Early footage from Wallace & Gromit's next adventure, Vengeance Most Fowl, has been shown off at the Annecy Animation Festival in France, teasing the much-anticipated return of villain Feathers McGraw.


The cunning penguin made his debut in Nick Park's Academy Award-winning short film The Wrong Trousers, which saw his attempt to steal a blue diamond thwarted by the titular duo.

Now, he's out for revenge, with Park and co-director Merlin Crossingham showing footage that sees Feathers in a "high security institution" – or a zoo, for us humans – and doing pull-ups in his cell as he plots his revenge on Wallace and Gromit.

Crossingham made it clear that Feathers McGraw isn't to be underestimated, noting that his "strength is his stillness" due to him having no voice.

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The news of the forthcoming movie was announced last week, with the BBC confirming returning and additional actors to the cast.

Led by Ben Whitehead, the voice actor will be joined by Peter Kay, Lauren Patel (The Effects of Lying) and Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9).

Diane Morgan (Motherland), Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton) and Sir Lenny Henry (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) are to make cameos, but their roles are yet to be announced.

Wallace & Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl
Wallace & Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl. BBC/Aardman

The synopsis for the 70 minute film reads: "Gromit's concern that Wallace is becoming too dependent on his inventions proves justified, when Wallace invents a 'smart' gnome that seems to develop a mind of its own.

"When it emerges that a vengeful figure from the past might be masterminding things, it falls to Gromit to battle sinister forces and save his master… or Wallace may never be able to invent again!"

Many Aardman fans will have spotted Feathers McGraw in the background of a shot in Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, leaving many bewildered as to what the infamous penguin is up to.

Wallace & Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl is coming this winter to the BBC and Netflix.


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