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The Wrong Trousers

Wallace in the Techno-Trousers, controlled by Feathers McGraw.
Directed by Nick Park
Produced by Peter Lord
David Sproxton
Written by Nick Park
Bob Baker
Starring Peter Sallis
Music by Julian Nott
Distributed by BBC
Aardman Animations
Release date(s) December 26, 1993
Running time 30 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Preceded by A Grand Day Out (1989)
Followed by A Close Shave (1995)
IMDb profile

The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 animated film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. It was his second half-hour short featuring the eccentric inventor Wallace and his quiet but intelligent dog Gromit, following 1989's A Grand Day Out and preceding 1995's A Close Shave. Image File history File links The_Wrong_Trousers. ... Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ... Peter Lord (born 1953) is co-founder of Aardman Animations, a British animation firm best known for claymation films including those involving the characters Wallace and Gromit, and the 2000 film Chicken Run. ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ... Bob Baker (born in Bristol, England in 1939) is an accomplished television and film writer. ... Sallis (right) along with Brian Wilde (centre) and Bill Owen in Last of the Summer Wine Peter Sallis (b. ... Promotional headshot from official homepage Julian Nott (born ? in London, England) is a British film composer, prominently of animated films. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Aardman Animations, Ltd. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 361st in leap years. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A Grand Day Out (full name A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit) is an award-nominated 1989 animated film directed and animated by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ... Wallace and Gromit on their way to wash windows A Close Shave is a 1995 animated film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ... // March 31 - Actor Brandon Lee is accidentally killed during the filming of The Crow. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ... Aardman Animations, Ltd. ... This article is about the English city. ... Wallace and Gromit Wallace and Gromit are the main characters in a series of three British animated short films, a series of ten short animated sequences, and a feature-length film by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... A Grand Day Out (full name A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit) is an award-nominated 1989 animated film directed and animated by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Wallace and Gromit on their way to wash windows A Close Shave is a 1995 animated film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ...


As in A Grand Day Out, the 30 minute film uses sight gags and exaggerated physical comedy, as well as a few subtle film parodies. Voice acting is the sole duty of Peter Sallis as the voice of Wallace, as both Gromit and Feathers McGraw remain silent throughout. Sallis (right) along with Brian Wilde (centre) and Bill Owen in Last of the Summer Wine Peter Sallis (b. ...


The film premiered in the UK on 26 December 1993 and won the 1993 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 361st in leap years. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This class was known as Short Subjects, cartoons from 1932 until 1970, and as Short Subjects, animated films from 1971 to 1973. ...

Contents

Plot

The film begins at 62 West Wallaby Street on Gromit's birthday. After falling downstairs from his bed via a trapdoor in the ceiling (which also dresses him at the same time), Wallace is greeted with a large pile of bills. Meanwhile, Gromit subtly attempts to remind Wallace that it is his birthday. After surveying their depleted funds, Wallace lets slip that he has not forgotten Gromit's birthday after all and presents Gromit with a somewhat unwelcome gift of a dog collar, and a second present of a pair of ex-NASA robotic "Techno Trousers", designed to alleviate the burden of taking him for walks. Wallace and Gromit are the main characters in a series of three British animated films by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States federal government, responsible for the nations public space program. ...


While Gromit is out on a "walk", Wallace decides that the only solution to their financial problems is to let the spare bedroom out. Thus, a lodger, a malevolent-looking penguin, comes to stay in the house, pushing Gromit out of his comfortable bedroom and winning Wallace's favour. Upset that the penguin has intruded on his relationship with his master, Gromit leaves home. Viewing his departure, the penguin goes to work on altering the Techno Trousers for his own means. Modern genera Aptenodytes Eudyptes Eudyptula Megadyptes Pygoscelis Spheniscus For prehistoric genera, see Systematics Some penguins are curious. ...


After sleeping rough, Gromit hunts for suitable lodgings, noticing a police poster offering a reward for the capture of a chicken called Feathers McGraw. Meanwhile, Wallace's normal morning routine is interrupted by the replacement of his expected trousers with the modified Techno Trousers. Trapped inside the robotic garments, Wallace is sent on an extended test, driven by remote control, although he is unaware of the penguin's involvement. Gromit, seeing this spectacle, and having observed the penguin suspiciously measuring-up the exterior of the town museum, decides to sneak back into his old bedroom, uncovering the penguin's plans to steal a giant diamond from the museum using the trousers and Wallace as tools. Feathers McGraw hijacks the techno-trousers Feathers McGraw is a fictional character who appears in the animated Wallace & Gromit film The Wrong Trousers. ... This article is about the gemstone. ...


However, Gromit is too late to foil the plan and is forced to hide inside Wallace's bed, where he observes the penguin in his "chicken" disguise (a large red rubber glove on his head). Wallace, in a deep sleep after the day's misadventures, is unwittingly brought into the robbery by the penguin, and by nightfall breaks into the museum using the suction feet on the trousers to scale the wall and hang from the ceiling, avoiding the laser alarm system. Having successfully hooked the diamond, a loose tile means the alarm is set off, waking Wallace, who has no idea where he is. After escaping back to West Wallaby Street, the penguin reveals his identity to Wallace and locks him in a wardrobe. Experiment with a laser (US Military) In physics, a laser is a device that emits light through a specific mechanism for which the term laser is an acronym: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. ...


Making for the door with the diamond, the penguin is confronted by Gromit with a rolling pin. The penguin then pulls out a pistol and forces Gromit into the wardrobe with Wallace, locking them inside. Being an expert with electronics, Gromit is able to override the Trousers' circuits and break open the doors. There then follows a large chase aboard a trainset, as Gromit attempts to stop the penguin escaping with the diamond, aided unsuccessfully by Wallace. Wooden rolling pin A rolling pin is a food preparation utensil consisting of a cylinder with a handle at each end, used to flatten dough. ... A Browning 9 millimeter Hi-Power Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century, using a Percussion cap mechanism Derringers were small and easily hidden. ...


After the penguin's train is abruptly stopped by the trousers, he is caught and handed into the police station. For catching Feathers McGraw, the pair are given a substantial reward, which pays off their debts.


Meanwhile, the trousers, unceremoniously consigned to the dustbin, walk off into the sunset.


In-jokes, references and puns

Here are a few subtle jokes from the film.

  • The Morning Post that Gromit is reading at the start of the film has as its main headline, "Moon Cheese prices soar!", an obvious reference to A Grand Day Out.
  • Wallace's spare money is kept in a piggy bank, stored in a safe, which is stereotypically hidden behind a painting on the wall. The trouble with this 'hidden' wealth, however, is that the painting is of a piggy bank.
  • When trying to get Gromit out of the house, the penguin plays Organ music very loudly on the radio, including "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree", the latter a hint of previous jail time. (However, see alternate versions of music note below).
  • As Gromit watches television whilst eating breakfast, the Open University fanfare and a continuity announcement can be heard. However, the fanfare had not been used for two years by the time this film was released. Additionally, the fanfare was changed to a generic trumpet piece for the DVD release.
  • When Gromit is sitting in the cafe reading a newspaper, the headline is "Dog Reads Newspaper".
  • When Gromit is spying on Feathers, he hides in a box on the front it reads Meatabix, a pun on the breakfast cereal Weetabix.
  • The melancholic puma from Aardman Animation's Creature Comforts can be seen in the museum.

A Grand Day Out (full name A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit) is an award-nominated 1989 animated film directed and animated by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window? is a popular song. ... The single cover of Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree was a popular song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. ... Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Website http://www. ... Weetabix is a wheat-based breakfast cereal produced by Weetabix Limited. ... Melancholia (Greek μελαγχολια) was described as a distinct disease as early as the fifth and fourth centuries BC in the Hippocratic writings. ... For other uses, see Cougar (disambiguation). ... Creature Comforts was originally a 1989 animated short film made in Britain about how animals feel about living in a zoo, and later became a series of commercials for Heat Electric. ...

Quotations

"Any post, was there, perchance?"


"They're all bills. Oh dear, Oh dear me. We shall have to economise Gromit. I'll have to let that room out."


"Just look at that. I'm down to my last few coppers. And those presents weren't cheap either!"


"Well, Gromit, let's see what's on the nine-oh-five, shall we?"


"I think you'll find this present a valuable addition to our modern lifestyle. They're Techno-trousers, ex-NASA, fantastic for walkies."


"Ahh, It's no use prevaricating about the bush."


"I suppose you like kippers, do you? Partial to bit of black pudding myself — with bacon, of course."


"No more lodgers — more trouble than they're worth! I could just fancy some cheese, Gromit. What do you say? Cheddar?... All's well that ends well, that's what I say. Uhmm... I do like a bit of gorgonzola..."


"It's the wrong trousers Gromit! And they've gone wrong!"


(a wanted sign for Feathers the Penguin, with a rubber glove on his head) "Have you seen this chicken?"


(As Feathers pulls the rubber glove off his head) "Good grief! It's you!"


"I'll give you what-for, you tyke."


Alternate versions of music

In the original BBC version of the film, Gromit's birthday card plays "Happy Birthday to You", which is associated with birthdays in Britain and North America. When the film was released on BBC DVD in 2000, this was replaced with "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" for copyright reasons. Also removed for the DVD (again for reasons of copyright) are certain specific tunes from the penguin's radio, replaced with generic Hammond organ music. Amongst those pieces removed are (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window? - along with Wallace's singing of it the subsequent morning - and Happy Talk from the film South Pacific; Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree was left intact. In the latest DVD release, however, the original soundtrack can be heard in the background of the commentary track. Happy Birthday to You is often sung when a birthday cake is brought to a party table before the birthday boy or girl blows the candles out on the cake. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For Hes A Jolly Good Fellow is a British and American song which is sung to congratulate a person on a significant event, such as a retirement. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window? is a popular song. ... Happy Talk is a popular song. ... This article is about the 1958 film . ... Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree was a popular song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. ...


Credits

Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ... Steve Box is an Oscar-winning animator and director who works for Aardman Animations. ... Peter Lord (born 1953) is co-founder of Aardman Animations, a British animation firm best known for claymation films including those involving the characters Wallace and Gromit, and the 2000 film Chicken Run. ... Peter Kai Thornton CBE (April 8, 1925 – February 8, 2007) was a museum curator and writer. ... Phil Lewis is the current vocalist for American Sleaze Rock band L.A. Guns. ... John Whiteside (Jack) Parsons (October 2, 1914–June 17, 1952), born Marvel Whiteside Parsons, was a rocket propulsion researcher at the California Institute of Technology and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Aerojet Corporation. ... John Wright may refer to: John Wright (cricketer) (born 1954), member of the New Zealand cricket team, coach of the Indian cricket team John Wright (inventor), an inventor of electroplating (method patented, 1840) John Wright (politician), New Zealand MP, 1996–2002 John C. Wright (born 1961), science fiction and fantasy... Craig B. Chandler (born 1970) is an obese Canadian political, business and religious activist. ... Jason Marshall (born February 22, 1971 in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim of the National Hockey League. ... Bill Morgan is best known as a CBC television producer. ... Aardman Animations, Ltd. ... Peter Kai Thornton CBE (April 8, 1925 – February 8, 2007) was a museum curator and writer. ... Promotional headshot from official homepage Julian Nott (born ? in London, England) is a British film composer, prominently of animated films. ... Tristan Oliver is a British camera operator, mainly working with Aardman Animations. ... Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ... Bob Baker (born in Bristol, England in 1939) is an accomplished television and film writer. ... Brian Sibley is a British writer. ... Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Peter Salmon (born 1956 in Burnley, Lancashire, UK) is a British television producer and executive. ... Peter Lord (born 1953) is co-founder of Aardman Animations, a British animation firm best known for claymation films including those involving the characters Wallace and Gromit, and the 2000 film Chicken Run. ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ...

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Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit series
Short films: A Grand Day Out - The Wrong Trousers - A Close Shave | Feature film: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Video games: Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo - Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Other adventures: Cracking Contraptions - Shaun the Sheep

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The Wrong Trousers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (952 words)
The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 animated film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit.
The penguin turns out to be a ruthless criminal named Feathers McGraw (whom the authorities believe to be a rooster due to his cunning disguise of wearing a red rubber glove on his head), and plans to use Wallace's latest invention to steal a giant diamond.
Many see The Wrong Trousers as a tribute to this master filmmaker, and the scene where Feathers McGraw is shown upstairs seems eerily reminiscent of Hitchcock's own early masterpiece entitled The Lodger.
Wrong Trousers Day (145 words)
Beat 106 is supporting Wallace & Gromit's Wrong Trousers Day on Friday 2nd July and we're asking you to join in and help raise money for local childrens' charities.
Wrong Trousers Day is an event to raise funds for the Wallace & Gromit Children's Foundation.
All you have to do to take part is wear the wrong trousers on 2nd July and donate a pound.
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