YMMV / Wallace & Gromit
aka: The Wrong Trousers


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Wallace. A good-natured simpleton with a genuine passion for tinkering, or a Lazy Bum who wants machines to do all his menial tasks for him?
  • Ear Worm: Ya da da da, da da da da... It doesn't help that Curse of the Were-Rabbit weaves those opening notes into damn near every song in the score.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shaun the Sheep from A Close Shave, to the point he got his own series in 2007. Shaun the Sheep in turn had its own Ensemble Darkhorse in the form of Timmy the lamb, who got his own kiddy series, Timmy Time, in 2009.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The series is quite popular with the French, who enjoy the quirky British humour.
    • It's also quite a hit in Japan. International audiences in general tend to like the show.
    • And, of course, in the United States, leading to their (brief) partnership with DreamWorks Animation.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Or at the very least Accidental Innuendo. "Oh steady on! Watch where you're putting them paws!" And then Wallace starts stamping his feet. It has to be seen to be believed. (Jump to 4:28)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point in The Wrong Trousers, Gromit spies on the villain by hiding in a cardboard box.
  • Growing the Beard: A Grand Day Out isn't necessarily bad, but it's far more Surreal than the later episodes, Wallace's only invention is the rocket, and the "bad guy" is merely misunderstood and takes the form of a... robot oven. With The Wrong Trousers, Wallace became far more of a tinkerer, Gromit became the archetypal Silent Snarker and the series received a massive Animation Bump.
    • Which comes full circle in Project Zoo, where the Warehouse level contains an expy of the very same gameplay mechanics.
  • Memetic Mutation: Feathers' tape measure. Admit it, you tried using one as a grappling hook at as a kid (and probably hurt yourself a lot) after seeing that short.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Feathers crossed it when he pulled a gun on Gromit and fired it at him and Wallace while trying to escape with the diamond he stole. He gets worse in his return in Project Zoo, in which he enslaves zoo animals into powering his diamond-making machine by imprisoning their babies in cages and placing them in dangerous environments such as over pits of spikes or lava pools.
    • Lord Victor Quartermaine is willing to kill the Were-Rabbit (even though he knows it's really Wallace) just so he can marry Tottington for her fortune.
  • That One Sidequest: Trying to get all the coins in the Gamecube version of Project Zoo? If you are, then the first Lava World bonus stage will have you curling up in the fetal position and whimpering. Gromit has to climb a series of platforms while avoiding rolling barrels thrown by a gorilla. The problem? The game contains a glitch where most of the barrels are invisible to the player. Barrels that result in instant death if touched. Oh, and did we mention you're on a time limit? Getting the coins from this level requires truly psychic guesswork and timing and the reward? Short clips from "The Wrong Trousers" and a single preview from the 'Cracking Contraptions' series.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: After Peter Sallis retired from acting, fans have been divisive over Ben Whitehead taking over as the voice of Wallace in many special features and advertisements (even if many will admit he has gotten much better as time has passed).
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • The Wrong Trousers is a mild example, still near-universally considered the best in the series, but with the others all following close behind. A much bigger example is the short's villain, Feathers McGraw, who's considered such an iconic character that none of the succeeding villains are anywhere near as well-remembered.
    • Nick Park himself stated he was unwilling to make further projects for the mere sake of continuing the series, wanting each one to at least try matching up the previous and testing new boundaries. He also stated his unwillingness to make new projects without the now retired Peter Sallis, feeling fans wouldn't accept a soundalike.
  • Uncanny Valley: There are a good few who are turned off by Wallace's odd-shaped mouth and literally beady eyes.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Some of the best stop-motion character animation is in these shorts.
    • The famous "track laying" scene in The Wrong Trousers is one long display of the most mundane practical effect ever: pushing the puppet slightly as the camera takes an exposure to create a believable and, more importantly, real motion blur effect. And it looks amazing!
    • From the same short, the rather mundane but extremely well-done special effects of Gromit pouring a cup of tea, and jam splattering onto a piece of toast in mid-air. All done completely with stop-motion, and no computers!
    • Even more mundane: Gromit's knitting is all real, done with toothpicks.
  • The Woobie:
    • Gromit, particularly in Wrong Trousers.
    • Fluffles is probably the most Woobie character in the franchise. Piella hit her and you could literally hear her yelping in pain! It is also vaguely implied that she has suffered this abuse for quite a while.
    • "Oh Gromit, I don't wanna be a giant rabbit!!"
    • Twitch, the scared, frightened pup in Muzzled!
    • "The Cooker" from A Grand Day Out, the Designated Villain that just wanted to get to Earth and ski in it's mountains. Even though he did get the ski run he always wanted that loose change likely isn't going to last very long.
    • Wallace at the end of A Close Shave. After everything that they had gone through up to that point to earn their happy ending, Wallace finds out that Wendolene is allergic to cheese and can't stand it at all.
    • Archie, the cute polar bear cub from "Project Zoo" who gets captured by Feathers and forced to become his personal slave.


Alternative Title(s): The Wrong Trousers

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