Could a film successfully combine the hilarious animated antics of Britain’s troubled royal family, and the poignant story of a lovesick cheese obsessed inventor and his dog? Directed by Dame Shirley Bassey, Wallace Simpson and Gromit has been accused of playing fast and loose with historical fact.
Billed by some as ‘The King’s Trousers’ and ‘The Wrong Speech’, the film tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a tragic American heiress and a plasticine dog, in the dark years leading up to the second world war. She has designs on the British throne. He has designs for an automated dog walking machine involving a bone on a string and a roller skate. The plot thickens when Adolf Hitler’s Alsatians steal the secret plans. Mrs Simpson – whose voice is provided by Lisa Tarbuck – plots to get it back. But Gromit (Colin Firth) favours appeasement.
The film is already the bookie’s favourite to be this year’s Royal Command Performance.