Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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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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!
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • UPC: 678149434224
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dreamworks Animated
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,794

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sallis Voice Only
Ralph Fiennes Voice Only
Helena Bonham Carter Voice Only
Peter Kay Voice Only
Nicholas Smith Voice Only
Clement Nicholas Smith Voice Only
Liz Smith Voice Only
Dicken Ashworth Voice Only
Peter Atkin Voice Only
Vincent Ebrahim Voice Only
Christopher Fairbank Voice Only
Mark Gatiss Voice Only
Robert Horvath Voice Only
Edward Kelsey Voice Only
Noni Lewis Voice Only
James Mather Voice Only
Geraldine McEwan Voice Only
John Thomson Voice Only
William Vanderpuye Voice Only
Ben Whitehead Voice Only
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, 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
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   Scene Index
   Features
      Cracking Commentary
         View the Film With Feature Commentary by Director/Writer Steve Box and Director/Writer Nick Park: On
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      Deleted Scenes
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         Seq 10: Alternative Opening and Deleted PC Mac Scene
         Seq 45: Deleted Mind-O-Matic Scene
         Seq 205: Deleted Launch Scene
         Seq 235: CG Altered Rabbit Ears
         Seq 360: Alternating Ending-West Walalby Street
         Seq 360: Alternate Ending-The Wedding
         The Anti-Pesto Song
         The Anti-Pesto Song Reprise
         Seq 45: Deleted Shot 41
      How Wallace & Gromit Went to Hollywood
      Behind the Scenes of 'The Curse of the Wree-Rabbit'
      A Day in the Life at Aardman
      How to Build a Bunny
      Stage Fright
         Play Stage Fright With Commentary by Steve Box: On
         Play Stage Fright With Commentary by Steve Box: Off
      The Family Album
         Signs
         Storyboards
         Wallace & Gromit's Photo Album
         Behind the Scenes
      Previews
   Setup
      Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
      Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
      Audio: French Dolby Digital 5.1
      Audio: Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
      Subtitles: Cracking Commentary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Laughter is good for the heart

    Very good animated cartoon. Funny and entertaining for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Lovely Creation

    This is a thoughtful mix of humor, horror and vibrant storytelling, as well as a masterpiece of stunning claymation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful!

    Wallace and Gromit are wonderfully British, and this is the best children's movie I have seen in a long time. It lacks the hidden 'issues' of Shrek or Finding Nemo (discovering that beauty is only skin deep learning to let go) but provides 'cracking' entertainment nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anything But cursed!!

    Not only the kids, but the adults found lots to laugh and enjoy in this film. I've enjoyed their other short videos in the past, and it was great to, now, get my kids to love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Bad

    Do not see this it is a giant bore fest!! See it if you like wasting mony and sleeping for an hour and thirty minutes!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    For anyone who's been waiting patiently since the release of the Wallace & Gromit shorts The Wrong Trousers, A Grand Day Out, and A Close Shave, this is a fantastic film, thoroughly enjoyable for all ages (the gags for the kids and the smarts for the adults). Though I'm not a big fan of Chicken Run, this was a pleasure. Wallace is a cheese-loving inventor, accompanied by his non-speaking but eye-brow spectacular loyal dog Gromit. The two are now in the business of pest-control, ridding the neighborhood of rabbits and the like, before the grand vegetable contest. Even Gromit is growing prized veges. However, they're not just the most technologically advanced pest-controllers but the most humane. Everything is swell ... until one night when they discover a were-rabbit who begins terrorizing gardens across town. Everyone is fearful of their potentially prize-winning veges for the Harvest Fair, and Wallace is lovestruck with Lady Tottington and hunted by the jealous ex Victor Quartermaine (voiced by Ralph Fiennes). Fun for all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply terrific

    My 3 year old, my mother-in-law, my husband and me went to see it together and we all enjoyed it. My daugther actually watched the movie. She can't get enught of Gromit. Great family movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Awesome!!! One of the Greatest Movies Ever!!!

    It was really good. I have watched the trilogy since I was three years old. I'm so glad they decided to make a movie! W and G rules!!!

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