10. 07. 2005
Wallace and Gromit the movie, plus gadget tv
My very favorite gadget inventor, the hapless Wallace, and his genius dog, Gromit make their full-length feature debut today, in Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. In Were-Rabbit, Wallace and Gromit have finally struck commercial success with one of their inventions, the Anti-Pesto truck, which humanely gathers vegetable-poaching bunnies and whisks them out of garden-destroying range. All is well until a gigantic rabbit of mythical proportions shows up, defeating even Anti-Pesto and putting the annual Giant Vegetable Competition at risk. Wallace and Gromit have to up their game to save their herbage obsessed town.
Americans may be more familiar with British W&G creator, Nick Park's first feature film, Chicken Run, but the clay-animated Wallace and Gromit have been around for a long time, in a classic trio of short films, and more recently in a web-distributed series of short shorts (each running about 2 minutes). The mini films, each featuring a new invention gone disastrously wrong are viewable for free on the official Wallace and Gromit site. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit opens today.
Reality television is also getting in on gadget invention. USA Network's Made in the USA is featuring 6 new inventions, like the interchangeable shoe, which is a single pair of shoes with different heels and straps so it easily converts into several shoe styles. One of the judges is the prolific industrial designer Karim Rashid, who will assuredly be looking at the aesthetics of the competing inventions with a discerning eye. The eventual winner is chosen through audience voting, and the gadget will be given a one-year selling contract on the Home Shopping Network. Made in the USA is already airing on the USA network, Friday mornings at 10 AM EST.