Wallace & Gromit
Wallace & Gromit is a classic series of British stop-motion clay-mation short films created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. During its original run, Aardman produced four shorts from 1989 to 2008. A feature-length film, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, was released in 2005.
Why It Rocks
- The stop-motion animation gets better with each consecutive short.
- The short which involved the thief penguin has the characters having smooth textures. The third short had the visuals clearer and a wider screen. And the fourth one has a gorgeous visuals of the late 2000's.
- Likable and memorable characters, such as Wallace and his dog, Gromit, who make a superb comedy duo.
- Despite Gromit never talking, it's very easy to understand his personality through his facial expressions and body language, thus making him famous for the no-speaking trope.
- Wallace himself is notable for his liking of cheese, like Wensleydale.
- Some of Wallace's inventions are pretty cool, like the Techno Trousers from The Wrong Trousers.
- It's so popular that it was adapted into a movie, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which stays faithful to the series.
- Several spin-offs including Shaun the Sheep, Cracking Contraptions and World of Invention.
- Many hilarious moments, such as the Porridge Gun scene in A Close Shave.
- Many memorable scenes throughout the series, such as the jewel heist and toy train chase, both from The Wrong Trousers, and the duo's trip to the moon in A Grand Day Out.
Wallace & Gromit is one of the most beloved animated franchises by Aardman and is still widely popular today. The series has won three Academy Awards.
- A Matter of Loaf and Death was the last Wallace & Gromit short ever made, due to Peter Sallis' declining health.
- Peter Sallis, Wallace's original voice actor, passed away on June 2, 2017 at age 96.
- Peter Sallis was also well known for his role as Norman Clegg in the long running British sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine.
- Nick Park was inspired by Peter Lord's and David Sproxton's work on clay. He also stated he came up with an idea about an English person who liked cheese, and Gromit was originally going to be a cat.
- However, a dog was easier to animate.