Smashing Commercial, Gromit
Wallace And Gromit just teamed up with furniture company DFS for a new Christmas commercial and here it is…
Wallace and Gromit is a British stop motion clay animation comedy series created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. The series consists of four short films and one feature-length film, but has spawned numerous spin-offs and TV adaptations. The series centres on Wallace, a good-natured, eccentric, cheese-loving inventor, along with his companion Gromit, a silent yet loyal and intelligent anthropomorphic dog. The first short film, A Grand Day Out, was finished and made public in the year 1989. Wallace was originally voiced by veteran actor Peter Sallis, and later by Ben Whitehead. Gromit always remains silent, instead communicating only through means of facial expressions and body language.
Because of their widespread popularity, the characters have been described as positive international cultural icons of both modern British culture and British people in general. BBC News called them “some of the best-known and best-loved stars to come out of the UK”. Icons has said they have done “more to improve the image of the English world-wide than any officially appointed ambassadors”. Although not overtly set in any particular town, Nick Park has hinted that it was inspired by 1950s Wigan in the north of England. Wallace’s accent (voiced by Peter Sallis) comes from the Holme Valley of West Yorkshire. Wallace is fond of Wensleydale cheese (from Wensleydale, North Yorkshire).
Their films have received critical acclaim, with the first three of the short films, A Grand Day Out (1989), The Wrong Trousers (1993) and A Close Shave (1995), having 100% positive ratings on the aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes; the feature film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) earned a 95% rating. The feature film is the second highest-grossing stop motion animated film ever, only outgrossed by Chicken Run, another Nick Park creation.
The Wallace and Gromit characters spearhead the fundraising for two children’s charities: Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, which supports children’s hospices and hospitals in the United Kingdom, and Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the charity for Bristol Children’s Hospital in Bristol, England.