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Gromit (born 12th February) is one of the two titular main protagonists (alongside Wallace) of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. He is Wallace's sidekick and pet dog.
He is the logical brains behind the duo, as opposed to Wallace being the inventive one; he often rolls his eyes at Wallace's mad antics and ideas, often having to saving Wallace from many scrapes and calamities.
Like his owner, Gromit is very friendly and kind-hearted, but more aware and less eccentric than Wallace. He is very intelligent, and he is good at making ideas. He is sarcastic sometimes, but is well-meaning and he is very loyal to his best friend and master Wallace.
Gromit is kind at heart, yet very critical of Wallace's inventions as he thinks that one of Wallace's inventions may go haywire or horribly wrong. He is also easily aggravated. Gromit doesn't express himself with spoken words, but his facial expressions and body language speak volumes. He is shown to have a romantic side, much like Wallace when he fell in love with Fluffles, a poodle, who later returns his feelings.
Gromit is very dedicated to Wallace as on some occasions, Gromit was very shocked and scared when he discovered that Wallace was the Were-Rabbit and Piella was the serial killer as he didn't want his best friend to get hurt or killed by Piella (who wanted to kill Wallace in order to complete her baker's dozen) and Victor (who wanted to hunt the Were-Rabbit and win Lady Tottington's heart) and was willing to protect him.
Gromit was saddened when Wallace previously died after he sacrificed himself to save Gromit (when Wallace was in Were-Rabbit form), but he was relieved after he was able to revive Wallace (using a slice of Stinking Bishop cheese) and embraced with him. Although at times he does make dog-like noises, such as yelps or grunts but Gromit remains silent as he doesn't have a visible mouth.
Gromit lives at 62 West Wallaby Street in Wigan, England with his owner Wallace ever since he was a young puppy. He went on to be graduated from "Dogwarts University" with a double first in Engineering for Dogs. He enjoys knitting, reading the newspaper, and cooking. His prized possessions include his alarm clock, bone, brush, and a framed photo of himself with Wallace. He also cherished his giant vegetable marrow grown for the annual Giant Vegetable Competition shown in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. He is also very handy with electronic equipment and often helps Wallace with his many inventions.
He is sensitive, intelligent, resourceful and holds a genuine affection for his master. He remains loyal to Wallace, even at his own expense or when Wallace's contraptions inevitably blow up in his face. Just one example of this unshakable loyalty and his strong sense of justice is in The Wrong Trousers, where even having a gun pointed at himself doesn't stop him from saving his master and obeying the law.
Though there have been times where Gromit has been wrongly accused of injustice, like in A Close Shave, when he's accused of sheep slaughter, and A Matter of Loaf and Death, when accused and punished for biting Piella Bakewell, although he didn't, which shouldn't be hard to believe, seeing that Gromit has no visible mouth.
A Grand Day Out (1989)
Wallace and Gromit are in their house looking through brochures to decide on where to go for the bank holiday. After discovering that there is no cheese in the house, Wallace decides that he and Gromit should go to somewhere where there's cheese. They decide to go to the moon as "everyone knows that the moon is made from cheese".
Gromit is enlisted by Wallace to help him build a rocket to take them to the moon. After building the rocket, the pair prepare to set off to the moon, though Wallace leaves briefly to collect crackers to bring with them.
After arriving on the moon, the pair try it's cheese, with Wallace saying it is not like any cheese he has ever tasted. After taking some of the cheese, Gromit and Wallace begin to head back to the rocket. They are followed by a robot cooker, who wishes to travel to Earth to ski. However believing that the robot is chasing them for taking the moon's cheese, Gromit and Wallace get into the rocket, but it does not take off as Gromit forgot to light the fuse.
Fortunately, the rocket takes off after the robot accidentally causes a gas leak. Parts of the rocket fall off as it takes off, which the robot uses as skis as wallace and gromit watch on as they fly back home.
The Wrong Trousers (1993)
On his birthday, Gromit is given a collar and leash by Wallace, who says it now looks like someone owns Gromit. Wallace then presents Techno Trousers to take Gromit for a walk.
In order to pay off depts, Wallace rents out the spare room to a penguin named Feathers McGraw. Unsatisfied with the spare room, Feathers uses Gromit's room instead, forcing Gromit to live in the spare room. Feathers keeps Gromit up all night with loud music, forcing Gromit to live in a kennel in the garden. Feeling that Feathers has come between him and Wallace, Gromit decides to leave.
Later in the film, Gromit discovers that Feathers is actually a criminal who disguises himself as a chicken.
After Feathers uses Wallace (in the Techno Trousers) to steal a diamond from a museum before returning to the house and locking Wallace in a cupboard, Gromit prepares to attack Feathers with a rolling pin, but changes his mind when Feathers pulls out a pistol and locks him in the cupboard with Wallace. The pair manage to break out of the cupboard and pursue Feathers around the house. After managing to trap Feathers in a bottle, Wallace and Gromit hand him to the police, who place him in a zoo. Wallace and Gromit then use the reward money given to them by the police to pay off their debts.
A Close Shave (1995)
In this film, Gromit and Wallace have set up a window cleaning business. One morning, Gromit is seen reading a newspaper about the recent wool shortage and sheep rustling that has been happening in the area. Shortly afterwards, Gromit and Wallace are called to clean the windows of the local wool shop ran by Wendolene Ramsbottom and her dog Preston, who has rationing their wool due to the wool shortage. Wallace develops romantic feelings for Wendolene but Preston takes a dislike to Gromit. After returning home, Gromit and Wallace discover a young sheep there whom Wallace names Shaun. Noticing that Shaun is messy, they put him in Wallace's latest invention The Knit-O-Matic and set it to wash mode. However the machine malfunctions and ends up shearing Shaun and his wool is turned into a jumper, which Wallace puts on him.
The next day, Gromit is seen washing a large clock whilst Wallace is with Wendolene in the wool shop. He sees Shaun going into a large van with other sheep and manages to free them, only to be locked in the van and taken away by Preston. Gromit is then imprisoned for supposedly rustling the sheep. One night, Wallace along with Shaun and the other sheep break Gromit out of prison.
The group then go to a field where they see a van pull up. Gromit and Wallace hide and see Preston and Wendolene emerge from the van and take the sheep and it is revealed that they had been rustling the sheep for their wool, but Preston wants to make the sheep into dog food. Wendolene stands up to Preston when he tries to take Shaun and says that they must stop rustling, only for Preston to lock her and Shaun in the van with the other sheep. Gromit and Wallace pursue them, but end up separated.
Gromit along with Shaun save Wallace, Wendolene and the sheep from being made into dog food by Preston, who had stolen the blueprints for the Knit-O-Matic to make his own version. Preston is sucked into the machine and is revealed to be a robot that had been built by Wendolene's father to be her protector, but had went bad. Preston attempts to kill Gromit, but is knocked into the machine's mincer by Shaun.
After Wallace rebulits Preston to be good, he invites Wendolene to join him and Gromit for cheese, only for Wendolene to reveal that she's allergic to cheese. Wallace goes back inside the house and prepares to eat the cheese only to find Shaun helping himself to it. A horrified Wallace tries to get Gromit to deal with Shaun, only for Gromit to refuse.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
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A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)
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- His design is similar to Bitzer.
- Gromit was originally going to be a cat. However, this was changed after Nick Park (the creator of Wallace & Gromit) realized that a dog was easier to make.
- Gromit is recognized by most kennel clubs as a beagle.
- Many critics believe that Gromit's silence makes him the "perfect straight man with a pantomime expressiveness that drew favorable comparisons to Buster Keaton".
- Gromit enjoys eating "KornFlakes" and reading many books, including The Republic by Pluto, Crime and Punishment by Fido Dogstoyevsky, and a "how-to" guide entitled Electronics for Dogs. He also listens to Bach and can solve puzzles with ease.
- In the original script for A Grand Day Out, Nick Park actually wanted Gromit to speak full coherent sentences and even cast Peter Hawkins (who is best known for portraying Daleks in Doctor Who) for the voice role. The dialogue only took Hawkins one morning to complete. According to Nick, Gromit was intended to repeat everything Wallace said, but in a doggy-styled voice, making him somewhat similar to Scooby-Doo. However, this was eventually scrapped after Nick realized that Gromit would be able to communicate everything with his body language and expressions. Thus, Gromit was rewritten to be completely silent. The lost dialogue by Hawkins cannot be found anywhere online and has not been heard by the public to this day.
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