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Wallace & Gromit’s famous Bed Launcher tops the cracking contraption charts

30 September 2013
Derek Smith and Graham Bleathman

Wallace and Gromit’s famous ‘Bed Launcher’ has come out on top in a recent survey to find Britain’s most loved cracking contraption.

With over 25 per cent of the overall vote, the wonderfully wacky and highly technical invention beat the likes of Techno Trousers, Rocket and Bun Vac 6000 to the top spot*.

Merlin Crossingham, the Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit said: “Wallace would be incredibly pleased with the result. It is the perfect contraption for those early morning starts, especially if you’re not keen on getting out of bed or don’t have time for a hearty breakfast. With the help of his trusted sidekick Gromit, the whole process is over in seconds, meaning Wallace can get on with a busy day of inventing.”

Carried out by Aardman Animations, the online survey was launched to coincide with the release of Haynes’ most recent title, Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual, which combines both previous volumes in one handy tome.

Answering questions like how the Techno Trousers work, what’s inside the Rocket and how Wallace rebuilt Preston the Cyber Dog, this is a book no Wallace & Gromit fan should be without.

From the Austin A35 Van and the Bun Vac 6000 to the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic and the Turbo Diner, Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual is the complete technical guide to the inventions of Wallace & Gromit. See what’s inside each contraption and find out exactly how it works with fantastic cutaway drawings by Graham Bleathman, photographs and full technical descriptions.

About the authors Derek Smith is the author of both Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manuals.

Graham Bleathman is widely known for his cutaway artwork, and in particular for his work on Thunderbirds and other Gerry Anderson creations. He illustrated both Haynes Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manuals as well as the Thunderbirds Agents' Technical Manual and the Dan Dare Spacefleet Operations Manual.

Cracking Contraptions Survey

Bed Launcher42Techno Trousers41Rocket27Bun Vac 600016Knit-O-Matic10Jam Ballista5Porridge Gun4Auto Dresser4Gromit’s Sidecar plane4Soccamatic3Shopper 132Window Washing Bungee2Cracker Vac2Snoozatron1Soap gun1Train from Wrong Trousers1Giant Decoy Lady Rabbit1The Bike1

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