Wallace and Gromit open a bakery and Wallace falls in love with the delicious Piella Bakewell. But someone is killing local bakers and it is left to Gromit – who has his own poodle admirer – to keep his master from harm.
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Possibly the best animation of any of Park's films, & with a clever murder mystery narrative that is both ambitious & compelling. However the material is perhaps a poor fit for the titular characters, as there is a streak of cruelty here atypical for the series. Similarly, the use of a human antagonist with mental health & body issues is it odds with a world where previous villains have been penguins & robot dogs.
For me the love interest represents a new parent for Gromit. The show revels in Gromit’s hostility and does everything to help promote the new maternal figure as villainous and threatening. What’s worse is Piella’s murderous rampage is sparked from her weight gain – these aren’t very good messages for children
In my opinion, the shorts built in complexity over the original three, and this one seems both like a step back in those terms, and like something of a retread (maybe it is less a step back than a failure to advance) in the connection of romance and danger. Some nice animation, however.
An die Klasse des vorherigen Langfilms der beiden Knetfigurenhelden kann "Wallace & Gromit in a Matter of Loaf and Death" nicht mehr anknüpfen. Zu behäbig entwickelt sich die Story und auch ein furioses Finale wird dieses Mal ausgespart. An die ersten drei Kurzfilme kommt er nicht im geringsten heran. Das "Wallace & Gromit"-Highlight bleibt somit weiterhin "The Wrong Trousers".