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-> ''"It's the wrong trousers, Gromit! And they've gone wrong!"''
-->-- '''Wallace'''

''The Wrong Trousers'' is the second Franchise/WallaceAndGromit short film, made by Nick Park and Creator/AardmanAnimations and released in 1993.

The story begins on Gromit's birthday, and Wallace has a special present for him; "Techno-Trousers," robotic pants with the ability to move by themselves ("Perfect for walkies!"). At the same time, Wallace decides to rent out a room in the house to deal with his growing debt. Their lodger is Feathers [=McGraw=], a shady penguin who immediately takes a liking to the trousers and a disliking to Gromit. As Feathers becomes favored by Wallace, Gromit starts to feel like he's being replaced and makes plans to leave. But the morning after his departure, Wallace gets stuck in the Techno-Trousers, the controls of which have mysteriously disappeared, along with Feathers...

The short won the 1993 UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Film. It established many of the story and character elements now commonly associated with the series, mainly Wallace's [[RubeGoldbergDevice Rube Goldberg]]-esque inventions and Gromit's role as the SilentSnarker, not to mention that [[{{AnimationBump}} the animation got a lot better]].

!!Tropes appearing in ''The Wrong Trousers'' include:
* AnimationBump: The first short, ''WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut'', was mostly made by Nick Park himself, with Aardman Animations only coming in when the film was half complete. When compared to ''The Wrong Trousers'' (the first one with a lot of Aardman work), there is a world of difference in animation between the two.
* AsideGlance: Gromit. All the time.
* AssInALionSkin: Feathers [=McGraw=], who simply wears a red glove on his head during jobs to convince others he is a chicken.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Feathers [=McGraw=]. He may be silent and seem pleasant (to Wallace at least), but he's a real jerk to Gromit and also a wanted thief who won't hesitate to use you as a prop in his crimes or to pull a gun on you.
* BigOlUnibrow: Gromit never speaks, so this is the only way you know what he's feeling. It's really incredible, the emotion you can wring out of an artfully-squashed bit of plasticine...
* BindleStick: Gromit carries one when he leaves home.
* BlandNameProduct: Gromit takes shelter in a cardboard box labeled "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weetabix Meatabix]] Dog Food."
* BottomlessMagazines:
** At the end of the short, Gromit chases [=McGraw=] on a model train - by rapid-fire laying of track from an inexhaustible box.
** In the same scene, [=McGraw=]'s revolver never seems to run out of bullets, although it's debatable because he fires a total of 7 rounds[[note]]one hits the light cord, one narrowly misses Gromit, one hits Gromit's 'helmet', one knocks out the flap on the front door, two more strike Gromit's helmet, and the final one hits a railway switch[[/note]] before his gun is taken, which is possible if he had a fully-loaded 7-shooter instead of a 6-shooter.
* BrickJoke: The system that gets Wallace out of bed and serves him toast at the beginning comes back later when Feathers gets a sleeping Wallace out of bed, with Gromit hiding in it. Gromit ends up getting dressed in Wallace's clothes and a spoonful of jam gets launched at him, but because this time there's no bread in the toaster to intercept the jam, it hits him in the face.
* BunglingInventor: Wallace, natch.
* ButtMonkey: Gromit falls into this hard. His birthday presents are things that benefit Wallace more than him, he gets evicted from his own bedroom by Feathers, then Feathers forces him out of the house and causes him to leave home out of resentment. He doesn't even manage to stop Feathers's plan from going ahead, as by the time he finds out about it, Feathers is already putting it into operation. Things only go his way at the end when he traps Feathers in a bottle and Wallace decides lodgers are more trouble than they're worth.
* ChaseScene
* CivilizedAnimal:
** Gromit is usually depicted as walking upright, and is capable of creating and operating complex machinery. Generally he's shown to be ''significantly'' more shrewd and sensible than his master. However, despite all of this, everyone treats him the same as you treat ''any'' dog. He has both a room in the house and a kennel in the yard, and walks on two or four legs as the plot requires.
** Feathers [=McGraw=] is apparently capable of showing up and ''renting rooms'' from humans, but the film still ends with him at the ''zoo''.
* ChekhovsGun: The model train set... [[TrainTopBattle in a sense]].
** We see a "walk" for Gromit concluding with him sitting on a cart and being pulled by the Techno-Trousers via a leash attached to the collar he received earlier. [[spoiler: Guess how Feathers [=McGraw=] is brought to the police after he's caught]].
* ContinuityNod: At the beginning, Gromit reads a newspaper which bears a headline, ''Moon Cheese Shares Soar'', referring to their moon-cheese-related adventurings in "WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut". Which raises the question of why they were cash-strapped enough to need to let the room out in the first place, but then the series has never been that big on continuity anyway, so who knows.
** Wallace does mention early on that "those presents weren't cheap". It's possible that Wallace is still paying off the trousers.
* DeathGlare: Gromit gives a few of these to Feathers. The first is when he growls at him after taking Wallace the paper. The second is when he sees Feathers controlling the Techno-Trousers with Wallace stuck in them. The third is when he braces a rolling pin to try and hit Feathers with it after trapping Wallace in the wardrobe.
* DespairEventHorizon: Driven out of his room, then the house, and practically replaced by [=McGraw=], Gromit opts to run away from home, first with stoic determination, but when he looks at a picture of him and his master, he leaves, visibly crying.
* TheDogBitesBack: Subverted. After Feathers locks Wallace in the wardrobe, he bumps into Gromit, who has a DeathGlare on his face and is wielding a rolling pin, about to whack Feathers with it. Feathers simply pulls a gun on Gromit and locks him in the wardrobe too.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Very purposefully subverted with Feathers [=McGraw=]. You'll never look at this trope quite the same way again.
* FeatheredFiend: Feathers [=McGraw=].
* FlintstoneTheming: Gromit's canine-themed library includes, in this film, a book by the famous philosopher [[{{Creator/Plato}} Pluto]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Literally, at the beginning, as the shadow of the Techno Trousers is seen on the wall as the title appears.
** When Gromit is upside-down in the Techno Trousers painting the ceiling of the spare room, Feathers comes in and looks rather intently at him. Wallace is later upside-down in the Techno Trousers when Feathers uses him to steal the diamond from the museum.
* GeniusBookClub: While eating breakfast, Gromit reads ''Literature/TheRepublic'' (by, according to the cover, Pluto).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: After Feathers [=McGraw=] locks Wallace and Gromit in the closet, Gromit opens the ''crotch area'' of the trousers Wallace is wearing in order to control the trousers with the electrical wires. Wallace comments, "Steady on! Watch where you're puttin' them paws."
* GiftGivingGaffe: The Techno-Trousers fall into the category of "this present is really for myself" -- everything Wallace says about how they'll make Gromit's life easier is really about how they'll make ''Wallace's'' life easier.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Feathers' misuse of the Techno-Trousers. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Wallace when he is stuck inside them (see quote at top).
* HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement: Most DVD releases replace "Happy Birthday to You" with "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" and the organ renditions of "Happy Talk" and "How Much is that Doggy In The Window" with generic muzak. Averted with the original FOX DVD from 1999, which features the original music.
** In the original version, the creepy ''Open University'' fanfare [[note]] A British correspondence/home learning university that used to have classes/courses broadcast on [=BBC1=] and 2 in the 70s, 80s and 90s; they've since dropped [[http://www.open.ac.uk/ in favour of using the internet]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w6fodbcTfk/ The fanfare itself]] was, ironically replaced by a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp37awSLwTA/ newer animation and fanfare]] by the time the short was released in 1993. [[/note]] can be heard when Gromit watches TV. In the re-release, it's simply something generic.
* HumiliationConga: After catching him, Wallace and Gromit have Feathers paraded into the police station, tied up and towed by the same Techno Trousers he used in the robbery. He then gets imprisoned in a zoo, on display to everyone passing through the entrance.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Gromit.
* {{Jerkass}}: Feathers [=McGraw=]. His EstablishingCharacterMoment features a big KickTheDog moment to Gromit by forcing him out of his own bedroom and then out of the house, reducing Gromit to tears and resentment and after only two nights in Feathers's presence, Gromit is so depressed, he leaves home. The worst part? Wallace doesn't even notice any of this. He only realises Feathers's true colours when he sees Feathers is the thief who stole the diamond from the museum.
* KickTheDog: A close-to-literal example. When Feathers arrives, he does this to Gromit repeatedly, first by taking over Gromit's room within the first minute of arriving (forcing him into the spare room - which has to be done up to accommodate him), playing loud music to keep him awake and drive him out of the house, then taking over Gromit taking Wallace his slippers and newspaper, which essentially replaces Gromit and causes him to get so fed up and upset he leaves home. This is actually part of Feather's overall plan to steal the diamond, as he needs Gromit out of the way in order to trap Wallace in the Techno-Trousers and prepare for the actual heist.
* JustEatGilligan: After discovering Feathers controlling an unwilling Wallace in the trouser, Gromit, for whatever reason, ignores Wallace's pleas to pull him out of them in favour of spying on Feathers until the heist is pulled off. Perhaps justified as when he finally takes action Feathers instantly disarms him with his pistol.
* LaserHallway: In the City Museum.
* MacGuffin: The diamond.
* MagicPants: The legs have machinery inside of them, and yet Wallace's legs somehow fit inside them.
** Wallace's offhand comment that they're "ex-NASA", along with the [[WallCrawl suction feet]], subtly imply they were designed to be worn as some kind of EVA equipment.
* ManlyTears: Gromit sheds these during his first night in Feathers's presence. Feathers forces him out of the house by playing loud organ music to keep him awake and displace him. After presumably hours of being kept awake (which somehow doesn't affect Wallace), Gromit is in his kennel with earmuffs on, thinking Feathers is upstairs in his (Gromit's) bedroom, but then he sees Feathers enter the back yard and go into the house, and moments later, the music stops. Gromit promptly breaks down in tears. One almost can't help but wonder if he cried himself to sleep...
** Gromit's eyes are also wet with tears as he prepares to leave home, after seeing the photo of himself with Wallace.
* MediumAwareness: At one point, Gromit is seen reading a newspaper whose headline is ''Dog Reads Paper!''
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: "Oh, it's no use prevaricating about the bush."
* MinimalistCast: A cast of only '''three''', of which only one (Wallace) has a speaking part.
* NewspaperThinDisguise
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Gromit using the Techno-Trousers to paint the ceiling of the spare room presumably gave Feathers [=McGraw=] the idea to use them in his plan to steal the diamond from the museum.]]
* NoMouth: Gromit. Feathers [=McGraw=] counts as well - he has a beak, but it never opens.
* NoNameGiven: Averted in the final scene. Though never mentioned by any character, we learn Feathers [=McGraw's=] name from the headline of the newspaper Gromit is reading.
* PaperThinDisguise: The disguise Feathers always uses? The one that has everyone convinced he's a chicken? Yeah, it's nothing but ''a red rubber glove on his head.'' Particularly played for laughs when even the intelligent and perceptive Gromit does a DoubleTake when he takes it off. (Wallace has even less excuse, considering he was renting a room out to Feathers and interacting with him frequently -- but then again, it's Wallace.)
* {{Parody}}: Of heist movies.
* PoweredArmor: The Techno Trousers are at the very least half of one.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: At the very end the trashed Techno Trousers come to life of their own accord and walk away into the sunset.
* ShippedInShackles: Feathers at the end.
* SilentPartner: Gromit, who is also a...
* SilentSnarker: ...and it's quite shocking how expressive he is considering he is always portrayed without a ''mouth'', leaving his ''eyebrows'' to convey all of his emotions.
* StopMotion
* TitleDrop: "It's the wrong trousers, Gromit!"
* ToTheBatpole: Wallace apparently begins every day with his bed tilting up and dropping him into a trapdoor from his upstairs bedroom to a chair at the dining room table, with mechanical arms providing a costume change.
* TrainTopBattle: Granted. "'''Model''' Traintop Battle", but it counts.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Turns out it's Wigan, as revealed by Wallace's address on his post ([[FreezeFrameBonus keep that remote handy]])
* WraparoundBackground: During the model train chase. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the train is actually going around in circles around the edges of the same room. The creators even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this in the DVD audio commentary.
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