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I’ve loved Wallace & Gromit ever since I saw A Grand Day Out ages ago. They just were fantastic. The animation, the humour, the simple stories. A bit later I started developing a mildly unhealthy obsession for the evil Feathers McGraw… who even managed to become the icon of our SETI Checker application. And while I wasn’t particularly impressed by Aardman’s Chicken Run, it was quite clear that I had to see Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and that I’ll love it.
And I did. Playing with the fun topic of the like and dislike of vegetables, having the ever caring and clever Gromit – who’s just the best dog ever and before they manage to clone a real dog like him I’m so not going to have one – and his benignly demented master Wallace who can’t resist inventing things and trying them out right away.
While I think that the film isn’t as good as its three short predecessors – partly because many aspects of the film look familiar by now and partly because the characters seem to be a little bit tamer, the animals (Gromit and the rabbits of course) seem to be little bit too cute – it’s definitely worth seeing. I surely enjoyed it a lot.
Interesting sidenotes include that there was a short ‘support film’ before the main film started: The animated film The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper with, well, four penguins which also appear in Madagascar. While I was told that Madagascar wasn’t too good, this was a really funny short. More directly related to Wallace and Gromit is that some extra care had been taken in localising the film – no English versions seem to be screened here currently, which is a shame because the original Wallace & Gromit voices are important. Not only had the title been translated into German. But other bits of text throughout the film had been translated as well. In a way doing that should be a big deal these days, especially in animated films. But it’s still not done regularly, so I found it remarkable. Oddly, the closing credits were in English, though. Listing all the English speakers, none of which you get to hear.