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EmmyRed18 Posted: Feb 25th 2012

This is a one-page essay, written in the style I might write one of my Theatre Class or History Class essays, which I did for fun about Wallace and Gromit.


The thing I have always enjoyed about Wallace and Gromit is the fact that, beneath silly and farcical stories, there is a further depth of character to be explored, especially in the relationships between characters. When I first heard in previews that "Loaf and Death" would bring us a girlfriend for Gromit, I thought along the same lines as other past commentators (They're a duo, a third character would mess it up, etc). When I watched it, however, my attitude had changed before the film was halfway done. I believe that Fluffles is an invaluable addition to the tales of Wallace and Gromit - her presence fills a gap that was empty before.

I think it can safely be said that Gromit is the one we relate to throughout all the stories - even when bad stuff happens to Wallace, it is Gromit we feel the most sorry for. His expressive face speaks more than any words ever could the pain he feels when things happen to his dear friend, or when they are separated for any reason. In short, he's a typical, loyal dog, but he possesses more depth of character than most humans, and he is really the key that makes Wallace and Gromit so successful. We especially feel the most sorry for Gromit when he must endure things alone, which he does quite frequently; for, good and sometimes brave man that he is, Wallace is still too scatterbrained, self-centered, and accident-prone to notice or understand Gromit's feelings most of the time.

When we first see Fluffles, she seems your stereotypical miniature poodle - nervous, empty-headed, and not all that bright. However, it soon becomes apparent that she and Gromit are kindred spirits; both share masters that sometimes mistreat them (though Piella's mistreatment is intentional, whereas Wallace's is not), and lack someone who can sympathize with their plight. From the start, they have a mutual sympathy with one another; there is a subtle moment in the scene where Piella first invites Wallace for a walk, and kicks Fluffles to get her to behave - for a brief instant, the camera cuts to Gromit and fades out Wallace in the foreground, giving us a look at a shocked expression on Gromit's face. Later on, when Gromit is storming about the house venting his frustration at Piella's rearranging everything (including his relationship with his master), Fluffles takes pity on him; she rescues from the dustbin Gromit's old things and returns them to him. This is the first time we see the depth of character Fluffles possesses - we realize that, though she is obviously terrified of Piella, she has a heart as big as Gromit's and can feel for someone in distress. Another subtle but moving moment comes when Piella announces to Fluffles that she plans to do away with Wallace - the expression of sorrow on her face, coupled with her encounter with Gromit a short time before, leads us to believe that even though she doesn't want Wallace hurt, it is GROMIT and his potential heartbreak she is primarily concerned with. The likelihood of this is further heightened when a brief camera shot (the one preceding Gromit's second visit to Piella's house) flashes over a tree in Piella's yard, where Fluffles has carved an “F + G” inside a heart - her mind has quite clearly been on Gromit for a while now.

The fact that Gromit and Fluffles are made for each other becomes most apparent when Gromit surprises Piella's dark secret. Not for one moment does he do the obvious, and suspect her of complicity or betrayal - his heart leads him to fully believe in her honesty, and to still keep his concern for her, even enough to leave Wallace and risk a second venture to Piella's house when he believes she has hurt Fluffles in some way. And when Fluffles' shame for her unwilling complicity in Piella's dark deeds overcomes her, Gromit welcomes her into his family with open arms, as does Wallace, in one of his kindest moments.

I firmly believe Fluffles should stay, for the reasons I have advanced. Aardman has gone out of their way to create her into the character she is, and make her an integral part of the Wallace and Gromit world; to remove her after this would make little sense. She gives Gromit the understanding companionship he needs, and he gives her someone to trust, opening up whole worlds of new dynamics between characters; she is, to me, one of the best additions to the series, and I sincerely hope Aardman will not make the grave mistake of removing her.

EmmyRed18 Posted: Feb 26th 2012

Comments are welcomed and appreciated!

MrTechnoTrousers Posted: Feb 28th 2012

why did u write an essay instead of just like one or two sentences?

EmmyRed18 Posted: Feb 28th 2012

I was in the middle of writing a few for School and started having fun with them. I thought I'd try applying the School's essay format/rules to a totally random topic for fun and this was the result.

MrTechnoTrousers Posted: Mar 5th 2012


Gromits little bro Posted: Mar 5th 2012

I don't think she should or will stay. There will be too much effort in developing her, and allowing her to become a centric character, detracting from the stand alone charm of W&G. I think she would ruin what is Wallace and Gromit, and that people are focussing on her too much. Seriously, she is a minor character. People specualted whether Lady Tottington should stay after her arc with Wallace, but she didn't because she would compromise what the basis of the franchise is about. Other characters which should have stayed over fluffles e.g. Shaun, haven't because they would sacrifice the genius of the duo.

evastar7 Posted: Mar 5th 2012

i think she should stay

puppylove Posted: Apr 21st 2012

im too lazy to read that essay so im just gonna say i dont mind if she stays or not. i  trust nick whatever he does. (ecept that !·$&/( justin biba)

Morgause Posted: Jun 7th 2012

I don't really mind if she's stays, but it couldn't ruin the duo relationship that Wallace and Gromit have.

tre01 Posted: Dec 15th 2012

I really like her and want her to stay in, but I can't come to a decision as to whether she should be part of their household or not. Whilst 4 paws are better than two when Wallace is making some madcap contraption that's about to go wrong, I can't really visualise the household with her as a permanent resident.

Maybe Lady Tottington could take her in, under the excuse there's not enough room for 3 (If we tried to ignore the spare room they had in 'The Wrong Trousers') and this could help keep Lady Tottington as part of the main cast too.

You could even go by the side plot that the reason Totty took her in was because Fluffles is kind of in charge of Hutch, since he shares a lot of Wallace's attributes and gets himself into trouble by attempting to invent things that his part rabbit nature can't really understand.

This way, she's still part of it, but the duo relatopnship and their mad, ever changing design of the household can still happen.

I could just imagine Fluffles' surprise at whatever she faces when she knocks on that front door.

ARC-1999816 Posted: Dec 20th 2012

That was a long paragraph but I belive that it was worth it and that I to think that Fluffles too should stay and be added into the team of Wallace and Gromit.

23192319 Posted: Jan 11th 2013

Who`s Fluffles?

MrTechnoTrousers Posted: Jan 16th 2013

23192319 what you used is not a proper apostrophe to be used in that way really it should have been worded "who's"

veganpop Posted: Jul 11th 2013

Fluffles is a female poodle who appears in a matter of loaf and death and I assume if you don't know who Fluffles is you have not watched a matter of loaf and death which you should it is my 2nd favorite of W&G filmsbut a close shave is my favorite!

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