This page is dedicated to something in Wallace & Gromit lore that most people overlook. Gromit speaking! Well, sort of. As you can see from the piccie above, Gromit has no mouth. So, how does he speak? Well, Gromit's speech in the few instances I've found are nothing more than a bark, and on all three occasions, we do not actually see Gromit's face when it happens. On this page, I will include piccies of the instances where it happens. If you know of any Gromit speech that I've overlooked, please let me know!
Gromit also makes some other noises,
but since they're not speech (well, Dog speech), I didn't include them. An
example would be in the first sequence in A Grand Day Out, Wallace is
looking through holiday booklets, and Gromit is dozing off. Gromit both snores
and snorts (when he's awoken suddenly)
Gromit Speaks #1 - A Grand Day Out
In this sequence from A Grand Day Out, Gromit takes the drill to a piece of wood to help Wallace build their spaceship to the moon ("Everyone knows the moon is made of Cheese!"). Unfortunately, the drill bit gets stuck, and Gromit reverses the direction of the drill, which is a bad move, because he is then flung around in circles, eventually being thrown off the drill. When Gromit is thrown, he barks.
Gromit Speaks #2 & #3 - The Wrong Trousers
When Wallace introduces Gromit to the Techno Trousers (Ex-NASA), he programs the Trousers for 20 minutes of walkies. When the Techno Trousers take off, they drag Gromit with them who wasn't quite ready for the hike. When Gromit is yanked away, he barks.
After another viewing, I've noticed
that Gromit is yanked a second time as he's being yanked here by the Trousers.
Gromit also barks the second time, but he's virtually out of the shot by that
Gromit Speaks #4 & #5? - The Wrong Trousers
Gromit, not taking well to being walked by the
Trousers, replaces himself on the leash with a stuffed dog on a red cart, while
he cavorts in a playground. When the Trousers return home, Gromit sits on the
cart, and is pulled home. Upon his return home, Gromit looks at a sign in the
window that Wallace had placed there. When the cart reaches the stairs, it can't
go any further, and Gromit is yanked into the house because he's not paying
attention, and is still looking at the sign. When Gromit is yanked, he barks.
There may be another one in The Wrong
Trousers, but I'm not sure. In the bit where Gromit goes down the bed/chute into
the dining room, Gromit may have barked right when the bed starts going up.
However, if he did, it's mixed in with the sound of the bed moving up, so I'm
not entirely sure if he does or not.
Gromit Speaks #6 - A Close Shave
The only instance of Gromit barking in A Close Shave
that I could find is shortly after this picture. As you can see here, Preston
pulls on Gromit's bungee, and causes Gromit to fly up and down on the bungee out
of control. As a result, Gromit bounces up and down on the bungee a few times
and when he hits the bottom of the bounce, he barks (twice).
If you want to learn more about Wallace & Gromit, please visit the official Wallace & Gromit site at http://www.wallaceandgromit.com. Check it out, it's really great! In fact, his page kept me from doing my own W&G site. I was going to do what he's already done, so I went for this "niche" page for W&G.
Thanks to Klaus Bub's '62 West
Wallaby St. site for the picture used in Gromit Speaks #6 above. The rest of
the pictures I scanned myself using the Snappy
Capture Device (which is no longer available).
Wallace & Gromit: The DVD
Available in the United States in is a Wallace & Gromit DVD. Finally, all of them in one place. Here's a listing of what is on the DVD:
All of this (and more) is available on one (Region 1) DVD. If you're a Wallace & Gromit fan, and own a DVD player, you should check this out. You can place an order through my site with Amazon.com for this title. It's extremely well worth it. You can order it here, or by clicking on the DVD cover art shown here.
If you don't have a DVD player, there is a VHS edition of this package, but it simply is the three short videos - none of the extras are on the VHS version. That version can be ordered here.
is the number
of people who have cared about Gromit speaking so far.
Page created and maintained by Joe Siegler. Page was last Updated November 3, 2000.