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A Grand Day Out (1989)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1989
Running Times: 23 mins
Format: Technicolor
Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Copyright: © National Film and Television School 1989
Production: Soozy Mealing

SCRIPT
Written by: Nick Park
With thanks to Steve Rushton

DIRECTION
Directed by: Nick Park

ANIMATION
Animation: Nick Park
Additional Model Making: Janet Sanger, Michael Hort, Michael Wright, Andrew Davies
B/W Dream Sequence: Joan Ashworth, Andy Staveley and Martin Greaves of 3 Peach Animation

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographed by: Nick Park
Rostrum Camera: Danny Boon, Jeremy Moorshead

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editor: Rob Copeland

MUSIC
Music: Julian Nott

SOUND
Sound Effects and Sound Editing: Adrian Rhodes, Danny Hambrook

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Design: Nick Park

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Special Thanks to: Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Richard Goleszowski, Sara Mullock, Melanie Cole, Glen Hall and Alan Gardner of Aardman Animation
Thanks Also to: Lesley Manning; Stephen Lawrence; Andrea Gardner; David Fine; Alison Snowden; Jeremy Clarke; Darren Long; Charles Paley; Cliff Thorne; and Roy Swift; Triad Neg Cutters; Peter Bath of Technicolor; Harbutts Plasticine

VOICES
Peter Sallis (Wallace's voice)

PLOT SUMMARY

Eccentric inventor Wallace and his intelligent and long suffering hound, Gromit are great lovers of cheese. When they run out one day, they hatch a bizarre plan - from their home at 62 West Wallaby Street, they launch their own moon mission, heading off in search of Wensleydale for their supper and encountering a TV like creature that keeps the moon clean and tidy!

CAPSULE REVIEW

A landmark moment in British cinema, A Grand Day Out marked the debut of Wallace and Gromit and launched Nick Park on a career that would not only net him Oscars but make him Britain's best known animator. Time and the sequels haven't been kind to A Grand Day Out which now looks primitive and largely gag-free but it's still effortlessly charming and brimming over with excellent ideas.

AVAILABILITY

Germany
DVD Distributors: Pro 7 Home Entertainment (70095-7)

UK
Television Distributors: BBC

USA
Laserdisc Distributors: Encore (EE 1163 - on double bill with The Wrong Trousers (1993)); Fox Video (8304-84 - on double bill with The Wrong Trousers (1993))
DVD Distributors: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (4112596 - Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection); Warner Home Video (E1426 - Wallace & Gromit: The First Three Adventures)

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: G

Finland
Rating: S

Portugal
Rating: M/6

UK
Rating: U

USA
Rating: unrated

AWARDS

1990
BAFTA Awards, UK

Best Animated Film (Nick Park) - winner

1991
Academy Awards, USA

Best Short Film, Animated (Nick Park) - nominated

TIMELINE

1989
February
15: UK - theatrical release

1994
December
18: Finland - theatrical release
21: France - theatrical release

1995
November

1: USA - laserdisc release (Fox Video (8304-84 - on double bill with The Wrong Trousers (1993)))

1996
July

5: Portugal - theatrical release

September
13: Norway - theatrical release

1999
September

28: USA - DVD release (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (4112596 - Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection))

2000
July

5: USA - DVD release (Warner Home Video (E1426 - Wallace & Gromit: The First Three Adventures))

2001
June

4: Australia - video release

2002
December

14: Czech Republic - shown at the Olomouc Animation Film Festival

2006
December

30: UK - television broadcast (on BBC One)

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Dia de Folga - Portuguese title
Osten är slut - Swedish title
Suurenmoinen huviretki - Finnish television title
Suuri huviretki - Finnish title
Wallace & Gromit - Alles Käse - German title
Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out - US title
Wallace & Gromit: Um Grande Passeio - Brazilian title
Wallace et Gromit: Une grande excursion - French title

LINKS

SEQUELS
The Wrong Trousers (1993)
A Close Shave (1995)
Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions (2002)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

FOOTAGE INCLUDED IN
The Amazing World of Wallace and Gromit (1999)
The Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit (2001)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

Dreamwatch no.17 p.32 (UK)
review

BOOKS

Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy p.703
credits, review

OTHER SOURCES

screen
other sources

KEYWORDS

cheese, clay animation, dogs, inventions, inventors, the moon, robots, rockets, space travel, wallace and gromit

 


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