Let’s Talk About A Close Shave

Written by Sarah on July 3rd, 2013 Posted in famous knits, knits, life, movies, tv

If you were raised on British television as a certain blogger was, then you were surely familiar with the antics of Wallace and Gromit before Nick Park’s feature film Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Maybe you didn’t have HBO but you wanted HBO because you wanted to watch Clueless because you LOVE Clueless even though you’ve never seen it before. So instead you tuned in to channel thriteen to catch broadcasts of BBC shows like Keeping up Appearances.

After hanging out with my Aunt Sherry last weekend and then watching 2008’s A Matter of Loaf and Death last night (as grown ups do, right?), I was reminded of the many times I visited her and asked to watch The Wrong Trousers with me after making me a blueberry soda. But while the toy train chase scene will always be one of the top ten moments in film history (don’t even, it won an Oscar!), the real best when it comes to W&G is A Close Shave.

Oh, Gromit! Oh, lawn gnome! Oh, PBS fundraiser marathons!

wallace and gromit

Now, if you are a knitter (or just a regular human being) and you have not seen this short film, you need to correct this situation and do so immediately. Gather up your children or your neighbors children or just a pet (it really makes no difference to me) and watch it.

gromit knitting

Here are a few reasons that A Close Shave is amazing: It stars a sheep named Shaun who is adorable. In fact, it stars many sheep. It stars a dog that knits. He knits, guys! It’s a thrilling mystery that revolves almost entirely around yarn! And it’s stop motion animation. If you don’t love stop motion animation, you might as well hate Christmas or ice cream or blowing bubbles and listening to toddlers giggle. Stop motion animation is magical and require patience beyond any reasonable imagination and that is why you should love it.

I demand that you watch this movie! While you’re at it, you ought to be brushing up on Creature Comforts, too. What are you waiting for?

ps. Enjoy your 4th of July! I’m taking the rest of the week off to make friendship bracelets and eat guacamole but I’ll be back next week!

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Comments (5)

  • July 3, 2013 at 10:28 am |

    And Shaun the Sheep, don’t forget Shaun (who first debuted in A Close Shave) we watch at least 1 episode every single day in this house… Every. Single. Day…

    • July 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm |

      I’m inviting myself over!

  • July 3, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    OH. MY. GOD!! Wallace and Gromit is my favorite thing EVER! Gromit is definitely my favorite fictional-character-knitter (second favorite, Mabel Pines). I’ve actually just watched all of the ones available on Netflix and am currently marathon-watching Shaun the Sheep (all by myself, unfortunately).

  • Aunt Sherry
    July 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

    Awww, you remembered the Blueberry Soda. Is the bottled stuff Jon had Fri night as good? Ah, for some Wensleydale and these sweaters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO6-w_qLp6U or these (tee-hee) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne0HSh8vffc
    could anything be this cute? Well except Shaun, and of course Gromit knitting. Good Boy, Grommit. Good Boy.

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