New WALLACE & GROMIT Arriving on Netflix Next Year

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New WALLACE & GROMIT Arriving on Netflix Next Year

By Movieguide® Contributor

A new WALLACE & GROMIT movie is set to release on Netflix early next year.

WALLACE & GROMIT: VENGEANCE MOST FOWL will feature the “return of the iconic supervillain Feathers McGraw,” the penguin who has not appeared in a film since 1993.

A synopsis of the movie reads, “VENGEANCE MOST FOWL sees Gromit’s growing concern as Wallace becomes over-dependent on his inventions – which proves justified when Wallace invents a ‘smart gnome’ that seems to develop an evil mind of its own. But who or what could be the cause? As events begin to spiral out of control, it’s up to Gromit to put aside his qualms and battle sinister forces, or Wallace may never be able to invent again!”

WALLACE & GROMIT creator and director Nick Park said of the film, “I’d had the idea of a film about garden gnomes turning bad for more than a decade, but I could never work out what made them bad. It occurred to me that the single most asked question I get when I meet fans is, will the penguin Feathers McGraw, Wallace and Gromit’s original antagonist from THE WRONG TROUSERS 30 years ago, ever return? We’ve had fun bringing him back in cameo capacities but now, three decades on, it felt like the right time.”

Park explained how he merged several ideas to create the upcoming production.

“Then it hit me: What if Feathers was involved with these gnomes? We’re hoping that this film will appeal to fans of GNOME NOIR everywhere and that people will be gratified when they see what Feathers has been up to since THE WRONG TROUSERS.”

BBC’s Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore shared her thoughts on the film.

“This new feature-length WALLACE & GROMIT film will captivate audiences of all ages this Christmas on the BBC, as the longed-for return of Feathers McGraw and some ingenious inventions including a ‘smart gnome’ make for an unmissable adventure showcasing British creativity at its best,” she said.

The film is set to release on the BBC Christmas 2024 and then on Netflix at the beginning of 2025.

Movieguide® praised WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT’s “Strong moral worldview with overt references to self-sacrifice and lots of Christian symbols.” Part of the review reads:

WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT is based on a series of Oscar®-winning short cartoons. Wallace and his dog, Gromit, have a humane pest business called Anti-Pesto. Every year, Lady Tottingham has a largest vegetable contest for the local town. Lady Tottingham hires Wallace to humanely get rid of a rabbit infestation, but Wallace’s house is filling up with rabbits. To take care of the problem, Wallace uses a mind-changing machine to change the rabbits’ love for vegetables, but things go horribly wrong. Wallace’s own life is in danger, and only Gromit can save him.

CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT is a hilarious, superbly animated send-up of classic horror movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age. It has a strong moral worldview with overt references to self-sacrifice, but there is some very light sexual innuendo and politically correct humor against hunting and in favor of the humane treatment of animals. Also, the local Anglican vicar is a little weak and slightly superstitious. Nearly the entire movie is tongue-in-cheek, however, so these elements are not oppressive. WALLACE & GROMIT is more like a lighter, English version of the SHREK movies than FINDING NEMO.

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