Sunday, October 15, 2006

Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Directed by: Nick Park & Steve Box, UK, 2005
Animation / Family, 85min

Distributed by: DreamWorks International

Story:
Heroic duo consisting of mad inventor Wallace and his silent, problem solving world rescuing dog Gromit are back for their first full length movie. Here they are running the towns vegetable security firm anti-pesto, in the days before the up coming Large Vegetable fête. One night they are confronted with a huge rabbit beast who has been feeding frantically on their customers veggies. To save face they have to catch the large fury fiend, but as usual where Wallace and Gromit are on the go, there's more to it than meets the eye.

Me:
Cracking movie Gromit! This is definitely one of the best movies this year. We have recently been re-watching the Wallace & Gromit shorts as my son has started to find an interest in them, and it's amazing to see the evolution of the characters as the years have gone by. Almost all the time one forgets that it's animated plasticine on the screen. The story is just scary enough to keep my son on the edge of his seat, and with it's several layers it keeps us adults looking for in-jokes and references to other movies. The addition of other characters out over the two heroes is great, and they are crafted in such a way that no one sticks out; they all look just like they should. A few gust voices add to the magic, Helena Bonham Carter (Her second voice over work for an animated film in 2005, the first being Corpse Bride), and Ralph Fiennes are the ones that you'll recognise, and of course Peter Sallis crispy Wallace. Wallace and Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is quickly becoming one of my family's favourite movies, and I'm sure that we'll be watching it a lot in the months to come. If you like animated plasticine, then this is a movie for you. So stop thinking about it and watch it today!

Image:
1.85 anamorphic widesreen. Scandinavian release so there are subtitles in Swedish, Finnish, Islandic, and English.

Audio:
Four great Dolby Digital 5.1 language options, Swedish, Finnish, Islandic, and English. It sounds awesome, and the speakers really get a work out on this one.

Extras:
Several extras round of this brilliant movie; The story behind WAllace & Gromit and their creator Nick Park, a series of shorter featurettes on how the movie was made, even how to make a plastecine rabbit. DreamWorks obligatory DWK with games and stuff for children to play around with. There is a two disc version available with more features, but this is the single disc version. There is also a commentary track with Nick Park.

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