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Wallace and Gromit: The curse of the were-rabbit - Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Nick Park

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Movie propaganda

The cheese-loving Wallace (Peter Sallis) and his ever-faithful dog Gromit - the much-loved duo from Aardman's Oscar-winning clay-animated Wallace and Gromit shorts - star in an all new comedy adventure, marking their first full-length feature film.

It's "vege-mania" in Wallace and Gromit's neighbourhood, and our two enterprising chums are cashing in with their humane pest-control outfit, Anti-Pesto. With only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, business is booming, but Wallace and Gromit are finding out that running a "humane" pest control outfit has its drawbacks as their West Wallaby Street home fills to the brim with captive rabbits.

Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging "beast" begins attacking the town's sacred vegetable plots at night, and the competition hostess, Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter), commissions Anti-Pesto to catch it and save the day. Lying in wait, however, is Lady Tottington's snobby suitor, Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes), who'd rather shoot the beast and secure the position of local hero - not to mention Lady Tottington's hand in marriage. With the fate of the competition in the balance, Lady Tottington is eventually forced to allow Victor to hunt down the vegetable chomping marauder. Little does she know that Victor's real intent could have dire consequences for her... and our two heroes.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy animation Wallace Gromit Aardman claymation monster UK

Persons of interest

  • Peter Sallis .... Wallace
  • Helena Bonham Carter .... Lady Tottington
  • Ralph Fiennes .... Lord Victor Quartermaine
  • Peter Kay .... PC Mackintosh
  • Nicholas Smith .... Reverend Clement Hedges
  • Liz Smith .... Mrs Mulch
  • John Thomson .... Mr Windfall
  • Mark Gatiss .... Miss Blight
  • Vincent Ebrahim .... Mr Caliche
  • Geraldine McEwan .... Miss Thripp
  • Edward Kelsey .... Mr Growbag
  • Dicken Ashworth .... Mr Mulch
  • Pete Atkin .... Mr Crock
  • Noni Lewis .... Mrs Girdling
  • Bob Baker .... Screenwriter
  • Mark Burton .... Screenwriter
  • Steve Box .... Screenwriter
  • Nick Park .... Screenwriter
  • Steve Box .... Director
  • Nick Park .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

There's no denying that Wallace and Gromit: The curse of the were-rabbit is a funny film. There are many moments of hilarity, many in-jokes, many clichés honoured and parodied but there's a sense that the only way this film was going to get off the ground was by making an ordinary movie rather than one which celebrates the wackiness of Mr Wallace and his canine companion. I say ordinary in the sense that mad inventor, crazy monster, sleepy English village, sleepy English aristocrats and adventures in the night are not at all original. There is little sense that this film could only have been made with claymation (as there is with Chicken run).

Or, to put it another way, I expected more.

You should still see it, but.

Security censorship classification

PG (Mild suggestive language, mild themes)

Surveillance time

84 minutes (1:24 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 15 September 2005

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