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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (U)
Directed by: Nick Park
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

When Wallace & Gromit burst on to the scene in 1989 with A Grand Day Out, six years before the computer generated delights of Toy Story, few could have predicted just how successful the madcap duo would be. However, with today's audiences used to high quality CG classics like Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, has this kind of traditional animation had its day?

Pest problems for the plasticine pair
Pest problems for the plasticine pair

When you consider this film was a painstaking five years in the making, with the team producing three seconds of usable footage a day on average, you have to wonder if it's worth the effort. Well, having seen the spectacular result, there's no doubt that in this case, it was time well spent.

Director Nick Park and his crew have produced a superbly crafted, quirky film that is as beautifully animated as it is well-written. Right from the opening sequence, in which the cheese-loving duo are woken up and dressed by a Heath Robinson style alarm clock, this film is absorbing, funny and an absolute feast for the eyes.

From there Wallace and his ever-present side kick race out on to the streets of Tottington to protect a neighbour's vegetable patch from a marauding rabbit. The locals, it seems, will stop at nothing to protect their entries into the annual Giant Vegetable Competition from the recent plague of floppy-eared herbivores. Things really go wrong, however, when Wallace attempts to cure the problem for good with a mind control device, accidentally creating a giant buck-toothed monster in the process.

So whether you're a child or a grown-up, this is a smashing film that's well worth a trip to the cinema. And as for whether or not CG animation will eventually usurp this style, it seems the process may have already begun. This film, in fact, uses around 700 computer enhanced shots, which I reckon is more than Titanic and T2: Judgement Day put together. And when you consider Disney has already closed down its traditional cell animation department and Pixar can knock out a film a year, perhaps the future doesn't look that bright.

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Length: 85 minutes
Certificate: U
Official Site: http://www.wandg.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312004/
Release Date: 14th October 2005

Top Five Rating: 80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0% (80.0%)
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