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The Secret Hidden Meaning Of Wallace And Gromit You Missed

In spite of its charming animation style and British quirkiness, Wallace and Gromit actually has a darker hidden meaning that’s easy to miss. Aardman Animation’s 1989 short film A Grand Day Out first introduced the now-iconic characters of Wallace, a good-natured, cheese-loving inventor, and Gromit, his loyal and long-suffering beagle. Their popularity secured them a franchise consisting of four short films and one feature-length film—2005’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit—winning three Academy Awards in the process.

On the surface, Wallace and Gromit tells the story of a man and his dog as they get themselves into wacky scrapes on account of their own ambitious inventing habits. The Wallace and Gromit movies usually center around one of Wallace’s inventions malfunctioning, with Gromit more often than not coming to the rescue. The duo’s wholesome and inoffensive dynamic has helped secure them a reputation as two of the most iconic British characters of all time.

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However, Wallace and Gromit‘s movies all come with a hidden meaning: they tell the story of a class struggle. Wallace represents the privileged upper class, while Gromit represents the lower class that supports his master. Though this may seem to be a dark and particularly complex issue to explore within family-friendly short films, the idea is visited in each and every appearance of the characters, with their issues only ever being resolved when the two begin to work together.

Strangely, this draws parallels with other unrelated stories – including multiple Downton Abbey storylines – making Wallace and Gromit a far more biting social commentary than it may seem at a glance. Wallace’s inability to properly consider the consequences of his choices often causes problems for him, but it’s almost always Gromit that suffers the most. In fact, Wallace is regularly shown to be somewhat oblivious to his own ignorance, believing himself fully in control of every situation and not realizing how much he relies on Gromit (AKA the lower class).

Interestingly, Gromit is unable to speak, which evidences his role as the voiceless lower class. Though he’s regularly seen to be helping Wallace out of difficult situations, he rarely benefits in any tangible way from his suffering. However, it’s at moments when Wallace and Gromit are divided that the most issues arise, and it’s only through their mutual cooperation late in Wallace and Gromit movies that events reach their conclusion.

Wallace and Gromit‘s class struggle story doesn’t lean too strongly towards either side but instead acts as a fairly straightforward neutral examination of the societal divide. This actually helps Wallace and Gromit‘s widespread appeal, as it doesn’t come with any inherent message or agenda, but simply represents one aspect of human society. Not only does it make Wallace and Gromit‘s comedy feel more organic, but it also helps the two characters stick to an established dynamic in which they both fill a specific role.


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The Secret Hidden Meaning Of Wallace And Gromit You Missed

In spite of its charming animation style and British quirkiness, Wallace and Gromit actually has a darker hidden meaning that’s easy to miss. Aardman Animation’s 1989 short film A Grand Day Out first introduced the now-iconic characters of Wallace, a good-natured, cheese-loving inventor, and Gromit, his loyal and long-suffering beagle. Their popularity secured them a franchise consisting of four short films and one feature-length film—2005’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit—winning three Academy Awards in the process.
On the surface, Wallace and Gromit tells the story of a man and his dog as they get themselves into wacky scrapes on account of their own ambitious inventing habits. The Wallace and Gromit movies usually center around one of Wallace’s inventions malfunctioning, with Gromit more often than not coming to the rescue. The duo’s wholesome and inoffensive dynamic has helped secure them a reputation as two of the most iconic British characters of all time.
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However, Wallace and Gromit‘s movies all come with a hidden meaning: they tell the story of a class struggle. Wallace represents the privileged upper class, while Gromit represents the lower class that supports his master. Though this may seem to be a dark and particularly complex issue to explore within family-friendly short films, the idea is visited in each and every appearance of the characters, with their issues only ever being resolved when the two begin to work together.
Strangely, this draws parallels with other unrelated stories – including multiple Downton Abbey storylines – making Wallace and Gromit a far more biting social commentary than it may seem at a glance. Wallace’s inability to properly consider the consequences of his choices often causes problems for him, but it’s almost always Gromit that suffers the most. In fact, Wallace is regularly shown to be somewhat oblivious to his own ignorance, believing himself fully in control of every situation and not realizing how much he relies on Gromit (AKA the lower class).

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Interestingly, Gromit is unable to speak, which evidences his role as the voiceless lower class. Though he’s regularly seen to be helping Wallace out of difficult situations, he rarely benefits in any tangible way from his suffering. However, it’s at moments when Wallace and Gromit are divided that the most issues arise, and it’s only through their mutual cooperation late in Wallace and Gromit movies that events reach their conclusion.
Wallace and Gromit‘s class struggle story doesn’t lean too strongly towards either side but instead acts as a fairly straightforward neutral examination of the societal divide. This actually helps Wallace and Gromit‘s widespread appeal, as it doesn’t come with any inherent message or agenda, but simply represents one aspect of human society. Not only does it make Wallace and Gromit‘s comedy feel more organic, but it also helps the two characters stick to an established dynamic in which they both fill a specific role.

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