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Gromit Hebertson (born February 12) (usually nicknamed "Lad" by Wallace) 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 brains behind the duo; and 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, kind-hearted but more aware and less eccentric than Wallace. He is very intelligent (making him the brains of the duo, as mentioned) 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 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.
- Originally, Gromit was meant to speak and would have been voiced by Kevin Kline until it was decided that he should be silent.
- 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 solves puzzles with ease.