funny but mostly you don't. Aliens and Batman are the obvious two but there are others.

The comedy also works in the detail, whether it be the inventive intricacies of the many devices that make up the house or the expressions on the faces of the characters. Yet again Gromit comes out as my favourite character and yet again I am amazed how they manage to get such expression onto his face. Sallis brings harmless charm to Wallace and it is hard to imagine that anyone could ever have done it as well as him. Lindsay is OK but I didn't like her character myself. If the film does have specific weaknesses the they are in two areas, both of which can be seen when you compare this to the mastery of The Wrong Trousers. Firstly, the pace is a bit too quick. I know it is 30 minutes but there did seem to be little in the way of build before it was into the meat and then over. The second weakness is that the closing set piece, while being a good Aliens reference, is not in the same league as the end of The Wrong Trousers or even A Close Shave. It is a shame but it doesn't have the thrill or creativity of that.

That said, it is still a very good piece of entertainment and it does feel right to have them as part of Christmas Day again. English charm, almost no jokes that would offend, inventive writing and animation and a solid plot – perhaps not as good as they have been but it is really hard to complain because it still delivers.

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