October 08, 2005

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

A miracle occurred a short time ago, and as a result Jane and I were able to have an unprecedented two nights off to ourselves this weekend. This is truly amazing, and I'm surprised yesterday wasn't greeted with earthquakes, fires, plague, war and rumours of war. Instead, all was relatively placid. There were no earthquakes, the war hasn't been a rumour for several years, and the fire was last weekend. We have walked on the beach, and eaten not wisely but too well (something I've certainly earned over the last six months), and around noon found ourselves next to a movie theater with an early matinee of the new Wallace and Gromit feature film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Being on our own, and being who we are (Jane, remember, is the one who got a copy of Where's My Cow? as an anniversary present and was pleased about it) we bought tickets forthwith.

And we had a glorious time.

As the movie begins, the entire town is eagerly awaiting Lady Tottingham's Large Vegetable competition. All and sundry are pampering their tubers, melons, and roots in hopes of winning the coveted Golden Carrot--and only four days remain. Their chief concern: rabbits. As it happens, Wallace and Gromit have a new business: Anti-Pesto Humane Pest Control. They've got everyone's gardens wired with movement detectors and such-like and act as an immediate response SWAT team if the detectors are tripped by a hungry bunny in the middle of the night. All is going well, and Wallace is the darling of the town...until things go suddenly, horribly awry.

I won't give away anything else; suffice it to say that the film is every bit as good as The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, with all the bits we've come to love, and the animation was stunning--it's all traditional clay stop-motion animation, and I have no idea how they did some of the shots.

Looking back on the film, I'm not sure it had any more real story than its shorter siblings; but it never dragged, and the extension to feature length appears effortless though I'm sure it was anything but.

So go see it.

Posted by Will Duquette at October 8, 2005 07:42 PM