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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animation film, the first full-length Wallace and Gromit film. It was the second Aardman film to be produced by DreamWorks Animation, the first being 2000's Chicken Run. The film was directed by Nick Park and Steve Box and produced at the Aardman animation studios in Bristol, United Kingdom. It won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Plot Edit

Tottington Hall's annual Giant Vegetable Competition is approaching. The winner of the competition will win the coveted Golden Carrot Award. All are eager to protect their vegetables from damage and thievery by rabbits until the contest, and Wallace and Gromit are cashing in by running a vegetable security and humane pest control business, "Anti-Pesto".

As the event draws close, Wallace finds themselves running out of space to cage the rabbits. He is inspired to create the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic machine to brainwash the rabbits and remove their appetite for vegetables. On his first attempt, a rabbit is stuck to Wallace's head as he uses the machine's headpieces, and Gromit destroys the machine to protect Wallace. The machine appears to have worked as the rabbit shows no interest in vegetables though appears to have gained some intelligence. They name the rabbit Hutch while Wallace begins rebuilding the device.

Over the night, several townsfolk report a giant Were-rabbit tried to eat their vegetables. Wallace suspects that Hutch may be the Were-rabbit and keep him caged up. Lady Tottington holds an emergency town meeting, in which the hunter Lord Victor Quartermaine offers to shoot the Were-rabbit. However, Lady Tottington persuades the rest of the town to continue with Anti-Pesto's services. Victor, who really seeks to woo Lady Tottington, becomes jealous of Wallace, and later corners him in town as the sun starts to set. To Victor and his dog Philip's shock, Wallace transforms into the Were-rabbit and bounds away. Gromit, who also witnessed the chase, lures Wallace back home to protect him. Victor obtains three "24-carrot" gold bullets from the town's reverend to use against Wallace the next evening.

The celebration begins the next day. Gromit convinces Wallace that he is the Were-rabbit, and Wallace hides himself away. Lady Tottington, who has come to like Wallace, comes to visit as the sun is about the set. Wallace, feeling the change about to start, shoos Lady Tottington away to avoid harming her. As she leaves, Victor arrives and attempts to fire on Wallace with the golden bullets. Gromit creates a distraction to allow Wallace, as the Were-rabbit, to escape, while he is put into a cage by Victor and Philip. The hunter gives chase to Wallace as he heads for the competition. Gromit is able to escape with the help of Hutch, and plans to sacrifice the giant marrow he had been growing as bait to lure Wallace back to safety.

Wallace, as the Were-rabbit, creates chaos at the fair, and Victor is unable to hit Wallace with the bullets. Instead, he grabs the Golden Carrot trophy to use as ammo for his blunderbuss. Wallace grabs Lady Tottington and climbs onto one of the towers of Tottington Hall. Victor gives chase, revealing that he only wants to impress Lady Tottington for her money. When Gromit arrives, Philip attempts to prevent him from interfering, leading to the two into a dogfight using airplanes taken from a fairground attraction. Gromit takes a Blue Sopwith Camel, but is soon pursued by Philip in a Fokker Dr.I triplane, mocking the Red Baron's final flight. Gromit gets the upper hand, sending Philip's plane to the ground, then steers his plane into Victor's line of fire just as he is about to shoot the Golden Carrot at Wallace. The plane takes the hit and starts to go down, whereupon Wallace jumps off the tower, grabs Gromit and sacrifices himself to cushion their fall into a cheese tent. Victor gloats about his victory, but Lady Tottington hits him with the Golden Carrot, knocking him out into the cheese tent as well, and goes to check on Wallace herself. As the townspeople begin to form a mob to learn the Were-rabbit's identity, Gromit quickly disguises Victor as the Were-rabbit, who is subsequently chased away from town by the mob.

Wallace shortly transforms back to his human self and appears dead, but Gromit uses some Stinking Bishop cheese to bring Wallace back around to good health. Lady Tottington awards Gromit the Golden Carrot for his sacrifice of the giant marrow, and later converts the grounds of Tottington Hall into a safe habitat for Hutch and the other captured rabbits.

CastEdit

  • Wallace: Peter Sallis
  • Hutch :Joe Ranft
  • Lady Tottington :Helena Bonham Carter
  • Lord Victor Quartermaine :Ralph Fiennes
  • Police Constable Albert Mackintosh: Peter Kay
  • Reverend Clement Hedges: Nicholas Smith
  • Dicken Ashworth and Liz Smith: Mr. and Mrs. Mulch
  • Mr. Growbag: Edward Kelsey
  • The Were Rabbit: John Ratzenberger

Reciption Edit

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit received a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 176 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a subtly touching and wonderfully eccentric adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit." The film also received a score of 87 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 38 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."

Awards Edit

  • Academy Awards, Best Animated Film (Nick Park and Steve Box): Winner
  • BAFTA Awards, Best British Film (Claire Jennings, David Sproxton, Nick Park, Steve Box, Mark Burton, Bob Baker): Winner
  • Annie Awards, Best Animated Feature (Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit, Winner), Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Nick Park and Steve Box, Winner), Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Steve Box, Nick Park, Mark Burton and Bob Baker, Winner), Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Nick Park, Winner), Best Character Animation(Claire Billet, Winner,Jay Grace and Christopher Sadler, Nominated), Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Bob Persichetti, Winner, Michael Salter, Nominated), Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Peter Sallis as the voice of Wallace, Winner, Helena Bonham Carter as the voice of Lady Campanula Tottington, Nominated, Ralph Fiennes as the voice of Victor Quartermaine, Nominated and Nicholas Smith as the voice of Reverend Clement Hedges, Nominated), Best Music in an Animated Feature Production ( Julian Nott, Winner), Best Animated Effects (Jason Wen, Winner) and Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Phil Lewis, Winner)
  • British Comedy Awards, Best Comedy Film (Nick Park): Winner
  • Empire Awards, Best Director (Nick Park and Steve Box, Winner), Best British Film (Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit, Nominated), Best Comedy Film (Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit, Nominated) and Scene of the Year (Nominated)
  • Visual Effects Society, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture (Lloyd Price for "Gromit") : Winner
  • London Film Critics Circle, British Film of the Year : Nominated
  • Toronto Film Critics Association, Best Animated Film (Nick Park and Steve Box) : Winner

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