''A Grand Day Out'' is the first short film featuring Franchise/WallaceAndGromit.
Wallace and his dog 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.
It was released in 1989. It was nominated for the AcademyAward for Animated Short Film, but lost to Aardman's other work, ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts''.
!!This film provides examples of:
* 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...
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: Wallace's cheese obsession. The producers have great fun referencing the most bizarre and obscure cheese names possible. This namedropping, in fact, ''saved Wensleydale cheese'', which was on the cusp of disappearing before Wallace and Gromit [[TheRedStapler created a new demand for it]]. Creator Nick Park was actually unaware of the financial difficulties of the cheese makers. He simply selected Wensleydale because the name was fun to say and animate.
* 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. And check out the shape of Wallace's head!
* 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.
* IntellectualAnimal / SpeechImpairedAnimal: 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).
* NoMouth: Gromit
** Everything relating to Cheese, according to Wallace.
** Likewise, he finds the idea of eating Cheese ''without'' Crackers completely unthinkable.
--> '''Wallace''': The Crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the Crackers! ''(Cue dramatic race-against-time music)''
* RetroRocket: The rocket they build.
* SilenceIsGolden: Some sequences, such as Wallace at the drawing board and the rocket construction.
* 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Wensleydale cheese.
* TheUnreveal: We never find out who built the robot, why it's coin-operated and why it's obsessed with skiing?