The Wrong Trousers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Wrong Trousers
Promotional poster, with Feathers McGraw in the foreground
Directed byNick Park
Written byNick Park
Bob Baker
Brian Sibley
Produced byChristopher Moll
StarringPeter Sallis
CinematographyTristan Oliver
Dave Alex Riddett
Edited byHelen Garrard
Music byJulian Nott
Aardman Animations
Wallace and Gromit Ltd.
BBC Bristol
Lionheart Television
BBC Children's International
Distributed byBBC Enterprises
Release dates
  • 17 December 1993 (1993-12-17) (US)
  • 26 December 1993 (1993-12-26) (UK)
Running time
28 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 British stop-motion animated short film directed by Nick Park, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit, and was produced by Aardman Animations in association with Wallace and Gromit Ltd., BBC Bristol, Lionheart Television and BBC Children's International. 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 villainous penguin named Feathers McGraw uses Wallace and Gromit's robot "Techno-Trousers" to steal a diamond from the city museum.

The Wrong Trousers premiered in the United States on 17 December 1993, and the United Kingdom on 26 December 1993 on BBC Two.[3] It was commercially successful, and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1994. It also inspired a charity fundraising day, known as "Wrong Trousers Day", one of several events.

The short was followed by two sequels, A Close Shave, released in December 1995, and A Matter of Loaf and Death released in December 2008. Feathers McGraw returns in the 2003 video game Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo.


To pay off debts, Wallace lets the spare bedroom to a penguin, who befriends Wallace and drives Gromit from the house. The penguin takes an interest in Wallace's new "techno-trousers", which can walk on walls and ceilings, and secretly rewires them for radio control. Gromit realizes that the penguin is Feathers McGraw, a wanted robber who frequently disguises himself as a chicken.

Feathers forces Wallace into the techno-trousers and sends him on a test run through town. Later, Gromit spies on Feathers as he takes measurements of the city museum, and discovers Feathers' plans to steal a diamond from the museum.

While Wallace is asleep, Feathers marches him to the museum and uses the trousers to infiltrate the building. He uses a remotely operated crane claw, contained in a helmet he has made Wallace wear, to capture the diamond, but accidentally trips the alarm. As Wallace wakes up, Feathers returns to the house and traps him and Gromit in a wardrobe at pistol-point.

Gromit rewires the trousers to break open the wardrobe. He and Wallace chase Feathers aboard their model train set. Wallace disarms Feathers and frees himself from the trousers. After Feathers' train crashes with the trousers, Gromit captures him in a milk bottle. The police imprison Feathers in the prison cell wall of the city zoo. Wallace and Gromit pay their debts with the reward money, while the techno-trousers walk off into the sunset.

Soundtrack alterations[edit]

In the original airing, first VHS release of the film and the 1999 DVD release, Gromit's birthday card plays "Happy Birthday to You".

In subsequent home video releases and airings, this was replaced with "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" to avoid copyright infringements (likely due to this version of Happy Birthday being copyrighted). Also altered (again for reasons of copyright) are two specific songs from the penguin's radio, which were replaced with unidentified pieces of music, played through a Hammond organ. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree", also played through the same instrument, was left intact, due to being in the public domain.

The pieces that were removed are "Happy Talk" from the musical South Pacific and "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?", along with Wallace's singing of the latter during the subsequent morning. In addition, Gromit's television during breakfast no longer plays the Open University theme, although an announcer can still be heard saying, "Welcome to Open University".

However, the original soundtrack can still be heard in the background of the commentary track of the DVD release, although the Blu-ray release features the commentary track with the altered soundtrack. The original soundtrack can also be heard in non-English versions of the film.[4]


The Wrong Trousers was voted as the eighteenth best British television show by the British Film Institute.[5] The film has an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 26 reviews, and an average score of 9.10/10. The critical consensus reads, "An endearing and meticulous showcase of stop motion animation, The Wrong Trousers also happens to be laugh-out-loud funny."[6] 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 in 1994.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Aardman Animations – A Close Shave". Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  3. ^ "The Wrong Trousers (1993)". BFI. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Wallace and gromit Nespravne kalhoty". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "The BFI TV 100: 1-100". Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  6. ^ " Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers ". Rotten Tomatoes.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External links[edit]