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The wide-mouthed Lancashire inventor and his mute, semi-anthrophomorphic pooch are back, and not before time!
It's always exciting news when a new Wallace and Gromit feature is in the making. Having been a fan since the first, it's well known that they take an enormous amount of time and effort to make, and as such, always are meticulously planned and perfectly scripted. Traditionally, each one is loosely based on a particular film genre, this one taking a stab (heh) at the murder mystery genre.
As usual, Wallace has changed his business direction, and W&G's house has been converted into a bakery, complete with it's own windmill extension on the roof (how did they get planning permission for that one?). He meets a woman who he apparently used to idolise when she was younger and slimmer and appeared in adverts for a particular brand of flour. They begin a whirlwind romance, and as usual, it takes Gromit's intellect to see through her and discover her dark side.
This is as funny as any of them, and caused me to laugh out loud at least twice, which is very rare. The humour is, as always, at the same time groan-inducing and fresh, and the family-friendly northern charm remains as sturdy as ever. On the other hand, the story is broadly very similar to A Close Shave. It's not too much of a problem, but it's in danger of becoming stale if the next Wallace and Gromit film is along the same lines. Peter Sallis is, as always, brilliant as Wallace, and Sally Lindsay plays the sinister Piella admirably well.
My main criticism is of the length; the story seems to rush by very quickly; some good ideas do not get the chance to be fully developed, which is a shame. I suppose given the amount of time it takes to create one of these films, it's difficult to make them any longer, but it is still a shame that it has to be so short.
Additionally, some may balk at the prospect of purchasing a DVD where the feature is barely half an hour long. There are some additional features but, for anyone who has watched a 'making of' for any of the other W&G tales, there isn't much new here. On the other hand, the price is fairly low. I bought this straight away, since I already owned the DVDs for the first three short films, but anyone who does not may want to wait for a future compilation containing all four, which is not unlikely.
Wallace and Gromit are back!one of the best loved animated series of time and no matter what your age and temperament will instantly warm to these loveable character.
The story follows our heroes and they try and make it in the bakery business, but while they are doing it someone seems to be murdering other bakers in the area and wallace, to contend with this Wallace has a new love interest who may not appear as sweet as he thinks and shock Gromit even get a love interest as well (about time too!).
the animation is fantastic as ever especailly when you realise how long it takes them to produce even a minute using the stop start animation they use, attention to detail is great as ever and you may repeatedly reverse the dvd to catch small gags they have placed with in the scenes.
just a great show as always, showcasing that british animation and comedy is up there with anyone in the world, and can even taken america by storm, just get this if you are a big wallace and gromit fan you wont regret it!
Wallace and Gromit - A Matter of Loaf and Death is a 30 minute Wallace and Gromit animation made by Nick Park. This episode was shown on Christmas Day on the BBC.
The plot is about Wallace and Gromit being bakers but sadly there is someone who is going about and murdering all the bakers. They have got 12 so far but will they get a baker's dozen? Piella Bakewell is Wallace's love interest this time and there is more to her than meets the eye.
The animation is as usual brilliant and a little different to most films and shows made today which have lots of special effects and computer tricks.
The plot in a Matter of Loaf and Death however is similar to other Wallace and Gromit films which is a bit of a shame considering the amount of time between this and the last Wallace and Gromit episode.
I wish though that the film had lasted a little longer at least an hour long as it was still really enjoyable but just was similar and short. However I suppose if I wanted more it probably is a sign that I like it which means it must be quite good.
This short film is suitable for everyone and I am sure many families enjoyed this over Christmas Day with its great characters, animation and some very funny moments!
If you like this I suggest you watch other Wallace and Gromit films as they are similar and all are really good and are funny to watch which shows how good Nick Park is.
Overall this is a short and a little predictable Wallace and Gromit film which is otherwise excellent and very funny with some clever animation.
Wallace and Gromit have firmly established themselves in the hearts of the TV watching world, with their classic antics and catchphrases reeling in the viewers en-mass. This film embraces the very essence of family entertainment, and whilst arguably not quite on the same scale as some of Aardman Animations previous performances, this is still not to be sniffed at. With classic voices such as Peter Sallis (Wallace) and The much loved plasticine combo of the loveable pooch (Gromit) and his partner in crime (Wallace) made a storming return to the world of cheese, bad jokes and far fetched contraptions with the release of 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' at Christmas 2008. A plodding tale of love, murder, suspense and .. baking, this is sure to appease any fan of the dastardly duo. This time Wallace and Gromit are the owners of a successful bakery, when Wallace meets his 'True Love'. From this point onwards, things take a turn for the worse. Well worth a watch.
Nick Park does it again! Having followed Wallace and Gromit from their first outing this film was a must have but to be honest, I didn't think it was as good as the earlier films. The animation was, of course, faultless and the humour was still much in evidence but it seemed to me that something was lacking, it just felt a little forced in places.
I always think of these films as being ideal for families as the children and adults have plenty to laugh at with such a broad spectrum of humour and I don't know what would happen if Peter Sallis was to retire - Wallace just wouldn't be the same without his wonderful voice.
The storyline was amusing and it is hard to put into words what seemed to be lacking, it just didn't have the same feel to me but I expect Nick Park will pull out all the stops for the next film and can only hope it will be as much of a classic as 'The Wrong Trousers" is.
I have been a Wallace and Gromit fan for many years so when i heard that they were bringing out yet another film i thought fantastic i cant wait. But after seeing this film i felt disappointed i expected a lot more. It isn't the worse film i have seen but it is not the best.
Wallace and gromit are back and this time as bakers. Basically poor Gromit gets left out as Wallace falls for a woman who murders bakers. I won't ruin the film for those who have still not seen this.
I think anyone who is a Wallace and Gromit fan should watch this but just dont expect to much as like i said it is not the best one that has been made.
You cant beat the old ones they are the best ones.
Overall i dont think i would bother watching this film again i think i will stick with the older ones.
I have been a fan of the Wallace & Gromit franchise for some time now. In fact, ever since I clapped eyes on A Grand Day Out on a miserable Sunday afternoon I have become hooked on them. Sadly even resorting to having a calendar and a funky alarm clock which still, surprisingly works.
So, understandably I was very excited when they announced that there was to be one made for christmas last year. As were many others as it attracted a peak average of 14.4 million and another 7 million when it was repeated on New Years Day! It seems we just can't get enough of the fabulous Nick Parks plasticine creations.
Wallace and Gromit have now gone into the bakery business. Something that many would be wary of when bakers are being murdered. Whether Wallace, voice of Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine), has heard of this I don't know.
Unlucky in love, Wallace has his heart turned again by the once famous Bake O Lite girl, Piella, voice of Sally Lindsay. However there seems to be something suspicous about her, afterall how can a lady be that nice when she has a pet dog who appears to be scared of her. For once it is nice to see that Gromit as well has a slight interest in this unfortunated poodle, Fluffles.
More suspicously is when Piella arrives at Wallaces home without her dog at her side which is most unusual. Especially when she gives Wallace a present as a way of an apology but will not stay with him when he opens it, shows her shady past.
This is a great animation and like the other 3, is just under 30 minutes long. I did like The Curse of the Were Rabbit, however I felt that there was something about it which was more comercial. Set to appeal to other countries who may not understand British humour. Hence the reason why I am pleased that A Matter of Loaf and Death has returned to the usual set up.
OK, so there are a few moments when the jokes are a bit obvious but there are more times when you can't help but laugh at something which was completely unexpected. Being a short film it kept my attention and I spent a happy half an hour completely engorsed in it.
Well worth a view.
If you live in the UK you said you don't know Wallace and Gromit, I would think you are kidding.
The characters of Wallace and Gromit already became a culture ambassadors of this country. The Daily Mail said Wallace and Gromit is the most delightful animated feature ever.
A Matter Of Loaf And Death is the newest one of the series. It was on BBC1 during last Christmas. It caught eyes of all British people. People all were curious about what new would happen in their life.
The DVD is on market in 2008. It has two versions. One is DVD, £8.68 and the other one is Blu-ray, £9.68. Both are Eligible for FREE Super Saver Delivery on amazon.co.uk. By the way, it won British Academy Film Awards in 2009. The director Nick Park is really genius. I admire him enormously.
The name A matter of Loaf and Death would remind you of a classical movie called A matter of Life and Death, doesn't it? This time Wallace and Gromit run a bakery and deliver bread to people. Their business is flourishing. When you see Gromit working on bread you would have a desire to have a bite of the top bun. You also want to know how they made the Toast of the Town. By watching it you can find the typical British lifestyle and unique humor. It's really amazing, relaxing and relevant to our life.
The technology of film making has improved a lot compared to the previous series. From the DVD extras you can find out how they donut and an audio commentary with Nick Park, etc.
I would stop telling details of this DVD. I don't want spoil your expectation when you watch it.
Also posted by myself on ciao.com and ciao.co.uk.
Wallace and Gromit for me is quite light hearted easy viewing around Christmas time, and although its not a film id really rush out and buy on DVD, I did quite enjoy this when I watched it on TV over Christmas.
This aired on BBC1 on Christmas day and let me know if I'm wrong but I think it actually pulled in the most viewers of anything on Christmas day so its easy to see just how popular Wallace and Gromit has become with the public, and mainly with family's.
It was only a short little animation and it would have been nice to see them make another full length or at least an hour long film again, however it was still very entertaining to watch.
The film was basically about Wallace and Gromit who have now turned their hands to baking. However there has recently been a lot of baker murders going around and so they are fairly worried.
Wallace also falls in love, again, and for the worse as the woman from a rival baking company is not all she seems.
The animation of course is excellent and there's some really funny moments in there. The plot, is like all the other Wallace and grommets, a tad predictable however it was still a great short film and I really enjoyed it.
Once again, Wallace and Gromit return to our screens, this time in the bakery trade; getting up to more exciting escapates.
The actual storyline is about when Wallace finds his perfect woman and they become very close much to Gromits dislike. His personal vendetta against the woman leads him to uncover a dark secret about the woman but is he too late to save Wallace?!
The usual gags are in this mostly coming form a decidedly unimpressed Gromit regarding Wallaces various contraptions and adventures. The introduction of some new characters prevented the movie from becoming too stale and there are some realy laugh out load part to this story including some slapstick and also some more subtle humour.
All the above make the movie fun for the whole family and if you liked the previous Wallace and Gromit adventures you're going to love this one. The jokes come thick and fast and follow roughly the same trend as those in the previous escapates. Gladly they've kept the relationship exactly the same taking joy in the fact that the dog is more intelligent than the person.
A Matter of Loaf and Death
This time Wallace and Gromit appear as Bakers in the world of bun puns and bread related jokes.
Wallace falls for one time Bakerlite girl, Piella Bakewell. Unfortunately Wallace is sometimes a slice short of a loaf ad it turns out Piella is hiding a deadly secret.
Gromit soon comes to feel something is not quite right and attempts to thwart Piella As she tries to bump Wallace off. Gromit will really have to use his loaf to get through this one.
She is after her full 'bakers dozen' and she will not let Gromit get in her way of slicing and dicing Wallace.
There are the usual W & G jokes that run through all of their adventure, generally cheese based. The animation is without doubt made with a lot of love and care. The soundtrack is standard W & G. This is a truly lovely animated film.
kids and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy this latest romp from Nick Park
Twenty years after the first appearance of Wallace's cheese obsession and the eyebrow-raises that, in my house at least, gave rise to the expression "doing a Gromit", the Man-and-his-Dog pair returned on Christmas Day 2008. Although only three years since their feature-length debut in Curse of the Were-Rabbit, this is their first TV Short since A Close Shave in 1995.
For those who haven't come across any of the previous four outings, the premise quickly becomes familiar. In an unnamed Northern English town, Wallace and Gromit are amateur inventors who also turn their hand to whatever entrepreneurial enterprise takes their fancy. Gromit is comfortably the brains of the pair, although Wallace (big-hearted, essentially intelligent enough, but somewhat scatterbrained and an appalling judge of character) never seems in any way aware of this.
In A Matter of Loaf and Death, the pair have elected to try bakery. The pun of the title is the first of many that crop up throughout the episode; enough that you're bound to notice a few new ones with each fresh viewing. Business is booming; the pair (well, mainly Gromit) are churning out breads and pastries as fast as they can make them - although this may well be down the lack of competition, what with the untimely demise of the town's other twelve bakers. You'd think one might take note that the bread-business has become a dangerous game, but Wallace is as oblivious and cheerful as always.
It isn't long before Wallace (voiced, as ever, by Peter Sallis) makes the acquaintance of one Piella Bakewell (former Coronation Street landlady Sally Lindsay), the former "Bake-o-Lite Girl", a pin-up of the dough industry whom we gather Wallace had something of a thing for back in the day. Initially, romance blooms, but is there something more sinister about Ms Bakewell than first appears? Again, Wallace doesn't think so, so it's Gromit on the case.
As alluded to earlier, this is a classic W&G outing in that all the hallmarks of the series to date are here; the sight jokes, the puns on names, the film parodies (from Ghost to Aliens, this time). The plot as well, has its familiar moments - Wallace's relationship with Piella and Gromit is pretty reminiscent of that involving his lodger in The Wrong Trousers, whilst we've also seen his ill-fated romances before, and have come to expect the extended action/chase sequence at the climax. On the positive side, this ensures a reliable, amusing episode with plenty of action and laughs, albeit familiar ones. The film take-offs are nicely done, with some neat episode-related twists and variations. The character of Piella is a welcome addition, Sally Lindsay's voice fitting perfectly, whilst her poodle Fluffles adds an extra element to the story, especially for Gromit.
This familiarity, however, breeds an episode that, for reasons that are hard to pin down to specifics, just doesn't feel as strong as previous efforts. While there is nothing especially wrong with A Matter of Loaf and Death, I can't imagine it living as long in the memory as its predecessors, or its characters proving as enduring as the likes of Shaun the Sheep and Feathers McGraw. There are laughs here, certainly, but many feel like reworkings of previous renditions, and lack the freshness and impact the originals possessed.
Perhaps the fall in standards, however slight (for this is still plenty better than most TV offerings) is a result of the film which preceded it. If there were any doubts that Wallace and Gromit could make the step up to feature-length presentations, Curse of the Were-Rabbit dispelled them instantly on viewing. It may be that the return to a shorter format proved a difficult step down - this felt a bit rushed and breathless at times, as if the creators were trying to fit a film's-worth of material into 30 minutes of TV.
A Matter of Loaf and Death was still probably the pick of the Christmas viewing, and would make a welcome addition to any Wallace and Gromit lover's collection on DVD; but only after all its predecessors. Good, but not great - which has become the standard to which Nick Park has raised expectations.
Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'.
The dynamic duo are back as bakers with a slice or two short of a loaf.
It all starts with the murder of a baker who is battered with his own rolling pin and ends up face down in his own dough.
Wallace has of course a love interest, Piella Bakewell. Whilst Gromit hovers in the background trying to hold together some sort of sanity in this madcap world in which they both live.
They play bakers who are quite obsessive about bread, with of course the cheese still hovering in the background, they must solve a mystery whilst still making sure the bread doesn't burn.
Lets hope they use their loaf.
What is Miss Bakewells secret and why is her poodle dog so scared all of the time, who is bumping off all of the bakers and why?
After 12 bakers have all met a gruesome end who will be number 13?
Who will make up the bakers dozen of dead bakers?
Simply a wonderful movie with jokes for kids and adults alike. There are lots of hidden jokes which refer to other movies, there is even a musical reference back to 'A Grand Day Out'.
There is even a micky take on 'Ghost' with the potters wheel scene.
Album covers with 'Mc Flea' and 'Puppy Love' and even a small Bagpuss toy can be seen in the background.
Wonderfully shot and beautifully lit throughout, you can tell a lot of thought, care and attention to detail has gone into this short movie.
The movie builds to a 'Cracking' nerve tingling funny ending.
(Remember don't feed the crocodile)
At 30 minutes long I found I wanted more but then that's a good sign of a great movie.
VERY HIGHLY recommended.
Nick Park, CBE, has done it again.
Region: Region 2
Number of discs: 1