Wallace and Gromit have a brand new business. The conversion of 62 West Wallaby Street is complete and impressive, the whole house is now a granary with ovens and robotic kneading arms. Huge mixing bowls are all over the place and everything is covered with a layer of flour. On the roof is a ‘Wallace patent-pending’ old-fashioned windmill. The transformation is perfect. Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that 12 local bakers have ‘disappeared’ this year – but Wallace isn’t worried. He’s too distracted and ‘dough-eyed’ in love with local beauty and bread enthusiast, Piella Bakewell, to be of much help. While they enjoy being the ‘Toast of the Town’, Gromit, with his master’s life in jeopardy, must be the sleuth and solve the escalating murder mystery – in what quickly becomes a ‘Matter of Loaf and Death’.
User Reviews: Roald Dahl knew as much as anyone that kids love things a bit darker, a bit more menacing. Nick Park seems far removed from Dahl, but the truth is the dark has always been there, it’s just people haven’t bothered to look.
Matter Of Loaf And Death was great BECAUSE it pushed the boundaries. It would be so easy to coast and take Sony’s Yankee dollar. But Nick Park isn’t like that.
I admire him because this is his creation and he always seems to come up with something surprise him. The clever film references, the delightful puns (Citizen Canine!) all well handled.
And seriously, didn’t anyone else find Fluffie’s relationship with Gromit sweet? Or perhaps I’m getting sentimental in my old age.
Anyhoo, I loved it.