Everything we know about Wallace and Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl

Everyone’s favourite plasticine heroes are back on the big screen

Feathers McGraw in Wallace and Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl
Feathers McGraw returns in Wallace and Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl. (BBC)

Fetch the cheese and crackers and put the kettle on because Wallace and Gromit are back in their latest adventure Vengeance Most Fowl.

The film marks the duo’s second feature-length outing following 2005’s charming classic The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. However, Aardman Animations’ beloved dog and owner duo have had a long history of delivering the goods when it comes to quality animated content.

Created by Nick Park, Wallace and Gromit first landed on our radar in 1989’s space quest A Grand Day Out, followed by pants-panic The Wrong Trousers in 1993 and A Close Shave in 1995, the latter of which gave us Shaun the Sheep.

The pair were last seen on screen in the 2008 short A Matter of Loaf or Death but their latest feature has links back to one of their classic earlier works. Here’s what we know about Wallace and Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl…

Merlin Crossingham and Nick Park, the co-directors of Vengeance Most Fowl
Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park (right) returns to co-direct the new movie. (BBC)

The new, 70-minute feature, Wallace and Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl, will air on BBC One during Christmas 2024 although an exact date and time have not been revealed just yet.

Those who miss it live on telly will be able to catch it on-demand via BBC iPlayer.

Following the announcement of Wallace and Gromit’s new film, Aardman Animations released a 27-second teaser that showed a familiar face being released from prison.

The last time we saw Feathers McGraw, he was disguising himself as a chicken and using Wallace’s robotic trousers to try and steal a rare diamond. Luckily, Gromit managed to put a stop to his evil plans before they could be carried out.

However, by the looks of it, Feathers is now at large once again — and he has revenge in his sights.

Watch the teaser below:

Wal;ace and Gromit in a scene from Vengeance Most Fowl
Wallace creates a ‘smart gnome’ in Vengeance Most Fowl. (BBC)

Wallace and Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl will bring nefarious penguin Feathers McGraw back into contact with local inventor Wallace and his loyal dog Gromit. This time around, Wallace has invented a ‘smart’ garden gnome — but unfortunately, it seems to have a mind of its own.

“I’d had the idea of a film about garden gnomes turning bad for more than a decade, but I could never work out what made them bad,” explained Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, who co-directed the film with Merlin Crossingham.

“It occurred to me that the single most asked question I get when I meet fans is, will the penguin Feathers McGraw, Wallace and Gromit’s original antagonist from The Wrong Trousers 30 years ago, ever return?

“We’ve had fun bringing him back in cameo capacities but now, three decades on, it felt like the right time.

“Then it hit me: What if Feathers was involved with these gnomes? We’re hoping that this film will appeal to fans of ‘Gnome Noir’ everywhere and that people will be gratified when they see what Feathers has been up to since The Wrong Trousers.”

We also know that Gromit will have to save the day once again, with the future of Wallace’s inventing abilities depending on his success.

Peter Sallis poses with a person dressed as the character Wallace
Actor Ben Whitehead takes over the role of Wallis from Peter Sallis (pictured). (BBC)

Actor Ben Whitehead will play Wallace, taking over the role from The Last of the Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis who performed the character from its 1989 inception until his death in 2017.

Whitehead has previously provided the voice of Wallace in other, smaller Aardman projects and will shepherd him into the future in this first extended performance.

Comedian Peter Kay returns to voice local copper PC Mackintosh — a character that first appeared in Curse of The Ware-Rabbit and who has now been promoted to Chief Inspector.

Peter Kay turning on Blackpool Illuminations in 2014
Comedian Peter Kay will appear in the new Wallace and Gromit film. (Rex)

Inside No 9’s Reece Shearsmith also joins the cast, alongside Lauren Patel from Everyone’s Talking About Jamie — but both of their roles remain a mystery for now.

A host of other British names will appear in cameo roles including Cunk On Earth star Diane Morgan, Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh and comedian Sir Lenny Henry.

Wallace and Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl will air on BBC One and iPlayer this Christmas.