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The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Wallace takes in a new lodger, a devious penguin. Sporting some techno-trousers, the penguin plans a grand theft, a plan that involves putting Wallace in danger.

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Nick Park
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sallis ... Wallace (voice)
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Storyline

Plasticine animation of Wallace and Gromit, inventors of all manner of useful devices. Gromit (a dog) finds himself being pushed out of his room and home by a new lodger who is actually a ruthless criminal (and a small penguin). The penguin is planning a robbery and needs to use Wallace and his mechanical remote controlled trousers to pull off the raid. However, Gromit is wise to the penguin and comes to the rescue. Written by Rob Hartill

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Winner of the 1993 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Aardman Animations

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Trousers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Feathers sweats during the diamond heist, the animators needed a bigger model. The one used through the rest of the film was a lot smaller. See more »

Goofs

During the train chase Gromit and Wallace cross McGraw's way Gromit puts a segment over the existing track. It's clear when the carriages between Gromit and Wallace pass that the new track is on top of the old one rather than a cross-track piece. After Wallace snatches the locomotive, McGraw left on a little platform on 4 wheels goes smoothly over the new crossing rather than "tripping" over the crossing rails on top of his track. Even after McGraw makes a turn and reveals the crossing behind for 2 frames you can see the new rails are still lying on top of his track. See more »

Quotes

Wallace: [to Feathers McGraw] Good grief. It's you. Now, get me out of those trousers.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits sequence, the Techno-Trousers walk down the street, still stuck in a dustbin. The sun sets until the sequence fades to black. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original broadcast version Gromit's birthday card plays "Happy Birthday". When released on DVD it plays "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow". The music the penguin is playing to annoy Gromit has been replaced by organ music. The reason for the music change is due to copyright issues. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Is Maleficent Sexy? (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Wallace & Gromit Theme
(uncredited)
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Claymation Spectacular
5 December 2002 | by DockelektroSee all my reviews

A prodigy of animation, "The Wrong Trousers" won the Oscar for best animated short. Nick Park is at fine shape here, as he displays not only the skill of his craft but also a narrative coherence and care that nearly overpasses the artistic talent. It's the advantage of stop-motion animation: each shot is carefully studied and considered, and the story moves forward having Gromit the dog as the main character, and he succeeds all the way in convincing us of his "acting skills", even though he doesn't say one word or make one sound. The film has a great plot: Wallace and Gromit are forced to let a room, and a grim penguin applies for it. Soon, the intruder takes over the house and replaces Gromit as Wallace's best friend. But there is more than meets the eye, and the rest of the story is too good to be spoiled. Constructing suspense to the very end, with hair-raising sequences until the last spectacular showdown and applying all the formulae that make a god movie, this is animation on the top of its game, and a great opportunity to see just how much you can raise the bar on claymation short features. Talent has never been so evident.


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