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The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 British stop-motion claymated crime mystery comedy short film. starring Peter Sallis as Wallace and directed by Nick Park, it is the second Wallace and Gromit short produced by BBC Video and Aardman following A Grand Day Out, and would be followed by A Close Shave and A Matter of Loaf and Death. it inspired a holiday known as the "Wrong Trousers Day", which is celebrated annually on 2 July.


after the events of A Grand Day Out, it is the 12th of February, Gromit's birthday. Wallace sleeps in and has seemingly forgotten, until he accidentally mentions buying presents. Wallace presents Gromit with three gifts: a dog collar, a dog lead, and the Techno Trousers (Wallace's latest invention, a pair of automated mechanical ex-NASA trousers). after unwrapping his presents and giving a test run around Wigan, Gromit is unimpressed with his gifts.

Realizing he has too many debts, Wallace realizes he needs to let a lodger to their spare room at 62 West Wallaby Street. the lodger ends up being a mysterious penguin who rejects the spare room and instead takes over Gromit's bedroom and has it re-decorated. in the following week, the penguin begins playing loud music on Gromit's radio in the night, takes too long in the bathroom and begins being overly-helpful doing all of Gromit's chores without asking. after Gromit struggles to sleep and oversees Wallace throwing the penguin a dinner party without him, a depressed Gromit feels rejected and leaves for a new home.

when Wallace awakens the next morning, he finds himself now wearing the Tech Trousers and finds that they are missing their controls. at first he thinks Gromit is playing a joke on him, until the trousers begin moving themselves and goes out of control. Gromit oversees the penguin nearby holding a remote control with the control panel from the trousers, and he manages to bring Wallace back home where he puts him back in bed. Gromit follows the mysterious penguin around Wigan where he finds him taking measurements of the windows of the local city museum. when reading some signs set up in the streets, he finds a wanted poster with a familiar-looking black bird on it, who has apparently escaped from the West Wallaby Zoo. the poster gives the bird's name as "Feathers McGraw" and asks "have you seen this chicken?".

with Gromit keeping an eye on the penguin, he finds that he is the bird from the poster, Feathers McGraw who disguises as chicken and is planning a crime spree. using the remote control of the trousers, Feathers and a sleepwalking Wallace break into the West Wallaby Museum where Feathers attempts to steal a diamond, but trips the alarm and awakens Wallace. when they get back to house 62, Feathers reveals his identity and traps Wallace in a wardrobe. Gromit appears and attempts to stop Feathers using a rolling pin, but Feathers locks both of them in the closet at gunpoint. in the dark, Gromit attempts to fix the trousers' controls, but causes the trousers to roll down the stairs and Feathers attempts to escape on one of Wallace's model train sets. Wallace and Gromit both manage to chase Feathers on miniature trains, until they reach the end of the house where the trains collides with the trousers and Gromit manages to trap Feathers in a milk bottle. Wallace and Gromit give Feathers to the police, who imprison him back in the zoo, where he plans his revenge. the police gives Wallace the reward money which he uses to pay for all of his bills. Gromit throws out the Techno Trousers, but briefly notice them walking down the street.




after the successful release of A Grand Day Out, the BBC commissioned a second short film of the franchise. creator and director Nick Park was struggling to think of a well-structured storyline, as his previous film's plot had been fairly simple. eventually, he teamed up with BBC writer Bob Baker, who helped him co-write the story using ideas from his sketchbook. the story was originally to follow Wallace and Gromit finding the Techno Trousers after they had fallen from space, and Wallace would have to wear them to a ball after accidentally burning his only good pair of trousers.


the film was animated in a banana-ripening shed, as Aardman has no offices to this day. instead of Park doing the animation all himself, he was helped out by animator Steve Box, who would later become his co-director for the feature film. to film the train chase sequence, the camera was placed on a rig and pushed down the set.


the soundtrack for the film was composed by Julian Nott, who had composed the first film's score. as the film was more intense, Nott included more orchestral suspense rather than jazz, taking inspiration from the compositions of Bernard Herrmann. the chase sequence in this film was originally going to have a soundtrack which was fast and scary to give a feel of real peril “as if Wallace & Gromit are about to die”, but the executive producer at the BBC said “no no no no no! we don’t want this, this should be funny." so Nott changed the music instead to classical comedy music. the soundtrack of the film's chase is Nott's Favourite composition of music.

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in the original broadcast and VHS release, the film used the tunes of songs such as "Happy Birthday To You", "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?" and the theme of Harvard University. when the film was released on DVD (at least in the UK, Australia and America), these songs were changed to royalty-free songs, such as "He's A Jolly Good Fellow" and "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree", possibly because the original songs had been stolen. Wallace singing "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?" and Gromit's television playing the Harvard University theme have also been removed and replaced, although an announcer can be heard saying "welcome to Harvard University". in most countries today, the original version of the film and its original soundtrack is almost impossible to find, although some re-releases internationally still include the original soundtrack as the copyright issues did not apply to those countries.





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  • this film is still highly regarded as the most successful and acclaimed film of the franchise. Nick Park, Peter Sallis and E.Pop Studios' podcast World of Wallace & Gromit: The Podcast have all called this film their Favourite film of the franchise. winning the first Academy Award of the franchise, it is one of the most successful animated films ever made.


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