Blog Post #10: Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out

Last week when I was flipping through Netflix, I came across a couple of Wallace and Gromit short films. Out of the three I watched, the one that stuck with me the most was one titled “A Grand Day Out”. In the beginning of the short, Wallace and Gromit are planning out their next vacation destination and are about to snack on some cheese and crackers when Wallace realizes they don’t have any cheese. Because of this Wallace decides that he and Gromit should go someplace where there’s lots of cheese and end up picking the Moon as their vacay destination. They get there by household tools to build a rocket in the garage. Once they’re on the lunar surface they start hacking off pieces of the lunar surface, and start finding out that the “cheese” on the moon taste funny.  As they go from spot to spot trying to find better cheese, they end up starting up some sort of oven robot that ends up chasing them off the Moon for violating some rules.  And despite trying his best to hang onto the rocket ends up getting thrown back onto the moon where he realizes his dream of skiing.

While I loved the plot and how it feels like even someone on the most wildest of acid trips couldn’t conceive it, the thing that I loved the most about it is just the way they used specific sounds to imitate the actions of the clay. It’s not like they over exaggerate the sounds, but they make them sound like they would sound if the clay figures were actually doing the actions that they were doing. It’s hard to describe what I mean but it’s like the sound they made for each action isn’t the sound that you’d hear in real life if normal people did it. But it is the sound you’d hear if the clay figures were real and were actually doing the actions they were portrayed as doing.

Being a big Wallace and Gromit fan I’ve noticed this in more than just this one short, but this is the only one where I’ve seen it so much. The one scene where Wallace and Gromit are bulding the rocket for example shows it many times as you’ll see in the clip below.

I couldn’t find the actual animation on Youtube, but if you have abut 20-20 minutes to spare I suggest you definatly check it out.

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