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Movie Review

Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave

Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
6 and up
30 min.
Not rated

For those unfamiliar with Wallace and Gromit, they are an unusual pair that live in England. Wallace is an inventor and particularly enjoys eating all kinds of cheese. Gromit is his best friend, literally as Gromit is Wallace’s dog! You will be entertained by this animated pair and their antics. Indeed, you will also marvel at the neat and clever inventions these two contrive.

The day to day committment of running a window washing business keeps Wallace and Gromit busy. They barely notice the newpaper headlines stating “Wool Shortage” and “Even More Sheep Rustled.” They definitely don’t internalize these headlines at all until they discover their home half-devoured by a small sheep, one that has escaped the rustlers.

Meanwhile, Wallace meets a nice lady customer (named Wendolyn) who owns the yarn shop. While Wallace’s attraction to Wendolyn is instant, there is another commonality. It turns out that Wendolyn’s deceased father was also an inventor. Unfortunately, the yarn shop has a lot of debt as well, even though Wendolyn seems to have plenty of yarn to sell, surprising since all of the sheep rustlers have squelched wool production.

I won’t give away the story, but suffice it to say that there is plenty of action and intrique! The climax is a real nail-biter! You will be surprised at how resourceful sheep can be! This video offers excellent claymation and spectacular shadowing!

From a Christian perspective, God isn’t mentioned at all. While there were lots of missed opportunities to say a kind word for Jesus, there is no blatant Christian slamming either. So, a fairly neutral, but enjoyable movie. Warning: Very young children may be frightened by the “villain” in this story.

Year of Release—1996