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Wallace and gromit

Wallace & Gromit is a British claymation comedy media franchise created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. The series mainly consists of four short films, a feature-length movie, two TV shows, four video games and multiple other multimodal releases and spin-offs. The series centers on Wallace, a good-natured, eccentric cheese loving inventor, along with his companion Gromit, a silent yet loyal and intelligent anthropomorphic dog. Wallace was originally voiced by veteran actor Peter Sallis, but as of 2011 this role has been passed on to Ben Whitehead. Gromit has no mouth and remains silent communicating only through means of facial expressions and body language.

History[]

Wallace and Gromit were originally two characters Nick Park had developed in his sketchbook for a graduation film (which would come to be A Grand Day Out) at the National Film & Television School. Gromit was inspired by the character of Snowy from The Adventures of Tintin (which was a Favourite of Park's growing up) and was named after the word "grommets" (a ring or washer used in electricity) which his brother (an electrician) always used to say, and Nick liked the sound of the word. Gromit was originally to be a cat, but was changed to a beagle because it was easier to animate. Gromit was to have a visible and lines in the first script (he was to be voice by Peter Hawkins), but his dialogue was hard to animate, and Park eventually scrapped the mouth to instead have Gromit communicate by sign language expressions in the brow and eyes. Wallace's personality was inspired by Nick Park's father, Roger Park, who was a tinkerer, inventor and architectural photographer. many of Wallace's inventions were inspired by times where he built a wheelbarrow from scratch or decorated an old caravan like a "living room on wheels". Wallace's physical look was based on a mustached postman Park knew named Jerry, who he wanted to name Wallace after. but feeling that "Jerry" did not go well with Gromit, he was renamed after a Labrador retriever Park met on a bus in Preston (the town where Park was born). Park wanted Wallace to be Northern, so after watching The Last of the Summer Wine, Peter Sallis was his first and only choice for a voice actor.

Main characters[]

Wallace[]

Wallace: lives at West Wallaby Street, Wigan, along with his dog Gromit. His surname is never given. He usually wears a white shirt, brown wool trousers, a green knitted pullover, and a red tie. He is fond of cheese, especially Wensleydale, and crackers.

Gromit[]

Gromit: is a beagle who is Wallace's pet dog and best friend. Gromit is very intelligent, having graduated from "Dogwarts University" ("Dogwarts" being a pun on "Hogwarts," the wizard school from the Harry Potter movies) with a double first in Engineering for Dogs. He likes knitting, playing chess, reading the newspaper, tea and cooking.

Short Films[]

A Grand Day Out (1989)[]

A Grand Day Out is a 1989 short film created by Nick Park. It is the first Wallace and Gromit short film and was released on November 4th 1989. The film focuses on Wallace and Gromit who spend a bank holiday by building a homemade rocket to the Moon to sample cheese. The film was Nick Park's first major work and was started as a student project before he joined Aardman. It was shortlisted for an Academy Award. However it was A Grand Day Out which won the British equivalent, the BAFTA Awards.

The Wrong Trousers (1993) []

The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 short film created by Nick Park it is the second Wallace and Gromit short film it was released on December 17th 1993. The film focuses on Wallace being used by a villainous penguin in a robbery involving mechanical trousers. It won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1994.

A Close Shave (1995)[]

A Close Shave is a 1995 short film created by Nick Park it is the third Wallace and Gromit short it was released on December 24th 1995. The film focuses on Wallace who falls for Wendolene (a wool shop owner) while Gromit is framed for sheep rustling. It won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1995. this film also marked the debut of Shaun the Sheep.

A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)[]

A Matter of Loaf and Death is a 2008 short film created by Nick Park it is the third Wallace and Gromit short it was released on December 25th 2008. The film focuses on Wallace and Gromit starting a new bakery business. When the duo both learn that bakers have been mysteriously murdered, Gromit tries to solve the case before Wallace ends up a victim himself.

Upcoming[]

Wallace & Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl[]

Aardman Animations and Nick Park have announced a new hour-long special entitled Wallace & Gromit: Vengeance Most Fowl to be streaming on Netflix in December 2024.

Feature films[]

Wallace and Gromit The Curse Of The Were Rabbit (2005)[]

Wallace & Gromit The Curse Of The Were Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animated comedy film. The film was produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and took five years to complete. It was directed by Nick Park and Steve Box. The film focuses on an eccentric inventor Wallace and his mute and intelligent dog, Gromit, as they come to the rescue of the residents of a village which is being plagued by a mutant rabbit before an annual vegetable competition. It was released on October 7th 2005 it won and Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2005.

Spin-off films[]

Shaun The Sheep: The Movie (2015)[]

Shaun The Sheep: The Movie is a 2015 British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film based on the television series Shaun the Sheep, created by Nick Park. The film focuses Shaun and his flock into the big city to rescue their farmer who found himself amnesiac there as a result of their mischief It was released on February 6th 2015.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) []

Shaun and the gang must face their newest enemy - an invasion of sinister aliens that want to take over Mossy Bottom Farm.

Spin Offs[]

  • Shaun The Sheep is a British stop motion animated TV Series it is a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. It stars Shaun who previously featured in A Close Shave it is show on Nickelodeon the series focuses and his madcap adventures around a small farm as the leader of his flock. The series inspired its own spin-off Timmy Time which follows the adventures of Shaun's small cousin and is aimed at younger viewers. A feature-length film, titled Shaun the Sheep Movie, was released theatrically in 2015. A 30-minute film, titled Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas was aired as a 2014 Christmas TV special. It was released on March 5th 2007.
  • Timmy Time is a British stop-motion animated children's comedy series made for the CBBC by Aardman Animations. It started broadcasting in the US on CBeebies. The show is a spin-off from the Shaun the Sheep animation which itself is a spin-off from the series Wallace and Gromit, which introduced the character of Shaun. The series focuses on Timmy going to preschool it was released on April 6th 2009-July 13th 2012.

TV Series[]

  • Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions is a slapstick miniseries which served as the first television series in the franchise.
  • Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention is a BBC One science show featuring the animated Claymation characters Wallace and Gromit, made by Aardman Animations. The TV Series focuses on a whole new generation of innovative minds by showing them real, but mind-boggling, machines and inventions from around the world that have influenced his illustrious inventing career. It was released on November 3rd 2010-December 8th 2010.

TV specials[]

Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels is a TV Special. The TV Special focuses on an which orchestral renditions of Julian Nott's theme of Wallace & Gromit and classical music set to scenes from the Wallace and Gromit franchise. It was performed at the BBC Proms and released on December 29th 2011.

Video games[]

Trivia[]

  • "A Grand Day Out" is the only short film (and film) in the franchise that does not have a title that makes the rest of the film parody a horror film.

In popular culture and other media[]

Wallace and Gromit along with Nick Park made a special guest appearance in the Simpsons episode "Angry Dad: The Movie".

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