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A Grand Day Out (1989)

Wallace and Gromit have run out of cheese and this provides an excellent excuse for the animated duo to take their holiday on the moon, where, as everyone knows, there is ample cheese.

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Wallace and Gromit have run out of cheese and this provides an excellent excuse for the animated duo to take their holiday on the moon, where, as everyone knows, there is ample cheese. Written by Rob Hartill

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The robot cooker's isolated presence is random and unexplained in the final film. It was in the remainder of a large population of characters that would inhabit the moon in the original script (which had to be omitted due to time and budget). In the final film, it simply exists, seemingly alone, though it's role as a parking meter attendant remains. See more »

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The packaging of the Crackers packets change color between being moved from the kitchen into the rocket. When upstairs, the packets are orange and the "Crackers" writing has white text against a black background. Before take-off, it is black writing against a gray background. See more »

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[Wallace and Gromit are on their spaceship, about to leave Earth]
Wallace: No crackers Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!
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At the end of the credits, we see the ball which Wallace kicked continuing to float upwards. See more »

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Referenced in Peep Show: Jeremy's Broke (2008) See more »

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What a cracking start to a career
24 October 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Wallace and Gromit are a phenomenon. How many stop motion animation films win Oscars, top the US and UK box office charts etc. But all that came later.

A Grand Day Out was the first Wallace and Gromit film. Low budget. More or less a graduation piece. Of course the animation is less sophisticated than in the later films. Of course the plot is a little shallow. The entire story is designed to minimise the need for sophisticated animation and to maximise the excuse for shortcomings (perhaps dogs and people would move a bit like that on a cheese moon).

Yet it is extraordinary to see how much of the Aardman genius is already there in this short film. Hilarious and clever references to other films. Mice in shades for take off. The rocket handbrake gag. Coin-operated machine gags (brilliantly recycled in Were-Rabbit BTW). And a machine (is it an Aga?) that daydreams about skiing when it sees Wallace's holiday magazines.

Of course TWT, ACS and Were-Rabbit are better movies, but this film is so worth seeing as a sign of early genius and indeed in its own right as a crude but wonderful animated film.


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