Premiered by NBCUniversal Television Distribution The Wrong Trousers Written by Bob Baker and Nick Park
If anything, The Wrong Trousers proves how little Wallace actually cares about Gromit. He allows a rude lodger to stay in Gromit’s room, pays that lodger more attention because he pays well, and doesn’t even notice when Gromit moves out to first his kennel and then somewhere else. And then! – takes the credit when Gromit apprehends Feathers McGraw.
It’s Gromit that’s the more interesting character between the two. He still needs Wallace, but Gromit contributes more emotionally to the audience. Which is why Wallace and Gromit’s most emotional moments are when Gromit’s upset. He feels abandoned when he’s forced to live outside the house, and even more-so when he decides to move on.
Yes, I could talk about the trousers themselves, and the perfectly-executed technical scenes like the train chase, and the way it all builds to a comedic crescendo, but it’s the characters that make Wallace and Gromit what they and it are and is. In A Close Shave, Gromit is the one who provides the emotional cheese to the narrative cracker. And it’s the same here. It’s all made the more affecting by him wearing a rain coat and carrying his few possessions over his shoulder. In the rain. At night. In a dark street.
I’d say that what the Wallace and Gromit films set out to do is provide us with these emotional moments, which also need context. McGraw is an explanation of why Gromit’s resorting to this decision, and the way it’s resolved is also a result of him. And if were asked, I’d say The Wrong Trousers is the best of the Wallace and Gromit films, because it best demonstrates this narrative style – a fantastical backdrop for a fundamentally Human story, told using a dog as an analogy. That’s why animated films are so great – they don’t look as realistic as live action, but in it, we find something true about ourselves and the Human experience. Like a good painting.
There’s a Gromit in all of us.