Saturday Morning Documentary: Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention

24 01 2011

I’ve always loved Wallace and Gromit.  I think I probably knew more of it than I did watching it though.  The first time I saw a Wallace and Gromit film (that I can remember) is Grade 11 when Mr. Mey, my Law 12 teacher, showed us one of the movies in class for fun.  It was the one with the evil penguin, which, thinking about it now, already makes me laugh.

Then there were the other, bigger movies like Curse of the Were-Rabbit (which was soooo good), and after an Oscar-nominated short a couple years back, I wondered if Wallace and Gromit would ever grace the world with its awesomeness again.  After all, I read somewhere that it takes animators a day of work for a few seconds of animation.  God, I could never possess that much patience for a job like that.

But lo and behold!  The dorky bald guy and the lovable, clever pooch are back!  This time, they’ve got a documentary series on wacky but super interesting and cool inventions.  Part animation, part reality, the series is hosted by Wallace but the show itself is divided into segments that are either voice-overed or are covered by Jem, a reporter dude.  Each episode covers different topics: in the first episode, nature-inspired invetions are the highlights, such as buildings that are constructed in the like of anthills.  And in episode 4, they look at look at everything connected with senses, like bees that are used in detecting bombs and a device that allows blind people to “see” images.

Filled with Wallace’s trademark puns and Gromit providing physical gags (ie. getting hurt), the show tries to make science cool and fun, which I appreciate.  Let’s hope this isn’t the end of Wallace and Gromit!


Wallace and Gromit toasting

Wallace and Gromit toasting