A Grand Day Out

Nick Park's NFTS Graduation film. The first film featuring his much loved characters, Wallace and Gromit.

By National Film and Television School

A Grand Day Out - Wallace finds holiday inspiration (2019) by Nick ParkNational Film and Television School

Synopsis

Wallace takes a break from trying to decide on a holiday destination only to find he has no cheese for his crackers. The solution to both problems is a trip to the moon, with dog Gromit, because everybody knows the moon's made of cheese.

A Grand Day Out - Wallace plans the rocket build (2019) by Nick ParkNational Film and Television School

FILM FACTS:

YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1989
LENGTH:  23 Mins
ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Stop Motion 
SCREEN RATIO:  1.33 : 1  
COLOUR OR B&W:  Colour
SOUND: Mono

Wallace & Gromit replica models (2019) by John LeeNational Film and Television School

A Grand Day Out 30th Anniversary

In 2019 the NFTS and Aardman Animation celebrated the 30th Anniversary of A Grand Day Out and its characters Wallace and Gromit.  The model making students at the NFTS recreated some moments from the film.

Wallace & Gromit and Rocket replica models (2019) by John LeeNational Film and Television School

NFTS Model Making Department

John Lee, Head of Model Making at the NFTS guided his students through the meticulous process of researching, planning and building this model from A Grand Day Out to celebrate it's 30th Anniversary.  Keep exploring to find a short film about the making of the model.

Nick Park inspecting NFTS A Grand Day Out replica rocket (2019) by Chris PowNational Film and Television School

Nick Park visiting the National Film and Television School

Here's Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit inspecting the NFTS Model Making students' replica of A Grand Day Out, during his visit in 2019 to mark the 30th anniversary of their creation.

Nick Park drawing Wallace & Gromit

Here's Nick Park drawing Wallace and Gromit in the Animation department at the NFTS during his visit to mark the 30th Anniversary of the creation of A Grand Day Out.

A Grand Day Out Trailer

Notice the voice over gets it wrong, stating it's Wallace and Gromit's 2nd adventure.  It was in fact their first. 

Signed Wallace & Gromit Wall Sketch (2019) by Chris PowNational Film and Television School

Nominations and Awards

In 1991, A Grand Day Out film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, but it lost to the short Creature Comforts, which was also a creation of Nick Park. 

A Grand Day Out crew reunion photo (2019) by Chris PowNational Film and Television School

A Grand Day Out crew

Voices
Wallace - Peter Sallis
Gromit - Peter Hawkins (uncredited)

Writer/Director
Nick Park

Producer/Editor
Rob Copeland

Composer
Julian Nott

Sound Editors
Danny Hambrook
Adrian Rhodes

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