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The Turbo Diner is a short film in the Cracking Contraptions series. The film features the invention of the Turbo Diner a device that helps quickly clean up diner.


While trying to repair the Auto Chef, Wallace tries a new replacement contraption. To help speed up Gromit's chores of preparing the table, Wallace activates the Turbo Diner, a machine that operates with coin usage. The Turbo Diner cleans the table via suction, but not before clamping Wallace and Gromit's hands and legs onto the chair arms and legs (to prevent the two sucked up into the vacuum). The Turbo Diner then instantly cooks a delicious meal, and lights the candles. But then the meter runs out of coins (as Wallace inserted a 10-pence piece inside, giving the machine a mere minute to operate). The table and meter are too far away for either Wallace or Gromit to reach because of the wrist and ankle clamps. The lights and candles go out, leaving the duo hopelessly trapped in the darkness. How the two managed to break free has never been explained.


  • When the suction machine comes out to vacuum everything, it doesn't suck up the table cloth.