|The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit|
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The first three Wallace & Gromit shorts are grouped together in a single volume.
A Grand Day Out
Nominated for an Academy Award in 1990, this was the first short-film adventure starring Wallace & Gromit. This 24-minute comedy was created by clay animator Nick Park over a six-year period at the National Film and Television School in London and at the Aardman Animation studios, which Park boosted to international acclaim. In their debut adventure, Wallace and his furry pal Gromit find themselves desperate for "a nice bit of Gorgonzola," but their refrigerator's empty and the local cheese shop is closed for a holiday! Undeterred, Wallace comes up with an extreme solution to the cheese shortage: since the moon is made of cheese (we all know that's true, right?), he decides to build a rocket and blast off for a cheesy lunar picnic! Gromit's only too happy to help, and before long the inventive duo is on the moon, where they encounter a clever appliance that's part oven, part robot, part lunar skiing enthusiast... Well, you just have to see the movie to understand how any of this whimsical lunar-cy can make any sense! It's a grand tale of wonderful discoveries, fantastic inventions--and really great cheese!
The Wrong Trousers
Clay-animation master Nick Park deservedly won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Animated Short for this 30-minute masterpiece, in which the good-natured inventor Wallace and his trusty dog, Gromit, return for another grand adventure. It all begins on the morning of Gromit's birthday, when Wallace gives his beloved pooch the gift of his latest invention--a pair of mechanical "techno-trousers" that can be programmed to take Gromit out for "walkies" while Wallace sits comfortably at home. Gromit's not exactly thrilled with the new gadget, and things go from bad to worse when Wallace rents a room to a new boarder--a rather suspicious-looking penguin--to offset his rising expenses. As it turns out, the penguin's a notorious thief, and the amazing techno-trousers provide a foolproof method of pulling off a diamond heist! It's Gromit's big opportunity for canine heroics, and The Wrong Trousers turns into one of the funniest, most inventive caper-comedies ever made, with an action-packed climax on a speeding miniature train. Will the notorious "Feathers" wind up in jail, where he belongs? Will Gromit finally get his due recognition? Watch this amazing marvel of clay animation to see why Wallace & Gromit have become global celebrities--this is comedic ingenuity at its finest.
A Close Shave
Hot from the international triumph of The Wrong Trousers, clay animator Nick Park knew that his third Wallace & Gromit film was going to have to be the biggest and best adventure yet for the mild-mannered inventor Wallace and his perceptive pooch, Gromit. With the ambitiously zany plot of A Close Shave, Park and his fellow animators rose to the occasion, and their film won the 1995 Academy Award (Park's second Oscar) for Best Animated Short. This time out, Wallace & Gromit have teamed up to provide a window-washing service, and that's how Wallace meets the lovely Wendolene Ramsbottom, a wool-shop owner whose malevolent dog, Preston, turns out to be the mastermind of a sheep-napping scheme! Of course, no Wallace & Gromit adventure can be without a grandiose gadget, so Wallace's latest invention is the Knit-O-Matic, a yarn-making machine capable of shearing a whole flock of sheep just a bit too efficiently! When the villainous Preston gains control of the mechanical knitting marvel, Gromit must race to the rescue, and A Close Shave reaches new heights of clay-animation mastery. Every shot is a testament to Nick Park's patience, his clever ingenuity, and his filmmaking flair. The movie's so technically impressive, in fact, that the whole world wondered where Park could go next. It was clear that Wallace & Gromit would eventually star in an animated feature-length movie, since this marvelous 30-minute film represents its own kind of short-form perfection. --Jeff Shannon
The perfect gift set for the Wallace and Gromit fan. All three of animator Nick Park's first adventures featuring the dotty inventor and his loyal but laconic dog--The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, and A Grand Day Out--come wrapped together and ready for multiple viewings. This is truly one of the rare gift sets that will entertain the entire family. --Doug Thomas
- Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Animated, NTSC
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Studio: BBC Video
- Video Release Date: February 5, 2023
- Running Time: 85
- ASIN: B000051S3O
- Average Customer Review: Based on 179 reviews.
- Amazon.com Sales Rank: 2129
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
WONDERFUL, Sep 25, 2023
I first saw WALLACE & GROMIT when i was 7, it was on TV; they were playing A GRAND DAY OUT. I remember that it was really funny, but i didn't get to see the rest till about 5 years later. The rest were just as good, THE WRONG TROUSERS is my favorite. The humor is great, the animation fantastic, and i love the voices. A great watch for kids and adults.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful:
A DVD disappointment for three great movies..., Sep 21, 2023
First off, I'm a crazy Wallace & Gromit fan. I love all the films that Nick Park and Aardman have made for these characters. This DVD, however, does not do justice to the movies.
This is the third DVD release of the Wallace & Gromit films, and I can only assume that they did this now to tie into the approaching release of the new feature film. It doesn't seem like much effort has been put into the creation of this disc. The menus are very bland, the movie selection displays the films out of order (with A Close Shave in the middle) and there isn't a chapter selection option.
In terms of the films themselves, The Wrong Trousers has been altered, and that's what really bugs me. I think it has something to do with copyright laws, but several music tracks have been replaced with terrible-sounding substitutes. Gromit's birthday card plays a very non-birthday-card-sounding version of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" instead of "Happy Birthday To You". When the Penguin is listening to the radio, the songs "Happy Talk" and "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window" have been replaced with terrible, generic organ music that completely takes away the mood of the scenes. Consequently, the sound of Wallace humming "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window" the next morning has also been removed.
This bit may not bother most people, but for some reason all the soundtracks for the shorts are a semitone flat. I can only assume this is because the film was transferred at a slower rate.
The only really redeeming quality about this disc is the inclusion of all ten Cracking Contraption shorts, which have never been available on region 1 DVD before.
The bottom line: Get this DVD if you want the Cracking Contraption shorts. Otherwise, stick to your old VHS copies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Great stories!, Sep 21, 2023
I have always loved Wallace and Gromit and I am thrilled that they are being put on DVD again. I always wanted to get them on DVD, but they were always too expensive. This single disc has all three famous shorts. It also has 10 mini-shorts. They are all about Wallace's contraptions. This is a great disc at a very reasonable price.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Perfect Animation, Sep 17, 2023
I have yet to view this set but I just rented these from Blockbuster, and they are fantastic! The animation is simply awesome, your jaw dropping at dome of the things they did. Gromit's facial expressions are perfect, considering the fact he has only a nose and two eyes. Wallace is funny as the zany inventor, and the side charecters are great! This DVD release is supposed to contain all three on one disc, plus the ten short, short films that were made to prepare the animators for Curse of the Ware-Rabbit! They've never before been seen. The perfect release for anyone who doesn't already have these.
A GRAND DAY OUT
Wallace and Gromit find there's no cheese in the house and decide to go to the moon to find some. Weird adventures insue, inclduding a strange machine. Brilliant animation, but not the best of the three.
THE WRONG TROUSERS
It's Gromit's birthday! Wallace makes him the Techno-Trousers, but an evil penguin messes with them and is now using Wallace to steal a diamond. It's up to Gromit to save the day! This is almost as good as the third one, but better than the first. The animation is getting better her. (Winnder of the 1993 oscar for Best Short Animated Film.)
A CLOSE SHAVE
Wallace and Gromit meet a sheep. They name him Shaun. Soon they stumble upon a conspiracy containing a robotic dog and a woman who looks a lot like Wallace. This is the best one. The animation has come so far and so have the jokes. (Winner of the 1995 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Not a 3 Disc Set, Sep 15, 2023
Just to let everybody know, this is not a three disc set as indicated by Amazon. It is in fact a single disc release.
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