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Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Peter Sallis , Helena Bonham Carter , Nick Park , Steve Box  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay, Nicholas Smith
  • Directors: Nick Park, Steve Box
  • Writers: Nick Park, Steve Box, Bob Baker, Mark Burton
  • Producers: Carla Shelley, Cecil Kramer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B83YWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A decade after their last hilarious short, the Oscar-winning A Close Shave, Claymation wonders Wallace and Gromit return for a full-length adventure. Daffy scientist Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and his heroic dog Gromit are doing well with their business, Anti-Pesto, a varmint-hunting outfit designed to keep their English town safe from rabbits chomping on prized vegetables. Wallace meets Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter), who appreciates Wallace's humane way of dealing with rabbits (courtesy of the Bun-Vac 6000), and sets up a rivalry with the gun-toting Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes, enjoying himself more than ever). Creator Nick Park, with co-director/writer Steve Box, delivers a story worthy of the 85-minute running time, although it stretches the act a bit; the formula plays better shorter, but the literally hand-crafted film is a joy to watch. Taking a chapter from classic horror films, a giant were-rabbit is soon on the prowl, and the town is up in arms, what with the annual vegetable contest close at hand. (Anyone who's seen the previous three shorts knows who saves the day.) Never content to do something simply when the extravagant will do, W&G's lives are filled with whimsical Rude Goldberg-style devices, and the opening number showcasing their alarm system is pure Aardman Animation at its finest. Even though there's a new twist here--a few mild sight gags aimed at adults--this G-rated film will delight young and old alike as Park, like team Pixar, seems incapable of making anything but an outstanding film. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, timeless and innocent...but packed with great wit. October 14, 2005
By A. Ryan
When else have I ever been able to write a review where both the words "clever" and "adorable" fit together?

From my perspective as a parent: I just took three boys, ages 3, 7 and 8, to see Wallace and Grommit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. They all had a great time with it, laughed often and were completely absorbed by the story. There was not one scary or inappropriate thing in this movie for kids. Thumbs up!

From my perspective as an adult: Hilarious, clever, silly, and somehow adorable all at once, just what one would expect from a W&G film but even better, if that's possible. If you haven't been introduced to Nick Park's creations Wallace and Grommit (an uber-inventor and window washer by trade, with his all-too-human dog) before, I urge you to look up the other short movies on Dvd as soon as possible and spend the next few evenings with them. I promise you that you will be surprised and delighted with the quirky Aardman universe, the sly parodies of cinematic clichés, and the perfect attention to little details that went into creating the claymation sets and figures. This is surely the pinnacle of its art form, and a lot of fun for "kids of all ages" to boot.

This new movie, Curse of the Were-Rabbit, continues in the world of W&G, but with a new twist; the pair are now in the business of pest control with the very unique humane policy; they cannot dispose of the marauding garden pests that they capture in the usual manner because Wallace is too soft-hearted, so instead they keep them in cages at their home. Of course this has become a growing problem since the business took off and has been very brisk lately...until Wallace hatches an ingenious plan to change the very nature of rabbitiness, from ravenous vegetable-munchers into...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
First, for the fans: this is not going to disappoint those who fell in love with the off-kilter humor and brilliant animation of the original three short films in the Wallace and Gromit series. It is every bit as clever and inventive, does not pander to its audience, does not lose anything in coming to the big screen. Far from it, this is the best of the bunch, that starts off well and continues to build comedic momentum as the story continues. The grand scale of widescreen 35mm film allows the animators to push their inventiveness to new heights: the world they create seems every bit as detailed and real (even though obviously its own kind of real) -- maybe even more so -- as almost any "live action" film I have seen.

Second, for the rest of you who have never heard of Wallace & Gromit, or who find uninteresting the idea of a daft middle class Brit who is, inexplicably, a remarkable inventor, and his even more clever but silent dog, you will still find yourself rolling in the aisles and smiling in spite of yourself at the wonderfully witty humor and the clever satire, and silly innuendoes of this film. For overall enjoyment, this film can be compared with Shrek -- though I found myself laughing even harder and smiling even wider at this one. Remarkably, though they are made of clay, the characters in this film seem to exhibit more character than the CGI animated creatures of Shrek (and certainly more feeling than most of the films you'll see at the local multiplex anyhow). My wife, who was not very interested in seeing this film - and had only seen parts of "The Wrong Trousers" -- and had to be dragged along with me and my children ages 5 to 9, was laughing as loud or louder than anyone else in the theater and absolutely loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallace and Gromit's Newest Adventure October 14, 2005
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If you are looking for a family friendly film that will amuse both toddler and adult, you need look no further than Nick Parks' latest clay animation entry "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit starring Wallace and Gromit." For the uninitiated, Wallace (the voice of Peter Sallis) is a sweet-natured and eccentric, cheese-loving inventor of Rube Goldberg contraptions of dubious merit and Gromit is his silent, trusty canine who functions more as a side-kick than a pet. When we first join them, the intrepid duo are running the cottage business of "Anti-Pesto," a neighborhood varmint removal service, specializing in the humane disposal of pesky vegetable-consuming rabbits. The annual Vegetable Competition is just around the corner and Anti-Pesto's clients are panic-stricken that their potential prize-winning beauties are at risk.

When summoned by Lady Tottington (the voice of Helena Bonham Carter), the hostess of the annual competition, to her ancestral home to humanely handle her rabbit infestation problem ("It is after all in their bunny natures"), Wallace is both flattered and dazzled. Employing his patented Bun-Vac 6000, Wallace basically Hoovers the rabbits up into a glass containment chamber where the bunnies are suspended floating in a delightful mid-air freefall. By earning the gratitude of Lady Tottington, Wallace incurs the jealous wrath of Victor Quartermaine. Ralph Fiennes oozes wonderfully smarmy disdain as the voice of the upper-class twit, Quartermaine, the trigger-happy rival for the attentions of Lady Tottington.

The film spoofs the 1930's Universal horror films with a "science gone horribly wrong" theme, when Wallace attempts to reprogram the rabbits using "the Mind-manipulation-o-matic," a choice which has consequences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I would like it if I had received it
Unfortunately the shipper did not take into consideration the fact the customs rules & regulations between the UK and U.S.A therefore I will not be ordering from them again. Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by Cutter Demarest
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny again
Just like it's a similar kind of style, but that dosn't make it bad. It makes it very very funny. The animation as and the story is funny and probably the best doulbe act of the... Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by Ben Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't watched it yet
I bought this as a birthday present for a friend--I don't watch movies myself. Sorry. She loved it when she saw it at a movie theater and wanted to see it again
Published on August 12, 2008 by Madeline A. Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Delight!!
I'm a thirty-something and I've watched this movie over and over, and I laugh every time! It's an absolutely joy! Read more
Published on March 7, 2007 by Movie Maven
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply a good movie
The magic of claymation is back again with a new adventure from a trusty dog (Gromit) and the intrepid inventor with a penchant for cheese (Wallace)! Read more
Published on December 28, 2005 by Jeffrey Leeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback to Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Movies.
Ever since watching the Wallace and Gromit short picture, "The Wrong Trousers" not long after it had won an Academy Award, I became a fan of this charming British duo. Read more
Published on December 9, 2005 by tvtv3
4.0 out of 5 stars Wallace and Gromit stretch out on the big screen (3.5 stars)
Prior to this film's opening, I always wondered why Wallace and Gromit weren't HUGE in America.

Yeah, sure, they're pretty Brit, but then again so is Harry Potter and... Read more
Published on December 6, 2005 by Clare Quilty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joys of The Homegrown Product
This was released in our local cinemas to coincide with'Wonka's Chocolate Factory', and the distance between their modes and their appeal was keenly felt. Read more
Published on December 2, 2005 by R. J MOSS
5.0 out of 5 stars W&G conquer the world!
Wallace and Gromit are back, in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and it was worth the wait.

For those not familiar with the Wallace and Gromit franchise, it's a set of... Read more
Published on November 24, 2005 by Richard W Little
5.0 out of 5 stars I love cheese and crackers Grommit.
Wallace and his trusty dog Grommit Catch rabbits from eating the residents dear garden and when Wallace tries to make the rabbits not like vegtable food but the invention breaks... Read more
Published on November 18, 2005 by creature king
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