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A Grand Day Out is a 1989 British stop-motion animated film directed and animated by Nick Park at Aardman Animations.


In this short film, Wallace and Gromit make their debut in their first adventure. Out of all of the episodes of Wallace and Gromit, this one has the most simplistic plot (a plot with no murder mystery, monster, or criminal on the loose at all: just a inventor and his pet dog going to the moon to get moon cheese that is being protected by a robotic gas cooking machine, complete with a coin slot for a eye, arms with short white gloves for hands, wheels, a wonky or straight antenna, a storage case and some dials).

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1990, but lost to Creature Comforts, another Nick Park production.

Plot

Inventor Wallace and his dog Gromit are very devastated when they realise that they have run out of cheese in the house. With the local corner shop closed for the Bank Holiday, Wallace decides to take a trip to the moon, as "everybody knows the moon's made of cheese." Naturally, he has to take his faithful dog with him. Wallace builds a rocket in his basement, with the help of Gromit, lights the fuse, and the duo prepares to depart Earth, only for Wallace to claim that forgot crackers and heads off to the kitchen to get some packets, jumping onto the rocket, and the boys then set off to the moon. Among the way, Gromit builds a house of cards, only for it to collapse when Wallace activates the lever after getting toast from the Rocket's built-in toaster and noticing a blue-colored siren ringing.

Upon landing, Wallace tries the cheese and eats the moon (which he suggests tastes like Wensleydale) but starts to question his theory on the moon. Also, a strange coin-operated robot shaped like an oven (complete with arms, wheels and and creepy weird eyes) is encountered by the duo. Wallace inserts a coin into the slot (one of it's eyes), but nothing happens: when Wallace and Gromit leave, the Robot suddenly comes to life. It goes to their picnic spot and discovers a skiing magazine: this seems that the robot wishes to go with them to Earth so he can try out some skiing in its desire. Later, the Robot realizes Wallace, and takes a club. Afterward, it tries to strike Wallace, but the money fades, to which Wallace takes the Robot's club as a souvenir, and prepares to leave for the day. Wallace and Gromit then believe it is after them for stealing the moon cheese and try to escape.

The robot breaks into the rocket but is blown out by a gas explosion, allowing Wallace and Gromit to escape back home. The robot then discovers that the wreckage from the rocket can bend, so it fashions the pieces into skis and fashions a pair of long moon rocks into skiing poles, and uses the moon's surface as a skiing course with its equipment as Lunar Skiing is born, waving goodbye to Wallace and Gromit as they return home and continuing to ski across the moon.

Characters

Trivia

  • This is Wallace & Gromit's first television film appearance and their debut.
  • Work began on this film in 1982 when Nick Park was a film student.
  • There are two very early screen tests that were done for this film during development, one with Wallace in the basement and another named “Dog Test” with Gromit who had a very different design which included an actual mouth unlike his final appearance.
  • Wallace and Gromit look slightly different from their other appearances, which Wallace has a narrower mouth and Gromit has a longer snout, which are their prototyped designs.
  • The film took over six years to make, almost all of it single-handly done by Nick Park himself.
  • This is one of two movies that does not feature a love interest for Wallace and where his voice actor is the only actor.
  • On the way to the rocket, Wallace drops a packet of crackers.
  • In reality, the moon is made of rock and not cheese. But it is a myth.
  • It is unknown how the Cooker Robot got items and weapons of all kinds in it's storage case.
  • Originally, on the moon, there was going to be more characters and a McDonald’s fast food restaurant that Wallace and Gromit were going to visit. At some point in the story, Wallace was going to be thrown into prison and Gromit had to rescue him. This idea was scrapped because somebody told Nick it would take around nine more years to finish the film if he had animated all of those scenes.

Goofs / Errors

  • Wallace paints the same part of the rocket three times.
  • When he is rushing to get in the ship the first time, Wallace kicks away the paint-stained ladder, which falls to the ground as they take off and leave Earth. Yet when they land on the moon, they use the same ladder to get in and out of the ship.
  • The robot uses matches to light up Wallace's moon Rocket's fuel supply, which makes it blast off in the process. In reality, this would have caused a explosion that would have destroyed the entire rocket.
  • Fingerprint marks are seen on Wallace and Gromit in many scenes. Also, Wallace's arms sometimes gain tiny lumps and indentations when he moves them, due to the animators touching them during animation processing.

Quotes

Wallace: Eeh, these bank holidays. It’s a problem to decide...

Wallace: No Cheese, Gromit! Not a bit in the house!

Wallace: Gromit, That's it Cheese! We'll go somewhere where there's cheese!

(Looks at "Cheese Holidays" magazine, then out the window)

Wallace: Everybody knows the moon is made of cheese...

(a machine malfunctions)

Wallace: Come on stupid... Oh!

(eating the moon)

Wallace: It's like no cheese I've ever tasted...

(Wallace and Gromit are on their spaceship, about to leave Earth)

Wallace: No Crackers Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!

(Wallace giving Gromit an instruction to head back home)

Wallace: Set coordinates for 62 West Wallaby Street.

Credits

  • Animation and Design by Nick Park.
  • Additional Modelmaking by Janet Sanger, Michael Hort, Michael Wright and Andrew Davies.
  • B/W Dream Sequence by Joan Ashworth, Andy Staveley and Martin Greaves of 3 Peach Animation.
  • Special Thanks to Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Richard Goleszowski, Sara Mullock,
    Melanie Hall, Glen Hall and Alan Gardener of Aardman Animations.
  • Also Thanks to Lesley Manning, Stephen Lawrence, Andrea Gardner,
    Jeremy Clarke, Darren Long, Charles Patey, Cliff Thorne and Roy Swift.
    Triad Neg Cutters, Peter Bath of Technicolor and Harbutts Plasticine.
  • Written by Nick Park with thanks to Steve Rushton.
  • Music by Julian Nott.
  • Sound Effects and Sound Editing by Adrian Rhodes and Danny Hambrook with thanks to Chris Billing.
  • Rostrum Camera by Danny Boon and Jeremy Moorshead.
  • Production by Soozy Mealing.
  • Edited by Rob Copeland.
  • Wallace's Voice: Peter Sallis.
  • Photographed and Directed by Nick Park.
  • © National Film and Television School 1989.

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Wallace as he appeared in an early screen test.


A very early Gromit design as he appeared in “Dog Test”, an early screen test.

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