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Curse of the Were Rabbit: not just a cheesy animation

by Saoirse Amber Cox, 12 years old, and Kelly MacDermott, 52 years young
Issue No. 1972



Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit
Directed by Nick Park and Steve Box
At cinemas now

If fans of Wallace and Gromit were worried that they wouldn’t be able to move from short films to a full length movie without losing the “hands on” feel and charm that make them special, they can relax now.

Curse of the Were Rabbit succeeds in keeping the “you can see the thumbprints” touch of the plasticine models, the unbelievable wackiness of Wallace’s inventions, and cheese!

The extra length also gives Nick Park and Steve Box the chance to develop the other characters. Now they all have brilliantly complicated personalities.

Was there a moment that the room was not filled with laughter? Barely. Everything was funny — ten jokes per scene, at least.

Most of the gags were visual, but the plot was also hilarious. We meet the duo in their tiny home town in northern England.

The annual vegetable contest looming, the veggie-obsessed residents are troubled by rabbits. Wallace and Gromit’s company, Anti-pesto, desperately try to control the problem, but only make things worse.

It’s a classic story of the underdog (literally, in this case) trying to defeat the upper class snob of a villain, in the form of Victor.

Gromit’s undying devotion to his owner really shows in his attempt to save his owner.

If you are a kid, bug your parents. Adults, grab some kids. Use whatever excuses you can find to watch this movie. It will turn newcomers to the show into fans, and long time fans will want to see it again and again.

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Sat 15 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1972
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