Throwback Thursday: Gromit the... Cat?

Gromit in "The Wrong Trousers"
Gromit in "The Wrong Trousers."

He’s among the most-loved animated dogs from the big screen. But what if Wallace’s pal Gromit was — gulp — a cat? Nick Park, creator of the Academy Award-winning stop motion clay animation films starring Wallace and Gromit, admitted in a recent Radio Times interview that Wallace’s companion was nearly a feline, reports BBC News.

Park said he thought Wallace, a quirky inventor, needed an assistant. "So I drew a cat called Gromit. But when I came to model the cat out of clay, I found a dog easier to make,” Park said. "Plus, I had a packet of dog's noses from a craft shop on me. So Gromit became a dog."

Since that fateful decision, Wallace and Gromit have starred in four short films including A Grand Day Out (their first, in 1989) and The Wrong Trousers, one feature-length film called The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and 10 shorts.

Park also revealed that Gromit was originally meant to be a big, buoyant personality — who talked. On the first day of shooting, though, Park discovered that Gromit was hard to move, and that he could have a big impact just by moving his eyebrows, BBC News reported.

“It gave him a personality, an inner, discerning mind,” Park said. “Suddenly he became a contrast; a child more intelligent than his father."

It’s hard to imagine Gromit as a cat, but one thing is likely: he’d probably still ignore orders from poor Wallace.

Check out a clip from The Wrong Trousers below.


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