A Close Shave (1995) – 8/10 stop-motion sheep-rustling romantic comedy action adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Nick Park
Peter Sallis: Voice of Wallace
Anne Reid: Voice of Wendoline
Key Character Animator: Steve Box
Writer: Bob Baker
Producer: Carla Shelley
Producer: Michael Rose

A Close Shave (1995)

Wallace and Gromit become entangled in a fiendish sheep-rustling plot when they are called on to wash the windows of beautiful local shopkeeper Wendoline Ramsbottom.


It feels so mean giving this wonderful, hilarious, imaginative, technically astonishing film eight stars. Yet there is a lack of emotional involvement (with the romance and Gromit going to prison elements) that was there in The Wrong Trousers. Still, you can look at those linked screenshots and realise that the even the weaker elements are peppered with wonderful ideas and funny gags. It culminates with a completely classic chase climax featuring sheep, a motorcycle, porridge and a terminator. The sequence is absolutely gob-smacking and extraordinarily funny. In summary, then, this is an eight, yes, but a must-watch, all-time classic.

This movie contains momentary and mild comic violence.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.


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