First of all let me state that i don´t know the Wallace&Gromit Shortflicks at all. Are they necessary to dive into the story?
I played around with "Fright Of The Bumblebees" at a mates house a bit, and while the game wasn´t bad, i found that Episoode not to be very entertaining. It has it´s own humor i guess.
Is W&G designed with a younger audience in mind? Cause i really miss the razor sharp dialog from the Sam&Max Games for example. :) How do the episodes progress?