Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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Director: Steve Box, Nick Park

Cast: Steve Box, Nick Park, Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes


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Eccentric inventor Wallace (voice of Peter Sallis) and his faithful if often perplexed dog Gromit are back in their first feature-length adventure from animator Nick Park. Wallace and Gromit have launched a new business venture just in time for a major gardening competition in their neighborhood of West Wallaby. "Anti-Pesto" is a humane pest-relocation service in… See more details below


Eccentric inventor Wallace (voice of Peter Sallis) and his faithful if often perplexed dog Gromit are back in their first feature-length adventure from animator Nick Park. Wallace and Gromit have launched a new business venture just in time for a major gardening competition in their neighborhood of West Wallaby. "Anti-Pesto" is a humane pest-relocation service in which Wallace and Gromit capture rabbits and other critters who have been eating the produce from local gardens and give them new homes somewhere else. Business has been going well, and when the woman hosting the garden show, Lady Tottington (voice of Helena Bonham Carter), discovers a massive tribe of rabbits has been making a mess of her garden, she calls in Wallace and Gromit to move the bunnies elsewhere. Wallace is quite taken with Lady Tottington, but he's not the only one -- Victor Quartermaine (voice of Ralph Fiennes) is a slick but arrogant upper-class type who wants to win Lady Tottington's hand (and fortune) and is convinced he can do a better job capturing the rabbits than Wallace. However, Wallace's attempts to brainwash the rabbits away from veggies using his latest invention has disastrous results, and soon Wallace has to deal with a beastly bunny as well as a heavily-armed Quartermaine. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit followed Park's previous film with the duo, A Close Shave, by ten years, and was produced after Park broke through to mainstream success with the feature Chicken Run.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Heartening news for Wallace & Gromit fans who have waited a decade for the British clay-animated duo to return to the screen: Their first feature film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, is just as funny, clever, and inventive as their trio of sublime short subjects (collected on Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures). Cheese-loving inventor Wallace (indelibly voiced by Peter Sallis) and his resourceful, steadfast canine companion, Gromit, rank among the screen's great buddy teams. Curse of the Were-Rabbit > -- co-directed by W&G creator Nick Park and fellow Aardman Studios animator Steve Box -- finds them happily employed as the owners and operators of Anti-Pesto, which uses humane methods and ingenious contraptions to make local gardens rabbit-free. Things really get hopping on the eve of the annual vegetable competition, when Wallace and Gromit are hired by Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) to solve her magnificent garden’s rabbit problem. An untested Wallace invention, intended to brainwash rabbits into becoming anti-vegans, malfunctions; and soon a behemoth bunny is on the loose. Rabbit hunter Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes) is determined to kill the beast to impress Lady Tottington (to whom Wallace has also taken a fancy). Curse of the Were-Rabbit is brimming with Rube Goldbergian delights, gentle humor, and dazzling set pieces, such as Gromit's climactic airborne rescue of his friend and master who, typically, has gotten himself into a hare-raising pickle. It is one of the best films of the year, family or otherwise, and, with apologies to Wallace, not at all cheesy. The bountiful extras include Steve Box's own award-winning short film, "Stage Fright," segments devoted to the painstaking stop-motion animation process, and "A Day in the Life" at Aardman Studios.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
While folks don't generally cite Nick Park as a major figure in the independent filmmaking movement, there's no arguing that he's a director who has created a handful of truly distinctive movies and a clearly recognizable creative voice while working entirely on his own terms, both within and without the Hollywood studio system. Park has fashioned a visual and narrative style every bit as strong as Wes Anderson or Paul Thomas Anderson, and he's a lot funnier than either of them, and half the fun of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is seeing a movie that's so obviously the product of one man's (very witty) personal vision emerge as a tent-pole release for a major studio. Anyone who was afraid that the DreamWorks brass were going to mess with what made the early Wallace and Gromit shorts so much fun can breathe easy -- if The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a bit more manic in its pace and broader in its humor than A Close Shave or A Grand Day Out (which is probably the product of its 85-minute running time as much as anything else), the characters and their comic style remain thankfully intact, and if one buys into Chuck Jones' theory that an animator is really an actor, then Park and his crew have delivered Oscar-caliber performances as Gromit (whose eyes are more expressive than most human actors onscreen the same year) and Wallace (though Peter Sallis' veddy-British voice work certainly deserves a mention as well). Park and his collaborator Steve Box have packed their frames with layers upon layers of comic detail (if ever a movie was made with the DVD freeze frame in mind, it's this one), and in between laughs they've delivered a loving homage to the classic Hammer horror films of the 1950s and '60s, with a keen eye toward their shadowy visual style and color scheme. The humor manages to be smart and just a touch corny at the same time, and the laughs roll out consistently throughout the movie's running time. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a thoroughly and delightfully enjoyable moviegoing experience, and an even better big-screen vehicle for Nick Park's gifts than Chicken Run.

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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes fun, including "How to Build a Bunny"; "Stagefright"-The award-winning Aardman short film; Deleted scenes with cracking commentary; Clayful activities, games, printables, and much, much more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sallis Wallace
Ralph Fiennes Victor Quatermaine
Helena Bonham Carter Lady Campanula Tottington (Voice)
Peter Kay PC Mackintosh
Nicholas Smith Reverend Clement Hedges
Clement Nicholas Smith Reverend Hedges
Liz Smith Mrs. Mulch
John Thomson Mr. Windfall (Voice)
Mark Gatiss Miss. Blight (Voice)
Vincent Ebrahim Mr. Caliche (Voice)
Geraldine McEwan Miss. Thripp (Voice)
Edward Kelsey Mr. Growbag (Voice)
Dicken Ashworth Mr. Mulch (Voice)
Robert Horvath Mr. Dibber (Voice)
Peter Atkin Mr. Crock (Voice)
Noni Lewis Mrs. Girdling (Voice)
Ben Whitehead Mr. Leaching (Voice)
Christopher Fairbank additional voice
James Mather additional voice
William Vanderpuye additional voice
Gavin Greenaway Conductor

Technical Credits
Steve Box Director,Screenwriter
Nick Park Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Bob Baker Screenwriter
Joe Bale Editor
Will Becher Animator
Terry Brain Animator
Matthew Bristowe Producer
Darren Burgess Animator
Mark Burton Screenwriter
Stefano Cassini Animator
David Mc Cormick Editor
Jennifer Duffy Casting
Michael Elson Executive Producer
Alison Evans Animator
Joe Fenton Animator
Geoff Foster Sound Mixer
Zoe Golezowski Production Manager
Alastair Green Art Director
Danny Hambrook Sound/Sound Designer
Jerold Howard Animator
Claire Jennings Producer
Giles Johnson Production Manager
Fabrice Joubert Animator
Cecil Kramer Executive Producer
Phil Lewis Production Designer
Begona Lopez Producer
Peter Lord Producer
Alasdair MacCuish Producer
Peter Muyzers Consultant/advisor
Julian Nott Score Composer
Tristan Oliver Cinematographer
Angharad Owen Editor
Gregory Perler Editor
Matt Perry Art Director
Pascual Pérez Porcar Animator
Dana L. Ramsay Animator
Dave Alex Riddett Cinematographer
Michael Rose Executive Producer
Carla Shelley Producer
Lizzie Spivey Production Manager
David Sproxton Producer
Jason Wen Animator
Lee Wilton Animator
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
1. Anti-Pesto [6:22]
2. Technology [6:20]
3. Tottington Hall [4:57]
4. Rabbit Rehabilitation [5:12]
5. Vegetable Carnage [3:20]
6. Town Meeting [3:52]
7. More...Alluring [4:55]
8. Detective Gromit [4:28]
9. Totty's Garden [3:32]
10. Wallace's Transformation [6:19]
11. Rabbit Ears [2:15]
12. Lady Tottington's Visit [2:34]
13. At the Competition [6:39]
14. Dogflight [7:21]
15. Cheese! [6:10]
16. End Credits [4:07]


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