Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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The Wallace and Gromit short films have a clever, inventive spirit all their own, starring two of the most endearing animated characters I can think of. What a pleasure it is, then, that their feature film debut is just as good as any of their previous outings. I was slightly worried that perhaps the style of the Wallace and Gromit adventures would have to be changed for the big screen, thank the lord that this isn’t the case. Stop-motion master Nick Park, co-director Steve Box and the talented team of artists behind the scenes have fashioned one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen in quite a while.

    As the film opens, Wallace, the cheery, cheese-addicted inventor (Peter Sallis), and his loyal canine companion/protector Gromit are running Anti-Pesto, a humane pest control agency, that seems to deal mostly with rabbits. The 517th or so annual vegetable competition, run by Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) is almost here, and the dynamic duo are commissioned to make sure nothing goes wrong. But, a new invention causes something to go awry, and before they know it, W & G are investigating the mysterious Were-Rabbit. They must discover the truth before the dastardly Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes) kills all the rabbits.
The film is filled with in-jokes, bizarre situations, funny supporting characters and many references that will probably go over most young kids’ heads. You have no excuse not to see this movie. It is a terrific time at the movies, and it will leave a smile on your face for days.

(This review was “borrowed” from my other movie review web site, which is now defunct.)

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