2. The Wrong Trousers – The Train Chase
It would be so easy for this to have wound up as one smart idea in search of a story on which to hang it. Instead, this second animated adventure for Wallace and Gromit provides layer upon layer of jokes, invention and wit.
A villainous penguin, bent on a daring jewellery heist, moves in with Wallace & Gromit and uses Gromit’s latest invention (remote controlled trousers) to get at a giant diamond. The climax sees Wallace, Gromit and the penguin chasing around the house on a toy train set.
The coup de grace is undoubtedly the moment when Gromit is at the front of the train and sees the track is running out, so picks up a box of track pieces and starts to lay them down just in time for the train to continue to run over them. Considering the whole thing is frame-by-frame plasticine models, the effectiveness of the sequence is nothing short of miraculous.
As an action scene it is breath-taking, hilarious and genius-level in its conception and execution.