A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Movie 130 – Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit – July 8th, 2010

I’ve loved Wallace and Gromit since the first short film I saw, yet somehow I’ve missed this one until now. I’m not sure why. It’s not an over-hype victim. I’ve just never gotten around to watching it. It’s a bit of fluff really, so it’s never been pressing on my list of things to watch. I’m sure I’d have put it in eventually anyhow, but this is what the project is for. All these movies I just keep passing over for things I’ve seen a million times finally get taken off the shelf (or out of the stack – we have so very many) and watched. I’m sure there will be a couple I regret, but for tonight I’m really quite happy.

I’m going to operate under the assumption that everyone knows Wallace and Gromit and only give a very cursory description of them. Wallace is a middle-aged pasty white bald British man with a fondness for cheese and inventing mechanical gizmos. Gromit is his companion, friend, coworker, more level-headed partner and dog. They do all sorts of things together, and in this movie they’ve got a new business called Anti-Pesto, which makes me very hungry. They spend their evenings catching rabbits from gardens and carting them away. Only to take them home and feed them. Soon their home is infested with rabbits. With little pig noses. It seems the village is having a terrible rabbit problem and the annual giant vegetable contest at Tottingham Hall is coming up.

Wallace and Gromit are called in to help Lady Tottington with a rabbit infestation at the Hall, where they encounter Victor Quartermaine, a local hunter and suitor of Lady Tottingham. He’s very pro-killing whereas Lady Tottingham prefers a more humane approach. And Anti-Pesto is all about humane approaches! Unfortunately, while trying to rehabilitate the rabbits he’s got back at the house, Wallace has a mishap with a mind-control device he’s invented, and thus we end up with a mysterious monster ravaging the village gardens. The Vicar labels it a were-rabbit and Anti-Pesto sets out to capture it before Victor can kill it.

Now, I figured out the twist before there was anything twisty going on. It’s not super surprising or anything. But really, is it supposed to be? The fun is in following Wallace along as he blithely lives his life, convinced that he knows best when really it’s Gromit who’s on the ball. And it’s made rather clear what’s going on about halfway through the movie. Gromit’s always the sensible one, and even though he doesn’t even have a mouth you know from his expressions exactly what he’s thinking. I like Wallace and all, and I can definitely empathize with him when it comes to cheese. Just watching this made me crave that Port Salut I’ve got in the fridge. But Gromit’s my favorite and always will be.

Anyhow, the movie proceeds with the Giant Vegetable Fair and the giant were-rabbit and lots of heroics from Gromit. And plenty of jokes. I think my favorite minor character in this one is the Vicar, with his whole speech about how the monster lurks in all of us, waiting to tear apart vegetables, and his book on nun wrestling and his 24 carrot gold pun. I like the little jokes, like the Anti-Pesto truck’s “heavy loam” setting on its wipers, and the tumble-candy floss. I like that the movie has a Wilhelm. These have always been movies heavy on little details. The plasticine stop-motion animation is painstaking, but allows for so many little things to be incorporated into the sets and characters. So I definitely enjoyed that as I always do. Overall I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite Wallace and Gromit installment. They might just work better in a shorter format really. But it was still a good bit of fun to watch.

July 8, 2010 - Posted by | daily reviews | , , ,

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