“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Aardman / Theatrical Release: 2005 / Director: Steve Box, Nick Park / Actors: Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes ... / DVD released 20 February, 2006 at Dreamworks Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL „
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note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Nick Park shot to fame with his brilliant shorts for Wallace and Gromit, such as The Wrong Trousers. The tale of an elderly man and his dog was sweet, and had a very unique animated style that combined slapstick physical comedy with some clever gags and one-liners. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is their first full-length feature film outing, and although I don't love it as much as most people, I must confess that it has a very enchanting quality, and I was ultimately won over by the tone and cleverness therein.
With a Giant Vegetable Competition looming in town, all of those growing their massive vegetables want to make sure that their vegetables aren't eaten, stolen or otherwise destroyed by those pesky rabbits, and so Wallace and Gromit see a rather good business opportunity here, and decide to advertise themselves as pest control experts. However, when Wallace uses one of his wacky inventions to try and brainwash the rabbit, he turns it into a semi-sentient rabbit that has some of Wallace's characteristics, and begins to stalk anyone that it finds in its sight as a "were-rabbit". The film was a massive hit with audiences and critics alike, managing to win the Best Animated Feature Film award at the Oscars that year.
I really wanted to enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed Park's previous films (chiefly The Wrong Trousers), but it just didn't grip me as much, and I found myself more mildly amused than outright entertained. I found it quite plodding for such a short film, but must resolve that ultimately it was a decent enough yarn if rather flawed and qualified.
It was only a matter of time until a full-length film about Wallace and Gromit's adventures was released!
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a story about the two best friends trying to save the town and it's prized vegetables. A very important competition is coming up but everyone's produce is being eaten! Is it the rabbit-monster that Wallace created in his basement? Or something else....
The quality of the film has improved from the short films (The Wrong Trousers etc), although I do miss the amount of changing fingerprints on the models! In hindsight, the twist of the story may have been a little obvious, but I certainly didn't get it until Gromit did!
There are the typical play-on-words that the creators like to make up, for example Wallace reads his favourite magazine, Ey-Up, instead of 'Hello' magazine.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I am really glad that it did not ruin the original characters in any way. It's a PG, but children and adults alike can certainly enjoy this!
This is another brilliant creation from Nick Park. If you love all the other Wallace and Gromit features, then you will enjoy this and what's even better is that this is the longest of them - 1 hour 21 minutes compared to the others, which are shorter films that run for round about 30 minutes.
In this film the cheese loving inventor Wallace (voice - Peter Sallis) and his best buddy and dog, Gromit have set up "Antipesto" which is helping to save the village from losing their prize winning vegetables to rabbits. After dealing with humanely and winning favour from Lady Tottington (voice - Helena Bonham Carter), Wallace and Gromit find themselves with a horde of rabbits to look after. As more and more vegetables go missing and sightings of a giant rabbit are seen, have the duo taken on more than they can chew?
This film is great for everybody - superb family entertainment. It is beautifully created and is another classic stop motion animation piece. Full of laughs and gentle comedy, it is suitable for all ages and it is very pleasent to watch a film which you know won't offend anyone.
I bought this on DVD when it was first released, but it's worth mentioning that now you buy it as cheap as a fiver from places such as Amazon.
Wallace and Gromit - The curse of the Were-Rabbit really is a brilliant film that is very comic indeed. I bought this film for about £9 in HMV but you can now get it for just under £5 from Amazon which is a very good deal for a film of this quality. This film was originally released in 2005 and it is a stop motion and clay animation film which looks better than ever! I would really recommend this film to watch because I think it will provide some great family entertainment! The film won an award for Best Animated featured which just proves the quality of this film and I really would recommend it.
The film is about the famous duo of Wallace and Grommit trying to first find out what has been happening in their town. It first appears that the town's very best prized produce is disappearing and many people don't know how or why. Wallace being a cheese lover and Gromit being a sensible companion have to really combine all of their wonderful inventions to solve this mystery. They are going to embark on the hardest mystery to date and try and save the town from this mysterious beast who perhaps is no as scary as they first imagined!
I really felt that this was a cracking film and I found it to be enjoyable and entertaining right the way through. It never ceases to amaze me the quality of this film especially considering it is clay amimation. Any Wallace and Grommit fan must see this because the music is superb and the film is better than ever! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
This is a perfect family film that really deserves to be watched more than once. The animation is incredible, and the storyline is clever and funny.
Plot details: Wallace and Gromit run a pest control business, Antipesto, protecting the village's gardens and allotments from vegetable-stealing rabbits. Their work has become especially valuable in the run up to the annual large vegetable competition. Antipesto has been very successful but as an humane business it now has the problem of what to do with all the rabbits that have been collected. Wallace attempts to solve the problem with his mind-altering invention intending to curb the rabbits' appetite for veg, but accidently creates a were-rabbit. After causing widespread carnage in the village, Wallace and Gromit are commissioned to deal with the wererabbit before the big contest is ruined.
Along the way Wallace finds love in the form of Lady Tottington, hostess of the contest. Her fiendish suitor, Victor is determined to take Wallace out of the picture permanently.
As usual it is up to Gromit to save the day, and the climax is action-packed!
There are loads of jokes that you may miss first time round and this film is great every time.
My 2 year old loves it (although she usually hides when you see the wererabbit go through the change) and my Dad loves it too, so it can be enjoyed by all ages.
This is truly as good as it gets animation. Unlike the brilliant Chicken Run, the first feature length film from Nick Park and Aardman Animations, this one is less polished for Hollywood and keeps all the charm and british humour of the Wallace and Gromit short films.
Wallace and Gromit are running a pest control business, AntiPesto, who catch the naughty rabbits eating the town's vegetables and prize entries for the annual vegetable competiton. When things go a little wrong with one of Wallace's lastest experiments they unwittingly create a giant were-rabbit who causes no end of damage to the towns precious vegetables, so it's up to Anti-Pesto to catch the beaast and save the day.
This film is packed with gags, some for the kids and others that with make the older viewers giggle too. As always with Aardman, the attention to detail is incredible, with every view you notice something new. the sets are perfect, characters carefully thought out and a plot that is loyal to the style to the shorts.
Wallace and Gromit fans will be delighted and it's epic enough to be a great feature length film in it's own right whether you are familiar with them or not.
The extras on this 2 disc DVD are extensive, you get 10 Wallace and Gromit shorts, Behind the Scenes film, Stage Fright (an Aardman short previously released on Aardman classics) as well as documentry on Wallace and Gromit in Hollywood, Studio tour, Commentry, how to build a bunny and family album. So the DVD is also great value for money, keeping all ages entertained well after the main feature is finished.
Vegetables are going missing under suspicious circumstances and it's up to our favourite duo to find out whats going on. It's a pretty basic plot but lots of visual gags will keep you from getting too bored.
I'd guessed who the were-rabbit was way before it was revealed but I won't spoil it for you. Lots of Aardman characters show up, like Frank the Creature Comforts tortoise as a security device.
I also saw the Lurpak Butter guy as one of the church door-posts. The whole King Kong skit, the Snoopy & Red Baron skit are lots of little throw-away gags which most people will want to buy the DVD to watch again as they happen so fast their over before you notice a lot of them. I think a lot of the plot and some running gags were thrown away as maybe too hard to do in the time limit to get the film into cinemas.
The film is visually excellent. It looks so nice, the CGI doesn't show too much. Some of the models look a little weird. A few of the Wallace models look a bit weird, it's hard to explain what I exactly mean. He doesn't look right.
The film could have done with being a bit longer, maybe 20 minutes or so more in length. I enjoyed it, I switched off my brain, ignored the goofs, gaffs and mistakes (which is normally quite hard for me not to do). It was pleasantly stupid. Go see it or wait for the DVD.
Wallace and gromit makers have produced another little gem here to join there animated series.The story has moved on and now and wallace and gromit have started there own buisness catching rabbits that are terrorising the local communties crops,and a new job takes wallace to meet a love intrest and thats where the fun starts!
This as usual is a brilliant movie for kids or adults its a well formed story that is funny and heartwarming and if you have enjoyed the other too movies ,A fine day out and The wrong trousers you are sure to enjoy this one.
The rabbits have to be the main stars of the show and get themselves into so much trouble it really makes me laugh,although its not the longest film its really enjoyable and i was left hoping that there are plans for another one,to sum up you cant go wrong with this movie
Wallace & Gromit...THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
2 Disc Special Edition
Running time:1 hour 21 min
(Extras: 2 hour 2 min)
You must have seen at least one Wallace and Gromit animation, if not then you've missed out. Previous adventures 'The wrong trousers' and 'A Close Shave' were both excellent fun for adults and kids alike and this new longer offering 'Curse of the Were-Rabbit' 2 disc special won't disappoint !
Where to begin ? well we have Wallace the well-meaning cheese loving inventor and his faithful dog Gromit - The smart silent type who lets his expressions do the talking. So far we've had an Evil Penguin..the lovable Shaun the Sheep + co...now Were-Rabbits ? as usual its up to Gromit to set things right...
Wallace and Gromit's new business venture is in Humane Pest-Control 'Anti Pesto' keeping the towns prize vegetables safe from harm with many funny gadgets and brilliant inventions. With the big vegetable competition coming up at Tottington Hall they're doing cracking business..
That is until they are called out to Tottington Hall by Lady Tottington herself who wants to save the great vegetable competition from disaster but can't bear to let Victor shoot fluffy bunnies.
This is one huge rabbit problem, there's hundreds of them. After capturing the many rabbits and running out of room to put them, Wallace decides a new solution is needed - Que another brilliant invention - The brainwashing device.
The idea is to put the rabbits off eating veg. however in true Wallace style not everything works as planned and so the mysterious Were-Rabbit is created...
The Were-Rabbit causes havoc with the town peoples vegetables and threatens to ruin the big competition at Tottington Hall. Like I said it's up to Gromit our silent hero to save the day !
That's all I'm telling or I'll ruin it for you !! (apart from it's hilariously funny !! )
There are some great new 'stereotype' characters the Lady Tottington the new love interest for Wallace (seeing as it all fell through with her at the wool shop.. ) A proper English lady of the manor. Victor the lady's 'friend' is of the hunting type (if it moves shoot it !) Victor also has a funny faithful dog. Classic Vicar character and useless policeman, Not forgetting the numerous 'old biddie types' the vegetable-loving customers of 'Anti Pesto'
Classic Wallace and Gromit animation done to usual high standards, is a great family film which has laughs on different levels so kids and adults will find it funny. It has a bit of everything action, romance, plenty of humour and some very good cartoon style horror in the form of the mythical Were-Rabbit...
THE SECOND DISC...
Cracking Contraptions: 10 Wallace & Gromit animated 'shorts'
In a word Fantastic ! Ten funny short films featuring various 'inventions' that should get you laughing !
( in fact my 4yr old prefers watching these again and again to the film ?!?)
Stage Fright : Short film
Quite a creepy short film I thought, not as many laugh out loud bits but is a good little story all the same.
Other ' Smashing Features ! ' include:
Filmmakers Commentaries, How Wallace & Gromit went to Hollywood, Aardman Studio Tour, The Family Album, Behind the Scenes of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and How to Build a Bunny. All are interesting enough but don't really rate going on about.
I'd say it's worth getting the 2 Disc special Edition if like me you haven't come across any of the 'short' Wallace and Gromit animations before. Plus the other bits that make up the 2 hours of extras !
I Think 'The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' will go down well with all existing Wallace & Gromit fans, and if you've never met Wallace & Gromit this is a good place to start !
Yep definitely a "CRACKING FILM, GROMIT!"
thanks for reading.
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The Curse of the Were Rabbit (Disc One)
The Curse of the Were Rabbit was a must see film for me when it was released in October 2005 and yet typically the rest of the family went to see it whilst I was busy helping at someone else's birthday party. Hmmmph. Anyway, I decided that our youngest daughter would love this in her stocking for Christmas and it would be a sure way of me getting to watch the full film as many times as I liked. Daytime if I wish.
This has to be the best film I watched over Christmas by a long shot.
If you have never seen any of the Wallace and Gromit films, you are really missing something. I am pretty much word perfect in all of the preceding three 'A Grand Day Out', 'The Wong Trousers' and 'A Close Shave'. The Wallace and Gromit animated or rather claynated films are brilliantly written and the plasticine figures and sets are simply superb, perfectly capturing life in a northern town with a fabulous tongue in cheek style humour. Two of these films have won Oscars and Nick Park, the creator of the Wallace and Gromit characters spent five years working on this latest film. This film is co directed by Nick Park and Steve Box.
Hop 2 It
The Curse of the Were Rabbit is a wonderfully funny story of rabbits and monsters and vegetables. It combines some of Wallace's inventions from previous films such as his getting dressed machine (with the addition of a jar of Middle Aged Spread) but there are numerous new inventions, the funniest of which has to be the suck and blow machine for humanely gathering bunnies. The film had me laughing out loud at several points, much to the surprise of the younger kids in our family. This film is rated PG which suggests that some scenes might be frightening for young children. To be honest I would have thought a U rating was fine. Our kids watched all the Wallace & Gromit films from toddler age and up. The Were-Rabbit monsters is not scary but some young viewers of sensitive disposition may disagree. There are many slapstick and funny incidents throughout the film which will appeal to children.
Peppered all the way through the film are amusing little innuendoes and funnies whch are more likely to be picked up by adult viewers. For example, the registration plate of the Wallace & Gromit Anti-Pesto van is HOP 2 IT. Later in the film Wallace peruses his cheese book collection including titles such as Grated Expectations and Fromage to Eternity. Each time you watch the film you are likely to spot something you missed at a different viewing.
If you have not seen the film, I will not spoil it by telling you the plot. The film involves the usual duo, Wallace with his bald head and wide toothy smile and Gromit the speechless but ever expressive dog. Wallace and Gromit are the Anti Pesto team guarding the vegetables of the town for the forthcoming 500th Vegetable Growing Competition at Tottington Hall.
New characters in this film include Lady Campanula Tottington (which you just have to abbreviate to Lady Totty), a little love interest for Wallace. She is a little more classy than the Wensleydale hating Wendolene from 'A Close Shave'. The slim and heavily lipsticked character of Lady Totty has the lovely voice of Helena Bonham Carter. The villain of the film is Victor Quartermaine, voiced over by Ralph Fiennes. He wears a black toupee and wants to rid the town of bunnies with his shot gun and win the hand of Lady Totty. He has a hunting dog called Philip and one can't helping thinking royalty here.
Other notable characters include Reverend Clement Hedges, a man of the cloth with white afro hair and buck teeth, Mrs Mulch (voiced over by Liz Smith ) and PC Macintosh (Peter Kay). Do not miss the hilarious scene where Reverend Hedges is searching for his Observer Book of Monsters written by none other than Claude Savagely and you get a glimpse of his copy of Nuns Wrestling with header articles such as Big Bad Habits.
As the title suggests the monster in the film is a Were-Rabbit. It's in this context that we learn that Wallace indeed wears Y fronts underneath his trousers. The moon is of significance in this film, not for the same reason as in the Grand Day Out' where "everyone knows the moon is made of cheese".
Additional humour is also to be found at various points with reference to famous films including a pun in the opening scene of Gromit graduating from Dogwarts University (Harry Potter Hogwarts); the clothe splitting scene of the Were-Rabbit (Incredible Hulk); two cucumbers being used to form a cross (Dracula) and the classic lady /gamekeeper relationship between Wallace and Lady Totty (Lady Chatterley's Lover). These are just a few and there are so many more puns including the Smug fridge and the Botch drill.
This film really is laugh a minute but it is typically British, the Americans don't always get the humour. For children and adults alike, this is an hour and a bit of amusing entertainment and I happily award it a full five stars.
Wallace - Peter Sallis
Gromit - None (he is mute)!
Lady Campanula Tottington - Helena Bonham Carter
Victor Quartermaine - Ralph Fiennes
PC McIntosh - Peter Kay
Rev Clement Hedges - Nicholas Smith
Mrs Mulch - Liz Smith
Directed by Nick Park & Steve Box
Running Time: (1 hour 15 mins)
Certificate PG (UK).
More Cheese Gromit? (Disc 2 Extras)
I never normally even get disc 2 out of any DVD case as I find watching how they made the film of little interest. In fact for me it spoils the magic. But then I don't like looking under the car bonnet or understanding how most things work. If you are a techie geek you'll love the Making Of the Were-Rabbit section which details stuff like how the robotics of the Were - Rabbit worked and the super stretchy high tech fur they needed for its body.
Cracking Contraptions is also well worth a look. I loved this. There are ten animations of new inventions including a soccer machine, a new style TV remote and the most hilarious Gromit-dressed-as-a-sheep counting machine. Very funny viewing for insomniacs. The very best contraption is the Autochef, a breakfast machine which sprays scrambled eggs over a raincoat proofed Gromit, fires eggs sunny side up at Wallace and speaks Dalek style phrases such as 'More Stuffing Madam', 'Get Off Your Horse and Milk It', 'More Tea Vicar?' before finally muttering 'Knickers' and then exploding. Fantastic, Heath Robinson eat your heart out.
The Amazing World of Wallace & Gromit is an insightful look into how Wallace & Gromit were created. This is interesting and features an interview with Nick Park and explains how he spent two years making 10 mins of A Grand Day Out before joining Ardman Animations.
Stage Fright is a short theatre based animation featuring lots of mice. It seems to be more of a disc filler than anything else.
The disc box tells me that there are more features on the extras disc including Filmmakers' Commentaries, How Wallace & Gromit went to Hollywood, Aardman Studio Tour, The Family Album and How to Build a Bunny. They were missing on our disc so I am unable to comment on these features.
In summary, this film is a true delight. It has a great story, humour and delightful characters and is well worth the £7 I paid for it at Sainsburys. The DVD extras are worth a look but children (and people like me) will probably only be interested in the Cracking Contraptions. Techie geeks may enjoy the extras more.
Thanks for reading. Lady Totty xx.
When the local Annual Giant Vegetable Competition is in peril due to an infestation of rabbits eating all the entrants's wares, Wallace & Gromit step up to save the day with their humane "Anti-Pesto" business. The only problem is they've ended up with thousands of rabbits and no way to get rid of them without killing them - which they are loath to do. So Wallace invents a way to brainwash them into disliking vegetables, but the scheme backfires on him, monstrously! This is the story behind "Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Ware-Rabbit" and here's what I think of this cracking new adventure.
Wallace & Gromit aren't strangers to most of us. But for those who don't know this duo, Wallace is an avid inventor and Gromit is his very smart dog. One of the tag lines for this film is "Wallace=Master, Gromit=Mind", and that very much is like it is here. Together they really are a mastermind, and their relationship is one of synergy as well as love. This is their first feature length film, after staring in three very popular short films ("A Grand Day Out", "Wrong Trousers" and "Close Shave"). And how good is it that they've been given a full 85 minutes to entertain us instead of a measly 30 or less? Well, it is just marvellous, I tell you.
As you may know, Wallace & Gromit are clay characters and the brainchild of Nick Park, who made a splash with his first short clay animation film "A Grand Day Out with Wallace & Gromit", which won him a BAFTA and got him an Oscar nomination. In this era of computer generated imagery (CGI) and fancy 3D technology, Nick and his crew literally use the hands-on method of modelling plasticine and shooting it with stop-motion photography (shoot a frame or two, move the pieces to their next position, then shoot the next frames) to create their films - a method that dates back to almost the beginning of film-making. What makes this special is that the use of clay automatically gives a 3D effect, far better than any computer has been able to achieve. I also love how all the objects and characters in the film have a feeling of being alive - perhaps because real human hands and their touch are what is behind their movements.
That said, after watching the latest CGI movie Cars and then seeing this film, I began to wonder if animation studios using Pixar's methods aren't beginning to chase their own technological tails, where Park and Aardman Studios are free to concentrate on fun characters and even more enjoyable stories to place them in. Sure, some of you might say that Nick "sold out" to Hollywood when he did "Chicken Run" but everyone knew it was just to make sure that the market could accept a full length clay-animation film so he could do this film. Can we forgive Park for his? Absolutely, because this film is by far one of the best (if not THE best) animated films I've seen in recent memory.
So what makes this movie so good? First of all, the characters. Wallace isn't your dashingly handsome Hollywood hottie or is he even voiced by one. He's a simple, funny looking bloke who just captures your heart with his invention antics and shyness when around a pretty woman. Gromit is a very cute dog who is so smart he's able to clean up after his master's messes. What gets me about Gromit is that because he doesn't speak (except for some doggie and/or human-like sounds here and there), all of his emotions and attitudes must come out in his animation. As for that, there are times when just the slightest movement of his brow speaks a thousand words. You just know what he's thinking. Of course, Wallace is no less readable and we also get the feeling that we, the audience, can understand more than what his co-stars are hearing from his mouth.
What's more is the attention to detail and little jokes you'll find along the way. For instance, when Wallace is looking for his hidden cheese, the titles of the books he's hidden it behind are all cheese puns of famous titles. Or when you look at the opening and see pictures of Wallace & Gromit on the wall and one has Gromit graduating from "Dogwart's", which is, of course a take-off on the Harry Potter stories. Even the soundtrack has significance. Anyone who remembers the movie "Watership Down" will recognize its theme song "Bright Eyes" on the radio when Gromit turns it on in the van (and of course, that movie was about rabbits). You'll find fun stuff like that throughout this movie that will make you giggle from start to finish - and is especially appealing to the adults who watch along with their kids.
Of course, all of this could be said about all the Wallace & Gromit films. So what makes this one so good? First of all, we get a whole lot longer of a film than we had before. That usually means more a complex story, but thankfully this one isn't so complex as to make it incomprehensible. And while there's a mystery here, and a monster, I wouldn't say that its overly scary, but will keep you on the edge of your seat. The action just flies by and you're carried away from start to finish so swiftly that you'll swear this movie is no longer than the shorts they did. Will you find any holes in the story? No, my friends, only holes in the lawns and gardens where those pesky rabbits have been burrowing!
The animation here is top notch as well, but not just what we would expect from Park and Aardman. We get some pretty amazing special effects here as well, which - if you ask me - should be making Pixar green with envy. For instance, when we see the figure (sorry, won't give a spoiler here and tell you who that is) turn into the Ware Rabbit, the way the fur grows is totally amazing. There's also the fantastical machines that Wallace has come up with which never cease to intrigue and engage the audience. One of my favourite bits is when what looks like a hairpiece is actually one of the bunnies. That little transformation is very nicely done. I could go on for pages and pages talking about this, but let's suffice it to say that I give this movie top points in this area.
Of course, I have to admit that many of these effects as well as the scenery and other items were done by CGI, and for that we do have to give them credit. I mean, try to make fog or clouds out of plasticine and you'll fall back on technology as well. But it really is the clay animation that's at the heart of this movie, and this is one movie with tons of heart.
Like I said, I could go on and on about this film and how much I enjoyed it. But with all this praise I bet you're asking if I found any fault with this film? Well, to tell you the truth, the only thing I can think of is that it does come to an end. The characters are loveable and fun, the story is compelling with a wonderful script, the action keeps us interested, the humour is consistent and throughout and the visuals are stunning and the animation is perfect. What else can I say but this is a must-see for anyone who wants to enjoy a movie totally and completely from start to finish. Wholeheartedly recommended and a full five stars.
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © November 2006
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The IMDb page for this movie can be found at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312004/ and the special edition 2 disk version of the DVD is available on Amazon for £7.97 (marketplace from £7.69).
Format: Anamorphic, Box set, PAL
Region: Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 2
DVD Release Date: 20 Feb 2006
Run Time: 81 minutes
DVD Features: Main Language: English, Available Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1, Hearing Impaired: English
This is a great film if you like sight gags. The Simpsons, Futurama and Family Guy are brilliant at putting hilarious one liners on notice boards and in shop windows at random intervals in an episode. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit doesnt disappoint here and the plot offers more than you might expect.
Cheese-loving Wallace (Peter Sallis) and his side-kick pet dog Gromit have moved on from being bumbling inventors to founding their own pest control firm, whose task it is to protect the villagers produce for the upcoming annual vegetable fair. Cue alarm call in the middle of the night and a hilarious preparation scene straight from Thunderbirds: comprising a machine wafting cheese under Wallaces nose to wake him up, culminating in a mallet to whack him through a hole in the ceiling. The duo then proceed to use all manner of amusing inventions to catch the marauding (but always cute) rabbits doing the damage.
Nick Park and Aardman consistently play to their strengths and have built their success on grounding hilarity out of the tiniest details. Pictures of the villagers adorn our heroes living room and when one of their gardens is in peril their eyes flash.
One night the villagers prize crops start vanishing and huge footprints found at the scene. Lady Tottington, living in a mansion and the host of the annual vegetable contest (and voiced at her pompous best by Helena Bonham Carter) commissions the duo to find the monster. Then the plot takes an unexpected twist and as usual, its left to Gromits wily cunning to try and save the day. There are notable nods to other films along the way (King Kong at the finale) and this adds to the fun and hilarity of it all.
There are fantastic characters in this film. When Nick Park came up with his idea Peter Kay must have been top of his wish list for voiceovers. As PC Mackintosh Kays part is limited, but still immensely entertaining (Theres been arson. Someones been arson around). Ralph Feinnes as villain Victor Quartermain competes with Wallace for Tottingtons affection, complete with sidekick bulldog and toupee (used for comic effect on several occasions).
Then there are the sight gags, many of which are adult orientated (as per the shows mentioned before) which made the film for me: Wallace reading a copy of a Hello! style magazine called Ay Up!; an A-Z of Wigan in their car; more than one sight of a female villager holding out two melons/cauliflowers in front of their chests; a glimpse of Wallaces book shelve (Grated Expectations, East of Edam). On top of this, the mute Gromit has in his eyebrow, a fantastic comedy tool that shows everything from genuine surprise to honestly levels of sarcasm. Everything has been lovingly crafted to feel warm, British and laugh out loud fun.
This is a funny and entertaining film that anyone will enjoy. There are parts that will appeal to all ages and youll finish watching it feeling warm and satisfied. As with most animated features it clocks in short at eighty minutes, but Park allows the plot to develop gradually and lets the twist take place early on. Certainly his biggest success to date, I look forward to seeing if and how he can better it.
I first saw this movie on the big screen with a girlfriend who dragged me along as she was a big fan of Nick Park's other work.
I personally prefer thrillers and love stories but, at a loose end, was happy to oblige.
I settled down with the expectation that I might have an occassional chuckle but ended up spending the majority of the film spotting references to other movies - something I had previously enjoyed in Van Helsing (but that's for another review!).
The fact the 'were-rabbit' wasn't actually seen in full until well in to the film was my first signal....but then 'surfing on a vegetable' brought back memories of Jaws 2 and the building of the 'cage' was a spot on reference to the 'anti-shark' cage construction in Jaws!
If anyone else has spotted references to other classic movies please do fill me in....
Wallace and gromit are back in a feature length film. I thoght that the first three short programes were good but Nick park has done it again and this is packed full on fun for all the family.In the show there is a vegatable show coming and wallace and gromit are protecting the town vegatables from rabbits They call them selves anti pesto .Later on Wallace is trying to change his brianwaves so that he thinks cheese is bad and vegatables are good. Before he can finish it they get a call from lady tottington vioced by Helena Bonham Carter saying that she has been overrun with rabbits.After clearing her lawn of rabbits she says that she would let them run free but with the vegatables compition coming up she can`t as they would eat all the vegatables.Then she said but it is in their bunny nature.That gives wallace an idea of rabbit rehibilitation.So he gets all the rabbits in a new invention of his(The bunny vac 6000) as hooks the machine up to his brainwave machine and starts them both up.Two minuites into the experiment he kicks the controls from suck to blow and one of the bunnies gets stuck on to his head.He changes the rabbits brainwves and he won`t eat veg buts wants to eat cheese.Wallacw decides to call him hutch.After that the were-rabbit starts making and apperance.It is a bit of a surprise who the were-rabbit is.There is one more character i would like to tell you about his name in Victor Quartermaine voiced by Ralph Fiennes. He wants lady tottington`s money.He also dislikes wallace because he knows that Wallace likes lady tottington. The flim is fun from start to finish. The way them film has been done it is outstanding.The price of this DVD is very reasonable there are also alot of extras a buddle of fun for the whole family. There is also ten short films about wallace and ten of his invetions they made me laugh.
Here is something everyone should consider purchasing for a family night in!
Wallace and Gromit, the delightful partnership of one plasticine man and his dog, return in their funniest and freakiest adventure yet, 'The Curse of the Were-Rabbit'.
This wonderful film was created by the brilliant teaming of writer/director Nick Park and the Aardman animation company, who brought us 'Creature Comforts' and the other Wallace and Gromit hilarities, 'A Grand Day Out', 'The Wrong Trousers' and 'A Close Shave'.
Following the success of these shorter claymation films, which included two Oscars, Park and Aardman collaborated with Steven Speilberg's Hollywood company DreamWorks in 1999, to make the animated smash hit film 'Chicken Run', which was released in 2000. This film was so successful world-wide, that Nick Park approached DreamWorks to help him make a full-length film starring his beloved Wallace & Gromit. The answer from DreamWorks was a resounding 'YES!' and thus 'The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' was created.
The film came out in 2005 and has only just been released on DVD. To celebrate, the manufacturers have released the film as part of a 2 disc DVD special edition. Here is what you can expect to get:
~~THE FILM ~~
I give this film 5 stars. I don't want to spoil too much of the plot, because I didn't know very much about the storyline before I watched it, so it was a pleasant surprise. All I will tell you is that Wallace & Gromit's village has been over-run by rabbits and our heroes now work in pest control, calling themselves 'Anti-Pesto', if you can believe it!
Wallace (who lets face it is a bit of a pest himself), is still hopelessly unaware of, well, everything around him. The long suffering, but silent, Gromit continues to clear the debris in the wake of his hapless owner!
I found this to be a wonderfully entertaining film, with plenty of obvious humour for the kiddies, but with a sprinkle of subtle innuendo to keep the adults happy too! It also gives a quite deliberate nod to many blockbusting films, including King Kong, The Incredible Hulk and Harry Potter.
The animation, as expected, is absolutely outstanding and flawless. My favourites have to be the rabbits, which were adorable and hilarious! Every model is beautifully detailed and the sets are amazing. The skill and time that has gone into this film is incredible - it must be a real labour of love!
The film features the voice talents of Peter Sallis, who returns as Wallace, and the welcome addition of several well know actors. Helena Bonham-Carter stars as Wallace's latest love interest, Lady Tottington. Ralph Fiennes plays the pompous Victor Quartermaine and Peter Kay guests as a policeman. All actors deliver their lines and act their characters brilliantly.
I didn't think anything could better 'A Close Shave' and that pyramid of sheep, but I think this may have done it - there are parts of this film that will have you laughing out loud!
The film is fairly short for a feature at 85 mins, but as it takes a whole day to get just 3 seconds worth of animation, I think we can let them off! It is certainly longer than the other Wallace & Gromit productions made to date.
If you need any more proof that this is a terrific film, it has just won an Oscar for 'Best Animated Film of the Year' at this year's Academy Awards. That's Nick Park's third Oscar!
~~SCENE INDEX ~~
This is exactly what it sounds like - a scene selection option split into four categories: Scenes 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16.
The manufacturers clearly put a lot of thought into what people might want from the DVD, because this section is absolutely jam-packed with extras:
*Commentary - The option to watch the whole film with commentary from the writers/directors Nick Park and Steve Box.
*Deleted scenes - 5 deleted scenes (which can also be viewed with the commentary), 2 alternative endings (although these are cartoon style and a bit naff!) and a special 'Anti-Pesto' jingle (bizarre!)
*History of Wallace & Gromit - A 20 minute documentary on how Wallace & Gromit went from short TV film to Hollywood. This very interesting documentary tells you all about how Nick Park started, takes you through all his creations and films and has interviews with him and many others.
*Behind the scenes of Curse of the Were-Rabbit - A detailed documentary on how this film was made. This includes model making, cast interviews and how it was all put together. I learned alot about how these types of animated films are made.
*A day in the life of Aardman - A tour of the animation studio to see all the different departments and what they do. I found it very interesting to see all the different departments that help in the making of this film.
*How to build a bunny - One of the Aardman animators shows us how they built the models for the rabbits.
*Family album - This contains a section of its own! The options here are: 'Signs used in the film', 'Original storyboard pictures', 'Wallace & Gromit photo album' and 'Behind the scenes pictures'.
*Preview - This is just a section with trailers for other DreamWorks productions.
~~SET UP ~~
This has the audio options and subtitles in English only.
This stands for 'DreamWorks Kids' and is yet another section with lots of extras!
*Games and Activities - There are four games including 'Anti-Pesto SWAT team' and 'Building your own Bunny'. These were good fun!
*DVD-ROM - Pop this into your DVD-ROM drive if you have one, to access even more features! (Note: This won't work in a normal CD-ROM drive or on a Mac).
Wow! That's only the first disc! Disc two is packed full of extras too!
~~MAKING OF THE WERE-RABBIT ~~
This is a documentary about the inspiration for the actual 'Were-Rabbit' and how its model was made and animated. The work that goes into making these models is staggering!
~~CRACKING CONTRAPTIONS ~~
This is by far my favourite section! This is a series of never- before- seen short animations of 10 - yes 10! - of Wallace's inventions. Each invention gets its own segment and they are really funny!
~~THE AMAZING WORLD OF WALLACE & GROMIT ~~
This section has even more information on the Wallace & Gromit phenomenon.
~~STAGE FRIGHT ~~
This an unseen short animation made by the Aardman team and features new characters.
As you can see, you certainly get your money's worth with this DVD! I give it an excellent in the value for money stakes, because it is an example of everything a DVD should be. The manufacturers have really made an effort with this product (I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, considering the imagination they must have for making the film!). I bought it for about £15, but it is selling for less at certain retailers, so it really is exceptional value at that price!
All in all, I am extremely happy with this product. The film is ace for all the family, or if you just want to watch something that will perk you up There are a lot of extra features, which are mostly great, although a couple of them feel a bit repetitive! However, there is so much new material here that it will keep everyone amused for hours!
In short: This is a terrific DVD - buy it NOW!!
A decade after their last hilarious short, the Oscar-winning A 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, like team Pixar, seems incapable of making anything but an outstanding film. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com