Talk:A Grand Day Out

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The sources I've seen indicate this is a 1991 movie. If you see otherwise, please let me know. -- Grunt (talk) 14:42, 2004 Aug 28 (UTC)

I'm sorry, I see that it is 1989 now. -- Grunt (talk) 14:43, 2004 Aug 28 (UTC)

Perhaps my guess is 1991 was the year the movie was released in the U.S. YouTubeFan43 (talk) 16:48, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Moon Encounter[edit]

What is the thing that follows Wallace around on the moon. It looks like a weird cross between an old stove and a parking meter. smurrayinchester(User), (Talk) 11:55, 16 October 2005 (UTC)

I seem to remember an old piece of merchandise referring to it as "The Cooker", but whether or not that's just a name the author settled on for the sake of ease, I can't say. I'll watch the new DVD later on with the audio commentary on to see if Nick Park can shed some light on this matter. --L T Dangerous 13:16, 16 November 2005 (UTC)
Park refers to it as a "Policeman/Traffic Warden/Gas Meter/Cooker-type character. Not too handy, but at least he says "Cooker". One of the Chapter Points simplifies it, referring to one scene as "Skiing Cooker". Cooker is the character's name, I suppose. A look at the script would be very handy, but I'm satisfied with Cooker, personally. --L T Dangerous 14:05, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

Release date[edit]

What was the source for A Grand Day Out premiering on Channel 4 on 15 Feb 1989? I've checked old TV guides, and it's not there. IMDb shows a UK-wide theatrical release of 15 Feb 1989, but that's wrong – it never had a theatrical release, outside festival showings. That date may have come from, but it doesn't indicate the nature of the alleged release. --KJBracey 11:44, 24 November 2005 (UTC)

My source was indeed IMDb, also used for the other two Wallace and Gromit shorts. EOFFTV also shows the 15 Feb '89 date, but if it can't be confirmed, then I suppose it should be removed. BillyH 14:24, 24 November 2005 (UTC)
The problem with the Internet is that it's a huge mass of secondary sources, and soon as a piece of info appears, whether it's correct or not, it gets propogated around the place. EOFFTV calls it a "theatrical release", but again they could have just copied it from IMDb. (And how much can you trust a source which calls A Grand Day Out "primitive and largely gag-free"...?)
I really do not believe it got a general theatrical release, although I'm sure that as a NFTVS graduation piece it would have appeared on their showreel which would have played at some festivals. What I'd like to find now is when it was first shown on TV. I've checked the Radio Times and TV Times for the appropriate years, and I can confirm the IMDb TV premiere dates for the other 2 shorts, but this one did not go out on UK TV in Feb 1989, unless it just wasn't shown in the listings (which seems very doubtful).
I've posted a query to this effect on the film's IMDb discussion board. Someone must have some definite info. IMDb were showing its year as 1991 until quite recently; I wonder if it actually got its TV debut in 1991. --KJBracey 16:11, 24 November 2005 (UTC)

I've confirmed a showing at 6pm on Channel 4, on Christmas Eve 1990, from the TV Times. One correspondent has told me this was the TV premiere (according to a book he has). We'll have to see if anyone can find an earlier showing. This article still says it premiered as part of the "4-mations" series, which may be referring to an earlier showing, rather than just part of the Christmas schedule. --KJBracey 08:27, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

That's the date the Wallace and Gromit website gives for it - "A Grand Day Out was finally finished and transmitted on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve, 1990 - 6 years after production began!" [1] Website run by Aardman themselves so if they don't know who would? (talk) 20:02, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

I read on another page that this film was released with The Little Mermaid. Was this in the UK only, or was it also released in the US with this film? --- (talk) 16:25, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

The current date listed in the article is (12:10 on) 25 December 1989 on BBC1, with 3 citations. Well, not according to BBC Genome's [1] London listings, when at that time they were showing "Christmas Comedy Cracker". Definitely something wrong here, suggesting a long-term hoax. Stephenb (Talk) 13:45, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Infobox Tag[edit]

Infobox tag has been removed as article already has one. If you have any problems with this please post a message on my talk page. RWardy 22:13, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Plot is wrong[edit]

"a strange coin-operated robot shaped like an oven (complete with arms, wheels and an optic eye) is encountered by the duo and seems to wish to go with them to Earth so he can try out some skiing. Wallace and Gromit believe it is after them for stealing the moon cheese and try to escape"

Well, it's both things! It wants to go skiing on Earth, but he also wanted to stop wallece from eating the moon. If you all remember, he looks for them after he sees a piece of the moon missing (which he sticks back on with glue). Then he tries to bludgeon wallace. So could somebody change that?--Brownarthur (talk) 12:43, 17 December 2007 (UTC)


Throughout the Plot section of the article, the strange robot cooker thing is refered to as a cooker, however in the Episode Endings section it is refered to as a fridge! Personally I would go with cooker. When I first watched this when I was much younger I knew it as a cooker, I think everyone did, as it does look quite like one. Plus in the plot section it says its named 'the cooker'. Anyway, it's name should probably be restricted to one domestic appliance throughout for consistancy! Editor5807speak 22:26, 17 November 2009 (UTC)

overlinking trouble[edit]

I think this article has something of an overlink problem. could someone remove the overlinks, plz? Visokor (talk) 16:14, 29 June 2014 (UTC)