DreamWorks Review: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

NDreamWorks Animation's 11th Feature Film and Aardmin Animation's 2nd feature length film
DreamWorks Animation’s 11th Feature Film and Aardmin Animation’s 2nd feature length film

 

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My Opinion right after watching movie

My opinion right after watching Wallace and Gromit the Curse of the Were-Rabbit is that it is good, but I do not like or dislike the film. The story is pretty well set, the characters are likable though somewhat undeveloped, and it’s just a well-done movie, though I could not get as into it as the film wanted me to somehow.

Production 

Production started in 2001 and it took 5 years to make the film, and a day of work would amount to only 3 seconds being animated for the film. Let’s just say, DreamWorks got involved and sent them a bunch of notes for this film. They wanted there to be famous Americans in the film, and to be Wallace so there will be someone familiar for the western world, but Aardman refused, since they wanted to stick with  Peter Sallis, who was Wallace in the shorts, so they got Helena Bonham-Carter for Totty and Ralph Fiennes for Lord Quartermine. Dreamworks wanted the film to be trendier (go figure) and wanted things to be more modern and american. To me it only makes sense why these two companies split soon after this movie; they are incompatible and DreamWorks has found their way of success that they were unbeknownst by in production of Chicken Run.

There are many versions of the characters that they used for different positions and emotions in the film. There was 43 versions of Gromit, 35 versions of Wallace, 16 versions of Victor Quartermaines, 15 versions of Lady Tottingtons, and 20 differently shaped mouths. They also got new eyes fr the characters every 2 months, so 2 months times 5 years equals a lot of eyes. There was also a lot of CGI used for effects and stuff in this film.

Story

So the movie starts with them getting a signal that there is rabbit trouble in the home which wakes up Wallace (Peter Sallis) and Gromit to capture the rabbits. In the film, they run a rabbit control company called “Antipesto”. They do a job well done capturing the  rabbit.

Wallace and Gromit

What they do with the rabbits is being them to their house and keep them in a pen in the basement where they take care of them. The morning after, they wake up and are at the breakfast table with Wallace thinking the hole he uses to leave his bed has “gotten smaller” and Gromit serves him a plate of vegetables, to Wallace’s chagrin. He tells Gromit to check on his vegetable that he’s going to enter in the contest so he can stuff his face with cheese. They get a call from Totty (Helena Bonham-Carter) to take care for a rabbit problem and as she hangs up, she is greeted by her suitor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes).

What a hideous design. Ugliest cartoon I've ever seen.
What a hideous design. Ugliest cartoon I’ve ever seen.

The duo show up and after realizing she meant many rabbits, they use this suction machine to capture all the rabbits, which happens right before Quartermaine shoots them down. Wallace accidentally sucks up Quartermaine and his wig, which makes him more than upset. He leaves like the pompous ass he is, and the two talk a bit. It is clear they like one another.

When they get home, Wallace comes up with the idea to brainwash the rabbits into not liking vegetables with his Mind Manipulation-O-Matic, the chagrin of Gromit. Wallace accidentally kicks a lever which causes a rabbit to get stuck on his head and the machine to malfunction.

For a genius, you are quite a dumbass.
For a genius, you are quite a dumbass.

So after Gromit and the rest of the townspeople caress their vegetables and go night-night, the entire town’s vegetables has been savaged and when Gromit wakes up, all the client’s alarms are beeping. Wallace is woken up and soon finds out about the event that happens last night. Them and the entire town are at city hall complaining about the fate of the vegetable contest and the rabbit issue. Totty says that they should give Antipasto another chance and since she is seen as an angel, everyone agrees.

Really Aardmin. We get the point you are trying to make. Don't have to rub it in, and it is not funny
Really Aardmin. We get the point you are trying to make. Don’t have to rub it in, and it is not funny.

That night, they decide to go catch the rabbit and Wallace tells Gromit to stay in the car while he fetches the rabbit. He is waiting there for a while, while he hears a bunch of noises and sees a shadow of a rabbit. He drives after it, which gets him nowhere. He is dragged through a hole which leads him back to his own home and sees big footprints. Wallace lectures him about leaving, while he continues to follow the footsteps which heads to the broken cage that Hutch (the rabbit that was tested) was in, making them think that he is the rabbit that is causing the chaos.

Gromit traps the rabbit and as he leaves the room, he sees that the footprints go past the bunny room and he follows it. The footprints turn human and lead to Wallace’s room, where he figures out that he is the monster rabbit.

GASP. I did not see that coming. I wonder if Wallace bathed when he came home because he has not put 2+2 yet.
GASP. I did not see that coming. I wonder if Wallace bathed when he came home because he has not put 2+2 yet.

Wallace goes to Totty’s home to tell her that the rabbit is captured. While he is there, his rabbit instincts start to come in, like eating flower and scratching his head with his feet. She shows him her garden and he is about to eat her vegetables, but Gromit (who followed him) stopped just in time.

They are in the car and Wallace is lecturing Gromit. They come across a dead-end and Wallace goes to pick up the tree, but Quartermaine shows up to beat the crap out of him, but he gets tossed like nothing after he starts turning into the wererabbit. He does not want Wallace to get with Totty because he himself only wants her money and now knows that Wallace is the wererabbit.

Aw man. I was hoping for a hardcore fight.
Aw man. I was hoping for a hardcore fight.

Soon enough, Wallace realizes he is the were-rabbit and Totty realizes that the monster is still out there and the show is off, and has no choice but for Quartermaine to kill the monster. She pays Wallace a visit, but us quickly shooed off and cries like a baby after she confesses her feelings for him and he avoids her so she wont see him transform. Quartermine breaks into the house while they escape to the vegetable competition, and he traps Gromit.

Wallace and Gromit

He goes tot he competition and tells the guard that the beast is not dead yet and that the competition will be the perfect bait. The were rabbit shows up and he is about to shoot it, but Gromit gets in the way and uses his vegetable as bait to get the were-rabbit away. Totty tries to not let Quartermaine use the metal as a golden bullet, but she is grabbed by the were-rabbit and brought to her garden. She soon realizes it is him by a wave -_-

This is beyond ridiculous the way she realized it was him.
This is beyond ridiculous the way she realized it was him.

Quartermaine shows up at her garden and she tries to tell him that they made a mistake, but he knows he did not and accidentally baits himself out about his plans and intentions of marrying her. She tells the rabbit to run and Quartermaine follows him after he pins Totty down. He is about to shoot Wallace, but Gromit’s plane blocks the shot, which causes it to fall. Wallace drops from the building to save Gromit, and they crash on the floor, with him “dying”. He wakes up and they are all happy. She gives Gromit the metal for his bravery and saving them.

"Come and hug me baby"- Wallace "Uuh, you're naked. Ooh" - Totty "Oh goodness. Thanks Gromit" - Wallace
“Come and hug me baby”- Wallace
“Uuh, you’re naked. Ooh” – Totty
“Oh goodness. Thanks Gromit” – Wallace

In the epilogue, they turn her home into a bunny sanctuary, and she says goodbye to him and she hopes he stills visits. I’m shocked that they did not get together in the end. I wonder why that is.

The story is very good actually. No plot holes I could detect, and is very detailed. For some reason though, I could not really get into the film. I probably won't watch it again; just not my taste.
The story is very good actually. No plot holes I could detect, and is very detailed. For some reason though, I could not really get into the film. I probably won’t watch it again; just not my taste.

Characters

The characters in the movie are not excellent, but decent. They are not the most developed (I have not watched the shorts), but there is some background knowledge on them. They get the job done.

Wallace is a decent character. He is a genius, over-enthusiastic, not very responsible, and is obsessed with cheese. He is the reason why they are stuck in the situation anyways. He is the protagonist, but not the break-out star.
Wallace is a decent character. He is a genius, over-enthusiastic, not very responsible, and is obsessed with cheese. He is the reason why they are stuck in the situation anyways. He is the protagonist, but not the break-out star.
This is the star of the movie. He is entertaining, funny, responsible, a bit sarcastic, and he is so likeable. He does not speak, but he is the one who solves the issue and he is the reason why everything turns out well.
This is the star of the movie. He is entertaining, funny, responsible, a bit sarcastic, and he is so likable. He does not speak, but he is the one who solves the issue and he is the reason why everything turns out well.
Tottington is the love interest that never builds into a relationship in the movie. She is continuing the family tradition of hosting the vegetable competition, and is supposed to marry Quartermaine, but clearly is not interested in him. She is an alright character.
Tottington is the love interest that never builds into a relationship in the movie. She is continuing the family tradition of hosting the vegetable competition, and is supposed to marry Quartermaine, but clearly is not interested in him. She is an alright character.
quartermaine is like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (he was based off of him too). He is a hunter who likes killingt animals and extremel snobby. He wants to get rid of Wallace so he can have Totty all for himself. He is the perfect character to hate, but you won't love to hate him if that makes sense.
Quartermaine is like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (he was based on him too). He is a hunter who likes killing animals and extremely snobby. He wants to get rid of Wallace so he can have Totty all for himself. He is the perfect character to hate, but you won’t love to hate him if that makes sense.

Animation

This is Aardman, so the stop-motion animation is always great. I do think it is a notch below Chicken Little for a few reasons. One is that the movements in the characters are a bit more stiff in this movie, and the backgrounds are just eh. The character designs of some characters are a bit creepy, but they can be manageable. The effects are great though.

Music

The music is not memorable at all. I don’t even think there are songs in it. The score gets the job done, I guess. You did an alright job Julian Nott.

Reception at Release

When this film was released on October 7th 2005, it opened at #1 in the box office, and dropped to #2 on its second week. Though the film opened string, it was a disappointment in the box office, with $56,110,897 domestically, and a worldwide total of $192,610,372. DreamWorks considers this a disappointment and the lack of money is one of the major reasons of the quickly approaching split between the companies on October 2006.

Critically, this film was praised, currently holding a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. This film is even more acclaimed than Chicken Run (which is the reason why Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards even exist). They liked it for its humor, animation, characters, adventure and a bunch of other things though there are a few that preferred the half-hour shorts. I personally do not think it deserves a 95% though. Just a bit lower.

When it comes to awards though,

IT DOMINATED
IT DOMINATED

 This film is tied with The Incredibles and Kung Fu Panda as the animated films with the most Annie nominations, and won a bunch of awards. It was the Best Animated Feature for both the Annies and Academy Awards (they were up against Chicken Little and Madagascar. Also, there was no Pixar in 2005). They won annies for Best Storyboards, Production, Directing, Voice Acting, and so on. It also won a bunch of other local awards as well so in total, it received 29 awards.

Reception Today

Like Chicken Run, this film has a great reputation, though not the DreamWorks moneymaker, and that is the case for a few reasons. Firstly, Aardman have their own separate reputations from DreamWorks and they have creative control over their films so they are not directly attached to DreamWorks. And second, THEY ARE GOOD.

Final Score

Story = 9/10

Characters = 7.5/10

Music = 7/10

Animation = 7.5/10

=31/40=  78% 

Next Time……

Review: September 17th, 2013
Review: September 17th, 2013
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14 thoughts on “DreamWorks Review: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

  1. I really need to see this movie again, but I remember liking it! I really liked Aardman’s future animated films, “Flushed Away”, “Arthur Christmas”, and “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”. It’s a shame that they’re not more famous and recognized; then again, I live in America and Aardman is a British company.

    I know this isn’t the right place for it, but I just was curious to know your preferences of the animated Disney Canon. I’ve asked you already (I believe) what your favorite and least favorite animated Dreamworks films were, so now I’d like to ask you what your favorite and least favorite Disney Canon films are. That is, if you don’t mind answering.

    1. There’s no problem with ur question.

      Favourites: Aladdin, PatF, Tarzan, Hunchback, Lilo and Stitch.

      Least Favs: Atlantis, Black Cauldron, Oliver & Company, Home on the Range, Chicken Little.

      1. Oh, “The Princess and the Frog” is a favorite? That’s interesting!

        I consider “Chicken Little” to be the WORST movie in the Canon, although I actually like it.

        “Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite and “Fantasia” (I’m sorry) is my least favorite.

  2. I think the Oliver and Company is the worst, though Chicken Little, Black Cauldron, Atlantis aso belong on the bottom of the barrel, too, along with the package movies (I like separate shorts of them, though).

    I love Fantasia, but I get that it isn’t for everyone.

    Concerning Wallace and Gromit: This movie was for fans of the shorts. I don’t think that it works well without the nostalgia aspect.

    1. Yeah, we agree on the worst Disney movies, and I have never watched the package films (except The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and the Ichabod short).

      Yeah, maybe that is why I could not get into Wallace and Gromit, though I did recognise it as good. Thanks for commenting.

      1. I don’t see Winne the Pooh as a package movie – naturally it is in a sense, but since all segments are about the same theme, they work as a movie, which the ones Disney were forced to do during war time, don’t really get together that well.

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