Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Image credit: Aardman Animations.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

Wallace and Gromit discover that their new pest control business is in high demand when a monstrous rabbit strikes

Strand:
Wallace & Gromit
AKA:
Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit; The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit; The Wallace And Gromit Movie; Wallace And Gromit: The Great Vegetable Plot (Working Title)
Genre:
Film
Released:
2005
Starring:
Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay, Nicholas Smith, Liz Smith, Dicken Ashworth, Edward Kelsey, Mark Gatiss, John Thomson, Vincent Ebrahim, Geraldine McEwan
Writers:
Nick Park, Bob Baker, Steve Box, Mark Burton
Production:
Aardman Animations

There is a Giant Vegetable Competition coming to local Tottington Hall and everyone in town, including Wallace and Gromit, are growing their crops for the contest. The duo are also making some money with their humane pest control service 'Anti-Pesto' by stopping the local rabbits from eating the veg.

Wallace finds himself trying to attract the affections of Lady Campanula 'Totty' Tottington, the woman who is hosting the contest. However, there is a rival for her affections in the form of the vile Lord Victor Quartermaine and his hunting dog Phillip, who would rather sort out the rabbit problem by shooting the bunnies.

Wallace soon comes across a problem with his business. He is running out of space for his captured rabbits. He is also having trouble with his weight, so creates an invention to solve the problem: The Mind Manipulation-O-Matic. With this machine, he intends to take away the rabbits love of veg and give it to himself, while at the same time making the rabbits harmless. Instead, the machine malfunctions resulting in one of the rabbits, Hutch, behaving like Wallace.

After the incident, a mysterious creature begins to terrorise the locals, consuming every vegetable it can lay its paws on. The local vicar, the Reverend Hedges, tells the town it is the fault a monster called the Were-Rabbit. Gromit suspects that the monster is Hutch, but soon he and Victor find out who the real Were-Rabbit is and they must solve the problem before Victor puts a golden bullet into the beast's head.

Our Review: Described by creator Nick Park as 'the world's first vegetarian horror movie', you only have to look at the number of awards the film has won to see how great it is. It has won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a British Comedy Award, and 10 Annie Awards, including 'Best Animated Feature', 'Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production', 'Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production' and 'Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production'.

However, it is not universally popular. Some people believe that the film was made "Too American" and it performed poorly at the box office.