Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers

Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993)

43 corrected entries

Directed by: Nick Park

Starring: Peter Sallis

Genres: Animated, Comedy, Crime, Family, Short

Corrected entry: When Wallace is backing out of the spare room, leaving Gromit to continue decorating, he accidentally bumps into Feathers. But if you look when Wallace is backing out, Feathers is not there and he was not seen walking up to the room; he just appears.

Heather Benton

Correction: Feathers McGraw is a silent, sinister and notorious criminal mastermind of many faces who is capable of disguising himself as a chicken with just a rubber glove. Clearly he is capable of sneaking up on Wallace like that. The fact that he just "appears" was done deliberately.


Corrected entry: I know that there are lots of impossible things in the film that are there just for laughs, but Wallace and Gromit must have an incredibly long house, as illustrated in the chase scene towards the end of the film.

Correction: Self correcting mistake - impossible things, just for laughs. It's also a sendup of the infinite backgrounds used in hanna Barbarea cartoons, like The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, and since it is deliberate it is not a mistake.

Corrected entry: When Wallace comes back in his techno-trousers the sheets are all crumbled up, the way they would be if a normal person got out of bed. But that's not how Wallace's invention works. In Wallace's invention, he slides out of bed and into his clothes, and the sheets remain spread over the bed.

Correction: The sheets are not all crumpled up, they are neatly folded across the coverlet to air out the bed. When Wallace enters from the bathroom he is wearing his pyjamas over The Wrong Trousers, so he has obviously visited his bedroom earlier, and during that visit he folded down the bedclothes.

Corrected entry: When Gromit is pouring tea at the start, the watch is not on his arm, but the next second it miraculously appears.

Correction: Gromit's birthday is coming up. He slips his watch on and off to show Wallace how worn out the strap is. He is (as we know from previous entries) hinting for a Rolex Oyster for his birthday and this is part of his subtle and devious strategy.

Corrected entry: The penguin can't see Gromit blink under the boxes. He also can't even see him looking under the covers from a few feet away. So now that we have clarified that he has ridiculously bad eyesight, how is it that he saw Wallace's tiny sign "Room to Let, Apply Within" that he put at the corner of his window?

Correction: Obviously Wallace did not just put up a tiny sign in the corner of his window to let people know he was letting a room. He will have put an advert in the local paper as well, and probably put one in a shop front window. It's perfectly reasonable to assume that Feathers had seen one of those adverts, after all, Gromit reads them later on.

Corrected entry: After Gromit enters the cupboard, the penguin turns the key to lock him in, and a fingerprint can be seen on his wing.

Correction: Nick Park and the brilliant creators of the Wallace and Gromit classics wear latex gloves when working. The texture on Feather's McGraw's wing is just that -a texture reminiscent of the feathers on a penguin's wing.

Corrected entry: When Gromit is dialing up the program for the trousers to run, muttering "Ten minutes, twenty minutes", there are clear marks on his hand and sleeve which are unmistakable as fingerprints.

Correction: I just checked, zooming in to minute detail. They are textures such as you would find on human skin or the cloth of a cotton shirt, not fingerprints. Nick Park and his co-workers wear latex gloves while working, so what look like fingerprints on the Wallace and Grommit figurines most certainly are not.

Corrected entry: When the penguin uses the remote to get Wallace out of bed, the sheets are all crumpled up, but in the next shot they're neatly spread over the bed again.

Correction: Do you think the man (or, indeed, the dog) who invented the first rocket to go to the moon and return intact couldn't invent some self-folding bedclothes?

Corrected entry: When the penguin is on the windowsill at the museum, he unfolds a big piece of paper, but where did he get that? It definitely wasn't there when the penguin is standing on Wallace as he climbs up the wall.

Correction: It was in the holster which holds his hidden gun. See previous corrections of this type of 'mistake'.

Corrected entry: In the beginning we see the shadow of the techno-trousers, and there are four spheres, if you will, that build up each of his legs. For the rest of the movie, there are five or six spheres on each of his legs. There's no need for Wallace to spend his time to change this.

Correction: There's no need for Wallace to do lots of things. Bungee-jumping window cleaning? Why not use a ladder like everyone else? Fly to the moon to get some cheese? Why not go to the corner shop? Wallace is an eccentric tinkerer, subject to his own whims and fancies. Why add spheres to his techno-trousers? Why not?

Corrected entry: When Wallace and Gromit are locked in the cupboard, Gromit takes off the metal rectangle on Wallace's trousers and puts it down at the bottom of the cupboard. A little later, the two are able to make the top of the cupboard come off. In this shot we can see the bottom of the cupboard. The metal rectangle is gone.

Correction: It's clear that our view of 'the bottom of the cupboard' is occluded by Wallace and Gromit themselves. One of them is standing on the little metal rectangle.

Corrected entry: During the chase scene, the penguin removes a peg, thus disconnecting the part of the train he is on with the part Gromit is on. He does this twice in two shots.

Correction: The carriages are held together by couplings with two pins.

Corrected entry: Just before the penguin puts the helmet on Wallace, he drops some boxes in the doorway and never touches them again. But in the shot where he uses the remote to get Wallace out of bed, the boxes are nowhere to be seen.

Correction: There are loads of shots of Gromit watching the penguin. He could have moved them while we were watching Gromit.

Corrected entry: When Wallace falls into the techno-trousers, why doesn't he get jam fired at him, as happens to Gromit later? It used to need a button press, but Wallace changed that before this point. He couldn't have changed it after this, since he spends the whole day running around town in the trousers and then goes straight to bed.

Correction: The whole thing has been set up by Feathers McGraw, who is being a devious little so-and-so. He needs Wallace to be absolutely shattered and fall asleep, which wouldn't be very easy with jam all over his face. Any Penguin capable of reprogramming NASA equipment to accept a remote control and of engineering a diamond heist which relies entirely on someone being asleep, would be perfectly capable of removing a pot of jam from a table.

Corrected entry: In the beginning when they have breakfast, you can see the railroad tracks in the dining room. Obviously this is one of Wallace's permanent inventions used to deliver items. However, for much of the rest of the house, including the area near the stairs, the living room, and the door with the red flap, the tracks don't appear until the chase scene at the end.

Correction: Why is is 'obvious' that it's a permanent invention? The whole point of model railroad tracks is that they can be taken apart and rearranged at will. Maybe Wallace wasn't happy with the way his 'invention' worked and took it to pieces? We don't see every single minute of his day - it would be a very long film if we did.

Corrected entry: When Gromit gets the mail and flips through it you can see a fingerprint on his right ear.

Correction: This sort of error has been previously corrected. The creators of Wallace and Gromit (and Rex the Runt, and Chicken Run) wear latex surgical gloves when working. The texture on Gromit's ear is therefore not a fingerprint and most likely is deliberate.

Corrected entry: Wallace has installed buttons that control the techno-trousers and the penguin later moves these buttons onto a remote control. The thing is, there are the same number of buttons and switches on the trousers as on the remote control, and at the museum the penguin pushes these buttons to make the mechanical arm come out of the helmet. This isn't possible because Wallace made the buttons solely for the trousers. He didn't know about the helmet- it was all the penguin's idea. The penguin would have had to add buttons of his own onto the remote control to make it work.

Correction: Here we go again: Feathers McGraw is the single most intelligent Criminal Mastermind in the world. Ever. Do you not think that Feathers would incorporate controls for both devices into one single remote unit? This would be less cumbersome, and mean he had less to carry. Considering it is possible to buy remote controls that work for videos, TV's and DVD players all at once, this is not too much of a stretch (no more than a penguin committing the crime of the century, or someone sleeping through a very noisy, tiring walk down a museum air vent.) Also, Wallace didn't make the trousers, NASA did.

Corrected entry: When Wallace wants jam on his toast, Gromit the dog pushes a button that is attached to an electrical cord and the jam flies out of the jar. This isn't possible because the jar of jam is not attached to an electrical cord, so the device that makes the jam fly wouldn't work.

Correction: It is perfectly obvious that many of the remotely controlled devices in the house, such as the toaster, teapot and so on, are controlled via an infra-red control similar to that used for a television set. The jam jar is obviously controlled in this manner. Think about it - if you were a dog with human intelligence, capable of building and flying a rocket to the moon, riding a motorcycle and performing complex mathematical calculations, would you want your scientific pursuits interrupted by you tripping over pesky electrical cables about the place? Obviously not.

Corrected entry: When Gromit is looking at the penguin's plan to steal the diamond, there are some pencils at the corner of the poster near where is says "Museum", but in the next shot, these pencils disappear.

Correction: The 'next shot' is a close up of the plan, and after that there is a close up of Gromit. He lets go of the plan which rolls up by itself, and who knows where the pencils could have gone? They probably fell on the floor.

Corrected entry: When Feathers shuts Wallace and Gromit in the closet we can see that there are several other items in there too. These disappear later when Gromit bursts out of it.

Correction: Gromit doesn't 'burst' out of the closet, Wallace does. Gromit falls out and the view of what's in there is still obstructed by Wallace. All that's in there are a few coat hangers anyway. They could easily have fallen to the floor considering what was going on.

Corrected entry: When the penguin comes to inspect the museum, all he brings is a pad of paper and pencil (we see this as he is walking by the café) but suddenly when Gromit spies on him he has a tape measurer with him. Just because this is a cartoon doesn't mean that the characters can pull things out of nowhere.

Correction: I believe this has already been corrected in relation to the gun that Feathers pulls out on Gromit. If a penguin were to be seen walking around the north of England with a tape measure and note pad, people would ask questions. As it is, its just an average, everyday penguin minding his own business. This is a normal occurrence in a world where dogs have opposable thumbs and a glove on the head is good enough to fool people into thinking you are a chicken.

Corrected entry: The penguin's eyesight ability keeps changing. At one point, he takes out a book called "Electronics for Dogs", and since he ends up switching the controls that are attached to the trousers onto switched to a remote, it's obvious that he can read the small print in the book. Also, when he comes to inspect the museum, he takes detailed measurements with a tape measurer. But when he stares at Gromit, who is hiding under the box, and Gromit blinks, he walks away without doing anything. And when Gromit is peeking at the penguin from under the covers and sees for the first time with the rubber glove on, the penguin doesn't see him.

Correction: The museum and the electronics book were at very close range. When Gromit is under the box and under the covers, he is a good few feet away. This makes all the difference to Feathers' eyesight. He is obviously near-sighted, a common affliction amongst plasticine criminal mastermind penguins who have human intelligence and the ability to disguise themselves as chickens with a strategically placed rubber glove.

Corrected entry: When Gromit looks at the calendar, he has a watch on his right arm. It disappears in later shots.

Correction: He takes it off. His birthday is coming up and he is giving Wallace a subtle hint that he would like a Rolex Oyster. Wouldn't you?

Corrected entry: When Gromit discovers the penguin's plan to steal the diamond, some of the pencils are scattered over the table. A little later, when the penguin brings Wallace back after stealing the diamond, the pencils are all in the jar.

Correction: Gromit is a very neat dog. Any dog capable of designing and helping to build and fly a rocket capable of reaching the moon and returning safely would have to be, of course. Prior to his nipping out to foil the dastardly plans of Feathers McGraw, a penguin who can reprogramme NASA designed equipment to accept a remote control, he sweeps up the pencils and puts them in their jar. This is a fairly obvious part of a film that is so fastidious in its depiction of reality.

Corrected entry: When Gromit is on the couch and then stands up you can see a fingerprint on his head.

Correction: After seeing the 'Making of' video which shows Nick Park and his crew wearing surgical rubber gloves while making 'Chicken Run', I went through the scene you mention scene frame by frame. No fingerprint.

Corrected entry: When Gromit leaves his house, he brings a comb, a bone, and an alarm clock with him. Yet before he comes back to the house, he is shown with a newspaper, a knife, and coins. None of these items are even included in Gromit's hut. So where did he get these things from?

Correction: The knife query has previously been corrected. As for the coins and the newspaper, simple: Gromit bought the newspaper with some loose change he had. This change was concealed about his person so as to be unseen by any potential thieves. This is common practice amongst dogs who can operate and repair electronic equipment, carry out complex engineering tasks, read and sort the morning mail and single-handedly foil the plans of International Criminal Masterminds.

Corrected entry: Wallace gets a leash and a collar for his birthday, Wallace puts the leash on Gromit, and then Gromit goes into another room, leaving the leash behind. Suddenly Wallace has it with him, and he attaches it to the techno-trousers.

Correction: Obviously you don't shop at the same place as Wallace. They have Two-For-One deals all the time, especially on fashion accessories for plasticene dogs who can ride motorcycles and solve complex calculus problems. Obviously Wallace bought two of the leashes in question.

Corrected entry: When the penguin first arrives at Wallace and Gromit's house, he has a brown suitcase with him. When the penguin is sitting on the bed, the unopened suitcase is a different color.

Correction: The lighting changed, meaning the colour seems subtly different. They used the same prop throughout, and there is no film mistake.

Corrected entry: During the train scene at the end, the penguin fires three shots at Gromit, and each time it leaves a mark on his helmet. But suddenly there is a shot of Gromit and his helmet only has two marks.

Correction: There are only two marks VISIBLE. The helmet - a glass lampshade - spins on Gromit's head when the bullets hit it, so the bullet mark on the other side isn't visible in this shot.

Corrected entry: There is more jam on Gromit's head than there is flung from the jar.

Correction: No, there isn't. It spreads out when it hits his face, so it looks like there is more.

Corrected entry: When Gromit is having breakfast at the beginning, there is no red button on the table. Then when Wallace asks for jam on his toast, there is one that Gromit hits. Later we see the whole table and the button is gone.

Correction: It fits into a recess on the table and pops up when you need it so it won't get in the way. Would you like a permanent fixture on a flat table?

Corrected entry: When Wallace looks at all his bills, there are two salt shakers on the table. After Wallace goes to get his piggy bank and comes back to the table, they are positioned differently from before.

Correction: No, the camera angle is different and the salt cellars are in the forefront of the scene, so they appear to have moved.

Corrected entry: When the bread pops out of the toaster, the center of the toast is very black. Then when Gromit has it, we see that it is nice and brown, even though we should have been able to see the black parts.

Correction: This is the North of England, chuck. We scrape burned toast here. Obviously that is what Wallace did, but why show that in a film?

Corrected entry: During the train scene, Gromit is dangling from a lamp on the ceiling. Then Feathers McGraw shoots the lamp, Gromit falls onto the train, and the lamp is on his head. But as earlier seen, there is a light bulb in the lamp, so shouldn't we have seen and heard breaking glass?

Correction: The bulb didn't break, obviously. It dropped to the carpet and bounced or rolled away, plasticene lightbulbs being as robust as they are.

Corrected entry: When the penguin tries to rob the diamond, he uses a mechanical arm from inside Wallace's helmet to grab the diamond. However, the arm is not very precise, and Wallace needs to be exactly over the diamond to get it. When the diamond falls from the mechanical arm, it falls slightly to the right of the arm, but the arm is able to grab it. This is not possible. The penguin did not move Wallace to get it, and even if he had, this would have taken a few seconds, by which time the diamond would have definitely struck the floor.

Correction: Obviously you are unfamiliar with the exact capabilities of the 'telescopic-arm-mounted-remote-controlled-robotic-claw-which-can-fit-inside-a-two-inch-thin-helmet' (TM). Whenever it drops something, it has the ability to calculate the trajectory along which the dropped object travelled, then having correctly aligned itself thus, retrieve the object at a point relevant to the speed of its travel. This safety feature is unique among helmets manufactured to fit the needs of criminal penguins, and is undoubtedly why Feathers McGraw chose this brand of helmet above others.

Corrected entry: Wallace cuts out a piece of the box so he can spy on Feathers McGraw. When McGraw walks away later, the piece of the box is gone.

Correction: They are in the north of England, and the winds are ferocious up there. It blew away.

Corrected entry: When Wallace comes to spy on Feathers McGraw, his paws are empty. But then when he is under the box, he has a swiss army knife with him.

Correction: Wallace doesn't have paws, he has hands. Gromit is an unusual dog - he can read, ride a motorcycle, steer a rocket to the moon, make tea, bungee jump, count money, work out complex electronic designs. A dog like that can do anything, including secreting pocket knives about his person(?). Maybe he hid it in his huge collar?

Corrected entry: The penguin's hand is empty when he bumps into Gromit after shutting Wallace in the closet, then he suddenly pulls out a gun out of nowhere.

Correction: Feathers McGraw is an International Criminal Mastermind. He has obviously had a special holster made to hold the gun in the small of his back so he can appear to pull it out of nowhere and terrify his opponents. This is a perfectly common phenomenon in a world inhabited by dogs with advanced engineering skills, remotely controlled trousers than can walk up walls and...you get the picture.

Corrected entry: When Wallace falls through the trap door to the breakfast table, the automatic dressing machine puts his right sleeve on first, then the left. When Gromit later accidentally falls through, it puts the left sleeve on him first. Even though Gromit is backwards in the chair, the machine obviously doesn't know this, because it puts the shirt and vest on facing forward.

Correction: Yes, and the jam flinging machine later shoots a load right in Gromit's face. Wallace is an inventor in the Heath Robinson mold, and when his inventions do work, they don't always work properly. Sometimes it's the left sleeve, sometimes the right, sometimes both or neither.

Corrected entry: When Gromit spies on the penguin under the box, the penguin suddenly stares in his direction. Gromit blinks. But then the penguin walks away without doing anything. Why wasn't Gromit revealed when he blinked? The penguin was staring right in his direction.

Correction: Penguins have very poor eyesight - especially plasticene ones who appear in light-hearted comedy films.

Corrected entry: Gromit would have run out of spare tracks long before he actually does.

Correction: It's special magic track, only available to dogs who have human intelligence, opposable thumbs, the ability to read, and so on. It's a silly comedy and the bottomless box of railway tracks is there for laughs.

Corrected entry: When Wallace drops out of bed, into the kitchen and has jam splat on his face, the jam is 'fired' automatically. But earlier when we saw the same thing happen, Gromit needed to press a button to 'fire' the jam, so it would land on the toast.


Correction: Wallace is a prolific inventor and given that he designed and made the original machinery, it's easy to accept that he made some improvements to further automate his mornings.


Corrected entry: While Gromit is waiting outside the bathroom on the morning following his bad night in the doghouse, Wallace passes him on the way downstairs. He's fully dressed. In the very next scene, Wallace has somehow gotten back into his dressing gown.


Correction: Wallace probably got dressed to go out and run an errand then came back to shower and everything after Gromit and the penguin were finished in the bathroom.