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Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention
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Apr 16, 2012 By: Mathew Plale
Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention order
Director:
Merlin Crossingham

Actors:
Wallace
Gromit
Ashley Jensen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Wallace and Gromit host this six-part BBC series, which looks at clever, below-the-radar inventors and their innovations.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Who better than Wallace, the cheese-loving inventor, to host a series on unique creations? Remember the Autochef? Or the BunVac 6000? Or the Knit-O-Matic? Or Shopper 13? Or the Snoozatron? Or Techno Trousers?

Wallace and Gromits World of Invention debuted in 2010 on the BBC as a six-part series. The episodes: Nature Knows Best, Reach for the Sky, Home Sweet Home, Come to Your Senses, Better Safe Than Sorry, and From A to B. Each looks at the science of inventions--some successes, some failures, all clever and innovative.

The series is far from stuffy and opts for a fun approach to what might be a boring subject to some. In between segments and interviews, there are recurring bits: Contraption Countdown (animal-inspired inventions; failures in aviation; useful household contraptions); Curiosity Corner (termites house-building skills; bomb-detecting bees; laser beam-guided flying saucers); Inventor of the Week (Theo Jansens walking animals made of recycled materials; Gustav Mesmers flying bicycle; Trevor Baylis wind-up radio); and Jem Stansfields It Never Got Off the Drawing Board (Einsteins complicated fridge; a mobile phone shown off over 100 years ago; actress Hedy Lamarrs frequency-hopping torpedo).

The headline given to Wallace and his dog Gromit is a bit misleading and more of a ploy to attract viewers and sales. Theyre hosts only but, since we dont get to see Nick Parks claymation duo all that often, they are welcome ones.

Wallace and Gromits World of Invention may not be as essential to fans of the residents of West Wallaby Street as their shorts, but it is still solid, amusing entertainment. If nothing else, it could be a useful program to use in middle school science classes when the teacher next door has the Bill Nye tapes.
THE EXTRAS
Your World of Invention (38:02): This is a collection of do-it-yourself inventions meant to be done under adult supervision and the use of appropriate safety gear. The inventions are: Atmosphere Railway; Wind-Powered Sprinkler; Fin Ray Grabber; Air Rocket; Spy Camera; and Upside-Down-O-Scope.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Wallace and Gromits World of Invention may not be an essential for fans of Nick Parks claymation inventor and pooch, but its still nice to see them back in (partial) action. Above all else, this BBC series about clever inventors/inventions could make a good, fun addition to a middle school science class rotation of videos. Included are experiments to try at home.
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