The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit
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This award winning Wallace & Gromit compilation video includes three irresistible films- A Close Shave, A Grand Day Out and The Wrong Trousers. Climb aboard for a wacky voyage with The Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit!
This DVD collection has a few extras included on the previous DVD release. The key ingredient is Nick Park and his associates' commentary over the three tales. The commentaries are quite enjoyable with the team noting the origins of the action and several hidden gags. There is also 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, some fun bumpers (short commercials) that Wallace and Gromit appeared in for British Channel 2, a few early works of Parks, and a gallery of blueprints and photos to complete the collection. --Doug Thomas
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Scrapbook including blueprints, photo galleries
- Nick Park's early films
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"Wallace and Gromit", unlike most American cartoons, is not based on wacky one-liners or sitcom setups. With its stop-motion/retro look and spare dialogue, the films are clever in that dry British way. "Grand Day Out" does have hints of the outer-space "Looney Tunes", but the "Marvin Martian" role is played by...an antique stove? No matter. It works. "Wrong Trousers" and "Close Shave", both Oscar winners, bring the duo through paces that recall Hitchcock, "Carry-On" Britcoms, and Rube Goldberg contraptions. You may not laugh out loud, but I guarantee these characters and format will grow on you and make you smile.
The "Cracking Contraptions" series- all no more than two minutes in length- are based on Wallace's latest inventions and Gromit's operating tricks, and many are true mini-gems. I loved the bits called "Socca-Matic" (a soccer-ball kicking machine),
"Telly-Scope" (a TV remote that just might remind you of the old "Mousetrap" game), and "Chopper 13" (an electronic shopping cart). These show off the duo just as effectively as the longer films and may be an even better intro if, like me, you're used to more elaborate animation.
The only major voice work is by Peter Sallis, now in his 80s, an old-time radio actor who gives Wallace his bemused, thick West-Country accent. Gromit, as noted, has no voice (or mouth!), but you know what he's doing thanks to classic eye moves and eyebrow twitches in the Chaplin/Keaton tradition. There's also a great little piece of cartoon music in all of the films- yes, even the quickies- the "Wallace and Gromit Theme", a jaunty music-hall ditty by Oxford-educated Julian Nott that, I guarantee, will become as familiar to you as the "Looney Tunes" theme.
This is a no-frills package with very little bonus material; that, I suspect, is being saved for the "Were-Rabbit" DVD when it comes out. I wouldn't recommend this for all animation fans- again, if you're used to either old-line Disney or today's flashier, funnier fare, this is an acquired taste and a little slow to boot. But once you catch on to Park's droll style and the homemade (literally) look, you'll love it and look forward to the movie as I do. Or, like Gromit, you can read his favorite book: "Pluto's Republic".
Just gave this to my nephew and niece - age 6 and 3. They love it, and watch it over and over. I will get one for myself. It's just brilliant.
I'd choose 5 minutes of Nick Park over any other comedy out there - this is something so original you just have to see it. Of course, you can't appeal everybody, and I guess there are even people who don't find W&G fun :)
This DVD is an excellent disc. It contains all three W&G animations Nick Park has so far created, and they are all very fun, especially The Wrong Trousers and "The Close Shave".
The main characters are Wallace, a harmless, nice british fellow, witty inventor and yet somewhat simple in mind. His companion Gromit is a very intelligent, perhaps somewhat cynical - but good-hearted too - dog, who tends to save Wallace quite often from various troubles.
I recommend watching all the movies several times as there are many, extremely fun details everywhere and you probably just can't notice all of them at first.
I'd say Wallace & Gromit is somewhat similar to man and the naked gun -comedies without offensive parts, in innocent form. This is excellent stuff both for the kids and parents!