Wallace and Gromit

2006-04-30 13:15

Wallace and his mute canine partner Gromit run a successful pest-control operation called Anti-Pesto (obviously). In the lead up to the town's annual giant vegetable competition, a seemingly unstoppable giant rabbit-like monster terrorises the veggie patches. Can Wallace and Gromit (and their rabbit Hutch) save the competition and the town? Well, it gets complicated.


Once in a while a film comes along that sets a benchmark for celluloid entertainment, and often far outdoes its bigger-budget, live-action contemporaries. Wallace and Gromit have been responsible for four of those films now; in short, these films reminds us what storytelling should be: imaginative, clever, and above all entertaining.

By 1995 Nick Park and co had etched themselves into cult iconhood with three Wallace and Gromit shorts. What made these films so incredibly rewarding was their cute, fuzzy charm, coupled with a sophisticated wit and astonishingly deep characterisation. Simply put, they had perfected their formula to the point that it was impossible to not love them.

Curse of the Were-Rabbit easily retains all the charm, and extends the formula to fill three times the length of the short films without sacrificing the quick-paced feel of the slapstick action. Despite Dreamworks nearly cocking up the stew (they "suggested" a better known "Hollywood" actor play Wallace), writers/directors Nick Park and Steve Box have delivered the goods yet again.

Angry townspeople, a gun-happy suitor and some weird science gone wrong is a recipe often used in classic horror, but it's seldom been used to such comedic effect as in Curse of the Werewolf - er... rabbit. There are film references aplenty, both obvious and obscure, and they work well when juxtaposed with the small English town setting of the story.

But the cleverness doesn't stop there. Look around the edges of the frame and keen observers will see all kinds of in-jokes hidden in things like newspaper headlines, book titles, vehicle licence plates and box labels. (For example, if you're quick you'll notice that the town barbershop is called "A Close Shave", the title of an earlier adventure.)

In the end, though, when it comes to films of this nature, over-analysing plot and point is an unnecessary exercise. This form of storytelling is outlandish and over the top, and it is truly a labour of love (the production unit averaged three seconds of footage per day). Take everyone you know to see it. It will be money well spent. Then go out and find all the other movies to buy as well. Just do it - you won't regret it.

- Anton Marshall

This is the kind of movie that reminds you what storytelling is all about - imaginative, clever, and above all entertaining. Go and see it today - you won't be sorry.

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Robert 2005/12/28 9:16 PM
Another classic Seems that with all the special effects these days it is very refreshing to find another excellent yet simple setup to deliver this! Hopefully much more to follow! Corpse Bride
M93A 2006/01/07 9:16 AM
Sharp and witty Sharp dialoque and scene layout. Funny!
Mads 2006/01/09 10:33 AM
Enjoyable! I really enjoyed the movie but my 5 year old daughter was very scared of the rabbit - so much so that I never saw the end as we had to leave. I will have to go back by myself soon!
james 2006/02/17 8:37 PM
best movie i have seen for a while Wallace and Gromit was an old series for a while and had classic movies like a grand day out and the wrong trousers however this has been the best its been funny and good and a really good movie. When i took my friend to see this movie he actually started laughing and he has a limited sense of humour and my older sister too i think it is a really good movie Wallace and Gromit 'a grand day out
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