"A Grand Day Out" is a grand masterpiece of stop motion animation and a lot more than just inspiration for Coldplay's "Talk" music video. It takes silly premise and blends it with sci-fi and old school elegance that is successfully engaging, funny, sad and above all charming. It's also superior to its sequels and for some reason, it holds a spirit that reminds you of your grandparents. A must see for every cinephile
Lacking the comparative scope & ambition of Park's subsequent work, Grand Day Out nonetheless sets an engaging template for the adventures of its titular duo. While the narrative is straight-forward to the point of being slight, it's possible that this instalment pulls closer to the influence of silent cinema (specifically Chaplin) than his later debts to Ealing Studios; creating a purely visual narrative experience.
The machine on the moon is one of Park's strangest and most delightful creations. He has a knack at conveying really potent (though perhaps simplistic) emotions with very little visual stimulus. So for example, the machine has no eyes or facial features, but we instantly fall in love when we see his dream of skiing. Wall-E needed giant, moist eyes to endear himself to the audience.