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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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And on a book shelf, Fromage to Eternity

  • May 14, 2011
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That cheese-loving, dim-witted inventor Wallace and his long-suffering, resourceful mutt Gromit made a great transition from 30 minute shorts to an 85 minute feature. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is one of the funniest, slyest and most innocent comedies around, and one of the most action-filled, too.
 
Wallace and Gromit run a pest control business. People have hired them to catch all the bunnies that are chomping up their vegetables. This is vital because the annual veggie contest and fair given by Lady Tottingham is only days away. Through indescribable circumstances a bunny is turned into a giant were-rabbit and Wallace and Gromit are on the case. But then, in an amazing twist, the were-rabbit is...but you’ll get no spoilers from me.
 
Believe me, while children will love the film, this is a movie, just as Chicken Run was, for adults of all ages. The inventions are so rococo they probably need to be seen twice to be really appreciated. Allusions to horror movies and their stars, from King Kong to Lon Chaney, Jr. to Ernest Thesiger, are scattered all over the place. The puns and visual gags fly fast and loose. In the Wensleydale-loving Wallace's library are just briefly seen copies of, among other fine books, East of Edam and Fromage to Eternity. When Wallace loses his clothes and has only a cardboard produce box to protect his modesty from Lady Tottingham, you have to be quick to catch a glimpse of a small warning label glued on the box, "May contain nuts." And when Lady Tottingham invites Wallace to her private garden and shows him her prize melons.... But don't frown; it's all smile-inducing innocence.
 
Gromit may be silent, but everyone else speaks and the actors voicing the parts are exceptional. Peter Sallis, now 90, continues to be the voice of Wallace. Helena Bonham Carter does Lady Tottingham. Ralph Fiennes does Victor Quartermaine and is completely unexpected. Anyone who can only picture Fiennes as primarily a serious actor who isn't too funny, as I have, needs to see this movie. Quartermaine is an upper-class twit, loud, dense, eager to hunt down and blow away the were-rabbit and anything else. Fiennes is funny and nails the character. If you didn't know it was him you'd swear the voice belonged to some awful caricature of upper-class British oafdom.
 
This is a clever, funny movie.
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May 25, 2011
I have been a huge W&G fan since I first saw "The Wrong Trousers". I'd love to see Aardman produce more short films with them, but after "A Matter of Loaf and Death" I can't help but wonder if Nick Park and company have run out of ideas for the wacky inventor and his resourceful pooch.
 
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   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 …
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review by . December 18, 2008
In the annals of film history there have been many great comedic duos: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon... but now come Wallace and Gromit.      In The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and Gromit are taken to new levels of sophistication. The animation has become more polished and the story is more complex. All of these components are utilized to bring Wallace and Gromit to the big screen in …
review by . March 18, 2007
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review by . July 23, 2006
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As expected, the return of Wallace and Gromit was well-worth the wait! The claymation is even more incredible than in the earlier short features, and the plot is much more clever than in "Chicken Run." Wallace and all of his amazing inventions are in full force, and his dog, Gromit, is always ready to assist. Their efforts to provide a humane way to rid neighboring gardens of pesty (and hungry!) rabbits is a nice contrast to all the violent solutions to problems that pervade most films. Wallace …
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 …
review by . May 27, 2006
Few movies come along that are great for both adults, teens, kids, guys and gals. Even fewer come along that combine the various types of comedy that exist; slapstick, situation humor, dry British humor, toilet humor, etc... This movie does both. Wallace and Gromit are our two protagonists; a human and his dog. Wallace faces off with Victor Quartermaine, an over-testosteroned, under-haired, alpha male hunter, in a competition for the heart of Lady Tottington. The contest: keeping the town safe from …
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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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