A Matter of Loaf and Death

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A Matter of Loaf and Death is a 2008 British stop-motion animated film created by Nick Park, and the fourth of his shorts to star his characters Wallace and Gromit. It is the first Wallace and Gromit short since A Close Shave in 1995.

A Matter of Loaf and Death is a murder mystery, with Wallace and Gromit starting a new bakery business. With an unknown assailant murdering bakers, Gromit tries to solve the case before Wallace ends up a victim himself. It was the last Wallace and Gromit film before the retirement of Wallace's voice actor Peter Sallis in 2010.

Directed by Nick Park. Written by Nick Park and Bob Baker.


Wallace: [after a flour bag hits Piella and knocks her down the stairs] Oh! Are you all right, my flower?! Flour! Get it? Flower?
Piella Bakewell: [furiously] GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME! I hate flour, I hate bread, and I hate bakers, you utter and complete fruitcake! [angrily takes the ring off her finger and flings it at Wallace]
Wallace: Oh. That's a bit steep. Isn't it, my sweet?

Wallace: Gromit, it's a bomb! The cake's a bomb! Wait a minute. You don't think Piella could be…
Piella Bakewell: [puts her feet on the bomb as she holds a rolling pin in one hand and Fluffles in the other] The cereal killer? Well done, Wallace. Sharp as a brick. Now do exactly as I say, for Fluffles gets snuffled!

Wallace: But, Piella, you're the Bake-O-Lite girl!
Piella Bakewell: Was the Bake-O-Lite girl. I ate too much, you see.
Wallace: Oh, really?
Piella Bakewell: I couldn't ride the balloon anymore!
Wallace: Oh dear!
Piella Bakewell: So they dropped me!
Wallace: What a blow. Ooh!
Piella Bakewell: ME! And curse on bakers and their loathsome confections!

Piella Bakewell: [vowing] I will be back to get you, Wallace! I will have my baker's dozen!
Wallace: But Piella, the balloon won't hold you!
Piella Bakewell: [last words] They can't just drop me. I'm as light as a feather. [As the hot air balloon floats down into a crocodile pit at the zoo] I'm the Bake-O-Lite girl…!
Wallace: No!
[The balloon splashes into the pit and the crocodiles eat Piella alive off-screen]
Wallace: Farewell, my angel cake. You'll always be my Bake-O-Lite Girl.


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