Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 stop-motion animated horror-comedy film produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with DreamWorks Animation.
It's 'vege-mania' in Wallace and Gromit's neighborhood, and our two enterprising chums are cashing in with their humane pest-control outfit, "Anti-Pesto." With only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, business is booming, but Wallace & Gromit are finding out that running a "humane" pest control outfit has its drawbacks as their West Wallaby Street home fills to the brim with captive rabbits. Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging "beast" begins attacking the town's sacred vegetable plots at night, and the competition hostess, Lady Tottington, commissions Anti-Pesto to catch it and save the day. Lying in wait, however, is Lady Tottington's snobby suitor, Victor Quartermaine, who'd rather shoot the beast and secure the position of local hero-not to mention Lady Tottingon'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...
Why It Rocks
- This was Wallace and Gromit's first step into entering the silver screen.
- The characters are well written and well executed.
- The villain, Victor Quartermaine, is nicely developed and is how an evil villain in lots of movies can be tackled on well, even in stop motion.
- The stop-motion animation is magnificent as expected from Aardman Animations.
- Despite the rather weak marketing campaign, this movie delivers in so many ways.
- It is also good to see something hand-crafted on the big screen instead of the raft of CGI animated films that usually lack a strength of script.
- The film is still wonderfully British, so has not suffered from Dreamworks' influence on the production.
- Excellent music score by Julian Nott.
- Nick Park, who co-directed with Steve Box and co-wrote with Mark Burton and Bob Baker mixed the goofy comedy of the original shorts with new horror elements.
- The amount of horror used is very amazingly executed.
- Hutch is a great comic relief supporting character.
It was a critical and commercial success, and won a number of film awards including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, making it the second film from DreamWorks Animation to win (after Shrek), as well as both the second non-American animated film and second non computer-animated film to have received this achievement (after Spirited Away).
- This movie was released in Australia (at Sydney) before being released to the United States and the United Kingdom, thus making this fact be considered that it is released in the same year, but in two different countries.
- The movie took 5 years in production from 2000 (20th century) - 2005 (21st century).
- In the UK version, Gromit's prize is a marrow. In the US version, Gromit's prize is a melon. However, this is reverted to being called its original prized possession name as a marrow on Cartoon Network USA.