Cracking Contraptions

"Shopper 13"
Shopper 13
Release date 2002
Running time 3 minutes, 10 seconds
Next episode "The Autochef"

Shopper 13 is a short film in the Cracking Contraptions series. The film features the invention of a remote-controlled shopping trolley sent to do Wallace's cheese shopping.

The film is called Shopper 13 because it is the 'Shopper's' 13th trip or mission to the shops.

The film concludes with a cameo appearance by Shaun the Sheep as a probe.


To speed up the task of bringing cheese home from the store, Wallace develops, "Shopper 13", a trolley equipped with wings and accessories to retrieve/carry items. Though it sucessfully picks up the largest wheel of Edam cheese in the shop, Wallace frequently patronises, the weight causing one leg to fall off. Gromit guides it to grab a loaf of French bread, which it uses as a cane to limp home. The other leg comes off at the front door, stopping the trolley and in the process, dumping the Edam in the garden. Wallace sends Shaun the Sheep to bring it in, but Shaun begins eating the cheese instead, agitating Wallace. He keeps calling Gromit, who is still in the basement, to stop Shaun, but Gromit ignored him, while Shaun happily munches away on the cheese.


  • The shopping trolley bears a striking resemblance to the Cooker from A Grand Day Out, only the Cooker has AI and can carry a lot more.
  • The ending of this episode is the same as in A Close Shave.
  • It is unknown how, or if the Shopper 13 actually paid for the Cheese and the Bread.
  • It seems that Shaun lives with Wallace and Gromit.
  • The whole episode is themed around the Apollo Project.
    • Gromit sort of acts like Mission Control while Wallace assumes the role of the flight director.
    • The part where the Shopper breaks a wheel and struggles its way back with Gromit controlling it resembles the rescue of the three astronauts the time there was an accident on Apollo 13.
    • The Apollo 13 and Shopper 13 have the same incident because no. 13 is an unlucky number. Many people think that no.13 is an unlucky number.
    • Wallace is quoting Neil Armstrong when he says "One small step..." as the Shopper struggles up their doorstep.
    • Also, when Wallace says, "The E-Dam is stranded!" is a pun based on another quote from Neil Armstrong, who after landing the Lunar Module on the Moon announced, "The Eagle has landed."
    • Shaun was wearing a space suit when he got sent out as a probe.
      • It is completely unnecessary, as Wallace or Gromit can just go out and grab the cheese, or Shaun can just go out without his suit. This can hint that Wallace is half lazy.


  • Before the Shopper 13 loses it's first leg Gromit has his headphones on. When Wallace says, "Gromit, we have a problem", Gromit's headphones disappear. In the next shot of Gromit, his headphones are back on him.
  • During the closeup of the trolley in the store after grabbing the cheese, Shopper's driving motor exhaust pipe is positioned to the right and downwards but in the rest of the shots showing the driving motor, the pipe is positioned to the left and upwards.
  • There's no way the motor could've died when Shopper lost its second wheel. It may be because of overheating.


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Wallace & Gromit 06-shopper 13