Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers (1993) Movie Review
***Reader-Submitted Review***By: Anonymous
Directed by: Nick Park
Nick Park (written by & Characters)
Brian Sibley (additional contributions)
Peter Sallis - Wallace (voice)
Aardman is one of my favorite movie studios. All their movies are so funny, profound and original; Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit got into my top 10 favorite films list for those very reasons. Now, although Wallace and Gromit in the Wrong Trousers isn't quite as superb as Chicken Run and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; it's still very, very, entertaining.
In the beginning of this movie, it is Gromit's birthday and, after buying an expensive, mechanical trouser which Wallace is going to use to give Gromit walks for him, Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) is broke. So, he decides to let a room for rent and the room is rented by a mute and creepy penguin. The penguin, who doesn't like the room that he rented, takes over Gromit's room, forcing Gromit to sleep in his doghouse. The attention that Gromit used to get from Wallace, is now being given to the Penguin. Feeling disenfranchised, Gromit runs away.
It's only after he runs away that he observes the penguin, who has become very interested in the mechanical trousers, planning for something (but what?!?) by measuring the wall and window of a famous museum. Gromit, suspicious, starts to investigate and finds out that the Penguin is actually a criminal (called the Chicken) and he wants to steal a very famous diamond by putting Wallace in the mechanical trousers, and making Wallace climb up the museum wall, and into the exhibit with the diamond in it.
It's an original story, and it's executed in a thrilling fashion by director Nick Park. The penguin is actually a very creepy villain, and, with the help of the musical score, you really forget that he is a penguin, and begin to think of him as a terribly menacing threat. The other great thing about the Penguin (this also applies for Gromit) is that, despite not being able to talk, is still a very human character.
Another really great thing about the movie is that, even though it is very funny, the director knew when to stop telling jokes. This is very good because this made the dramatic scenes more dramatic and the scary scenes more scary.
To conclude, I absolutely adored Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers for the fantastic directing, story, characters and animation. Please watch it.