Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
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Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
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
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I am sick of Hollywood rubbish like this! So, if you're a Christian, stand firm and don't buy it!
After years of short feature episodes, Wallace and Gromit finally have their full-feature chance. A seventy-five minutes long episode. Them during a September week as their county is preparing for a yearly vegetable contest which their Ladyship, Lady Tottington, organizes every year on her propriety. A competition that stresses and brings out mayhem for the chief police of the region. For the villagers, the chance to prove to everyone who has the best crops. And with rodents around, only Wallace and Gromit, with their latest Anti-Pesto pest control services, can make sure no rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, and other animals shall endanger people's chances to win. Although this year, another form of creature has started to appear. One that only the full moon can awake.
With the voice performances of Peter Sallis as Wallace, Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Tottington, and Ralph Fiennes as Victor Quartermaine, who's the Ladyship's fiancee and main antagonist of the story, "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" offers a stellar and wonderful cast of voice actors. With the proper personality and voice tones for their roles, each offers the right empathy, sympathy, or scorn their characters deserve. Emotions that also go along for the villagers, who we get to meet for the first time. Acknowledging some of their selfish nature as that vegetable competition makes them lose common sense. As for Gromit, whom the creators have kept mute instead of pulling a "Tom-and-Jerry" stunt which would have killed the character, he still holds the same charm, common sense, wit, and courage from his short feature films.
As for the movie, the movie absolutely does not drag. Its rhythm hops along nicely and offers quite a few wisecracking jokes and irony in its design, visual puns, and audio ones like a popular theme song from Art Garfunkel. Although Nick Park later stated that DreamWorks's suggestions were more obstructive than collaborative as they intruded with the show's humor and visual design (ex: Attempting to give Wallace a trendy car. As if that would make the movie more profitable!?). In the end, it was this conflicting atmosphere that broke their partnership. Nevertheless, Aardman managed to stick to their side and gave the same strong sense of humour and writing quality they've given to their movies.
In its animation, the clay work is stunning. Different character designs, fluid animation, everyone and everything '— especially rabbits — ' offers convincing body movements and clear facial expressions. As for the production design, I have to say the vegetables in that movie are stunning. So much that you'd think they're real and that you'd wish you could eat those crops. Again kudos for the crew on that movie which deserves its Oscar for Best Animated feature. At a time when they lost much valuable content to a fire just as the movie came out at the cinema.
For its Audio, I have to say the Dolby 5.1 sound on the British DVD edition (Region 2) offers a better beat rather than in the American copy (Region 1). As to how and why this difference between the two versions, I don,t know. But personally, I prefer the British's sound version to the movie as it offers the proper terms the American one was lacking (ex: marrow instead of melon). Even better, the Region 2 DVD has all the Cracking Contraptions episodes. A series of short misadventures Wallace and Gromit have with some of their inventions. Where in one episode, a special character even makes an appearance. And there are also deleted scenes, making of, and a commentary with the makers of this wonderful animated film.
Who, along with its characters, deserve all the worldwide praise they got since "A Grand Day Out" and many other productions (ex: Peter Gabriel's SledgeHammer, Babylon, etc.)
Wallace and Gromit, no longer working as window washers, are now providing humane pest control services with Anti-Pesto. This zany escapade brings them into contact with the delightfully daft Lady Tottington, who holds an annual fruit and vegetable competition for the town. Wallace and Gromit are called in to rid her yard of a bunny problem. There they meet the arrogant, vain and heartless hunter, Victor Quartermaine who is vying for Lady Tottington's hand in marriage. After successfully catching all the "bounders" and safely transporting them home, Wallace develops a startling idea. He decides to use a device that he designed to remove his desire for cheese on the bunnies. If he could brainwash the bunnies into not wanting "veg", then the competition can go on. But as always is the case when Wallace has an idea, things don't go at all as planned. Soon there are sightings of a monstrous rabbit that is devouring the town's produce and Wallace may be to blame for the beast's creation. Has he mutated the innocent bunny he tried to cure of its vegetable cravings? After numerous failed attempts to find and stop the were-rabbit, Victor is hired to hunt the were-rabbit down and kill him. Only clever Gromit stands in his way.
Once again the delightful characters created by Nick Park have won the hearts of audiences and critics across the globe. Like The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was showered with awards and hailed for its originality.
The DVD includes a commentary track, games and activities, three of the Cracking Contraptions mini-shorts, and deleted scenes with optional commentary. It also includes the featurette How Wallace & Gromit Went to Hollywood, a behind the scenes featurette, A Day in the Life at Aardman featurette, How to Build a Bunny featurette, the short film Stage Fright, and much more.
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