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A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)

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Wallace and his dog, Gromit, open a bakery and get tied up with a murder mystery. But when Wallace falls in love, Gromit is left to solve the case.

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Nick Park

Writers:

Nick Park, Bob Baker
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sallis ... Wallace (voice)
Sally Lindsay Sally Lindsay ... Piella Bakewell (voice)
Melissa Collier ... Fluffles (voice)
Sarah Laborde Sarah Laborde ... Bake O Lite Singer (voice)
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Storyline

Wallace and Gromit have a brand new business. The conversion of 62 West Wallaby Street is complete and impressive, the whole house is now a granary with ovens and robotic kneading arms. Huge mixing bowls are all over the place and everything is covered with a layer of flour. On the roof is a 'Wallace patent-pending' old-fashioned windmill. The transformation is perfect. Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that 12 local bakers have 'disappeared' this year - but Wallace isn't worried. He's too distracted and 'dough-eyed' in love with local beauty and bread enthusiast, Piella Bakewell, to be of much help. While they enjoy being the 'Toast of the Town', Gromit, with his master's life in jeopardy, must be the sleuth and solve the escalating murder mystery - in what quickly becomes a 'Matter of Loaf and Death'. Written by WelshHobo

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Loaf and Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Bristol, England, UK

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Production Co:

Aardman Animations See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

One of two Wallace & Gromit films to not win an Oscar, the other one being A Grand Day Out (1989). See more »

Goofs

After the opening sequence, in the Top Bun delivery van Wallace's apron appears and disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Wallace and Gromit are in the baker's van]
Wallace: How's that breakfast coming on?
[Gromit presses a button on the car radio and a slice of cremated toast pops out from the cassette slot]
Wallace: Well done, lad.
[looks at the burnt toast]
Wallace: *Very* well done.
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Connections

References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Unchained Melody
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Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
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The subversiveness of children's films (by the way, they love it!)
2 January 2009 | by will2000ukSee all my reviews

Roald Dahl knew as much as anyone that kids love things a bit darker, a bit more menacing. Nick Park seems far removed from Dahl, but the truth is the dark has always been there, it's just people haven't bothered to look.

Matter Of Loaf And Death was great BECAUSE it pushed the boundaries. It would be so easy to coast and take Sony's Yankee dollar. But Nick Park isn't like that.

I admire him because this is his creation and he always seems to come up with something surprise him. The clever film references, the delightful puns (Citizen Canine!) all well handled.

And seriously, didn't anyone else find Fluffie's relationship with Gromit sweet? Or perhaps I'm getting sentimental in my old age.

Anyhoo, I loved it.


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