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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
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by Erik Childress

"Three Times The Shorts, Half As Brilliant – Still Equals A Fun Time"
4 stars

Remember when Saturday mornings was the only real timeframe associated with cartoons? Nowadays with more cable stations and even greater technology making animation easier to create than ever, almost every hour of the day there’s an animated program on television or an impending one at the box office. There are so many beloved children’s characters on Nickelodeon and just as many adult ones on Fox and the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim that we’ll likely be seeing a feature film for probably two-thirds of them. I can certainly wait for any Teletubbies flick on the horizon that I won’t be seeing, but we’ve waited long enough for Nick Park’s full-length Wallace and Gromit feature and fans surely will not be disappointed.

Those uninitiated into the claymation world of Wallace and Gromit have some DVD renting to do. It consisted of three animated shorts by Park; all of which nominated for Oscars and two of them (The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave) taking home the Comforts (which later become a TV series in the UK.) Wallace is the cheese-lovin’ and occasionally aloof inventor, kind of a cross between Phileas Fogg and Hoyt Axton in Gremlins. Gromit, much like Inspector Gadget’s dog, Brain, is the loyal, silent partner always getting him out of scrapes.

In their big screen adventure, Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and Gromit are now exterminators, on call faster than you can say 9-1-1. Only they don’t really exterminate, but gather up the vegetable-grabbin’ rabbits and keep them well-fed in their personal Batcave. Wallace’s latest invention attempts to tap into the brainwaves of the lepus and wash out those pesky personal cravings in favor of a better diet. It’s maiden experiment leaves a side effect though and soon there’s an giant, escaped rabbit ravaging the town’s veggie supply on the eve of the annual Giant Vegetable Competition. With the dastardly Victor Quatermaine (Ralph Fiennes) insisting a few good buckshots will dispense of the problem, Wallace and Gromit leap into action to save the town and its produce.

Park was also responsible for 2000’s brilliant Chicken Run, which it took its inspiration from The Great Escape and featured several amazing action set pieces (most memorably, an escape from a pot pie machine). Park now has fun with both the classic monster films (King Kongis wonderfully inferenced) and literal and figurative dogfights involving Gromit and his trusty red plane. I was a bit surprised to see a considerable amount of adult humor on display. The voluptuous Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) invites Wallace to visit her “secret garden” and engages in such entendre-laced conversation that is quite funny but which seems out-of-place with how lovingly innocent the rest of the material is.

With light competition in the animated field this year (Robots, Madagascar, Valiant), Park could be looking at yet another Oscar nomination. Pretty impressive considering nearly every one of his works has been in the running. (Chicken Run was made just one year before the Academy instituted its Animated Feature category.) Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle remains the best of the lot, but Wallace and Gromit has more in the tank beyond its revered antique animation than Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. But like Burton’s latest, W&G suffers from a case of longtooth, stretching itself out a bit too long as it felt more comfortable in the skin of a mere short. The original three shorts put together come out to roughly the same running time and provides more smiles and big laughs without ever wearing out its welcome in just one sitting. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is certainly not to be ignored though as it delivers all the staples and pleasures of Park’s world , including the precious selflessness that Gromit exudes for his master. Man’s best friend indeed with more heart in their clay exteriors than a hundred live-action productions – long or short.

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User Comments

3/18/14 Abfjnvhw Whatever china the reason is that the international background of such cross-border deals., 5 stars
2/13/14 SqSmFYrmhgSIxa sverige.txt;1 3 stars
8/19/09 daria vjHGft Gra7noI59Unral92Bb7wf 4 stars
3/22/08 Pamela White Wallace and Gromit are sooo cute 4 stars
1/16/08 ben dover great stevo needs to die in his own shit 5 stars
4/17/07 Stevo UK Complete Bollocks. the shorts were good, but this just takes the piss. 1 stars
3/21/07 man strictly for the kids 1 stars
1/10/07 Phil M. Aficionado Cute, but not engaging. After 40 minutes, zapped it. Maybe I'd like the shorts better, huh? 3 stars
10/19/06 David Pollastrini the shorts were better 3 stars
9/02/06 Chad Thomas Cute and clever movie! 4 stars
5/20/06 Kcaj Good but lacking the X Factor 4 stars
5/12/06 mr.seraph wallace and gromit... always good, this movies no exception 5 stars
4/12/06 gfh not bad at ll 3 stars
4/02/06 mary clare this movie is full of crap.the guy that likes the rich gal is ugly and he is a horror. 2 stars
3/29/06 mike very good animated flick! 5 stars
3/18/06 Quigley I knew it'd be funny, but not hilarious! it was very clever, too. don't miss it 5 stars
3/12/06 Shaun Wallner Very Funny Movie My duagter loves it 4 stars
2/24/06 Eden Agree with Daveman, its good but just not as eccentric as the shorts were 4 stars
2/21/06 Annie G We laughed and laughed. Differently the winning animation movie of the year. 5 stars
2/19/06 the laughing man Witty, Fun, and Brilliant 5 stars
11/22/05 Sir Spam-a-lot corpse what? 5 stars
11/08/05 Littlepurch AMAZING! W&G rule! And it SO doesn't sag in the middle like some people have said! 5 stars
11/01/05 PAG Quite funny. 4 stars
10/28/05 Daveman Excellent but less eccentric and more formulaic than the shorts which is a dire shame. 4 stars
10/27/05 hayley nicholas this film is top class!'i think there about to go up in the world ;)' i luved it! 5 stars
10/25/05 drfardook just flat out entertaining. a rarity these days. 5 stars
10/24/05 Paul Stubbs It`s a cracker! (with cheese of course) 5 stars
10/17/05 Vicky Film was fabby, I want my home to be a sanctuary for all things fluffy too! 5 stars
10/16/05 bob was funny, loved it, best i've seen lately 5 stars
10/14/05 KingNeutron Occasionally veers off into the Wildly Improbable. ;-) 4 stars
10/14/05 Ole Man Bourbon Cute 4 stars
10/13/05 d charming! 5 stars
10/09/05 Philip Buckley-Mellor You'd have to be dead to not love this film 5 stars
10/09/05 Jonathon Holmes great fun, but not as good as "Howl's Moving Castle" 4 stars
10/08/05 Jim The Movie Freak I liked the rabbits 5 stars
10/08/05 bullit16 Wonderful for kids AND adults. Flat-out brilliant 5 stars
10/01/05 Green Gremlin Beats the hell out of "Robots"...can't wait for the sequel !!! 5 stars
9/20/05 Rever_Bear-Trap AWESOME, JUST PURE & ENTERTAINING FUN... Better than any CGI animated flicks! 5 stars
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  05-Oct-2005 (G)
  DVD: 07-Feb-2006



Directed by
  Steve Box
  Nick Park

Written by
  Bob Baker
  Steve Box
  Nick Park

  Peter Sallis
  Helena Bonham Carter
  Ralph Fiennes
  Peter Kay
  John Thomson

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