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The 2005 film directed by Nick Park, about the continuing adventures of the zany inventor and his faithful dog.

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Nothing Short of a Jolly Good Romp

  • Oct 24, 2010

Well it was only natural after enjoying Wallace and Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures to become a little more than interested (okay, obsessed) with learning more about 2005’s Curse of the Where-rabbit.  Not only are we talking about the first feature-length film for this duo, but we’re also talking the first time the British inventor and his silent dog were set to be released to the United States in theatrical glory.

Yes this one here, which came out exactly 10-years (wow) after the last Wallace and Gromit release (1995’s A Close Shave) would require the combined backing of Ardman and DreamWorks; who just so happened to collaborate 5-years prior on 2000’s Chicken Run.

Directed by Nick Park and Steve Box; written by Mr. Box, Mr. Park, Mark Burton and Bob Baker; W&G: CotW-R, as the title suggests, pays homage to werewolf horror films from yesteryear.  It turns out that it’s vege-mania' in Wallace and Gromit's neighborhood, and, in ever effort to capitalize on national trends, our dynamic duo are cashing in with their humane pest-control outfit, "Anti-Pesto."

With only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, the business of bagging bunnies is booming, but Wallace & Gromit are finding out that running a "humane" pest control outfit has its drawbacks as their West Wallaby Street home starts filling with captive rabbits.

After a failed experiment by Wallace to brainwash the veggie-hungry bunnies into being repulsed by the thought of eating greens, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging "beast" begins attacking the town's sacred vegetable plots at night, and the competition hostess, Lady Tottington, commissions Anti-Pesto to catch it and save the day.

Lying in wait, however, is Lady Tottington's snobby suitor, Victor Quartermaine, who'd rather shoot the beast and secure the position of local hero-not to mention Lady Tottingon's hand in marriage. With the fate of the competition in the balance, Lady Tottington is eventually forced to allow Victor to hunt down the vegetable-chomping marauder.

Like all of the previous W&G entries, this one wastes little time in bringing the laughs with all sorts of subtle movie references and influences.  However, unlike a typical “spoof”, the plot formula is (just as it always was) strong enough to be taken seriously on its own.  The claymation visuals are every bit as charming as they’ve always been and the transition to the big-screen back down to the small screen via the magic of DVD is certainly a successful one.  Additional credit goes out to Ardman for resisting the temptation to integrate computer generated effects into the work as (a fact proven in 2006’s Flushed Away), technology has advanced to the point that differentiating between the clay models and CGI treatment is nearly impossible.

The acting, as is par for the course, is spot-on with what we’ve come to expect from Peter Sallis as Wallace and Gromit as himself.  New additions Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Campanula Tottington and Ralph Fiennes (with a near Ian McKellen tone and inflection) as Victor Quartermaine dazzle as well.

This is about as close to a 5-star effort as possible but were I to pick a small knit, I would have to say that the feature-length aspect of this one works ever so slightly against the usually impeccable pacing of Nick Park and company.  Perhaps because I’m a subscriber to the ideal that the 30-minute runtimes (and even shorter shorts) of W&G features always leaves the viewer wanting a bit more.  Here there are a few scenes that develop a bit slowly or plod around a bit, surely in effort to fill the 85-minute runtime.

In all, it’s quite safe to say that W&G: CotW-R has done its fair share in turning unsuspecting citizens into life-long fans of the franchise while simultaneously doing the already addicted proud in the process.

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November 01, 2010
Wow, you went to town on W&G!
October 25, 2010
Great review, a favorite movie in our household. Wish there were more of these.
October 26, 2010
Thanks for the feedback and I totally agree. A shame that there's only 4 shorts and this single feature length. Although if you have an opportunity to check out the "Cracking Contraptions" shorts, they're every bit as funny as the Wallace and Gromit films. Thanks again!
October 25, 2010
I saw parts of this on cable but I never saw the whole thing. I see you are now in a mode for Wallace and Gromit! Nice work, Jason!
October 25, 2010
So true Woop, I go through phases. Technically I'm still full time with CG animated features, think of W&G as a tangent of that lol. I should be on to How to Train your Dragon this week (finally).
October 24, 2010
Oh man this is a 5 star for me, Helena Bonham Carter is my girl man. EXCELLENT review man, spot on as always, moving to your other review right now.
October 25, 2010
Thanks FM_A- Helena nails it doesn't she? I did enjoy this immensely as well. Thanks for the read & feedback bud.
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review by . June 27, 2006
I was very surprised that I sat through this movie! When I first saw the previews to this I wasn't to enthuse to see it even the kids, unless they haven't notice it as much. I don't know what I was complaining about. The Clay Animation was by far the most interesting format of animation I've ever seen. I'll admit that the whole idea of a Were-Rabbit is ab-it unbelievable and ab-it childish, but Nick Park adds substance to it which what makes everyone love it. I mean, there won't be a 10 foot rabbit …
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A decade after their last hilarious short, the Oscar-winningA 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, ...
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Director: Nick Park, Steve Box
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Release Date: October 5, 2005
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
Runtime: 82 minutes
Studio: Aardman Animation, Dreamworks
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