A CLOSE SHAVE premiered on November 16, 1995, at the London Film Festival. The BBC subsequently broadcast the film over the 1995 Christmas holiday season. Approximately 10.6 million British viewers saw the program.
The film was released theatrically in New York City on April 10, 1996, as part of WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE BEST OF AARDMAN ANIMATION, a collection of short films from the UK's Aardman Studios.
The film took 18 months to create, which was much less than the time it took to create THE WRONG TROUSERS.
Park animated the prison sequence, but overall, he did much less hands-on animation than in his previous works. Instead, he spent more time overseeing four other animators.
Because the staff was increased to 25, the budget increased to about 1.3 million pounds, compared to 650,000 pounds for THE WRONG TROUSERS.
Park has said that the film contains references to BRIEF ENCOUNTER, the INDIANA JONES films, THE THIRD MAN, and ALIEN.
Wallace and Gromit have subtly evolved from A GRAND DAY OUT. Wallace's head is less flat, and his face gets wider when he makes "ee" sounds, as in "cheese." Gromit has a larger brow, and his nose is less pear-shaped.
Preston, the name of Wendolene's dog, is the name of the city where Park was born.
"Just stay away from me, from my shop, and my silly, silly windows."--Wendolene to Wallace
"Goodbye, Chuck."--Wendolene to Wallace
Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film 1995