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--... more »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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.« less
"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."
tvtv3 | Sorento, IL United States | 03/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video contains the collection of the first three "Wallace and Gromit" claymation cartoons. The shorts are around thirty minutes each and were directed by the brilliant Nick Park (the guy responsible for CHICKEN RUN). All three shorts were nominated for Academy Awards, and THE WRONG TROUSERS and A CLOSE SHAVE both won Oscars.A GRAND DAY OUT is the middle feature on the video, but was the first Wallace and Gromit short. The film introduces the characters of Wallace, a somewhat absent-minded inventor, and his faithful (and more reasonable) dog, Gromit. Wallace loves cheese, but one day finds that the house is completely empty of the food (look for the cool mice in the basement; maybe they ate it). Since it's a holiday, the two were looking to take a trip and Wallace decides they need to go where there is a lot of cheese. Everybody knows the moon is made of cheese so the duo builds a rocket to the moon for a grand day out.THE WRONG TROUSERS is by far the best of the three shorts. It's full of comedy, mystery, and suspense and has one of the best chase scenes in modern film history (there's nothing like a death defying race on a model train set). Though the stocks in Moon Cheese are soaring, Wallace and Gromit find themselves short on cash and are forced to take in a border. ...THE CLOSE SHAVE isn't quite as good as THE WRONG TROUSERS, but it's still an amazing piece of animation. Wallace and Gromit have a window washing business and one oftheir best customers turns out to be a lady who owns yarn and wool shop and lives with a viscious looking dog. Sheep are being stolen all over the countryside. One of the little lambs escapes to W & G's abode and they do what they can to find out where the lamb came. However, along the way Gromit is framed for sheepnapping and sent to jail. Without his friend, Wallace is a mess and not even the little lady at yarn shop can cheer him, because things aren't always what they seem.These cartoons are just awesome. The animation is amazing and the stories are great. A great way to spend thirty minutes or an hour and a half. Children enjoy these cartoons, but adults like them even more. Great family enterainment."
Great program - bad DVD
Wensleydale Fan | Raleigh, NC | 08/30/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, let me just say that the above rating in no way indicates how I feel about the "Wallace & Gromit" shorts, all of which are superb pieces of animation.
My rating applies only to this slipshod DVD release, obviously intended to capitalize on the upcoming W&G "Curse of the Were-Rabbit" feature, and lacking all of the wonderful extras of the previous BBC version.
Gone are the Nick Park commentaries, the behind-the-scenes featurettes or the cute scrapbooks or photo galleries. In fact the only "behind-the-scenes" material collected on this disc applies to programs OTHER than the main W&G films. A true disappointment.
So, my advice is ignore this release and do your best to track down the old version. It will be well-worth the money."
Should be on any animation fan's top 10 list.
J. Lee | 01/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, the basics. Nick Park: British clay animator and all-around brilliant chap. Wallace: Kindhearted but hapless inventor known for gently hairbrained ideas. Gromit: Long-suffering but intrepid dog whose facial expressions say it all.A Grand Day Out: Despite some immensely funny sight gags, this is ultimately kind of a lightweight. Pleasant, but weird and not as focused as the other two.The Wrong Trousers: If Hitchcock made a claymation movie, it would be this. A perfect blend of suspense and comedy involving a mysterious penguin, a model train set, a daring jewel heist, and a pair of mechanical pants. Arguably one of the greatest short films in animation history.A Close Shave: Not quite as brilliant as its predecessor, but still well-done and tons of fun. An action-adventure romp in which Wallace and Gromit discover a dastardly sheepnapping scheme. Includes an ingenious parody of a well-known American action film (to say any more would be telling.)All in all: Well worth its high price. Pure entertainment you'll want to watch over and over."
vintage_girl | 09/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This set includes all three Wallace And Gromit films, which have won a slew of well-deserved awards. The animation is charming, and the attention to detail is impressive. As you watch the videos again and again you keep noticing more little details you missed before--most are witty or inside jokes or references that you'll catch if you pay attention. The characters are beloved for a reason--Wallace is neurotic and obsessive in charming Brit style, and Gromit is brilliant, sarcastic, and parental. 'The Wrong Trousers' and 'A Close Shave' are my favorites--these two have the best plots, the funniest twists, and the best character development (the evil penguin and bully bulldog had me rolling!). You can't help but fall in love with Wallace And Gromit, and you'll probably join the rest of us addicts begging for another installment and buying up every piece of witty merchandise you can get!If you do end up liking these videos, you should definitely get 'Creature Comforts' by Aardman productions--it's got a great Nick Park short, and three other great pieces. Plus, Chicken Run was great, too (though it was no Wallace and Gromit!)"