Cracking Contraptions

From the Soccamatic to the 535 Crackervac, Wallace’s inventions are truly imaginative if not always the most efficient! Cracking Contraptions is a showcase of 10 short films about Wallace’s wonderfully eccentric ideas, which include everything you might need to make life easier.

Having problems getting to sleep? Then try the Snoozatron – it plumps your pillows, plays you soothing music and deposits a teddy into your arms. Or how about taking the strain out of mealtimes with the help of the Autochef, a robot that will cook your eggs just how you like them. Or perhaps you might like to try the Christmas Cardomatic, an ingenious way to create a very unique greetings card!


  • The Cracking Contraptions episodes were the first Wallace and Gromit adventures to premiere online, launching on the BBC's site and AtomFilms in October 2002.
  • The Autochef is only the third speaking part in the whole Wallace and Gromit TV shorts (the others are Wallace and Wendolene, of course)
  • Wallace uses his Tellyscope invention to turn TV channels so he and Gromit don’t miss their favourite programme – ‘The Cheese Files’. But when his invention malfunctions, they end up being subjected to ‘When Penguins Turn’ instead!
  • The idea for Cracking Contraptions came about when Japanese broadcasters were desperate for new material and asked if there were any shorts they could air on TV

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