273 – Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

ven people who aren’t fans of stop-animation movies, such as the old-timey Gumby cartoons, will love the heck out of this one. Clever and knee-slappingly funny, W&G’s latest is about another of Wallace’s inventions gone awry.

Seems the town has a rabbit problem, and Wallace’s Anti-Pesto company is right for the job. Only Wallace gets it in his head that he wants to brainwash his captive rabbits, and in doing so he accidentally transfers part of his mind into a rabbit – and part of a rabbit’s mind into his own – creating a … DA DA DA!!!! Were-Rabbit!

This wreaks havoc with the town’s annual vegetable festival, as you can quite imagine. If Anti-Pesto can’t stop the Were-Rabbit, who can? Could it be Lady Tottington’s (Helena Bonham Carter) not-quite fiance Victor (Ralph Fiennes), who wants to shoot all the little bunnies he sees anyway? Let’s hope not. And will Victor get to the Were-Rabbit before the irate townsfolk, complete with pitchforks, knives, and chainsaws, do?

Never mind that a were-rabbit would be wolf-rabbit, not a rabbit-man, but hey – who cares? Probably not you, or you’d have stopped reading by now, since those who care about such nuance have no reason to like this kind of kidfare in the first place. But don’t kid yourself. Although this is a kid’s film, you’d be hard pressed not to find it to be a real stitch, even if you’re a full-blown adult. From Wallace’s cheese addiction to Gromit’s well-worn way of getting his master out of trouble, there’s a lot to like about the movie for both kidlets and grown kids.

Among the highlights are a “dogfight” between Gromit and Victor’s dog – in planes from a kids’ ride at the local fair; Wallace’s suck invention (it sucks the bunnies out of the ground, unharmed); and Fiennes’ characterization. Really, good smashing fun for everyone.

Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit: ***1/2


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