When money troubles prompt Wallace to take in a lodger, life at West Wallaby Street gets complicated for poor Gromit. Forced out of his room to make way for a cool-as-a-cucumber penguin called Feathers McGraw, it’s not long before he feels well and truly usurped as Wallace’s faithful companion.
There’s something not right about this penguin and when Gromit spots a ‘Wanted’ poster for a criminal ‘chicken’, it would seem his suspicions are correct. Meanwhile, the helpless Wallace finds himself under Feathers’ control – quite literally! The dastardly penguin has adapted Wallace’s Techno Trousers for his latest heist and he’s going to get Wallace to carry out his dirty work...
The new lodger at 62 West Wallaby Street has Gromit on guard from day one. Not only does he steal Gromit’s room, but Feathers quickly makes himself indispensable to Wallace, putting on his slippers before Gromit can get to them, and bringing Wallace his morning paper. When Gromit spots a Wanted poster, the ‘chicken’ in the mug shot looks strangely familiar. It’s not long before this cool operator is exposed as a criminal mastermind, with a plan to rob the local museum of precious diamonds.
A disgruntled Gromit receives the Techno Trousers on his birthday but isn’t convinced by Wallace’s claims that they were originally developed by NASA and are “fantastic for walkies.” Adapted by the invention-mad Wallace, they do have their uses – they provide a handy way to walk up walls when you’re redecorating. But when Feathers removes the controls and uses the Techno Trousers to pursue a villainous plan, poor Wallace finds himself in a spot of bother.
13 wins, including
Best Short Film, Animated
Best Animated Film