Bring out the Wensleydale, and don't forget the crackers! At last, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is the feature-length film that Wallace & Gromit fans have been waiting for. How long have we been waiting? Well, let's put it this way. While Wallace, the dim-witted but enthusiastic inventor of overcomplicated gadgets, and Gromit, his mute but much savvier dog, continue to pop up in the odd two- or three-minute short on British television, this film marks their first significant trip to the big screen since the Oscar-winning half-hour short A Close Shave came out ten years ago. Pixar had just released its first full-length movie, the top-grossing film of all time was still E.T., and no one had ever heard of Harry Potter.

That's all changed, now, and in a way it doesn't matter. The Wallace & Gromit short films have always had a nostalgic sensibility, so they don't really need to keep up with the times; their push-button-operated contraptions are a throwback to the pre-digital age, and the films themselves regularly parody classic film genres such as film noir and old-fashioned horror. (Among other things, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit has fun tweaking the clichéd use of organ music and lightning flashes.) But creator Nick Park and his team, including co-director Steve Box and co-writers Bob Baker and Mark Burton, are fond of pop-culture references—their previous film Chicken Run was a veritable pastiche of movie quotes—and so, as the opening credits scroll by over a series of photos showing how Wallace and Gromit have grown over the years, we see Gromit holding a diploma from a school called Dogwarts. Cute!

The story this time concerns a Giant Vegetable Competition, and while our heroes plan to enter it themselves ...

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
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Directed By
Steve Box, Nick Park
Run Time
1 hour 25 minutes
Cast
Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Kay
Theatre Release
October 07, 2005 by DreamWorks Animation
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