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

"Every frame is a delight."
5 stars

If you have never experienced the sublime joys of the Wallace and Gromit clay-animated shorts, then I regret to tell you that you have not lived. What you've been doing instead, I don't know. But not living, that's for sure.

From the British minds who eventually brought us "Chicken Run," Wallace the daft inventor and his dutiful dog Gromit have appeared in three short films, two of which won Oscars (and the third was nominated). "The Wrong Trousers," in which a pair of mechanical pants fall into the hands of diabolical penguins, is a masterpiece of creativity, comedy, action and filmmaking, all in one 30-minute segment.

And now, a decade after the shorts were created, W&G finally get their own feature: "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," which is as delightful an animated romp as has come to theaters in many moons. It's a stylish send-up of black-and-white monster movies -- I dare say you'll recognize some of the camera angles and plot devices as characteristic of the genre even if you've never actually seen the old fright flicks -- as well as a buffet of subtle sight gags, raucous adventure and wicked puns not a few.

Wallace (voice of Peter Sallis) is a congenial, slightly addled, cheese-loving inventor who relies on his silent dog Gromit for far more than he realizes. Gromit has no mouth and no voice, but his eyes are hilariously expressive -- a testament to the animators, who created the film with clay models posed one frame at a time. Gromit views with indefatigable dedication the buffoonery of his master and is quick to act when things need sorting out. He is a canine Jeeves.

Wallace and Gromit's latest venture is a business called Anti-Pesto, which will remove marauding rabbits from your garden without doing the animals any harm. (They're kept in Wallace's basement for the time being, though he's not sure what he'll do when he runs out of space.) Anti-Pesto is on elevated alert at present because the town's vegetable competition is at hand, with all the villagers planning to enter something.

Alas, at this point the town is beset by a monstrous beast which rampages the gardens and eats every green thing in its path. Wallace insists he can catch it, but Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes), a squat, swaggering Gaston type -- Wallace's chief rival for the affections of the winsome Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) -- says capturing the thing is impossible. It's a were-rabbit, and it must be KILLED.

A were-rabbit, obviously, is a person who turns into a rabbit when the moon comes out, and you get one guess who it turns out to be. But no matter! What a joyous affair the whole film is! Creator Nick Park co-directs with Steve Box, and co-writes with Box, Bob Baker and Mark Burton, and all four (with their large staff of artists and designers) demonstrate a loving attention to detail and efficiency that is all but extinct in modern filmmaking. Only Pixar gets it this right, this regularly, and it makes sense: When the process is so slow and painstaking, you have more time to notice and remove the unsuccessful or extraneous elements. (The problem with most movies nowadays is they were made too fast, before anyone had a chance to think better of them.)

The film has sight gags at every turn, often involving signs and other written things. The unflappable Gromit's facial expressions are good for quite a few laughs, too, as are the antics of the captive bunnies. Oh, and the angry-mob-with-pitchforks finale, and the "King Kong" homage, and the underground chase, and the montage of W&G photos accompanying the opening credits, and -- heavens, the whole thing is just a cracking good time, so funny and clever and madly entertaining.

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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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