Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
(Release Date: October 5, 2005)
(Premiere Date: September 04, 2005 [Sydney Australia])

Four Stars and a Visible Thumbprint!



An adventurous Day Out of Close Shaves in the Right Trousers!

The World's Stop Motiony Critic!!!
J.C. Mašek III
The World's Greatest Critic!


The grand misadventures of absent-minded super-inventor Wallace and his silent-but-brilliant canine partner Gromit have been delighting animation fans on all possible sides of the pond since 1989 or so. Our best claymation buddies have been to the moon and back, battled psychotic penguin masterminds and have even served time for sheep theft. The main adventure they've been deserving since their inception but haven't gotten has been right up on American movie screens in full length wide release. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Yep, old thumbprint face has finally followed his lil' bros and sisses from Chicken Run to American theatres and has brought with him not only his untenable dog hero buddy but also creator Nick Park and original voice actor Peter Sallis too!
Were Rabbit? There Rabbit! There Castle!

Why are you talking that way? I thought you wanted to. Suits me fine, I'm easy!

The fact that both Wallace and Gromit have translated to the screen intact is only one of the joys of this film, of course. The village that has amazingly put up with adventure after adventure from the dynamic clay duo has entered into a Giant Vegetable competition. With enough rabbits running about the countryside to remake Watership Down, Harvey AND Redwall it's vital that Wallace and Gromit provide security (in the form of the "Anti-Pesto Swat Team"). Naturally they've got the inventions and the know how to make the whole shebang both efficient and fun to watch. Unfortunately, we all know that while Wallace is a master at building inventions, he doesn't quite have Gromit's street smarts. So, more often than not their well intentioned and high-tension inventions end up running amok and having quite an adverse affect compared to what they're looking for.
It isn't long before a hungry giant monster is roaming the village in search of enormous carrots, mega-melons and gigantic cabbages, every time the full moon rises. The sweetest of the sweet news is that Lady Campanula Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) has taken quite a shine to Wallace and wants to retain his innocent mug as Were-Rabbit hunter and possibly something even more. The stinky news is that her jealous suitor, the great white hunter Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes), has his own ideas about how to handle bunnies of all shapes and sizes... not to mention the romantic competition.

What follows is worthy of the name "Wallace & Gromit" with more comedy based on misunderstanding than an entire season of Three's Company, cool gadgetry to shame both Batman and James Bond and spoofs of everything from Bugs Bunny to King Kong! It's also still cute as you can possibly imagine, especially when surrounding Wallace's crazy ideas and Gromit's down-to-earth reactions and duct-tape fixes. Gromit steals virtually every scene he's in, which is no small feat for a completely silent character. The dog's brilliance is what makes this (and most of the films featuring these guys) work so incredibly well and his facial expressions are as fun to watch as his action packed adventures.

The two main characters are, in fact, so strong that they almost outshine their supporting cast. Bonham and Fiennes certainly make their presences known but the majority of the rest seem poised only to feed the mishaps of Gromit and Wallace. But what mishaps they are. It's almost impossible not to laugh when these remarkably lifelike pieces of Clay simply pop out in their hilarious world. And although much of this can be a bit predictable at times, this is one of the most fun movies you can lose yourself in. The animation is fantastic, the world is cooler than Wonkaland and the dialogue and situations are a laugh a second. That's good enough for this fat, drunk Irishman any day!

It's been ten years since we've seen old W&G! That makes it all the more striking that the boys made it to the screen still feeling like Wallace and Gromit, still intact, still just as British as ever! Four Stars out of Five for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit! Claymation is still alive and in this case funnier than ever. Now if you'll excuse me I have a guest at the door. He says he's got a pair of trousers for me to try out. I'm not sure I like the looks of that dog with the remote control over there though. I'll see you all in the next reel. I hope. Hey, he did just hand me some Cheese. That's a plus!


Stop arsin' around with that Play-Doh!
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Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) reviewed by J.C. Mašek III who is solely responsible for his own opinions and for the fact that the vast majority of his inventions have involved robots that don't work!
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