''A Grand Day Out'' is the first short film featuring Franchise/WallaceAndGromit.
One evening during a bank holiday, Wallace and his dog Gromit settle down for a nice hot cup of tea and some cheese with crackers only to realize they've no more cheese. With all of the shops closed for the holiday, what's their 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.
It was released in 1989. It was nominated for the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Animated Short Film, but lost to Aardman's other work, ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts''.
!!This film provides examples of:
* ArtEvolution and AnimationBump: A rare example in that it occurs during the short itself. The very first scene animated was the sequence in which Wallace plans the rocket then builds it. Wallace only opens his mouth once (where he whistles for Gromit) and it completely lacks any detail, the characters gain tons of thumbprints and Wallace walks down the steps in a very weird way (he keeps his arms in front of him and they don't move at all) - presumably just to keep him balanced. In later scenes (in which Aardman had began assisting Park) the animation became somewhat smoother and shades of the characters' later designs start to appear. Towards the end of the short, a hint of Wallace's famous smile is starting to develop, although nowhere near what it would become.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Neither Wallace nor Gromit have any trouble breathing on the moon. (Then again, is this any more of a problem for scientific accuracy than the whole made-of-cheese thing?)
* BigOlUnibrow: Gromit never speaks, 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...
* BoldExplorer: Wallace and Gromit head off to explore the moon.
* BrickJoke: The ball kicked by Wallace shows up after the credits, still in motion.
* BunglingInventor: Wallace.
* CartoonCheese: Averted, as moon cheese doesn't look anything like typical "orange-y swiss" cartoon cheese. More like cheddar. Wallace names several terrestrial cheeses in an unsuccessful attempt to determine what moon cheese tastes like, and finally concludes, "It's like no cheese I've ever tasted." He still keeps trying to name the cheese, though.
* CheesyMoon: The basis of the plot.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first short was much more surreal than all of the others. The character designs aren't quite fully developed (check out the shape of Wallace's head!) and cartoony jazz riffs run in place of the usual orchestral soundtrack of later films. It's also the only time Gromit makes any kind of vocalizations, albeit just wimpers and grunts.
* FallOfTheHouseOfCards: During the trip to the moon, after Gromit starts building a house of cards to pass the time.
* HardWorkMontage: The construction of the rocket.
* InherentlyFunnyWord: Wensleydale.
* IntellectualAnimal: Gromit.
* MinimalistCast: A cast of only '''three''', of which only one (Wallace) has a speaking part. (Not counting the nine rats who watch the launch).
* NoAntagonist: The robot cooker pursues the duo throughout the film, but it's NotEvilJustMisunderstood.
* NoMouth: Gromit
* OhCrap: Multiple times.
** "No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!"
** "The fuse! You forgot to light the fuse!"
* RetroRocket: The rocket they build.
** SchizoTech: Which won't lift off unless someone remembers to light the fuse.
** Everything relating to cheese, according to Wallace.
** Likewise, he finds the idea of eating cheese ''without'' crackers completely unthinkable.
--> '''Wallace''': No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers! ''(Cue dramatic race-against-time music)''
* SilenceIsGolden: Some sequences, such as Wallace at the drawing board and the rocket construction.
** Most notably is when Gromit is standing under a door to hold it up as Wallace is sawing through it. This was the scene that convince Nick Park not to have Gromit speak because of how expressive his eyebrow was.
* SilentPartner: Gromit
* SilentSnarker: Gromit. When the film was in production, he was originally supposed to talk, but a scene where he reacts silently to Wallace stood out so much to the creators that they made him permanently silent.
** All that remains of Gromit's voice are several whimpers and a yelp. The original voice actor intended for Gromit was the late, great Peter Hawkins, although it is unclear if the noises Gromit makes in the film were provided by him as he was not credited.
* StopMotion: The vast majority of the short is made up of this, though there are a few instances where conventional cel animation is used, particularly the shots of the rocket in-flight.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cheese, for Wallace (Wensleydale, in particular).
* TheUnreveal: We never find out who built the robot or why it's coin-operated. It's just there on the moon and that's that.
** Doubles as OrphanedReference: it was the last remaining character from a much more expansive cast when the short originally had the duo going to a restaurant on the moon. The robot was a parking meeter attendant.