"Mind boggling craftsmanship in this fantastic family adventure"
It has been 10 years since Wallace & Gromit last appeared in the animated short A Close Shave. For their new outing Aardman Studios has teamed up with DreamWorks to produce their first feature length movie and it has been well worth the wait. Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a funny, clever and highly entertaining family adventure.For those new to the duo, Wallace is a cheese loving inventor of extraordinary contraptions and Gromit is his faithful and street-wise dog. Despite Wallace’s inventive cleverness, he is quite the halfwit and without Gromit around to save him from bad decisions, he would have perished long ago.
In Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the duo have started a business venture called Anti-Pesto – a humane pest control service cherished by the local vegetable growing community for protecting their gardens, particularly during the lead up to the annual Giant Vegetable Competition at Tottington Manor.
All is fine until a monster sized rabbit starts terrorising the local veggie patches and leaving Anti-Pesto’s reputation in tatters. To complicate matters further Wallace has fallen for Lady Tottington (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter) after impressing her with his humane pest control techniques. This infuriates jealous Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes) whose only solution to anything seems to involve a gun.
Nick Park uses old-style stop motion clay animation which, on a good day, he’ll get a few seconds of screen time completed. The effort involved in making an 85 minute film using this technique is mind boggling. Part of the charm of Curse of the Were-Rabbit is that you can actually see fingerprints on the characters which, rather than distract from the film, serves as a subtle reminder of the outstanding craftsmanship involved in this project. This handmade factor also gives the characters a warmth that computer animated films can only dream of – the charisma of Gromit, who cannot even speak, is proof of this.
The script is clever and very funny with plenty of appeal in its content for both adults and children. It is also a well-paced movie that never outstays its welcome as it builds to a satisfying and exciting finale.There is something in Curse of the Were-Rabbit for all ages and is easily the best family film to hit the big screen this year.