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The Wrong Trousers

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The Wrong Trousers "The Wrong Trousers" is a Clay Animation Production (where all characters are made out of clay). Created by Nick Park (a famous Animator) in 1993, "The Wrong Trousers" stars Wallace and Gromit in their second animated adventure (they were first introduced to British Viewers in 1990 in another Nick Park production "A Grand Day Out".) In this particular adventure we see how bad things can get when technology gets into the wrong hands... "The Wrong Trousers" was created by a clever technique called Clay Animation (Claymation). This technique requires the use of Plasticine to create models for the entire animation cast, this being things such as the Characters, Objects in the Room, etc. Every time a position is set up it is photographed and then classified as a cell. After the first cell is created, the animators will then make the slightest changes to the characters, etc and then take another photograph in order to produce another cell. Thousands of these cells are made and then edited together to produce the animation, these are then voiced over and undergo a final edit in which the Animation is complete. Nick Park is one of the most influential people in the promotion of Clay Animation as he has produced the Wallace and Gromit series as well as others such as "Chicken Run" and "Creature Comforts". ...read more.


I think that Nick Park has created the character of Gromit to demonstrate to us, as the audience, the true brains behind all of "Wallace's" ingenious inventions that are found within their household. Nick Park, being British himself, has incorporated much of our culture into the Wallace and Gromit series. However, perhaps trying to emphasise the importance of Britain's cultural independence from America, he has exaggerated many aspects of "stereotypical" northern British culture. Examples of this are Wallace's Yorkshire accent with pet phrases such as "Good Grief!" and "Crikey". The cultural independence (or just to emphasise the dreary British weather) is also portrayed with the drab colours that fill up the house. Other Examples of culture are the "tea and toast with jam" traditions of Britain, which is shown when Wallace and Gromit are sitting down, drinking tea, eating jam on toast and (in Gromit's case) reading the newspaper! Gromit is also shown in such a way that he represents the obedient British dog that collects (and sometimes reads) the newspaper and retrieves his/her owners slippers. In this particular outing of Wallace and Gromit there is the added effect of sounds effects, these are used to create tension and feed the various suspicions that we may have. ...read more.


An example of this is when the Penguin reprogrammed the "Techno Trousers" and used them to steal a massive diamond. This is followed by the "chase" and then the concluding events after his capture; in the true style of a heist movie the bad guy is caught! In Conclusion, it is my opinion that "The Wrong Trousers" is an extremely entertaining film that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. It has a good storyline with many comical incidents threaded throughout. Within the story it proposes many things that will make you think, for example, the Penguin is put into a Zoo as a punishment, perhaps implying that a Zoo is like a prison for an animal and that perhaps it is wrong. Then also there is the overall moral of Technology in the wrong Hands and what consequences these things can have. Then we see the problems that perhaps can arise from a problem, for example the seemingly unconditional loyalty between Wallace and Gromit wavers during their period of financial disarray, eventually leading to Gromit leaving the house to live on the streets! However, Gromit eventually comes to his senses and helps come to the rescue, giving us the underlying moral of the film. This being well emphasised in the concluding dialogue with "Alls well that ends well, that's what I say Gromit" this allows a happy and satisfying ending. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ysmael Cruz English Coursework ...read more.

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