Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Always-charming claymation duo mix murder with romance.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Gromit's goal is to protect Wallace from danger. He does everything he can, including risking his own safety to help his friend. Piella's dog chooses to stand up to her owner and fight against evil, thanks to the support of Gromit.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gromit is the role model in this film. He's loyal, smart, moral, and a good friend.

Violence & Scariness

The premise is that a serial killer is loose and threatening the main characters. Both Wallace and Gromit face serious peril, always downplayed with slapstick humor.

Sexy Stuff

Romance between Wallace and Piella is central to the movie, and a bit scary because viewers know she's dangerous. Funny romance montage includes ceramic wheel scene from Ghost. Gromit finds love with Piella's dog.

Language

Villian says "hates."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this British claymation movie delves into some darker themes, but with slapstick humor and even a bit of pathos. One main character gets involved with a deceptive love interest while the other hunts for a serial killer. In an attempt to fight off the killer, the main characters endure tense moments, including being kidnapped and threatened by a bomb.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written byarudek805 October 8, 2009

More Violent, Still Funny

If you have been a fan of Wallace & Gromit before this you know that there tends to be a lot of slapstick style comedy. This short however takes a turn... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 9 year old Written byMaxinieGirl July 25, 2010

A murder in a kids' film?

My family and I started to watch this movie together and had to turn it off due to scariness and the murder that happens in the opening scene. My son is 4 and d... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old December 30, 2010

I liked it but me and my 5 year old brother were kinda scared

I am 7. My 5 year old brother told me he was pretty scared. He was he was. Well, I kinda liked the part where Wallace was hanging on the light over piella... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 11, 2011

GOOD

yesterday on March 10th I saw movie of this and why every girl Wallace meets he flirts with

What's the story?

Hapless Wallace and his trusty but silent dog Gromit have started a bread-baking business, employing their trademark gadgets to help knead and bake the bread. When fellow bakers start turning up dead and Wallace meets the charming, if controlling Piella Bakewell, Gromit begins to investigate the mysterious woman. Perpetually oblivious, Wallace becomes infatuated with the zaftig lady while Gromit gets to the bottom of the murder mystery, but not before being muzzled, kidnapped, and threatened with a bomb. In the end, it's Gromit who finds a mate, instead of Wallace.

Is it any good?

Like other offerings from director Nick Park, this movie's offbeat and dark humor sets it apart from other more mainstream titles. The wild contraptions, unlikely capers, and death-defying stunts make for a high-energy, witty comedy with quirky details that can appeal to both adults and children. A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH tips its hat to classic noir films, beginning with the opening scene where a mysterious attacker sneaks up behind a clueless baker and dispatches the man with a swift (offscreen) whack to the head. Fans of Wallace and Gromit's other work will find this movie chock full of the usual quirky humor, like Wallace's appreciation for the tea Gromit poured from the nozzle of a gas pump: "Lovely cuppa, Gromit. But with a slight diesel-ly aftertaste." However, some of the less obvious concepts in the film might trouble more sophisticated viewers, like the murderer's motive -- resentment toward bakers for weight gain.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being pressured to make poor choices. Why did Piella Bakewell's dog turn against her? Why do you think she stayed with Piella in the first place?

  • Families with older children can talk about media images of women. Why did Piella get fired from her job as a spokesperson? Do you think that kind of thing happens in real life? If so, why?

  • Families can talk about gadgets. What kind of gadgets do you wish you had in your house? Have you ever invented anything?

Movie details

For kids who love animation

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