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.
- 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.
- Peter Sallis as Wallace
- Sally Lindsay as Piella Bakewell
- Melissa Collier as Fluffles
- Sarah Laborde as Bake-O-Lite singer
- Ben Whitehead as Baker Bob
- Geraldine McEwan as Miss Thripp