Movie Review – Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit

As the annual Giant Vegetable Competition approaches, it’s “veggie-mania” in Wallace & Gromit’s neighborhood. The two enterprising chums have been cashing in with their pest-control outfit, “Anti-Pesto,” which humanely dispatches the rabbits that try to invade the town’s sacred gardens. Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging “beast” begins attacking the town’s sacred vegetable plots at night.

This is a really great film, I meant to catch it on the cinema but was rather tied up when it came out so I didn’t get chance.

I’ve followed Wallace and his canine buddy since the early days when they sprung up in the UK with their short pieces about the crazy inventor and his dog (around 1993 I think).

The previous shorts were really good too:

Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers (1993)
Wallace & Gromit in A Close Shave (1995)
A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit (1989)

This is a full length feature and took an amazing FIVE YEARS to finish. Hand animated with stop-motion techniques and clay models (During the character design phase, the look of Lady Tottington changed as many as 40 times).

It’s an amazing thing to see and shows people can still innovate, the rabbits are cute and the characters show such great expressions to say they are just really lumps of clay.

Gromit and Rabbits

It’s really fun story too, with plenty of things for Adults that will fly over the heads of the kids (Look out for writing, whenever you see a label/some text/something written it’s most likely an adult joke). My favourite was the box with “May contain nuts”.

There is an allstar voice cast, a great storyline, good pace through-out and a lot of laughs.

Definately worth watching, moreso if you like British humour.

You might find the premise of a ‘Were-rabbit’ a little childish, but it’s done very well.

It’s gone straight into the IMDB top 250 at number 250 aswell, that’s quite an acheivement.

I’d give it a very enjoyable 9/10 – Watch it now!

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8 Responses to Movie Review – Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

  1. Dabido (Teflon) February 18, 2006 at 11:09 pm #

    Grommit ROCKS! I own the Wrong Trousers on video! 🙂

  2. xenomorf February 19, 2006 at 6:00 am #

    Yeah, one of the best comedy in 2005. Just couldn’t stop laughing watching it. 😀

  3. gianne February 19, 2006 at 7:12 am #

    best movie i’ve seen lately!

    3D/technology age, but this traditional claymation PWNs them all! I actually thought they did the characters in clay but the settings/surroundings are computer animated. and oh, the lighting is superb!

    my fave part is actually the bad dog’s purse ^.^

  4. Mabel February 19, 2006 at 10:15 am #

    I agree, this movie rocks! One of the best

  5. ShaolinTiger February 19, 2006 at 11:28 pm #

    Dabido: Yah that’s the one that made them famous, you should try and get the others aswell.

    gianne: It all gets a bit tired after a while, all the CG and perfect computer graphics, the claymation is a nice change and beautifully done.

  6. howsy February 20, 2006 at 10:40 am #

    In case you haven’t notice this, the film just won the best Brit film for BAFTA 2006. And Wallace was voiced by an old chap!

  7. wyejon February 20, 2006 at 11:25 am #

    Just watched yesterday! Does anyone know if the person who voiced the “bad dog” was Rowan Atkinson? Really reminds me of him even though he didn’t utter a single word 🙂

  8. IB February 21, 2006 at 5:44 pm #

    Definitely genius.

    Too bad about the Aardman warehouse burning down and all the rabbits and chickens going down in little puddles of toxic goo.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/10/aardman.fire/