Evil penguin Feathers McGraw to return in new Wallace and Gromit film | Ents & Arts News

June 7, 2024
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The evil penguin Feathers McGraw will return in a full-length Wallace and Gromit feature film this Christmas.

A trailer released on Thursday for the BBC’s Vengeance Most Fowl shows the villain’s keys, comb, tape measure and glove being put in a prison tray before he enters a cell while a guard looks on before cracking his neck.

McGraw was first seen in 1993’s Bafta and Oscar-winning short film The Wrong Trousers.

A first look of Vengeance Most Fowl, the upcoming instalment of the Wallace And Gromit film series. Pic: Aardman Animations/PA
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A first look of Vengeance Most Fowl. Pic: Aardman Animations/PA

He rented a room by disguising himself as a chicken with a red glove on his head, and was subsequently arrested and sent to a zoo after trying to steal a priceless diamond.

The character will return to get revenge on inventor Wallace and his loyal beagle Gromit.

Wallace and Gromit creator and director Nick Park said he decided to bring the villain back after fans asked if the character would ever return.

He said it is “the single most asked question I get when I meet fans”.

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

Feathers McGraw, the penguin supervillain, who will return in a new Wallace And Gromit film this Christmas. Pic: Aardman Animations/PA Wire
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Feathers McGraw, the penguin supervillain, will return in a new Wallace And Gromit film this Christmas. Pic: Aardman Animations/PA

It had previously been revealed the film will see Wallace develop a “smart gnome” that appears to have a mind of its own.

Park continued: “It hit me: what if Feathers was involved with these gnomes?”

He added: “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.”

Ben Whitehead, who has been in other Wallace and Gromit projects, will again play the eccentric, cheese-loving inventor from the North of England – following him taking over from the late Last Of The Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis.

Comedian Peter Kay, who was in The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, returns as PC Mackintosh, who has been promoted to chief inspector, with Inside No. 9 star Reece Shearsmith and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie actress Lauren Patel joining the cast.

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There will also be cameos from Motherland actress and comedian Diane Morgan, Bridgerton actress Adjoa Andoh and comedian and actor Sir Lenny Henry.

The film’s creative director Merlin Crossingham said: “Hopefully, Vengeance Most Fowl is full of everything people love about Wallace and Gromit while introducing new themes to their ongoing story.”

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