The First-Ever Short Film in Animation That Won a BAFTA

There have been many remarkable films that have set the standard for award-winning cinema to this day. Associations and organizations dedicated to filmmaking award the efforts of innovative filmmakers who have pushed further the current limits and boundaries of film techniques and genres. One of these organizations is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which puts on annual award shows to celebrate the very best of interactive media, television, and film. One of the newest categories for the BAFTA awards began in 1990 – the BAFTA award for a best short animation. The first-ever winner of this prestigious honor Nicholas Wusltan Park or Nick Park, a British animator, writer, director, and producer. He won the 1990 BAFTA for best short animation through his creation of the fantastic Wallace and Gromit.

All About The First Big Hit – 1989 Short Film

A Grand Day Out, or by its full title A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit, was a short stop-motion, an animated film released on November 4, 1989, in Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery. It stars Nick Park’s beloved characters Wallace, an Englishman, and Gromit, his pet dog, and best friend. The animated film was both animated and directed by Nick in Bristol through Aardman Animations. The film was also broadcasted on television via Channel 4 on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1990. The film’s characters were viral that several other productions were made after AGDO(A Grand Day Out). The first one was The Wrong Trousers released in 1993. The second and third ones followed every few years after that with one in 1994, 2005, and the moe latest one in 2008.

A Grand Day Out was also selected for nomination at the Academy Awards for the same category of Best Short Film but missed its win too, another stop animation movie made by Aardman Animation and Nick Park. The plot of A Grand Day Out follows Wallace & Gromit in their hilarious adventure in search for cheese when the local shop was shut for the holidays. In order to reach the moon, which they believed was made with cheese, the two characters make a rocket ship in their backyard. They encounter a rampaging cooker who wanted to come back with them to Earth. However, it was placated with rocket wreckage used to ski around the surface of the moon.

The Making of A Grand Day Out

The short film A Grand Day Out was made through the stop-motion animation technique of Claymation, also known as plasticine animation. This strategy makes use of plasticine clay, a very malleable substance, in order to shape the background and characters of the film. The film is produced by recording each still picture or frame of the scene. The record of the scenes is then played back to the viewers in quick succession to create the illusion of motion. Nick Park’s production of A Grand Day Out began in 1982 to be submitted to the National Film and TV School. Three years after, he and his work were taken on by Aardman Animations. Park continued to work with the project part-time and was partially financed by the school. Nick Park requested that plasticine be used for the film by writing to William Harbutt, the inventor of plasticine, and his company.

Written by: Jamie