A Grand Day Out  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A Grand Day Out (full name A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit) is an award-nominated 1989 animated film directed and animated by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. It came to theaters in 1989 with Disney's The Little Mermaid. This was the first adventure featuring the eccentric inventor Wallace and his quiet but smart dog Gromit. It was followed by 1993's The Wrong Trousers, 1995's A Close Shave, 2005's Curse of the Were-Rabbit and A Matter of Loaf and Death, scheduled for a late 2008 broadcast.

Nick Park started making the film in 1982 as his graduation project for the National Film and Television School. Aardman Animations took him on before he finished the piece, allowing him to work on it part time while still being funded by the school.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film, but lost to the short Creature Comforts, which was also a creation of Nick Park.

On December 30 2006, the short received another BBC One repeat. The information transmitted alongside falsely stated that the animation was made in 1998, nine years off its real date.

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