Wallace & Gromit Shorts Loaded on DVD

In advance of the Oct. 7 release of DreamWorks Animation’s and Aardman Animation’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, DreamWorks Home Entertainment is releasing the original, Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit short films on DVD on Sept. 20. Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures will include the films A Close Shave, The Wrong Trousers and A Grand Day Out, as well as the 10-part micro-series, Cracking Contraptions.

In A Grand Day Out, cheese-loving Wallace finds his fridge empty and the local corner shop shut for the Bank Holiday. Determined to have his favorite snack, the blundering inventor builds a rocket and takes his canine pal, Gromit, on a trip to the moon for some cheese of the green variety.

The Wrong Trousers has our plasticine heroes up against an extraordinary pair of automated trousers and a villainous penguin, who poses as an innocent lodger to recruiting mild-mannered Wallace as an unwitting accomplice to his diamond heist. It’s up to Gromit to turn detective and save the day as the ensuing mayhem culminates in a train chase sequence that represents some of the best animation work ever captured on film.

Wallace and Gromit find success with their Wash ’N Go window cleaning service and diversify into the wool biz in A Close Shave. Wallace’s Knit-O-Matic machine takes all the guess work out of sheering sheep and making sweaters, but supplies begin to run low as a rustling ring depletes the local pool of sheep.

Cracking Contraptions is a collection of mini-shorts that focus on Wallace’s many wacky inventions, including the Snoozatron, the Autochef, the Snowmanatron and the BullyProof Vest. The one-minute animated pieces originally appeared on the AtomFilms website (www.atomfilms.com) in October of 2002, but have not been available on DVD in the U.S. until this release. The DVD also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the shorts, with interviews with the filmmakers and a look at the intricate production process.

Fans can also get a sneak peek at the upcoming feature with a behind-the-scenes featurette that includes outtakes from the film and interviews with Wallace & Gromit creator and two-time Academy Award-winning writer/director Nick Park (Chicken Run). Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures will list for $19.99.