The Wrong Trousers
|Wallace and Gromit in The Wrong Trousers|
Promotional poster, with Feathers McGraw in the foreground
|Directed by||Nick Park|
|Produced by||Christopher Moll|
|Written by||Nick Park
|Music by||Julian Nott|
Dave Alex Riddett
|Edited by||Helen Garrard|
|Distributed by||BBC (UK, TV)
PBS (USA, TV)
|30 minutes (NTSC)
29 minutes (PAL)
The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 British stop-motion animated short film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. It is the second film featuring the eccentric inventor Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and his dog Gromit, following A Grand Day Out (1989). In the film, a sinister penguin uses Wallace and Gromit's robotic "Techno Trousers" to steal a diamond.
The Wrong Trousers premiered in the United States on 17 December 1993, and the United Kingdom on 26 December 1993. It was commercially successful and won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It also inspired a charity fundraising day, known as "Wrong Trousers Day", one of several events. A sequel, A Close Shave, was released in 1995.
Wallace (Peter Sallis) gives his intelligent dog Gromit a pair of robotic legs on his birthday — "Techno Trousers EX-NASA" — to take him for walks.
To alleviate their financial problems, Wallace decides to advertise their spare bedroom to let. The room is taken by an inscrutable penguin, who irritates Gromit by pushing him out of his own room and playing loud music. The penguin takes an interest in the Techno Trousers after seeing Gromit use their suction feet to walk on the ceiling while decorating. After Gromit is driven from the house, the penguin secretly rewires the Techno Trousers for radio control.
While Gromit hunts for lodgings, he discovers a wanted poster offering a reward for the capture of a criminal chicken by the name of Feathers McGraw. In fact, the "chicken" is a penguin who disguises himself with a red rubber glove on his head.
Wallace's morning routine is interrupted when Feathers replaces his clothes with the Techno Trousers and sends him on an extended test run. Gromit witnesses this and spies on Feathers taking measurements of the city museum. He returns home and discovers Feathers' plans to steal a diamond from the museum.
While Wallace sleeps, Feathers marches him to the museum and uses the Trousers to infiltrate the building. He uses a remote-operated crane claw to capture the diamond, but triggers the laser alarm, waking Wallace. Feathers marches him back to the house and, armed with a gun, traps him and Gromit in a wardrobe.
Using his electronics expertise, Gromit rewires the Trousers to make them march and break open the wardrobe. They chase Feathers aboard their model train set. Wallace confiscates Feathers's gun and frees himself from the Trousers. After Feathers's train collides with the Trousers, he is captured in a bottle, arrested, and imprisoned in the city zoo. Wallace and Gromit celebrate paying off their debts with the reward money while the Techno Trousers, consigned to the dustbin, walk off into the sunset.
The Wrong Trousers was voted as the eighteenth-best British television show by the British Film Institute. It has a unanimously positive score on Rotten Tomatoes with 24 reviews, 100% positive and an average score of 9.1/10. The film was awarded the Grand Prix at the Tampere Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the World Festival of Animated film – Animafest Zagreb in 1994.
The Wrong Trousers won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
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