Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Wallace & Gromit Films

A Grand Day Out (1989)
After running out of cheese on a holiday, Wallace and Gromit do the natural thing and invent a rocket ship to go to the moon where they can eat all the cheese they want. The first Wallace and Gromit film is not as sharp or well made as the later entries, but still is a very fine and clever first film. ***
The Wrong Trousers (1993)
It is Gromit's birthday, but Wallace is having trouble paying the bills so he decides to rent a room out. Soon, Wallace has taken kindly to his new tenant and even given him Gromit's room, but the poor pooch begins to suspect something sinister about his new roommate. This Academy Award winning short represents a triumph in animation and a sophistication of the Wallace and Gromit films. The final chase sequence is a knockout as well. ***1/2
A Close Shave (1995)
As the cheese lover and hit loyal dog try their hand at window washing, a widow, her evil dog, and a flock of sheep spell trouble for the duo. Not as strong as The Wrong Trousers, but still an excellent entry with a wonderful chase sequence at the end. ***1/2
The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (2005)
Their feature length adventure is reviewed here 
A Matter Of Loaf And Death (2009)
The Oscar nominated short is reviewed here