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

"Plasticine. It's not just for kids."
5 stars

It would be foolish to deny just what an impact the constantly evolving world of CGI has had on cinema over the last ten years. After all, imagine a world without the Pixar studio and its conveyor belt of delights every year or two. Or try to imagine The Lord of the Rings trilogy without Peter Jackson's jaw-dropping use of special effects to conjure up entire armys of ghosts and orcs. But having said that, there should always be a place for traditional, clay animation in our hearts. Think of the original King Kong rampaging through New York, or Jason and his argonauts battling against walking, swordfighting skeletons. They're as gloriously inventive and dazzling as anything knocked up on a pc in deepest Hollywood. And you can add to that list the new Wallace and Gromit movie, that proves there's perhaps nothing as charming as animation where you can literally see the thumbprints of the creators on the characters.

Wallace is a handyman and inventor living happily in Tottington with his dog/butler/best friend, Gromit. Wallace's latest get-rich scheme is to create Anti-pesto, a safe and humane way of stopping local rabbits devastate Tottington's vegetable crops. But with a huge vegetable competition about to be unveiled, Wallace tries another way of stopping the hungry rabbits, but unfortunately lets something bigger and hungrier off the leash: the were-rabbit, whose appetite knows no bounds. So not only do Wallace and Gromit have that to stop, the vegetable competition to save, but Wallace finds himself in competition with arrogant nobleman Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes) for the heart of Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham-Carter).

Aardman studio's first foray into full-length animation was with the brilliantly entertaining 'Chicken Run', suggesting that they perhaps thought that Wallace and Gromit belonged safely on the small screen, not the big. 'Curse of the Were-Rabbit' however, proves that school of thought completely and utterly wrong. It fully deserves its place alongside the best of full-length animation and utterly eclipses any CGI offering we've had so far this year. You can keep the photo-realistic bangs and whistles of 'The Polar Express' because this is animation at its most dazzling and imaginative.

Directors Nick Park and Steven Box have a keen cinematic eye and also work with a script that's just bursting with wit, and jokes for both young ones and those simply young at heart. There's cinematic in-jokes that flash by without beating you over the head with them, great puns and terrific jokes running throughout. The night-time scenes of the were-rabbit creeping about drip with an atmosphere that cries out "Hammer Horror!" without making it too scary, and the film simply flies by with barely a sag in the story.

And having created an astounding pie-machine sequence in 'Chicken Run', the ante is upped here, with a climax that involves a literal dog-fight in the air, the were-rabbit fleeing for its life and a fairground descending into utter chaos. It's a dizzying spectacle, genius in its conception and when you consider just how painfully slow it would take to create such a sequence, the love for the film by its creators is astonishing.

But there's so much more to talk about! There's an earlier pursuit of the were-rabbit by Gromit, the scene where the were-rabbit changes into itself that shows a deep love of the universal horror films of the 1940's, some of the best silent gags you'll ever see...it's a sheer delight throughout.

Peter Sallis voices Wallace to simple perfection, Fiennes and Bonham-Carter are terrific fun, but with Gromit we're talking about a creation that simply has to go down alongside Bugs Bunny, Woody and Buzz, and Roger Rabbit as one of the finest animated characters ever seen. Silent throughout, the animation of Gromit is exceptional as he conveys fear, suspicion, exasperation and worry simply through the smallest movement of his eyes and the most subtle of facial expressions. Hell, he'll even be forcing a lump in your throat and severely watering your tear-ducts by the end. And that's a mighty impressive achievement when you consider we're talking about an exquisitely moulded blob of clay.

Throughout the film I had a small child behind me who kept kicking my chair. Then his father's mobile phone went off right at the climax of the film. A bunch of teenagers were trying to sort out their social lives at the front of the screen. Yet, despite all these irritations that would normally make me snap, I left 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' with a grin a mile wide and a spring in my step. I couldn't remember the last time a film left me so thoroughly satisfied and entertained. I can't remember any animated film being done with so much obvious love and affection. Surely securing themselves a place forever in animation history, Wallace, the never-say-die hero; and Gromit, his endlessly loyal companion, prove that just like Wensleydale cheese, they really are the best of British.

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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
8/18/09 daria vjHGft Gra7noI59Unral92Bb7wf 4 stars
3/21/08 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
3/20/07 man strictly for the kids 1 stars
1/09/07 Phil M. Aficionado Cute, but not engaging. After 40 minutes, zapped it. Maybe I'd like the shorts better, huh? 3 stars
10/18/06 David Pollastrini the shorts were better 3 stars
9/01/06 Chad Thomas Cute and clever movie! 4 stars
5/19/06 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
4/01/06 mary clare this movie is full of crap.the guy that likes the rich gal is ugly and he is a horror. 2 stars
3/28/06 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
3/11/06 Shaun Wallner Very Funny Movie My duagter loves it 4 stars
2/23/06 Eden Agree with Daveman, its good but just not as eccentric as the shorts were 4 stars
2/20/06 Annie G We laughed and laughed. Differently the winning animation movie of the year. 5 stars
2/18/06 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
10/31/05 PAG Quite funny. 4 stars
10/27/05 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
10/24/05 drfardook just flat out entertaining. a rarity these days. 5 stars
10/23/05 Paul Stubbs It`s a cracker! (with cheese of course) 5 stars
10/16/05 Vicky Film was fabby, I want my home to be a sanctuary for all things fluffy too! 5 stars
10/15/05 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
10/13/05 Ole Man Bourbon Cute 4 stars
10/12/05 d charming! 5 stars
10/08/05 Philip Buckley-Mellor You'd have to be dead to not love this film 5 stars
10/08/05 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
9/30/05 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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  05-Oct-2005 (G)
  DVD: 07-Feb-2006

UK
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Australia
  15-Sep-2005


Directed by
  Steve Box
  Nick Park

Written by
  Bob Baker
  Steve Box
  Nick Park

Cast
  Peter Sallis
  Helena Bonham Carter
  Ralph Fiennes
  Peter Kay
  John Thomson



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