Wallace and Gromit
A Close Shave is a 1995 stop motion animated short film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. It was his third half-hour short featuring the eccentric inventor Wallace and his quiet but intelligent dog Gromit, following 1990’s A Grand Day Out, and 1993’s The Wrong Trousers.
Wallace: No cheese, Gromit! Not a bit in the house!
Wallace: Gromit, that’s it! Cheese! We’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!
[Looks at ‘Cheese Holidays’ magazine, then out window]
Wallace: Everybody knows the moon is made of cheese…
Wendolene Ramsbottom: Yer dog’s waiting.
Wallace: Aye, I’d better see to him. The bounce has gone from his bungee.
Wallace: Won’t you come in? We were just about to have some cheese.
Wendolene: Oh no, not cheese. Sorry. Brings me out in a rash. Can’t stand the stuff.
Wallace: [gulp] Not even Wensleydale?
In 1986, he animated the Peter Gabriel Music video ‘Sledgehammer,’ which is considered to be one of the very best music videos ever made.
To celebrate the film’s premiere on 24 December 1995, BBC Two’s Christmas presentation that year (broadcast from 17 to 22 December) featured Wallace and Gromit. The main ident featured the two (Wallace wears a red crown and Gromit wears a green crown) eating Christmas dinner, with a large blue 2 (the channel’s logo) situated in the middle of the table, covered with flashing Christmas lights. Several Christmas themed stings also involving Wallace, Gromit, and the 2 were shown between programmes. The animation of these idents appeared slightly different from other Wallace and Gromit shorts.
Nick Park was born on December 6, 1958 in Preston, Lancashire, England as Nicholas Wulstan Park. He is a producer and writer, known for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Chicken Run (2000) and The Wrong Trousers (1993).
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1996.
A Grand Day Out (1989 short)
Wallace and Gromit have run out of cheese and this provides an excellent excuse for the animated duo to take their holiday on the moon, where, as everyone knows, there is ample cheese.
The Wrong Trousers (1993 short)
Wallace is used by a criminal penguin in a robbery involving mechanical trousers.
A Close Shave is a (1995 short)
Wallace falls for Wendolene, a wool shop owner, while Gromit is framed for the sheep rustling.
Wallace & Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions (2002 video short)
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008 TV short)
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.
His films always have some sort of machine that plays a major part in the film’s climax.
His characters have upper and lower jaws with differing curvature
Knitting is featured, and done properly (with correct movements and stitches) in all W&G and Chicken Run movies.
This film manages to refer to every single Wallace & Gromit adventure, even the upcoming ones.
When Gromit is in jail, we see a crescent moon through the window, referring to their trip to the Moon in A Grand Day Out (1989). In the same scene, ‘Feathers Was Ere’ is written on the wall. He was the villain of The Wrong Trousers (1993). Gromit’s reading a book published by Penguin, and Feathers was a penguin. When Wallace thinks they have rats, he thinks about calling in pest control. He and Gromit become pest controllers in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). Gromit sees a poster for Baker Bob outside Wendoline’s wool shop. Baker Bob would get murdered in A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008).