Wallace presents a pair of metal, mechanical legs, called "Techo-trousers",
which he intends to use to take Gromit for walkies in future, leaving him free to
concentrate on his inventions. While Gromit is being "walked" by the Techo-trousers,
Wallace considers the bills, and shakes his head. Seeing no alternative, he advertises
for a lodger, and shortly has a call from a penguin,named Feathers, who takes the room. Much
to Gromit's annoyance, Feathers takes *his* room, and Gromit is banished to the spare
room. This is definitely *not* the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Events are orchestrated by Feathers to the point where poor Gromit feels so put-upon
that he decides to leave home. With the dog out of the picture, Feathers turns
his attention to the Techno-trousers, which are what attracted him to Wallace's home
in the first place. He rewires them, and puts them on a sleeping Wallace. On waking,
the inventor is taken, via the Techno-trousers, out into the street while Feathers puts
him and them through their paces, trying to suss out the controls. Gromit slips back
into his old house, and watches while Feathers sticks a rubber glove on his head and
becomes the dreaded robber "chicken" he has seen in "wanted" posters.
Feathers then directs the still-sleeping Wallace, in the Techno-trousers, to the
museum, where he uses the sucker-pads of the feet of the Techno-trousers to
adhere to the ceiling of the museum, thus avoiding the infra-red alarms. Stealing the
diamond he then hightails it back to Wallace's house, with the still-sleeping inventor
in tow. Once there, however, he is greeted by an angry Gromit, and there ensues a
furious chase as Wallace (now awake) and Gromit, escaping from the wardrobe in
which Feathers had imprisoned them as he made his getaway, break out and go after
him. After a hilarious ride on Wallace's toy trainset Penguin is apprehended,
and taken to the Zoo, where Wallace receives a reward, enough to ensure that no
further lodgers need ever be taken in! Gromit, making sure he never has to run foul
of the Techno-trousers again, sets them on their way, marching into the sunset...
For Introducing Me To This Wonderful Series Of Animations!
And For The Happy Memory Of A Certain Sunday Afternoon,
When We Watched All Three Films, Back To Back!
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