A Grand Day Out
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Length: 24 Minutes


The Duos first film was made half by Nick Park on his own, and half with the help of Aardman Animations. This is why it is often known as a National Film and Television School film. It won the BAFTA, but didn't quite make the Oscar of that year, beaten only by Nick Park's other film Creature Comforts.

The 24 minute film takes place one bank holiday when the duo realise that there isn't a bit of cheese in the house! Unable to go to the shops because they are closed, they realise they only have one option - to build a rocket in their cellar and fly to the moon... Meeting a strange alien on the moon, the two cheese loving friends get away with only a basketfull of moon-cheese! Enough to keep them going for a day at any rate!

Though the BBC now own the rights to the film, it was first shown on Channel 4 - the real discoverers of Wallace and Gromit!

Interview with Nick Park:

Q Were you still at the NFTS [National Film and Television School] when you started to make the first Wallace and Gromit film, A Grand Day Out [1989]?
NP Yes, in fact it was my graduation project. We had a lot of problems getting equipment together.

Q So you went to Aardman before you'd actually finished your graduation film?
NP Yes, and because the school wanted to see this film finished that they'd invested in they agreed that I could continue working on it and they'd keep it funded and Aardman agreed that I could work for them part time. The result was that it took a lot longer to finish than it should have because I was only part time on it.

Q You started A Grand Day Out in 1982 and finished it...?
NP In '89! Six years! I never-ever imagined that it would take so long. The first year went by and I had filmed a page of the script!

Q Did you ever feel like giving up?
NP Yes, often, but it was a work of such love - it was really everything that I wanted to do at the time and - I'm not boasting when I say this - I hadn't seen anything like it before and I just felt I had to do it.

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In-Depth Guide

A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit An episode capsule by Sebastian Hamilton A Grand day out WITH WALLACE AND GROMIT

A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit

An episode capsule by Sebastian Hamilton


Written by Nicholas Park
Directed by Nicholas Park
Originally shown on television on 24th December 1990



On the eve of a bank holiday, Wallace and Gromit are having trouble deciding where to go.

When they discover they’ve run out of cheese, they realise that they must to go to the moon - because as everyone knows, the moon’s made of cheese.

Once they’ve got there, with the help of Wallace’s new rocket, they start to feast. Unfortunately, they are soon chased off by the cooker traffic warden.

Leaving him with his lifelong dream - a pair of skis.

Title sequence

A wobbly camera showing Wallace and Gromit’s deckchair, camera, and a picture of cheese hanging on the wall.


· On December 30, 2006, the short received another BBC One repeat. The information transmitted alongside falsely revealed that the animation was made in 1998, nine years off its real date.

· Nick made Wallace say "Wensleydale" because it made his face look nice and toothy. What he did not realize was that the cheese factory where Wensleydale cheese is made was on its last legs and was about to declare bankruptcy. Happily, this film's success brought the factory back from the brink - and a lovely cheese it is too!

· This film took over six years to make, almost all of it single-handedly done by Nick Park himself. It formed part of his graduation project from the National Film and Television School, hence the co-production credit.

· The maker's name on the clock inside the spaceship is "Wulstan and Son". This is Nick Park's middle name.

· Gromit was originally a cat, but then changed to a talking dog, whose voice was recorded by Peter Hawkins. The idea of Gromit speaking was dropped when it became clear how expressive he could be just through small movements of the eyes, ears and brow, so this voice was never used, and has never been released.

· Nick Park had to draw every single holiday magazine by hand - no computers in those days for these jobs!

Did you notice...

· Continuity: Wallace paints the same part of the tip of the rocket twice.

· Continuity: When 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. Yet when they land on the moon, they use the same paint-stained ladder to get in and out of the ship.

· Continuity: The first time you see Gromit making a house of cards, there are only three triangles (not including the ones with the point facing down). Later, when it shows the house of cards a second time (and Gromit has already finished the second level), the first level now has four triangles and the second layer has three.

Movies (and other) references

· ‘Duck’ matches, which Wallace uses, are a take on the real life ‘swan’ matches
· There is a sled in the basement called 'Rosebud', a reference to Citizen Kane

Signs, Magazines, And things around their house

Holiday Magazines Wallace & Gromit read
- Where to go
- Holidays
- Sunny Holidays
- Travel Magazine
- Ideal Break
- Vacation
- Ski
- Cl””[covered over] 18-45 Holidays
- Learn to Ski (Includes deals)
- Camping Today
- Picnic Guide A-Z
- Cheese Holidays

Gromit reads
- Electronics for dogs

Wallace’s briefcase has a sticker upon it saying:
- Blackpool

They have a ‘cheese flag’ in their fridge saying:
- Cheddar Cheese

Wallace’s O’s and X’s game reads:






Their newspaper is:
- The Evening Post
- The headline is ‘Chicken saved by Bantam’, a reference to Nick’s history, when they’re pet chicken started to drown in a pond, and the Bantam raised the alarm!
- The sports headline is ‘Bronzo Returns’, with a picture of a sheep

Their rockets registration number is:
- WOLI55

Wallace reads
- Cheese Monthly

Their tray has:
-A picture of a snowy scene on it

Pictures hanging up

· A cheese, on a plate, complete with knife
· A picture of the duo
· A sheep in a field
· INSIDE THE ROCKET a sheep in a field
· INSIDE THE ROCKET A sheep jumping over a fence


Sebastian Hamilton: The first Wallace and Gromit does have shaky animation, but feels just wonderfully handmade.

The story is also slower paced than the rest, but for one person - and at college, it is a marvellous achievement.

Send your reviews to :

and I’ll put them here.


The House (Living Room and Kitchen)

Peeling Wallpaper is placed upon the wall. A deckchair, camera, and picture of cheese hangs on the wall.

Wallace and Gromit are sitting in their armchairs. Gromit is reading his book (Where to Go), whilst Wallace is flicking through ‘Picnic Guides A-Z’, and twiddling his globe.

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

Gromit: dozing off Zzzzzz...

Wallace: Tell you what, Gromit, lad.

Gromit wakes up suddenly

Wallace: Let's have a nice hot cup of tea, hmm? Walks out of the room kettle should've boiled by now.

Places the tea pot and a plate on a tray. He spreads the biscuits out on the plate.

Opens the fridge door and looks inside. There is an empty plate with a note saying cheddar cheese.

Wallace: No cheese, Gromit.

Gromit looks sad

Wallace: Not a bit in the house!

He walks back into the living room with the tray. Wallace eats a biscuit.

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

Gromit looks exasperated

Wallace: flicking through ‘cheese holidays’ Now where were we...? Places you find cheese... Lancashire, Cheddar, Wensleydale, Philadelphia, Tesco's...

Both suddenly stop looking through the books. They glance up out of the window and see the moon.

Wallace: Everybody knows the moon's made of cheese.

The Cellar

Dripping sounds

A mouse is sniffing around the floor. Suddenly a door opens at the top of the staircase. Wallace turns a light on and walks down to his drawing board. He ponders for a short while. He sharpens his pencil, and then starts scribbling down madly. He ponders, and the flips the sheet over and starts again. We see his is just playing noughts and crosses. Finally he flips over the sheet and starts drawing a plan of a rocket. He draws a cartoon Wallace and Gromit inside and draws it taking off.

There then follows a building sequence as Wallace and Gromit build a rocket. [line taken directly from the original script]

Rocket Interior

Gromit is at the controls of the rocket. Wallace walks in through the door. He fiddles with the controls and places the headphones on his head.

Wallace: Everything seems to be under contro-o-ol! He has walked away, and the headphones have bounced back.

Wallace drops down the ladder and lights the fuse

Wallace: Climbing back into the rocket 60 seconds to blast-off. Gromit starts the countdown

He ponders

Wallace: Hmm... Oh! Allotment doors!

The ground outside their house starts rumbling. Suddenly it opens to reveal the rocket underground. Wallace starts thinking frantically. He searches through his bags and suddenly realises the horrifying truth.

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

Wallace sprints up to the kitchen

Wallace: Hold on, Gromit! Hold on!

He throws open the cupboard door revealing layers of crackers. He grabs them all and runs. The clock is counting down from 10. Wallace jumps into the rocket and screws the door closed. The clock reaches 12 and they prepare for takeoff. Nothing seems to happen. Suddenly there is tremendous rumbling. The mice in the cellar don sunglasses.

Gromit pulls a lever and the rocket blasts off.


The rocket blasts steadily toward the moon.

Rocket Interior

Inside things are also calming down. Gromit is playing with a pack of cards. Wallace is reading his newspaper. Gromit starts to build a tower of cards. Getting a little bored, Wallace decides to take a picture of Gromit.

Wallace: One for the album!

Suddenly a machine starts whirring.

Wallace: Huh?

A slice of toast pops up

Wallace: Oh! Nicely done.

He eats it. A claxon sounds. Wallace looks out of the window.

Wallace: Oh!

The moon is appearing. Gromit signals that Wallace should have a look at the moon and get ready for landing.

Wallace: Adjust angle of thrust he does so. Steady now. Easing up.

Gromit is desperately trying to hold up the tower of cards.

Wallace: Steady! Gently does it. He pulls the break.

The cards tower collapses.

The rocket lands upon the moon.

The Moon

The duo step down and take a walk. Wallace kicks a football up, and it doesn’t come back down.
The duo settle down on their tablecloth

Wallace: Nice drop of tea to get the tastebuds going. Mmm! Ah!

He sets up for his food, demanding things like a Doctor.

Wallace: Plate. Knife. Cracker.

Wallace cuts a piece of cheese from the moon, places it on his cracker and starts to eat. He places some cheese in a bowl labelled ‘Gromit’.

Wallace: Hmm... See what you think. Wensleydale? Gromit shakes his head Stilton? Gromit shakes his head I don't know, lad. It's like no cheese I've ever tasted. Let's try another spot.

The Moon

Wallace and Gromit are walking along the moon. Suddenly they spy a cooker. Wallace walks up to it and inserts 10p. He fiddles around with it a bit trying to make it do something.

Wallace: Come on, stupid...

A piece snaps off

Wallace: Oh! Daylight robbery! They always nick your money. Them flippin' machines. Come on, Gromit.

Suddenly the cooker registers 10p. Hands shoot out of the side. He stretches, adjusts his aerial, gets out his telescope and looks around. He spots the duos ‘camp’. Shocked, he starts moving.

At their ‘camp’, the cooker starts rummaging through their possessions. He reads ‘ski tours’ and starts dreaming of skiing. He realises that they have been cutting apart the moon. He sticks it back on to it’s original place.
He then starts off again, before crashing into the rocket. He is very angry about it and therefore writes a parking ticket for it. When he sees that it is dripping oil, he scans about for the owners. Then he spots Wallace and Gromit walking on the moon - apparently looking for more cheese. Dipping into his draw he brings out a club and starts brandishing it. He draws closer and closer to Wallace and Gromit. Coming up behind Wallace, Gromit gets very worried.

Wallace: Hmm... It's different.

The cooker lifts up his club, but just as it is coming down on Wallaces head, the cooker runs out of power.

Wallace: Hmm... Camembert?

He lifts himself up, and hits his head on the club.

Wallace: Ooh! Oh!

He spots the cooker, takes its club and puts more coins in. As he walks off however, Gromit gets very worried and runs straight past him.

Wallace: Where’re you off to now? Leave me to carry the basket!

The cookers meter goes back up to 10p. Angry at his last failed attempt to get Wallace, the cooker looks up above the rocket and sees that it’s going to go to earth. Remembering this may be his last chance to try skiing, the cooker starts running toward the rocket. Wallace, thinking he’s after the cheese, races up into the rocket. The cooker, with no legs, cannot climb the ladder.

Rocket Interior

Racing around the rocket, Wallace and Gromit are rushing to blast off and away.

Wallace: Emergency countdown! Ten seconds and counting!

The cooker uses a tin opener to cut his way into the engine area.

Wallace: Hold tight, lad, and think of Lancashire hotpot.

The countdown clock reaches 12, and nothing happens. Meanwhile, the cooker nocks over a pipe, and fuel starts pouring out. He lights a match to see what’s happening.

Wallace: Oh! The fuse! You forgot to light the fuse! moans

The match suddenly explodes the fuel and the rocket starts blasting off.

Wallace: Woah!

The cooker tries to hold on to the rocket, but eventually gets blasted away. The rocket takes off toward earth.

The Moon

Left alone on the moon, the robot starts to cry. He suddenly realises that the two long pieces of rocket he is still holding can be used as skis. We see him skiing on the slopes of the moon looking very happy. He waves up to Wallace and Gromit, who wave back from the porthole.

Rocket Interior

Settled back inside their rocket, Wallace brandishes his cheese and cracker at Gromit.

Wallace: Set co-ordinates for 62 West Wallaby Street.

He eats more of the cheese and cracker as the rocket blasts of to earth.


· Animation and Design: Nick Park

· Additional Model Making: Janet Sanger, Michael Hort, Michael Wright, Andrew Davies

· B/W Dream Sequences: Joan Ashworth, Andy Staveley, Martin Greaves

· Special Thanks to: Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Richard Goleszowski, Sara Mullock, Melanie Cole, Glen Hall, Alan Gardner

· Thanks Also to: Lesley Manning, Stephen Lawrence, Andrea Gardner, David Fine, Alison Snowden, Jeremy Clarke, Darren Long, Charles Paley, Cliff Thorne, Roy Swift, Peter Bath

· Written by: Nick Park, Steven Rushton

· Music: Julian Nott

· Sound Effects and Sound Editing: Adrian Rhodes, Danny Hambrook, Chris Billing

· Rostrum Camera: Danny Boon, Jeremy Moorshead

· Production: Soozy Mealing

· Editor: Rob Copeland

· Photographed and Directed by: Nick Park


This episode in-depth guide is Copyright 2007 Sebastian Hamilton. It is not to be redistributed in a public forum without consent from its author or current maintainer (please contact ).

Any quoted material or episode summaries of the show remain property of Wallace and Gromit, © Copyright Aardman Animations Ltd 2005. A Grand Day Out is © NFTS 1989.

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