Growing up in Bristol, UK (the birthplace of Wallace & Gromit) I was always a big fan of the series. I have fond memories of watching A Grand Day Out when I was a small kid. So naturally, any time I hear about the show, my inner child gets a little bit excited.
As I was browsing Reddit one morning, I came across a sub-reddit called /r/gromitmug. To my surprise, I realized that this was in fact a large community of fans dedicated to collecting the mug of Gromit. Not only that but the community is actively sharing pictures, videos, 3d renders, art and so much more. Who ever thought the intelligent dog who always watches over Wallace is now an online cultural meme with his own community following, amazing!
I mean there’s just about everything on there. From videos of his mug floating on a boat in a pond, to 3D renders in Minecraft. It’s truly a laugh when you come across this subreddit. This one also caused quite a laugh and many ensuing memes about Gromit’s mug, of a mug, on a mug, thus the mug, mug, mug.
Where did the Gromit mug come from?
In 2005 the movie Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit came out to the delight of many excited fans. As part of their film promotion, PG Tips had released a Gromit Thermo-Nose Mug as a promo with their 160 packs of tea bags.
These ceramic mugs became very desirable for fans. When Gromit's mug is filled with coffee or tea, his nose turns bright red. On October 12th, 2005, supermarkets in the UK released limited edition special packs. As a result, they were snapped up very quickly, and many of them ended up on eBay for collectors to scoop up.
Where you can buy your own Gromit mug
If you want to join in on the fun (and into the community), we suggest following the subreddit and here’s a couple places where you can find your very own Gromit mug.
The (closest to original) Gromit mug
This is closest to the original one release back in 2005 and is officially licensed. However we don't think his nose becomes red unfortunately.
The meme Gromit mug, on a mug...
This is the one that went viral on Reddit.
The gold Gromit mug
A more flashy variation of the original mug, it looks pretty slick. We wish they also had a plain ceramic version to let customers paint their own. Fingers crossed.
Some fun facts about Gromit:
- Gromit's performance on film is created by about 30 animators. Every aspect of his movements is painstakingly animated by these skilled animators. Animating Gromit's paws is the most challenging part.
- Holland named a cheese brand after Gromit because he is so popular there. Only in the Netherlands can you purchase 'Gromit Gouda', which is usually served with special Dutch mustard.
- A robot named Gromit (after him) has been launched into space. NASA sent it to Mars in 2005 to explore the planet.
- Around 43 different Gromit models were used in the first Wallace & Gromit film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
To learn more fun facts you can check out the official website here.
What kind of Gromit mugs are there?
It depends if you want to go full meme or closer to the original PG Tips version. If you want the PG Tips version, you can find something similar on Amazon and there’s 2 options to choose from: A gold one and a regular colored one both with Gromit’s head. You can also fine a version of Wallace:
Frequently Asked Questions
What films have Wallace & Gromit starred in?
In total there's five main films they've release with a new one slated to release in 2024. To date these are the films: A Grand Day Out (1989), The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008), and finally the Untitled Wallace & Gromit film (2024).
When did Wallace & Gromit begin?
The series is produced by an animation studio called Aardman Animations (originally founded in 1972) and they're based out of Bristol which creates both stop motion and clay animations. As of 2020 their studio have gone on to earn over a whopping $1.1 billion dollars worldwide, with an average of $134 million dollars per film. We like to think they knocked it out of the park back in 1989 with their first Wallace & Gromit film and have created amazing animations ever since.
Who are Wallace & Gromit?
Maybe you stumbled across this article and not sure what exactly Wallace & Gromit are? They're a British stop-motion animation comedy duo known for appearing in short films, feature films, and television shows. The concept for the characters was original designed and filmed back in 1989 to which their first film (A Grand Day Out) had received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. They ended up losing to Creature Comforts, but I also remember how good that was, a worthy contender.The story revolves around Wallace, a cheese-loving inventor, and Gromit, his silent but intelligent dog. In addition to getting into random adventures and uncovering sinister plots, the pair have embarked on a number of adventures together.