DVD Movie Review: Wallace and Gromit, The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
The cheese-loving Wallace (Peter Sallis) and his ever faithful dog Gromit star in this all new comedy adventure, marking their first full-length feature film.
As the annual Giant Vegetable Competition approaches, it's veggie-mania in Wallace & Gromit's neighborhood. The two enterprising chums have been cashing in with their pest-control outfit, Anti-Pesto, which humanely dispatches the rabbits that try to invade the town's sacred gardens.
Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging beast begins terrorizing the neighborhood, attacking the town's prized plots at night and destroying everything in its path. Desperate to protect the competition it's hostess, Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) commissions Anti-Pesto to catch the creature and save the day. Lying in wait, however, is Lady Tottington's snobby suitor, Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes) who'd rather shoot the beast and secure the position of local hero, not to mention Lady Tottington'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. Little does she know that Victor's real intent could have dire consequences for her ant our two heroes.
Cast: Peter Sallis (voice of Wallace)
Director: Steve Box / Clay animator: Nick Park
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Critic Quotes and Reviews:
- New York Times "The animation is a marvel....The world of Wallace and Gromit is one of the few genuinely eccentric places left in the movies, a place where lumpy, doughy characters achieve a peculiar dignity..." 10/05/2005 p.E1
- Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "Park is a master of Claymation and dry, understated wit....Don't even try to figure out how Park can move plasticine figures around and achieve visual and slapstick miracles. Just enjoy." 10/20/2005 p.90
- USA Today "Charming and droll with shrewdly chosen voices....[An] adorable exercise in whimsy..." 10/07/2005 p.4E
- Los Angeles Times "[I]t is both welcome and astonishing to see how successful Park's unlikely pairing of his own idiosyncratic sensibility with the most labor-intensive form of animation has become....[The film] retains the clever, one-of-a-kind sensibility that made its shorter predecessors so delightful." 10/05/2005 p.E1
- Entertainment Weekly "The movie rollicks with visual slapstick, puns, and drive-by joke-cluster bombs that fall on young and adult viewers alike with such good aim..." -- Grade: A 10/14/2005 p.124
- Sight and Sound "Immensely funny, intelligently silly and beautifully made....The protagonists are solid cartoon types absent from cinema since Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck..." 12/01/2005 p.82
- Premiere "A wonderful confection of slapstick and horror ingredients, WERE-RABBIT enhances the W&G universe as it continues to grow in stop-motion complexity and craftsmanship." 03/01/2006 p.109
- Rolling Stone "[A] treasure trove of cleverness. And in its old-school claymation, the film is closer to the endearing Gumby reels of yore than today's sterile Pixar productions." 02/23/2006 p.74
- James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10 After a 10-year absence, Aardman Animation's foundation characters, Wallace & Gromit, have returned. The clay man and his dog, who were featured in three animated shorts between 1989 and 1995, were left out in the cold when Nick Park and his crew made their feature-length debut with 2000's acclaimed Chicken Run. At the time, fans pondered Wallace & Gromit's fate, and Park was quick to reassure them that the dynamic duo would be front-and-center for his next movie. Five years later (it takes a long time to make these stop-motion films), Park has kept his word. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit gives mainstream audiences their first opportunity to meet the pliable characters with a cult following. - James Berardinelli
- Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10 Wallace and Gromit are arguably the two most delightful characters in the history of animation. Between the previous sentence and this one I paused thoughtfully and stared into space and thought of all of the other animated characters I have ever met, and I gave full points to Bugs Bunny and high marks to Little Nemo and a fond nod to Goofy, and returned to the page convinced that, yes, Wallace and Gromit are in a category of their own. To know them is to enter a universe of boundless optimism, in which two creatures who are perfectly suited to each other venture out every morning to make the world into a safer place for the gentle, the good and the funny. - Roger Ebert
Format: DVD, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Comedy
Runtime: 85 minutes
Screen Aspect: 1.85:1
Sound Quality: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Media Quantity: 1 DVD Disc
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Studio: Dreamworks Animated
Theatrical Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
- Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Behind The Scenes Fun: Including "How To Build a Bunny"
- "Stagefright" - The Award Winning Short Film
- Deleted Scenes with Cracking Commentary
- Clayful Activities, Games, Printables and Much, Much More
Eccentric, cheese-loving English inventor Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and his trusted silent canine companion, Gromit, have a thriving business in their garden-destroying varmint-elimination service, named Anti-Pesto. Together they prepare for the upcoming Giant Vegetable Growing contest. Wallace even has a potential paramour in wealthy client Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter), a vegetable enthusiast with a severe rabbit problem. Unfortunately, the tight-coiffed, slick-talking hunter Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes) also has designs on the lady, and he?s not giving up easily. When a giant rabbit terrorizes the townsfolk and begins devouring some prizewinning veggies, another dimension is added to the existing competition between Wallace and Victor, and the outcome will be the talk of the town!
Following up the success of 2000?s CHICKEN RUN, master clay animator Nick Park has given Wallace and Gromit--the stars of three celebrated shorts--their own feature, and with thrilling results. The eye-popping animation comes along with appealing character design and beautifully detailed environments, and we are also given an engaging, multi-layered story populated with characters to care about. As with Park's previous successes, the result has a cross-generational appeal that will undoubtedly age in the timeless manner of all great entertainment.