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Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

First off, I have to preface the review by saying that I have been a huge Nick Park fan ever since I saw Creature Comforts for the first time many years ago. I have since had fun watching various ads on the telly, catching the ones that Aardman have worked on (the cars in the British Petroleum ads, the Serta sheep). Then I saw "A Close Shave", a short movie starring a hillarious pair of characters, and I was hooked. I've loved watching the Wallace and Gromit shorts ever since.

When I heard that Nick and company were finally coming out with a feature-length Wallace and Gromit story, I was elated. After the success of Chicken Run, my expectations were very high. And I am happy to report that they were met.

The one thing that really impressed me about the movie is that while this movie is obviously playing mainly towards a young audience, the filmmakers do not forget that there are both parents watching and older fans of Wallace and Gromit. There is a lot if subtle and hidden humour in the movie that adults will appreciate and down-right laugh out loud about. I would suggest going to the movie once to appreciate the story and movie itself, and then go again and try to pick out all of the little hidden things that have been dropped into the movie. For example, towards the end of the movie, Wallace comes up, umm, sans clothing, and Gromit finds a box for him to keep his dignity. On the box is a small sticker reading "May Contain Nuts". Hillarious!

The bunny design for the movie is even cuter than the penguin design from "The Wrong Trousers". The scenes of then trembling at the sight of the were-rabbit, along with the scenes of them floating around in the Bun-Vac will absolutely melt your heart.

Even the "monster" of the movie, the were-rabbit, has a lovable quality to it. In many ways, this movie helps to shed some light on the motivations of other monsters from the classic horror movies, such as Frankenstein's monster.

The inclusion of the Madagascar Penguin's short at the beginning is icing on the cake. The penguins were arguably the best part of Dreamworks Animation's luke-warm summer offering, and they are back in full force. There's just something about watching penguins act like characters out of a Tom Clancy book that gets me right in the funny bone.

It all equals a splendid 90 minutes spent at the theatre. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a refreshing alternative to the usual bombardment of vapid actioners or horror wannabes.

Posted on October 31, 2005 at 9:33 pm
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