Just how good is it to have Wallace & Gromit
back in their natural home? A Matter Of Loaf and Death
finds the pair back in a half hour format, with the plasticine duo in charge of a thriving bakery. Business is going well, and nothing could seemingly go wrong…
Only it soon does. Because A Matter Of Loaf and Death introduces the Cereal Killer, a mysterious figure who has been killing all of the other bakers in town. Wallace, of course, is oblivious to all of this, going about his work with his merry asides and gleeful naivety. And this time his faithful hound, Gromit, is too distracted to notice any impending threat too, courtesy of his growing attraction to another hound by the name of Fluffles. It’s quite a recipe, and makes for a very entertaining half hour.
While A Matter Of Loaf and Death isn’t quite up to the highs of the pair’s adventures to date, it nonetheless finds Wallace & Gromit, and Aardman Animations, in very strong form. The level of attention and detail here is quite astounding, and the script is as packed with wry gags for the older viewers as it is with material for the youngsters.
In fact, if you cut it down the middle, the words ‘family entertainment’ would be found running right through the middle of it. Because A Matter Of Loaf and Death not only sprinkles in lots of laughs, at-times stunning animation and a fair amount of storytelling, it’s genuinely entertainment that anyone can enjoy. More, please… --Simon Brew
Another dollop of animated mirth and mayhem with the cheese-loving inventor Wallace (voice of Peter Sallis) and his long-suffering dog Gromit. This time around, the pair have converted their home into the 'Top Bun' bakery - complete with rooftop windmill - but with 12 local bakers having mysteriously gone missing, Gromit worries that they'll soon make up the baker's dozen. Wallace meanwhile is oblivious to the danger, having fallen head over heels for former Bake-O-Lite bread babe, Piella Bakewell (voice of Sally Lindsay). With his master otherwise engaged, it's up to Gromit to rise to the occasion and solve the mystery before Wallace becomes the next victim of the cereal killer.
Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery – Top Bun – and business is booming, not least because a deadly Cereal Killer has murdered all the other bakers in town. Gromit is worried that they may be the next victims, but Wallace couldn’t care – he’s fallen head over heels in love with Piella Bakewell, former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials. So Gromit is left to run things on his own, when he’d much rather be getting better acquainted with Piella’s lovely pet poodle Fluffles. But then Gromit makes a shocking discovery which points to the killer's true identity. Can he save his master from becoming the next baker to be butchered? And does Fluffles know more than she is saying? It’s a classic 'who-doughnut' mystery, as four-time Academy Award winning director Nick Park creates a hilarious new masterpiece in the tradition of 'master of suspense' Alfred Hitchcock.
Wallace & Gromit - A Matter of Loaf and Death [DVD] [DVD] (2009) Nick Park