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When I saw this film recently in the cinema, I couldn’t wait to get it on DVD so I could pause each moment to try and find all the hidden details. So to carry on in the Aardman series, I have found some of the best Easter eggs hidden in the recent Shaun the Sheep Movie.

Without further ado, lets start with a quality cameo! If you don’t know this bus conductor is none other than Blakey, from UK show On the Buses.

Blakey Shaun the Sheep Movie
” I hate you Butler “
Stephen Lewis as "Blakey"
Stephen Lewis as “Blakey”

This next one shows the amount of detail that goes into these films. In any old cobbler shop in the UK an animatronic man mending shoes can be seen in the window. The man is advertising Phillips shoe products. They are often seen in Timpson’s windows.

Phillips Man Shaun the Sheep Movie
My Arm Aches
timpsons man
My Arm Really Aches

Its great to see a cameo from Shaun’s creator,  Nick Park!

Nick Park Shaun the Sheep Movie
Sneaky, Aardman, Sneaky.

Near the end, when the pigs are watching TV, you should be able to hear the Morph theme tune coming from the set.

Morph Shaun the Sheep Movie
A Pig’s Favourite Programme

If you look carefully at the graffiti, you should see the names of people involved in the production of the film.

More Credits Shaun the Sheep Movie
Credits before the Credits.

Time for another cameo. This time it is from the Wallace and Gromit universe. Miss. Thripp, one of the West Wallaby Street residents, can be seen in a few scenes in the film.

Miss Thripp Shaun the Sheep Movie
It seems she needs a scooter now.
Thrip
Voiced by Geraldine McEwan

A few of pop culture items making an appearance.

Hoverboard Shaun the Sheep Movie
Marty McFly’s Hoverboard

This may sound a bit far-fetched, but bare with me.  Rhett and Link created a character named Dope Zebra. This zebra was two men inside a zebra suit dancing to some funky music. During the film we see a pantomime horse doing a moonwalk to funky music. A coincidence? Probably.

Dope Zebra Shaun the Sheep Movie
Dope Spotted Horse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fljKx9nvrL4

A couple of Breaking Bad references.

Breaking Bad Shaun the Sheep Movie

Breaking Bad Shaun the Sheep Movie

Ending with a Blue Peter badge.Blue Peter Shaun the Sheep

After seeing the posters for the new Nick Park film, Early Man, I couldn’t help but see the resemblance.

Dog Shaun the Sheep Movie
Slip the Dog
Early Man
Nick Park’s Early Man

Another lot of credits. These names are all the set designers!

Credits Shaun the Sheep Movie

This is perhaps the biggest cameofest in an Aardman film to date. On this board we can see:Containment Board Shaun the Sheep Movie

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The Creature Comforts Posh Cat
ccdog
Creature Comforts Dog
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Creature Comforts Guide Dog
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Feathers McGraw
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Creature Comforts Pugs
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and Vince from Rex the Runt

Only one more Aardman film to look through before I create some accompanying videos.

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Continuing with the Aardman easter eggs, I watched Flushed Away to see the hidden details. This was the best film so far, probably because they could add whatever they wanted because it was CGI, rather than having to make it physically for stop motion.

We start with a 50 Cent reference. Introducing to you 40 Pence!

40pence Flushed Away Easter Eggs
40 Pence In Da House

Two Aardman books including Cracking Animation.

Aardman books Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Great Reading Choices

A Tail of Two Cats. Alex the Lion from Madagascar and the Cat from Creature Comforts.

Cat and Lion Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Two Cats
alex the lion madagascar
Alex the Lion
Creature Comforts Cat
Creature Comforts Cat

Some more Creature Comfort characters.

Creature Comfort Flushed Away Easter Eggs
All the Creature Comfort Gang

Some recognisable DVDs including Over the Hedge, Shrek, Antz, and Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit.

DVDs Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Great DVD Collection Roddy

This looks like a fighting game with Feathers McGraw vs Preston. The question is who would you back and where do I get an arcade machine like that?

Feathers and Preston Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Feathers vs Preston – Who will win?

A Gromit Pencil topper available at all good ebay stores.

Gromit Pencil Topper Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Gromit Pencil Topper

Surely another Gromit reference?

Gromit Reference Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Got to be a Gromit Reference

Gromit Plushie. Need I say more?

Gromit Toy Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Oh Gromit

A sock monkey of the monkey from Madagascar.

Monkey Madagascar Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Madagascar Sock Monkey
Madagascar Monkey Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Madagascar Monkey

An obvious reference to Dreamwork’s rival Pixar. Doesn’t really look like Nemo though.

Nemo Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Have you seen my dad?

These penguins sneak in everywhere.

Penguins Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Feathers?

The rabbits from Were Rabbit.

Rabbits Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Veg Bad… Veg Bad…

Rex the Runt, Aardman’s TV series gets a reference too.

Rex the Runt Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Rex the Hunt

Shaun also gets two nods.

Shaun 2 flushed Away Easter Eggs
He’s Shaun the Sheep
Shaun the Sheep Pic Flushed Away Easter Eggs
He’s Shaun the Sheep

We also get a Shrek reference.

Shrek Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Shrek Fridge Magnet

Recognise this picture?

Wallace and Gromit Pic Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wallace and Gromit Picture

Wallace_and_Gromit

Or this one?

Wallace Football Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wallace from Cracking Contraptions playing the Bootiful Game

Or this Costume?

Wallace Suit Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wallace Costume

Two for one. A Wendolene picture and a Chicken Run DVD.

Wendolene and Chicken Run Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Two for the price of one… Wendolene and Chicken Run

A newspaper reference to the Were Rabbit terrorising West Wallaby Street.

Were Rabbit Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Were Rabbit Reference

Last but not least, a Wolverine reference. Wolverine is played by Hugh Jackman, and so is Rodney, so why not have a Wolverine costume.

Wolverine Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wolverine Costume

Thanks for reading. I have finally found all the other DVDs for the other Aardman films, so stay tuned Fishy Friends!

Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit

Unlike the last two Wallace and Gromit films I have featured, I actually remember when this film came out, and I think I went to see it in the cinema about 3 times because I loved it that much. Even after watching it so many times, after searching through it with a fine toothed comb I find little bits I have never noticed it before. So lets begin…

The first few hidden items were mainstays from the Wallace and Gromit films, the first being the rocket from Grand Day Out.

Grand Day Out Rocket Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
Cheese, We’ll Go Somewhere where theres cheese!

The other mainstays are sheep pictures giving a nod to the Close Shave previously and Shaun the Sheep later.

Sheep Pics Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
More Sheep Pictures

Next we see another familiar face, Frank the Tortoise from Creature Comforts. Frank also appeared in a Close Shave

Frank the Tortoise Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
Frank from Creature Comforts in Curse of the Were Rabbit as a security device.
Tortoise Wallace and Gromit
Do You Recognise This Tortoise? Frank in A Close Shave
Frank Tortoise Creature Comforts
Frank the Tortoise Appearing in Creature Comforts

A reference to another film is also made. The name of the green grocers is Harvey’s named after the large rabbit named Harvey in the film with the same name.

Harvey's Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
A big carrot for a big rabbit

The two directors even got a cameo appearance as real-life photos in the Vicar’s church building.

Nick Park Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
Nick Park as a Vicar
Steve Box Wallace and Gromit in Were Rabbit
Steve Box as a Vicar

In 2002, Matt Groening, the creator of the Simpsons, came to have a tour around Aardman studios. Curse of the Were-Rabbit was in production at this point so seeing this book title, Springfield named after the setting of the Simpson, got me wondering. Did Nick add this small detail in as a nod to Matt’s tour, or did Matt ask for something to be added while he went round? I don’t think we will ever know.

Springfield Book Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
Springfield, the setting of the Simpsons.
Matt Groening Aardman
Signed Pic of Matt Groening and Aardman Crew during Matt’s Tour.

A great nod to Wallace and Gromit’s last adventure, a Close Shave.

Close Shave Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
A Close Shave Barber

As some fans may know, Lady Tottington was originally supposed to be Wendolene from A Close Shave, but was later changed. Wendolene Ramsbottom was not forgotten in the film however, with a great cheese banner advertising Ramsbottom Dairy Products.

Ramsbottom Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
I thought Wendolene hated cheese?

Since his appearance in the Wrong Trousers, Feathers McGraw has appeared in every W + G film since, and Were Rabbit was no exception. You can see him in an urn on top of Tottington Hall!

Feather's McGraw Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
He sneaks in everywhere.

I hope you enjoy reading these easter eggs as much I enjoy finding them. I am aiming to create a post like this for every Aardman film ever made, so stay tuned for Matter of Loaf and Death, Chicken Run, and the Shaun the Sheep Movie.

Wrong Trousers Easter Eggs

After looking through A Close Shave on Tuesday for easter eggs and enjoying it,  I thought I would do another post about all the easter eggs in the Wrong Trousers. Much like A Close Shave, I have watched this film so many times, but only after constantly pausing the film over and over again did I see all the hidden little details.

One thing that is pretty obvious is the use of items from a Grand Day Out in the Wrong Trousers. Throughout the film you can see the rocket from A Grand Day Out and nods to the film.

Wallace and Gromit Rocket 2
Gromit Loves Rockets!
Wallace and Gromit Wall Rockets
A Nod to a Grand Day Out
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If only he had put his money in Moon Cheese!
Wrong Trousers Sled
Recognise the sled?

This sled appeared in a Grand Day Out in the basement. In A Grand Day Out, the sled had Rose Bud written on it as a link to the classic film Citizen Kane.

Wallace and Gromit Rosebud Sled
A Citizen Kane reference in A Grand Day Out

The film made after the Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, featured a cast of sheep. The Wrong Trousers shows us what to expect from the next movie with many pictures of sheep cropping up.

Wallace and Gromit Sheep Picture 1
The first picture of a sheep on Wallace’s landing.
Wallace and Gromit Sheep Picture 2
The second picture of a sheep in Wallace’s bedroom.
Wallace and Gromit Sheep Picture 3
The third sheep picture found in Wallace’s front room.
Wallace and Gromit Sheep Picture 4
This sheep wouldn’t be out of place in Shaun the Sheep.

When watching the film, the one thing I wasn’t expecting was a postcard from Disneyland featuring Mickey Mouse.

Wallace and Gromit Mickey Mouse
The Mickey Mouse Character at Disneyland Postcard

As well the rocket and sled in Gromit’s room he also two over interesting things. The first is a Batman kite!

Wallace and Gromit Batman
Even Batman gets a reference!

The second is the bookshelf. Take a look at the books… Fish, Penguins, Lassie, Sheep, Stars, and Canines. Seems like a cast list for animals in the Wallace and Gromit films.

Wallace and Gromit Books
An interesting selection of books.

As Gromit looks at the adverts in the newsagent’s window, one advert stands out.

Wallace and Gromit Mr Shifty Advert
Mr Shifty
Shed Remover’s
(No Job Too Small)

The museum that Feather’s burgles also holds a few secrets. The first thing we can see is an exhibit with 5 different penguins like Feathers.

Wallace and Gromit Penguins
It seems like penguins were clever thousands of years ago too.

We now see another character from Creature Comforts, this time it is the lion. He is in the same pose in his exhibit as he is in Creature Comforts.

Wallace and Gromit Creature Comforts Lion
Space, not grass!

This Youtube link shows the Lion in Creature Comforts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpv7DyylO5k

The last interesting item found in the museum are the mummies and the sarcophagus of what looks like old relatives of Wallace and Gromit.

Wallace and Gromit Mummies
Distant Relatives?

 Two things in this film link it with Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The first is an advert for Snoozy Choc as Wallace walks up the museum building.

Wallace and Gromit Snoozy Choc
Snoozy Choc, The Sleepy-Time Drink

You are probably wondering why this is a link to the Were-Rabbit; let me tell you. One idea being banded about during the production of Were-Rabbit was Wallace would learn to play the banjo, and drive Gromit so mad he would put Sleepy Choc in his drink.

The second link to the Were-Rabbit is the Austin A35 van. When Gromit is in the cafe reading the paper, you can see a very familiar van. This is the same model of van, and may even be the same van, that Wallace and Gromit use as the Anti-Pesto van in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Wallace and Gromit Austin A35
The same van?
anti pesto van
The Anti-Pesto Austin A35
shaun

Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave is one of my favourite movies meaning I have watched it over and over again. So you would think I would know most of the easter eggs, but after watching the film the last time pausing at different moments did I see so many more little hidden gems that I had never seen before.

In the first few scenes of the film you will be able to see many food items in Wallace’s larder. One of these items actually has the name of Steve Box, an Aardman animator, on it!

Steve Box Close Shave
Just Behind the Beans Can You See The Name of Aardman Animator, Steve Box?

Do you recognise this Tortoise? If you are an avid fan of Aardman, you should know this tortoise from Creature Comforts named Frank. Nick Park worked on Creature Comforts after his first film, A Grand Day Out.

Tortoise Wallace and Gromit
Do You Recognise This Tortoise? It Is Very Similar To The One From Creature Comforts!
Frank Tortoise Creature Comforts
Frank the Tortoise Appearing in Creature Comforts

Only four characters have made an appearance in two or more Wallace and Gromit films; Wallace, Gromit, Feathers, and Bob Baker.Bob Baker was actually a nod towards the scriptwriter of the Wallace and Gromit films, also named Bob Baker. Interestingly, what was a cheeky nod to Bob in the Close Shave became a full blown appearance in a Matter of Loaf and Death, being the first baker to be killed by Piella Bakewell at the beginning of the film.

Bob Baker Wallace and Gromit
This is the Baker’s Shop of Bob Baker
Bob Baker Wallace and Gromit Sign
A Sign Advertising Bob Baker’s Buns (Try saying that 5 Times)
Baker_Bob Wallace and Gromit
Bob Baker in a Matter of Loaf and Death

This is the prison table in Gromit’s cell. notice the funny graffiti.

Close Shave Prison Table
Just a fun addition of graffiti on the prison table. You can see a butterfly, Home Sweet Home, and an escape route.

Now this is the interesting bit. Nick park has mentioned the fact that Feathers McGraw appears in A Close Shave, but has never officially revealed where he is. There are some signs of Feathers in the film…

Feathers Hat Close Shave
It looks like Wendolene is selling Feathers McGraw disguises.
Feathers Was 'Ere
Wiganian Graffiti
Penguin Books Close Shave
Penguin Books…

This is where I think he is. Just as Wallace is getting covered in Shaun’s fleece, look behind Wallace and you should see him.

Feathers McGraw in A Close Shave
I think this is where Feathers McGraw is in a Close Shave

Stay Tuned for the Easter Eggs in the Wrong Trousers.