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  • I know it's probably because of his lack of mouth, but Gromit never seems to look happy. They couldn't at least have his tail wagging?
    • It can be assumed that Gromit is happy whenever Wallace isn't in deep trouble. Thus eliminating 99.999% of their onscreen time.
      • And a fair chunk of their offscreen time as well.
      • One example in Curse of the Were-Rabbit is the expression on Gromit's face right after high-fiving Were-Rabbit Wallace before he turns back and discovers he let go of his safety line.
    • In The Wrong Trousers, he wags his tail as the newspaper arrives through the door.
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  • Why would the deed to the Prickly Thicket Golf Course actually mean anything? I think there are laws in Britain stating that if the owner of a property doesn't enforce his rights to remove trespassers on that property for a fixed period of time, he loses the right to evict trespassers. After close to 400 years of no enforcing the laws, the town that was built on top of that course has exceeded that limit by a considerable margin. Also, wouldn't that deed mean that the club (and by extension its four members) owe the government 400 years of back taxes for the entire town?
  • In A Grand Day Out, why does Wallace insert a second coin into the moon robot for no apparent reason (other than for the plot to have an excuse for getting the robot moving again)?
    • Maybe he's just curious as to what it's for, or thinks it's a ticket machine for his rocket. You know, like a car...
    • Judging by the way he thinks that the robot is offering the club to him, perhaps he thinks that 20p is a fair price for it (or he's hoping for another random trinket in return for his second coin, hopefully without the associated cranial injury this time).
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    • I'm just curious as to what that robot was doing there in the first place...
      • MST3K Mantra. With a cup of Rule of Funny.
      • Well actually it's kinda sad. There were originally going to be scenes of a diner, with the Robot being a chef, one day, people stopped going, and he was left alone. He tends to the moon now, alone.
  • In The Wrong Trousers, why did Gromit stay put when Feathers was marching Wallace out of the house to begin the robbery? Why did he wait for Feathers to come back before confronting him with the rolling pin?
  • In The Wrong Trousers, why did Feathers even need Wallace during his heist? The trousers don't need an operator inside them, and logically he could have just attach the claw-game helmet to them as well- no need to wait for Wallace to yawn to get past the security lasers.
    • So that he wouldn’t possibly be implicated. Feathers is already a wanted penguin and he knew that if he were somehow caught during the heist he would be facing prison. By having Wallace in the techno trousers he’d be the one seen on any security footage and potentially arrested should it fall apart before stealing the diamond. Basically, Wallace would take the fall and Feathers could get away to plot his next heist.
  • How does Wallace fit in the Techno Trousers in The Wrong Trousers? I was never of the impression the legs were hollow.
    • Feathers modified them.
      • That, and it's pretty clear that to be of any practical use they'd have to be wearable. They weren't designed for walkies, as Wallace says, they're 'ex-NASA'.
  • According to Wallace, the Techno Trousers used to belong to NASA. But what exactly does NASA do in a world where a functioning space ship can be built by an inventor in his basement one evening?
    • Much like Reed Richards Wallace is useless.
    • Build functioning space-ships as well. The presence of an amateur inventor doesn't remove the need / use for a professional national space organisation, no more than an amateur astronomer looking through a telescope in his or her backyard makes the Hubble Telescope redundant. In this universe, NASA just has a bit of friendly cheese-eating competition is all.
  • In A Close Shave, why didn't the Knit-O-Matic in Wallace's cellar have an emergency shutoff switch? His porridge machine had one, and a porridge machine screwing up is nothing to an automated sheep-shaving machine screwing up (as proven).
  • After Gromit was arrested for sheep rustling, why did Wallace just stay at home reading about the trials in the newspaper instead of actually attending them?
    • Somebody had to stay and keep the sheep out of trouble.
    • From a budget perspective, what's cheaper - having Wallace in his living room reading a paper or building an entirely new courtroom set and even more puppets to be the jury, judge, audience, etc.? But there's no implication that he didn't go off camera either - he could easily have attended the trials during the day, then lamented over them in the evening paper (for the sake of quickly recapping it for the audience).
  • At the end of A Close Shave, why is Wendolene still walking around free after committing a crime for which Gromit received life imprisonment? Her only defence could be that Preston forced her, which is highly questionable considering that she did have some level of control over him in the opening (when she stops him from following Shaun) - and besides, is any jury really going to buy "My robot dog made me do it" as an adequate defence?
    • Well, she actually has the robot dog in question and can show it to them, so that's already a huge amount of proof.
  • One thing in The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit has always bugged me; Take a closer look to the shelf when the priest gives the golden bullets to Lord Victor. Crystal ball, Tarot cards, runes...why does the priest have so much, 'heretic' items in his possession?
    • Rule of Funny.
    • The vicar had a magazine on Nun Mud-Wrestling (or something), he was trying to get God to make his veg grow more than his competitors, it's fairly safe to say that the guy isn't particularly observant. Maybe he collects the occult.
    • Judging by his book on monsters, he's probably an exorcist or some kind of demon hunter. Either that or he just collects them as a hobby.
    • It's also a parody of old horror movies where a priest/vicar would always have some object for dealing with the monster of the day.
    • Religious orders actually tended to preserve more pagan and occult material than they care to admit, mostly in order to appeal to converts in newly acquired vicarages and dioceses in the early Christian era. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, the Day of the Dead, etc., are Christian holidays that inherited their timing and iconography from pagan holidays. Priests, especially in the country, were often well-versed in folklore and rituals of the surrounding area (often with a Christian twist) to help reinforce their status as the sole source of supernatural aid. This has survived to the present day, although it varies from priest to priest and from village to village, and was parodied in the film.
  • Wallace was going to use his brain-washing machine to brainwash rabbits into not eating vegetables so they wouldn't ruin gardens. But then what were the rabbits supposed to eat? Was his plan going to have them all starve?
    • Rabbits have been known to eat the bark off of trees, as well as fruits. So they'll probably just stick to those alternative food sources for the time being. I assumed that the brainwashing was only going to be a temporary procedure for the Vegetable Competition, and Wallace would've changed them back afterwards.
    • Vegetables actually aren’t a rabbit’s main food source - they feed mostly on grass and leafy weeds. Rabbits that break into human gardens and farms are considered pests and shot. Wallace’s rationale was that brainwashing them to reject human-grown crops and subsist on their natural food was the more humane option, and while you can debate that point, it’s certainly preferable to leaving them to Victor’s mercy or lack thereof.
  • If Wallace turned into the Were-Rabbit at night, shouldn't Hutch have turned Wallace-like only at night?
    • It seemed to be a gradual side-effect that Wallace and Hutch were both starting to show aspects of their nightly transformations in the daytime. If you look at Hutch when Wallace and Gromit inspect him the day before, he's slightly taller than the other rabbits already and has gangly limbs. And of course, Wallace was also exhibiting rabbit-like movements and temptations (not to mention the ears).
  • Why did Wallace always wake up with his undershirt and briefs still on in the mornings following the Were-Rabbit attacks?
  • So one of the first things that gets Gromit suspicious about Piella is the fact that her brakes apparently work fine. But she's shown to be pressing them and they don't do anything during the bike rescue scene. What's going on here?
    • She was probably deliberately not pressing on them hard enough to trigger them. Or perhaps she was actually skilled enough to temporarily disable them and then set them back later.

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