[[caption-width-right:300:All's well that ends well, eh, lad?]]

This series of four short animated films and one full-length movie -- all done using old-fashioned stop-motion animation -- is about a kindhearted but clueless [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Yorkshire-accented]] inventor, his long-suffering sapient dog, and his love for cheese. Created by Creator/NickPark for [[Creator/AardmanAnimations Aardman Studios]], the series has won fans and accolades on both sides of the Atlantic, including numerous [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]], and is a rare example of British suburban life visible in media exported to America.

Although the films are the heart of the franchise, it also includes video games, television series, comics, and books.


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* ''WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut'' (short - 1989). Wherein Wallace and Gromit realise that they're out of cheese and the shops are closed. The solution? Build a rocket in the basement and take a trip to the moon... which, as everyone knows, is made of cheese. While there, they have an encounter with a coin-operated robot who's desperate to go skiing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'' (short - 1993). Wherein Wallace takes in a boarder, a silently menacing penguin named Feathers [=McGraw=], who has sinister plans for both his landlord ''and'' Gromit's new birthday present: a pair of "techno-trousers" for automatic walkies. Chaos, naturally, ensues. ("It's the wrong trousers, Gromit, and they've ''gone wrong!''")
* ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'' (short - 1995). Wherein Wallace's crush Wendolene turns out to have ties to the local wool shortage, leading to Gromit being imprisoned for sheep-rustling, forcing Wallace to stage a daring jailbreak with the help of a woolly jumper-wearing lamb named Shaun. The three must face the real BigBad in a final showdown for all the yarn. Shaun later got his own {{Spinoff}} called ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' (which has since been made into a 2015 movie).
* ''Cracking Contraptions'' (short-shorts - 2002). A series of ten 2-3 minute films showcasing Wallace's latest wacky inventions.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' (feature-length - 2005). Wherein the combination of a vegetable-growing contest and Wallace's latest invention accidentally unleashes a giant rampaging parody of ancient Film/HammerHorror cliches on their unsuspecting village... oh, also a giant [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent half-man, half-bunny]]. This received a LicensedGame adaptation and is noted as being one of the very few horror films in existence to feature a vegetarian monster.
* ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'' (short - 2008). Wherein the two run a bakery. While Wallace falls in love with a former bread mascot, Gromit attempts to solve the murders of several bakers... no prizes for guessing whether the two are related. Aired on Christmas Day 2008, it was the top-rated programme of the day (ahead of ''Series/DoctorWho'''s [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]]). Wait, no, scratch that. With 16.15 million viewers, it was the most viewed programme of the YEAR.

In 2003, Frontier Developments released a video game known as ''Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo'', which saw the return of Feathers [=McGraw=] as the villain in an original storyline; it was SoOkayItsAverage in most respects. In the spring/summer of 2009, Creator/TelltaleGames released a series of four episodic Wallace & Gromit adventure games, collectively ''VideoGame/WallaceAndGromitsGrandAdventures'', for the PC and Xbox Live Arcade. The games are notable for successfully replicating the look and feel of the shorts, to the point of having fingerprints and other clay modeling details visible on the characters.

In 2010, [[Creator/TheBBC BBC One]] commissioned a television program, ''Wallace and Gromit's World of Inventions'', an educational program about famous or revolutionary inventions, hosted by the two. It begin airing in November with the episode ''Nature Knows Best''.

See also its spin-off series ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' and ''WesternAnimation/TimmyTime'', the SpinOff of the spin-off. Wrap your head around that one.
!!''Wallace & Gromit'' works with their own pages include:
* ''WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers''
* ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit''
* ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath''
* ''VideoGame/WallaceAndGromitsGrandAdventures''
!!These animations also provide examples of:
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Wallace. Oh, so much.
* AlternateContinuity: Released in the long hiatus between ''A Close Shave'' and ''Curse of the Were-Rabbit'', ''The Cheese-Lover's Yearbook'' was a joint diary shared by Wallace and Gromit, starting from before the events of ''A Grand Day Out'' and continuing well after the end of ''A Close Shave''. Much of the content contained in it has been rendered CanonDiscontinuity by successive stories, most notably Wallace's continuing friendship with (and infatuation for) Wendolene, despite her cheese allergy.
* AnachronismStew: Wallace and Gromit seems to be set in a ''[[ComicBook/TheBeano Beanotown]]''-type timewarp where technology and fashion remains much as it did in the 1950s, yet more modern inventions such as laser-security systems and remote controls are also present. A number of pop-culture references from later decades have also been made in the films. Of corse, this being Wallace & Gromit, you can chalk it all up to RuleOfFunny.
* ArtEvolution: The models in ''A Grand Day Out'' were very different in design to the models we know now - just look at Wallace in particular. He gained his wide grin in ''The Wrong Trousers'', along with a bouncier lip-sync in ''Curse of the Were-Rabbit''.
* AnimationBump: The first short, ''A Grand Day Out'', was mostly made by Nick Park himself, with Aardman Animations only coming in when the film was half complete. When compared to ''The Wrong Trousers'' (the first one with a lot of Aardman work), there is a world of difference in animation between the two.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: "von Strudel" is not a real German name (although it is the name of a German restaurant in Spain). [[spoiler:Bert Maudsley chose it just to seem enigmatic.]]
* AsideGlance: Gromit. All the time.
* AuthorAppeal: Nick Park seems to have thing for [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]]-esque thrillers, [[TechnologyPorn giant machines]] and... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking knitting]].[[note]]The knitting, by the way, is all real. It's done with toothpicks.[[/note]]
* BeleagueredAssistant: Gromit, who takes it in his stride.
* BigOlUnibrow: Gromit never speaks ([[CaptainObvious because he is a dog]]), so this is the ONLY way you know what he's feeling. It's really incredible, the emotion you can wring out of an artfully-squashed bit of plasticine...
-->'''Wallace:''' "We've tested this on Gromit. Haven't we, lad?"\\
'''Gromit:''' ''(eyebrows rise mournfully)'' *nods*
* BlatantLies: One of Wallace's catchphrases is "Everything's under control." It never is.
* BookcasePassage: Wallace finds one in "The Curse of the Ramsbottoms" comic. [[spoiler:It leads to Rhett Leicester's evil lair.]]
* BrandX / BlandNameProduct: Everything from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smeg_(appliances) Smug Fridges]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_Vesta Duck Matches]] to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spudulike Sud-U-Like Soap]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello!_(magazine) ''Ay-Up!'' Magazine]].
* BritishBrevity: Americans who are aware of the franchise might be surprised to know that in over 25 years, there have been only ''six'' installments, and only one of those six is feature-length. However, this is less to do with it being British and more to do with the agonisingly slow process that stop-motion creation is!
** It also has to do with Peter Sallis' declining health and decision to retire from acting in the early 2010's.
* BunglingInventor: Wallace, natch.
** In one of the comics, we encounter another three named Derek, Derrick and Eric. They invent a wind-up mobile phone, an automatic winder that you have to wind up, and a key to wind up the automatic winder. Mind you, in another one of the comics Wallace invents an indestructible shoe that eventually nearly destroys the Earth because he couldn't find his slippers.
** The "Cheese Lover's Yearbook" features, as well as the creations of the original shorts: the Recyc-O-Matic, which worked fine until he gave it arms and it ran amok in the town centre eating everything in its path; the Automatic Dairy Maker, which was scrapped after it turned out the "Creamy Wallaby" cheese it produced caused some people to come out in a grassy rash; and the Push-Button Gardener, which raked up all the leaves and dumped them on the living room carpet.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Gromit falls into this all too often... (usually thanks to Wallace's stupidity). Though to balance it out Wallace himself often gets it pretty bad too.
* CatchPhrase: "[=CheeeeEEEEeeeeeeeese!=]" (with Wallace's trademark excited hands).
** Also, once things inevitably fall apart, Wallace's "GROMIT! HELP! DO SOMETHING!," or the less emphatic "Gromit! Do something, lad!" There's no ceiling on how many times Wallace will say this in a single episode.
** And "Don't worry! Everything's under control!" Often said [[BlatantLies when nothing is under control]].
* ChekhovsGun: In any of the times we see one of the many ToTheBatpole segments in the opening, it will usually play a crucial role in the climax.
* CivilizedAnimal: Gromit is usually depicted as walking upright, and is capable of creating and operating complex machinery. Generally he's shown to be ''significantly'' more shrewd and sensible than his master. However, despite all of this, everyone treats him the same as you treat ''any'' dog. He has both a room in the house and a kennel in the yard, and walks on two or four legs as the plot requires. He's also been shown to eat from a dog dish or at a human table on different occasions.
** The Aardman book "Creating 3-D Animation" revealed that Gromit actually has two different armatures to make this work--one for when he's walking on fours, and another for when he's bipedal.
* ContinuityNod: Frequent and gleeful, starting with a running gag in which the headlines on the paper Wallace is reading or a news bulletin on TV in a short reference events of an earlier short.
* DeadpanSnarker: While Gromit is usually a SilentSnarker, the duo's mutual diary - published as the Cheese Lover's Yearbook - has little typewritten notes expressing Gromit's reaction to whatever is happening. After the entries for "A Close Shave":
--->'''Wallace''': Relieved to have come out of this in one piece.\\
'''Gromit''': Instead of several hundred, like Preston. - G
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Wallace on three occasions.
* EvilCounterpart: Preston for Gromit. They're both silent, but Gromit is a loyal if cynical follower while Preston is menacing [[spoiler:and the BigBad]]. In the comics, Herr Doktor Count Baron Napoleon von Strudel for Wallace - both are inventors, and they even look fairly similar, [[spoiler:and, back when he answered to Bert Maudsley, "Herr Doktor" went to school with Wallace]].
* EvilTwin: In "The Curse of the Ramsbottoms" comic, [[spoiler:Rhett Leicester]] is revealed to secretly be the evil twin of the missing "Cheesy" Cheeseman, the main man in Wensleydale manufacture.
* FlintstoneTheming: The canine-themed titles of the books Gromit reads are a series-long running gag. For instance, in a 2013 ad spot promoting UK tourism, his holiday reading is ''[[Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey Fifty Shades of Greyhound]]''.
** Wallace tends to read [[TrademarkFavouriteFood cheese]]-themed books such as ''[[Literature/EastOfEden East of Edam]]'' and ''[[Literature/WaitingForGodot Waiting for Gouda]]''.
* FreezeFrameBonus: This is a stop-motion animated series, after all.
* FunWithAcronyms: The comic "Anoraknophobia" has SPARROW - an operation to '''S'''teal, '''P'''ilfer '''A'''nd '''R'''ecklessly '''R'''equisition '''O'''ther '''P'''eople's '''W'''ork. Wallace gets somewhat sidetracked by there being only one P in "Sparrow".
* GadgeteersHouse: Wallace and Gromit's house has all sorts of inventions built in. Examples include a hinged bed arranged next to a trap door so that Wallace can go straight from bed to the breakfast table, and a toy train that carries mail and other goods around the house.
* GeniusDitz / MadScientist: Wallace's inventions range from malfunctioning Rube Goldberg-esque devices to clever and groundbreaking gadgets -- which also have a tendency to malfunction. Notably, he seems more competent in the feature film than in most of the shorts.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: So, ''so'' many {{Double Entendre}}s... In the majority of the adventures, really.
* GirlOfTheWeek: All of Wallace's love interests.
* GoneHorriblyRight: About 1/3 of Wallace's inventions. (e.g. the time Wallace wanted to pump up some honeybees with Muscle-Gro to make them super-efficient honey-producers, [[spoiler: and wound up making giant bees that rampaged all over town]]), or the Recyc-o-Matic (which rampages down the main street recycling everything in its path in "Cheese Lover's Yearbook").
* GoneHorriblyWrong: About 1/3 of Wallace's inventions, due to accidents (e.g. The Rabbit Rehabilitator), or misuse (e.g. the Power Trousers).
* {{Hammerspace}}: Used by the animal characters. They have been known to produce coins, penknives and, in the case of Feathers [=McGraw=], a gun, despite having no pockets.
* HerrDoktor: Part of Napoleon von Strudel's [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard list of titles]] in "Anoraknophobia" is "Herr Doktor" - it comes first, before Baron and Count. [[spoiler:Given that he's really named Bert Maudsley and he went to school with Wallace, it's unlikely to be legit.]]
* HistoricalInJoke: One comic has Wallace building a time machine to find his missing slipper, leading to him getting involved in all kinds of variably intelligent encounters in time - most notably when he inspires a Paleolithic Wallace to build Stonehenge...as a stage on which to show off his rollerblading.
* HomemadeInventions: The series trademark, and the propellant for most of the plots. ''Cracking Contraptions'' is exclusively about these.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Gromit.
* HypnoFool: Queenie in the "Anoraknophobia" comic is a hypnotist by trade, at one point mesmerising Wallace into thinking he's a dog.
* IdenticalGrandson: In one of the comics, he encounters Stone Age and 11th century versions of himself.
* ImpactSilhouette: Gromit in one of the ''Crackling Contraptions'' shorts.
* InformedPoverty: Wallace is ostensibly on the edge most of the time - the entire plot of the "Anoraknophobia" comic came about in an effort to win enough to replace a busted washing machine, and his statement of finances in "Cheese Lover's Yearbook" is simply annotated "Oh dear" by Gromit. This does nothing to prevent him from buying the parts to all those new machines.
* IntellectualAnimal / SpeechImpairedAnimal: Gromit, though he makes barely audible whining sounds at points.
* TheJeeves: Gromit acts as Wallace's valet, ready to do his master's bidding at the touch of a button: "Slippers, Breakfast, Newspaper, Walkies." Like every good Jeeves, though, his real job is to keep his CloudCuckoolander boss out of harm's way.
** Also Jeeves-like are his highly expressive eyebrows.
* JumpScare: While not in the series proper, the Thrill-O-Matic dark ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach seems to end with a cheerful video clip of a smiling Wallace and Gromit... [[spoiler:only for there to be a sudden JumpScare courtesy of a roaring Were Rabbit]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Wendolene in her poaching sheep to get free yarn. In fact she expresses no suprise as her robot dog is killing sheep en masse to make dog food]].
** [[spoiler: Fluffles is also implied to have been assisting Piella murder at least a dozen bakers. Both examples are shown to be rather remorseful, however, unwillingly dragged into the act by the much more callous BigBad, and eventually draw the line after it goes too far.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Wendolene:''' I want no more of this rustling! It wasn't so bad when it was just the wool but, this is ''evil''!]]
** [[spoiler: Wendolene didn't exactly get away without a punishment if you consider the fact that Preston actually tried to kill her and grind her up into dog food when she finally tried to stop him. Meanwhile Fluffles is abused by Piella in an increasingly unsubtle fashion.]]
* MeaningfulName: Wallace can be diminutised as "Wally", a slang term for a naïve or foolish person. A grommet is a rubber ring used to seal the edge of a hole, to stop it chafing the insulation of wires passed through the hole.
* MinimalistCast: In all of the films except for ''Were-Rabbit'', only characters relevant to the plot make an appearance. This meant that ''A Grand Day Out'' and ''Wrong Trousers'' had a cast of only '''three''', of which only one (Wallace) has a speaking part.
** Even the cast of ''Were-Rabbit'' is very limited (though significantly larger than any of the shorts). Outside of the major players: Wallace, Gromit, Lady Tottington, Victor, Phillip, and [[spoiler: Hutch]]; the supporting cast consists of a handful of neighbours, the local minister, and a police officer.
** The comics get a little more elaborate, because they don't need to build models or find voice actors. "The Curse of the Ramsbottoms" has Wallace, Gromit, and Wendolene, but also Rhett Leicester, "Cheesy" Cheeseman, and the occasional robot, "The Lost Slipper" has various cross-time Wallace-equivalents, King Harold, William the Conqueror, some Egyptian royalty, and a cat, and "Anoraknophobia" has Mr Patel, three even less talented inventors than Wallace, the hotel's overworked owner Mr Do-It-All, and four villainous von Strudels.
* MiniMecha: With oven mitts.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Wallace, all over. This is especially true in the comics, where he invents a time machine in order to find his lost slipper and a nigh-invulnerable superclog to replace it.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Wallace has currently worked on-screen as a window cleaner, an exterminator, a baker and a television presenter.
** In the ''Grand Adventures'' games, a bee-keeper, runner of an indoor holiday resort, ice-cream vendor and detective.
*** ''Grand Adventures'' also provides a possible explanation (and a ContinuityNod to their debts in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers''): Wallace's mail in the first episode is full of bills that are in "final demand", so it's possible that Wallace keeps changing jobs because his business ventures keep failing.
* NewspaperThinDisguise: Several of them.
* NoMouth: Gromit
* NotNowKiddo: In a 2013 ad spot promoting UK tourism, Gromit's attempts to show Wallace a travel brochure are ignored as Wallace is in the throes of planning an unnecessarily elaborate travel device. After its inevitable dramatic malfunction, Wallace notices the brochure and complains that Gromit should have shown it to him sooner.
* ObsessedWithFood: Namely, cheese, at least in Wallace's case.
* OnlyOneName: Wallace. Even his post is addressed to just "Wallace" although all the other human characters have surnames.
* OopNorth: Specifically, Oop in Lancashire (though Wallace's accent is actually Yorkshire). Kept vague until ''Loaf and Death'', when Gromit [[spoiler:tries to dispose of a bomb by throwing it]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Roses across the Yorkshire border]].
** Multiple characters affectionately address Gromit as "Chuck". In context it's something like "dear" and is a local colloquialism.
* {{Parody}}: A major feature of all the films except for the first. Although ''A Grand Day Out'' was funny and surreal, it was with the spoofing of old heist movies in ''The Wrong Trousers'' that the series found its true direction.
* PunnyName: Everybody bar the two mains, and trying to list them all would take most of the entry as even one-offs get names like this.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: The series began with ''WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut'' in 1989, as the era was beginning to [[JustForPun take off]].
* RidingIntoTheSunset
* RubeGoldbergDevice: Wallace's method of invention has been described by Nick Park as the equivalent of cracking a nut with a sledgehammer.
* SeriousBusiness: Wallace's business ventures always take otherwise mundane concepts such as window washing or baking to a ludicrous extreme to accommodate the previously mentioned RubeGoldbergDevice methods he feels are necessary to do the job.
** Ping-pong, in "Anoraknophobia", to the point where the villain has built an exploding ping-pong ball and a racquet that's tuned to the same "evil radio frequency" as the ball...with effects that are never explained, but which he claims make him unbeatable.
* ShoutOut: Most of Aardman's work use this with amazing frequency. ''The Wrong Trousers'' contains an extended spoof of heist movies, just as ''Were-Rabbit'' parodies a number of horror tropes. Individual shout outs are so numerous as to take up a ridiculous entry length, but viewers paying close attention are well rewarded.
* SilentPartner: Gromit, who is also...
* SilentSnarker: ...and it's quite shocking how expressive he is considering he is always portrayed without a ''mouth'', leaving his ''eyebrows'' to convey all of his emotions.
* SkewedPriorities: In the "Anoraknophobia" comic, Wallace gets very badly sidetracked by his discovery that the villains' organisation has a name that doesn't match the acronym.
* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: Wallace is a BunglingInventor whose inventions often go awry, and it's up to his dog with common sense, Gromit, to clean up the mess. A poster for ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' probably sums it up best; it has Wallace with the caption "master", while Gromit has the caption "mind".
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: "Cheese Lover's Yearbook" has them going on a caravan holiday...where it naturally rains pretty much the whole time. Entries included "Played I Spy with Gromit all day"[[labelnote:G]]"R for rain featured regularly"[[/labelnote]] and "There are 756 flowers on the wallpaper in the caravan".
* SpinOff: WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep got his own TV series and movie.
** And then Timmy from that series got his own SpinOff in the form of ''WesternAnimation/TimmyTime''.
* StationIdent: To mark the showing of ''Loaf and Death'', Creator/{{BBC}}1 ran a number of specially-filmed 'Wallace and Gromit' idents during Christmas 2008.
** This was done way back in 1995, with several Christmas-themed idents for [=BBC2=].
*** Also done years earlier where a scene from ''A Grand Day Out'' is modified to show the Channel 4 logo drawn by Wallace when he flips over his drawing paper.
* StopMotion: All animated in Claymation.
* SuperMultiPurposeRoom: Basically every room in Wallace's house has built-in intricate mechanisms and contraptions to help him wake up, get dressed, effortlessly get seated for breakfast, get the breakfast prepared, get into the car, and and and ... See ToTheBatpole
* TechnologyPorn: Wallace's inventions -- elaborate, ridiculous and oh so fun to watch.
* TooDumbToLive: Wallace has been close to death far too often, mostly due to his absent-mindedness, and not paying attention to Gromit's warnings.
* ToTheBatpole: ''A Close Shave'', the feature film ''Curse of the Were-Rabbit'' and ''A Matter of Loaf and Death'' all feature our heroes suiting up via a Heath Robinson-esque process, depicted in all its absurd detail. (In ''A Close Shave'', only Wallace goes through the process; Gromit then simply walks through a door from the kitchen, rolling his eyes.) An earlier example is established in ''The Wrong Trousers'': Wallace apparently begins every day with his bed tilting up and dropping him into a trapdoor from his upstairs bedroom to a chair at the dining room table, with mechanical arms providing a costume change. Both of these examples are intended as direct references to Gerry Anderson and ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cheese, particularly Wensleydale, is Wallace's favourite, but he's also pretty enthusiastic about toast.
** It was Wallace's love of Wensleydale that actually saved a local cheese producer from going bust.
* TrilogyCreep: It ''was'' a trilogy up to ''A Close Shave'' for ten years, after which it suddenly wasn't.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Herr Doktor Count Baron Napoleon von Strudel in "Anoraknophobia". [[spoiler:Real name Bert Maudsley.]]
* VerbalBackspace: In "Anoraknophobia", when Mr Patel's favourite pigeon has taken an exploding ping pong ball for a flight:
-->'''Mr Patel:''' Don't worry about him! He can tell the difference between an exploding ping pong ball and margarine all right!\\
'''Mr Patel:''' Well he can now!
* VocalEvolution: Ben Whitehead has taken over as Wallace in many side projects. His voice has become a much better replicant of Peter Sallis compared to how he was in ''Grand Adventures'' series.
* TheVoiceless: Gromit himself makes a few audible yelps and growls in ''The Wrong Trousers''.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The name of the town is never given, though freeze-framing reveals Wallace's post is addressed to Wigan. A poster in ''Loaf And Death'' also shows a performance of ''Carmen'' taking place at the "Wigan Palais". And the van in ''Were-Rabbit'' has a Wigan A-Z.
** Loaf and Death shows Wallace's house facing the Yorkshire border to the north.