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New Netflix film 'Wallace & Gromit' reveals Christmas premiere, title and teaser showing the return of villain Feathers McGraw

Feathers McGraw is back!

Following in the stop-motion footsteps of his fellow animated antagonist Mrs. Tweedy, the dastardly penguin supervillain makes a big return to the big screen, this time in the latest Wallace & Gromit film. While Tweedy, arch-nemesis in Aardman's 2000 hit Chicken Run, returned last year for the sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, McGraw returns for Wallace & Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl nearly 40 years after his appearance in the Oscar-winning 1993 short Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trouser.

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Details of the new Aardman film, first announced for 2022, have now been revealed, as well as a teaser showing McGraw in all his evil glory.

Wallace & Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl will premiere this Christmas on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Outside the UK, the film will be available worldwide on Netflix.

Set 16 years after the last Wallace & Gromit film, A Question of Bread and Death, the new 70-minute adventure finds Gromit growing increasingly concerned as Wallace becomes too dependent on his inventions – which proves justified when Wallace invents a “cunning gnome” who seems to develop an evil nature of his own. But who or what could be the cause? As events spiral out of control, it's up to Gromit to put aside his concerns and fight dark forces, or Wallace may never be able to invent again.

Ben Whitehead returns to voice Wallace, the eccentric, cheese-loving inventor, and Peter Kay returns as Chief Inspector (formerly PC) Mackintosh. New cast members include Lauren Patel (“Everybody's Talking About Jamie,” “Lloyd of the Flies”) and Reece Shearsmith (“League of Gentleman,” “Inside No.9”). Diane Morgan (“Afterlife,” “Motherland”), Adjoa Andoh (“Bridgerton,” “Invictus”) and Lenny Henry (“Three Little Birds,” “The Lord of the Rings”) also make guest appearances.

“I've had the idea of ​​a film about garden gnomes going evil for over a decade, but I could never figure out what makes them so evil,” says Nick Park, the director and creator of Wallace & Gromit. “I've noticed that the most common question I get from fans when I meet them is: will Feathers McGraw the penguin, the original antagonist of Wallace & Gromit in 'The Technopants' 30 years ago, ever return? We've had fun bringing him back in cameos, but now, three decades later, it seemed like the right time. Then I had the idea: what if Feathers had something to do with these gnomes? We hope this film will appeal to fans of 'Gnome Noir' everywhere and that people will be delighted to see what Feathers has been up to since 'The Technopants'.”

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