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The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Wallace lets out his spare room to a penguin. The penguin and Gromit, Wallace's dog, immediately don't see eye-to-eye. Meanwhile, Wallace has invented a giant pair of robotic trousers, designed to take Gromit for walks.


Nick Park
Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins. See more awards »




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


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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From the Oscar-winning creator of Creature Comforts and A Grand Day Out. See more »


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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 »


When the penguin uses the remote to get Wallace out of bed, the sheets are all crumpled up, but in the next shot they're neatly spread over the bed again. See more »


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 The music the penguin is playing to annoy Gromit has been replaced by organ music.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 »


Referenced in 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) See more »


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Written by John Philip Sousa
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User Reviews

a modern classic
26 December 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In my opinion, Wallace & Gromit are to modern animation what Bugs Bunny was to classic cartoons: they truly set the standards. Following "Creature Comforts", Nick Park made "The Wrong Trousers". W&G take in a penguin as a boarder, and the little guy soon becomes Wallace's favorite. Gromit decides to leave, but then it turns out that this is no ordinary penguin.

I think that my favorite scene was Wallace "walking" around in the trousers; they must have had fun filming that scene. Watching these cartoons, one can see that "Chicken Run" was coming eventually. All in all, this is a cartoon that you can't afford to miss. Perfect.

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Official Sites:

Aardman Animations





Release Date:

17 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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