Plasticine animation film following Wallace, a cheese-obsessed Lancastrian 62 year-old, and his dog, Gromit, as they build a rocket to take them to the moon – a job which requires extensive care, cups of tea and plenty of cream crackers.
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Lacking the comparative scope & ambition of Park's subsequent work, Grand Day Out nonetheless sets an engaging template for the adventures of its titular duo. While the narrative is straight-forward to the point of being slight, it's possible that this instalment pulls closer to the influence of silent cinema (specifically Chaplin) than his later debts to Ealing Studios; creating a purely visual narrative experience.
"A Grand Day Out" is a grand masterpiece of stop motion animation and a lot more than just inspiration for Coldplay's "Talk" music video. It takes silly premise and blends it with sci-fi and old school elegance that is successfully engaging, funny, sad and above all charming. It's also superior to its sequels and for some reason, it holds a spirit that reminds you of your grandparents. A must see for every cinephile
3.7 stars. Deeply charming template for future glories which somehow feels like it could be a relic from an alternative Victorian England which had colour stop-motion cinema. This would have made Méliès chuckle with delight for sure! I always found it faintly eerie as a child and felt sorry for the poor misguided robot. Interesting that Gromit's evolution parallels Snoopy's in many ways.