Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit [Film Review]

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MPW-15474It’s ‘vege-mania’ in Wallace and Gromit’s neighborhood and they’re cashing in with their humane pest-control outfit, “Anti-Pesto”.  With only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, business is booming. Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging “beast” begins attacking the town’s sacred vegetable plots at night. With the fate of the competition in the balance, 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.

I’m a big fan of Wallace and Gromit, I always have been. There’s something so charming about stop-motion in general but coupled with a very British sense of humour it will always have a special place in my heart.

Despite Wallace & Gromit being Aardman Animations ‘big thing’ it wasn’t their first choice for a full length feature film. Instead they made Chicken Run, which is 100% brilliant in every way. The success of Chicken Run allowed Aardman, pairing with Dreamworks, to make this film for the pair who normally only star in short films. I was 15 when this movie came out and it actually inspired me to make some God awful stop motion animations myself. ‘Unfortunately’ those are now lost forever.

This film is everything we love about Wallace & Gromit, just on a larger scale. Gromit still shows more emotions, expressions and feeling than real actors paid millions of dollars. Yet he doesn’t even have a mouth! Wallace is still just as hilarious, inept and brilliant all rolled into one.

It’s hard to argue that this won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. The amount of time and talent it takes to make single frames is insane. The animation style is only one of the things that makes Wallace & Gromit so special though. They’ve always been great family films, long or short.

I can’t imagine why somebody wouldn’t have already seen this film if they already liked the previous shorts. So instead I’ll address the people who maybe haven’t seen them at all. You’ve made a horrible mistake and you need to address it as soon as possible. Go and watch all of Wallace & Gromit, you will not regret it.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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