As I began to write this article, it dawned on me that readers may not know who Wallace and Gromit are. Oh dear. How is that possible? They have appeared in a full-length film and 4 shorts (approximately 30 minutes each) from 1989 to 2008. They are the product of Nick Park who created these British clay animation figures. (See above) Wallace is an inventor and Gromit is his friend/pet dog. Their film adventures are funny, unique, and have received (Academy Awards’) nominations and awards.
Their first effort was “A Grand Day Out.” The short film followed Wallace and Gromit as they attempted to prove what everyone believes is true: the moon is made of cheese. Wallace, with assistance from the always capable Gromit, builds a space ship and they fly to the moon. Once there, they quickly find out, as they walk on the moon’s surface, that “yes, indeed”, the moon is created of their favorite snack: cheese. (see above)
In each film adventure, it is very evident that Wallace depends on Gromit to create inventions and succeed in his adventures. For example, in their film, “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit “, they discover that such a creature does indeed exist and threatens the giant vegetable crop everyone depends upon. Can Wallace and Gromit find and stop the destruction caused by such a mean creature. (What would be your guess?)
You will notice that Gromit never speaks. His behavior is always appropriate and helpful to his friend, Wallace, but he never verbalizes his thoughts. Why not? The reason is simple: he has no mouth. And no eyebrows either. But his emotional range is not affected by his silence. His facial expressions and body language convey his every emotion. His lack of speech does not limit his communication or take away from his sense of humor or his ability to assist his friend, or limit his ability to entertain you. (see below)
If you have never seen any of the work by Wallace and Gromit, please catch them whenever and wherever you can. They will always provide you with laughter and an enjoyable adventure.