'Wallace and Gromit: Three Amazing Adventures'
(DVD / NR / 2007 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: A trio of ticklers from Nick Park's Oscar-winning clay animation couple, naive Wallace and his put-upon dog Gromit. Featured here are "A Grand Day Out" (1992), about Wallace's desperate quest to obtain cheese for his crackers; "The Wrong Trousers" (1993), where the pair gets mixed up with a scheming penguin, stolen diamonds and a pair of "automated techno trousers"; and "A Close Shave" (1995), with window cleaner Wallace falling for the owner of a local wool shop.
DVD Verdict: This has to be the best DVD of Wallace and Gromit out there today. When the version that was released to promote the Were-Rabbit movie came out, I was disappointed to see that none of the behind the scenes features were not included. However, it had the Cracking Contraptions shorts, which the first DVD did not have. As a result, I didn't get either version.
So I imagine my elation when I saw that is combined the best of two previous releases: the behind the scenes of all three films, with two that are specific to the latter two shorts of the first release, plus the Cracking Contraptions shorts of the second release. Plus, there are two episodes of the Shaun the Sheep series. I definitly had to pretty-please ask my Editor to get this delightful to wing its way to my gleeful hands for review!
Want one more reason to get this disc? How about the fact that, despite not being made with the fancy animation of computers, these shorts are golden. I recommend these shorts to anyone who likes to be entertained. I personally prefer The Wrong Trousers to the other two, but all three are beautiful cases of great story-telling and animation acting.
Don't believe me on the animation acting part? Then you tell me how else a clay dog can be the most expressive animated character ever with only a pair of eyebrows at his disposal?! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Amazing Adventures of Wallace & Gromit Featurette
Audio Commentary on All 3 Films by Nick Park and his Creative Team
Inside the Wrong Trousers Featurette and More!