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Overall Rating
4.57

Awesome69.39%
Worth A Look: 23.47%
Average: 4.08%
Pretty Bad: 1.02%
Total Crap: 2.04%

10 reviews, 38 user ratings


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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
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by U.J. Lessing

"Cheese, Simplicity and lots of Vegetable Carnage"
4 stars

The Wallace and Gromit mini-franchise exists in an essentially evil genre. Most “family movies” are poorly made flotsam and jetsam that may keep children occupied but leave dribbling parents applying pressure to their throbbing heads and cramming aspirin down their gullets.

As any parent will attest, it’s easy to create a ‘talkie’ that entertains children. All it takes is a few colorful morphic figurines dancing before a Neapolitan backdrop. Plop any 1st grader in front of cheaply made crap like “Higglytown Heroes” or “Dragon Tales” and watch what happens. Bear in mind, you do run the risk of that child contracting Spontaneous Attention Deficit Disorder.

Successful children’s movies need to simultaneously entertain adults, provide parents with a feeling they’ve exposed their children to something wholesome, and keep little ones focused, non-traumatized and happy for a bit more than an hour.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit succeeds on all counts. In an age where a new Air Bud movie is produced every 72 hours, it’s refreshing to see a film so carefully crafted and lovingly brought to the screen.

Five years in the making, the film follows a sweet but daft British inventor (Peter Sallas) and his silent but sage dog, made famous in previous shorts. This time the duo attempt to discover who or what is decimating all the vegetables in town. Along the way, they encounter the kind animal lover, Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) and the vile hunter, Victor Quartermaine. (Ralph Fiennes)

Every drop of clay is lovingly pressed together to create a charming, perilous and exciting world, and while the film is thrilling and suspenseful, it never resorts to cheap tricks or over-the-top villains.

Unlike Pixar, which creates a separate layer in their films for parents to appreciate, Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit allows children and adults to come together and enjoy the same elements.

We live in a time where most children’s movies are downright hazardous to adults. Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 guided many young parents to opium, and exposure to Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie left me emotionally distressed and permanently numb on the left side of my face.

So thank goodness there are still people out there who value content over volume. Thank goodness there are kids’ films that allow parents and children to laugh together. Thank goodness for Wallace and Gromit!

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originally posted: 10/09/05 08:34:28
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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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  05-Oct-2005 (G)
  DVD: 07-Feb-2006

UK
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Australia
  15-Sep-2005


Directed by
  Steve Box
  Nick Park

Written by
  Bob Baker
  Steve Box
  Nick Park

Cast
  Peter Sallis
  Helena Bonham Carter
  Ralph Fiennes
  Peter Kay
  John Thomson



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