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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] 
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Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threate ns the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
A decade after their last hilarious short, the Oscar-winning A Close Shave, Claymation wonders Wallace and Gromit return for a full-length adventure. Daffy scientist Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and his heroic dog Gromit are doing well with their business, Anti-Pesto, a varmint-hunting outfit designed to keep their English town safe from rabbits chomping on prized vegetables. Wallace meets Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter), who appreciates Wallace's humane way of dealing with rabbits (courtesy of the Bun-Vac 6000), and sets up a rivalry with the gun-toting Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes, enjoying himself more than ever). Creator Nick Park, with co-director/writer Steve Box, delivers a story worthy of the 85-minute running time, although it stretches the act a bit; the formula plays better shorter, but the literally hand-crafted film is a joy to watch. Taking a chapter from classic horror films, a giant were-rabbit is soon on the prowl, and the town is up in arms, what with the annual vegetable contest close at hand. (Anyone who's seen the previous three shorts knows who saves the day.) Never content to do something simply when the extravagant will do, W&G's lives are filled with whimsical Rude Goldberg-style devices, and the opening number showcasing their alarm system is pure Aardman Animation at its finest. Even though there's a new twist here--a few mild sight gags aimed at adults--this G-rated film will delight young and old alike as Park, like team Pixar, seems incapable of making anything but an outstanding film. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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With the voice performances of Peter Sallis as Wallace, Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Tottington, and Ralph Fiennes as Victor Quartermaine, who's the Ladyship's fiancee and main antagonist of the story, "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" offers a stellar and wonderful cast of voice actors. With the proper personality and voice tones for their roles, each offers the right empathy, sympathy, or scorn their characters deserve. Emotions that also go along for the villagers, who we get to meet for the first time. Acknowledging some of their selfish nature as that vegetable competition makes them lose common sense. As for Gromit, whom the creators have kept mute instead of pulling a "Tom-and-Jerry" stunt which would have killed the character, he still holds the same charm, common sense, wit, and courage from his short feature films.
As for the movie, the movie absolutely does not drag. Its rhythm hops along nicely and offers quite a few wisecracking jokes and irony in its design, visual puns, and audio ones like a popular theme song from Art Garfunkel. Although Nick Park later stated that DreamWorks's suggestions were more obstructive than collaborative as they intruded with the show's humor and visual design (ex: Attempting to give Wallace a trendy car. As if that would make the movie more profitable!?). In the end, it was this conflicting atmosphere that broke their partnership. Nevertheless, Aardman managed to stick to their side and gave the same strong sense of humour and writing quality they've given to their movies.
In its animation, the clay work is stunning. Different character designs, fluid animation, everyone and everything '— especially rabbits — ' offers convincing body movements and clear facial expressions. As for the production design, I have to say the vegetables in that movie are stunning. So much that you'd think they're real and that you'd wish you could eat those crops. Again kudos for the crew on that movie which deserves its Oscar for Best Animated feature. At a time when they lost much valuable content to a fire just as the movie came out at the cinema.
For its Audio, I have to say the Dolby 5.1 sound on the British DVD edition (Region 2) offers a better beat rather than in the American copy (Region 1). As to how and why this difference between the two versions, I don,t know. But personally, I prefer the British's sound version to the movie as it offers the proper terms the American one was lacking (ex: marrow instead of melon). Even better, the Region 2 DVD has all the Cracking Contraptions episodes. A series of short misadventures Wallace and Gromit have with some of their inventions. Where in one episode, a special character even makes an appearance. And there are also deleted scenes, making of, and a commentary with the makers of this wonderful animated film.
Who, along with its characters, deserve all the worldwide praise they got since "A Grand Day Out" and many other productions (ex: Peter Gabriel's SledgeHammer, Babylon, etc.)
Well, if I thought Nick Park had reached great heights with A Matter of Loaf and Death, he rocketed past them with The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The storyline is about as outrageous as you can get, but then anything is possible in modelling clay, but stick with it, there are some outrageous characters to go with it: Victor Quartermaine with his amazing wig; Lady Campanula Tottington with her corn-cob dress; Reverend Clement Hedges as the stereotypic vicar; all helped along with a star voice-over cast (the evergreen Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay, Nicolas Smith, etc).
The star of the show is, of course, Grommit and the scene where he follows the Were-Rabbit down his tunnel while driving Wallace's van, is comparable with a Bourne car chase.
Everything, as always, turns out alright in the end - but to get there you have to follow the madcap characters and scenes invented by Nick Park, Bob Baker, Steve Box and Mark Burton.
Definitely one to watch in slow motion.
What's not to like about this daring duo and the marvelous collection of characters that inhabit their quaint British world!
Anyway, having said all that, I did enjoy the film and, as always, it makes for a cracking good sit-down in front of the telly. I suspect that the fault lies with me and a somewhat jaded palette.
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