- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: February 10, 2009
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Lyons / Hit Ent.
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Ingenious inventor Wallace loves cheese, and he'll do anything to replenish his supply--even if it means building a rocket ship and traveling to the moon! The debut film featuring Wallace and his smarter-than-your-average-dog Gromit, A GRAND DAY OUT revived interest in stop-motion animation just when it seemed as if the technique was hopelessly outdated. A labor of love for Nick Park, the 25-minute film took over six years to make.
Following in the fantastical footsteps of filmmakers Georges Méliès, Ray Harryhausen, and Will Vinton, director/animator Nick Park offers his own space epic in the first Wallace and Gromit film. When slightly kooky inventor Wallace runs out of cheese on a bank holiday, he decides that he and his dog, Gromit, should travel to the moon, because "everybody knows the moon's made of cheese." After constructing a spaceship in the basement of their house, the intrepid duo blast off and discover a fastidious, coin-operated robot that protects the cheesy lunar-scape from despoliation. The robot also dreams of skiing, if only he can find a pair of skis.
With their bulbous noses and close-set eyes, Wallace and Gromit demonstrate that high-tech effects are not necessary for good storytelling. A large budget isn't necessary either; the film cost only about 12,000 pounds to make. With A GRAND DAY OUT, Park laid much of the groundwork for his unique style of animation, which would later reach full fruition with the Hollywood-funded CHICKEN RUN.
- The film started as Nick Park's graduation project for the National Film and Television School in England. He finished it over six years later, while working at Aardman Animations.
- Park first started thinking about Wallace and Gromit in art school in Sheffield. Gromit originally was a cat. He became a dog because dogs are generally bigger and thus, easier to manipulate for an animator.
- Gromit originally had a voice. The voice was cut because the animators thought that his facial expressions were communicative enough.
- One of the reasons Wallace and Gromit have disproportionately large hands is because the animators can more easily manipulate them.
- Wallace and Gromit's pupils are tiny holes that can fit the end of a paper clip. This allows the animators to manipulate eye movements.
- Park likes to call the robot on the moon "The Cooker." There were originally supposed to be several robots on the moon, in a tribute to the bar scene in STAR WARS.
- The short film might have won an Academy Award, if not for the fact that it was competing against another Park creation, CREATURE COMFORTS, which won the award that year.
- Park's father has said that the interior of the rocket ship is similar to a caravan he once built for the family.
- "Everybody knows the moon's made of cheese."--Wallace, explaining to Gromit why they are going to vacation on the moon