Genre Guesstimation – A Close Shave (1995)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Emily Slade of Why This Film Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite Non-Disney Animated Films of the 90’s.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to

Tnx Emily!

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Non-Disney Animated Films of the 90’s……..

“Porridge today, Gromit! Tuesday!” – Wallace

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2021)

Brief Synopsis – When Wallace and Gromit get a job cleaning the windows of a wool shop, their lives are changed by the beautiful owner and her dog.

My Take on it – This film is one that I haven’t thought of in years until I came across it during my research for films with this month’s theme.

This movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Short and was quite deserving of that award since the animation is stellar throughout.

The way that they show the various inventions is great and adds to the fun of the whole story.

I’m personally not the biggest fan of creator Nick Park’s Shaun the Sheep series, but this film shows the creation of that character,

Love the way that this story is able to tell part of the narrative via newspaper headlines because it not only saves on time, but also gives the viewer and the character a way to be updated on all that is happening around them.

There seems as if something is missing towards the end that would have helped make the story even better.

The film stays engaging throughout and manages to give the viewer something fun from start to finish.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a radio interview, director Nick Park said that Wallace’s references to Wensleydale cheese in this film unintentionally saved a small British cheese-maker from bankruptcy. Interest in the cheese was sparked by the film, and one of the few makers of Wensleydale suddenly found itself with numerous requests for it, thereby saving it from financial ruin. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. Fun film with great animation, but something seems missing that would have made it even better.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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