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Not Toronto! But check out a review of the WALLACE & GROMIT movie, CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT here!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here... Tarantino is taking the stage for SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, the great killer Santa Claus movie! It's awesome and I can't wait! Here's the Wallace & Gromit review!

Hey guys. Just wanted to send in a quickie about Wallace & Grommit : Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

It?s just come out here in sunny Queensland, Australia, so thought I?d let you Yankee Doodles know what I thought.

Okily Dokily, where to start. First off, to know where I?m coming from, I have seen the Wallace and Grommit shows, thought they were good, but y?know, not tremendous. This being said, I only saw them once each about, what, 5-6 years ago, maybe I?d like em better now? Who knows? Are they on DVD?

Anyway, I really liked Chicken Run, loved the film references and some good clean humour. But again, don?t have it on DVD or nuttin.

So anyone who loves those things will probably have higher expectations than I had. Onto ?THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT? (is there a hyphen in there?). It was god damn spectacular. Loved every moment of it?s short running time. It?s a very innocent kind of humour Nick Park brings to these characters, but there is a lot for an adult/young ?man? to get out of them.

Not unlike Chicken Run, this film has many references to other well known films (such as a great moment featuring a scene which will be recreated in a high profile remake coming out this December), and plenty of well made and actually exciting action sequences. There is also a scary-ness about it, for the younglings anyways, in the vein of other ?Were-? movies.

But it?s all about the laughs aint it? And there be plenty to be had here. From lady Tottington?s wardrobe to Ralph Fiennes? dog?s moment during an exciting plane chase come fight (you?ll know this when you see it). This film does an amzing job of also capturing the life of a small community in England. Probably. How the hell should I know, I?ve never been there.

The characters are so well fleshed out you rarely think of them as clay animation. Lady Tottington and Ralph Fiennes (damned if I can remember his name) come across very genuine and have their plans and motives made very clear without actually spelling it out. But Wallace & Grommit do stand out and have new depth added to their characters. It?s just amazing the emotions that come out in Grommit considering he basically has no mouth and uses only his eyes and eyebrows to convey his feelings. Another new character to come from this film is a rabbit who ?mind melds? with Wallace, he has some cracking moments.

As I?ve stated, some of the action scenes come off damn well, with some great special effects thrown in, and some gorgeous cinematography. The music is also a standout. I think it was done by Hans Zimmer, and although it captures the feel of the original series, it also uses some brilliant orchestral work with some of the more emotional scenes.

Anyway the point of this review is to make people go and see this film. Whether I?ve achieved that or made people feel that only retards will like this movie, such as me, I don?t know. It is well crafted and well worth the money to see it, and I will definently get it on DVD. Also for anyone who liked the penguins from Madagascar ( I haven?t even seen it, but have been told they are the only funny parts) there was a short in front of my showing with them in a Christmas-ey story. It was actually quite good, but I wanted the main feature to hurry up already.

8.5/10 ?Cracking?

Known in the talkback as
Attacking Clone

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  • Sept. 11, 2005, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Certainly seems retarded...

    by Le Singe

    The reviewer, I mean. But I'll peep the flick regardless.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Nick Park

    by koomoReborn

    How can he do wrong? This movie is the only sure thing this year.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Loved W&G ever since I've seen The Wrong Trousers

    by moviemaniac-7

    There is nothing like a "sure thing", but this movie comes awfully close to it.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Everyone can enjoy good clean fun

    by barryap

    Reviewer was useless though.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Question marks hurt my brain

    by prevert

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 4:27 a.m. CST


    by mmm_free_wig

    It's not so much 'released' in 'sunny Quennsland', as it is previewing around the entire country this Sunday only. It'll then be released in Aus everywhere this Sep 15th.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Stop pummeling my grammar!

    by AttackingClone

    Eat me arses. It is actually released in QLD because our school holidays have already started, so cop that bitch. BTW I didn't add all the ???, they were quotation marks and shit, blame AICN. I aint no scholar plus I wrote this at 2 in the morning, so lay off. Or at least give it to me hard, the way I give it to your sister.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 5:46 a.m. CST

    those darn question marks

    by jollysleeve

    I know I've read other posters explain the multiple question marks often found in AICN's articles as a result of the article having been originally written in Microsoft Word. Okay, I can accept that there is some weird incompatibility that would cause that. My question is, why does it seem impossible for the AICN editors to correct that mistake--you know, skim the article they're posting and replace the question marks with apostrophes--before posting it on the site. I know it's not AICN's style to be formal, and to have everything polished and proof-read, but come on. Couldn't they help a brother out and do this one little thing?

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 6:55 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Whoa, Attack!

    by Cymbol

    Attacking Clone went from a decent sounding fellow reviewing a kids movie to a man with tendencies toward rape and violence. And it only took 7 talk-backers to goad him into it. Talk-backers have made this an art form!

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 7:57 a.m. CST

    BTW, I like W&G.

    by Cymbol

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Serenity can go away

    by performingmonkey

    I'd rather see this than anything Whedon has to offer. Sadly, most people on here want to suck his penis until tail-sap comes out so no matter what they'll love it. As for Wallace and Gromit, if you enjoyed Chicken Run and the W&G shorts then you're going to like this, aren't you. I think that goes without saying. Also, if you want to take your kid to something that doesn't involve Lord Voldemort, a lion voiced by Liam Neeson and a 25ft ape played by Andy Serkis, then I suppose this is that movie. Of course, Kong is PG13 so it isn't really teh kiddie but tell that to the millions who saw the LOTR trilogy. Suck it, quick then slow.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 12:21 p.m. CST

    beauty bonza mate, good to see them Dinky dye Aussies gettin the

    by TheGinger Twit

    And being from sunny queensland may i get this reviewers address so I can give him a good kick in the balls for talking occa in his fucking review. it's not sunny right now. it's raining. and it's dark.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 1:17 p.m. CST

    It?s not h?ard t?o get rid of? those? Ques?tion marks...

    by El Scorcho

    That is really starting to bug me.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Mr. Tonay, W&G will CRUSH Serenity at the Box Office

    by theBigE

    Not that Serenity won't be a great film, but it won't be morer that a cult film, with no Box Office numbers to speak of. W&G will make over $75 million.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Isn't Serenity a spin-off from that terrible tv show?

    by Larry_Talbot

    Serenity has already had its chance and the public wouldn't watch it for FREE on tv. It was cancelled remember? I don't think that W&G need worry.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I guess W&G aint that bad... but is it just me or does Wallace n

    by TheGinger Twit

    Wallace is the dude right. not the dog.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Serenity doesn't come out here til November

    by Hamish

    Meaning plenty of time for both. PS - Larry Talbot: No, it's a "spin off" from that kickass tv show moron.

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 4:47 p.m. CST

    How come it's released october 14th in the UK?

    by ElPaw

  • Sept. 11, 2005, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Mr Tonay

    by AttackingClone

    I actually haven't seen Serenity. But I'm a huge fan of Firefly, so i'll definently go see it. Hopefully both these films can make a bucketload of money, but we'll see i guess. So I'm on your side Tonay, no use in tearing me a new one. And GingerTwit it was actually sunny when I typed the review on Saturday *Pokes tongue out*

  • Sept. 12, 2005, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Mr Tonay

    by moviemaniac-7

    I agree with you as far as calling Whedon the greatest TV writer/director of our time. I'm a huge fan of his work and watching his episodes with audio commentary are always big fun. But deciding whether he is the greatest filmmaker after only one film is a little bit too much. I like (even love) everything I have seen of Serenity so far and I really, really hope that there is a franchise hidden in this movie. Can't wait to see what Whedon's plans are with the guys with the Smurf-hands and Book & Inara's history.

  • Sept. 12, 2005, 3:04 a.m. CST


    by Big_Bubbaloola

    That just takes the piss!! Oh well, at least by the end of today we'll have the Ashes to keep us Nothing from you dirty convicts eh?

  • Sept. 12, 2005, 5:12 a.m. CST

    You can have the Ashes

    by AttackingClone

    We've got no room left in our trophy cabinet. Why do you think we let you have the Rugby World Cup!

  • Sept. 12, 2005, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Well, it's 126-5 at lunch on Englands 2nd Innings!!! You may

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Ya gotta admit, it's been one hell of a test series! Darn sight better than bloody football! Come on Freddie!! Wipe 'em out!

  • Sept. 12, 2005, 8:06 a.m. CST

    176-5!! Christ this is terrifying!!

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Come on England!!

  • Sept. 12, 2005, 9 a.m. CST

    200-7!! ARGHHHHHHHH!!!!!

    by Big_Bubbaloola

  • Sept. 12, 2005, 7:33 p.m. CST

    You Finally got it back

    by AttackingClone

    But you could've at least declared adter lunch and given us a shot, you pansy bastards.

  • Sept. 12, 2005, 11:28 p.m. CST


    by Xenite_one

    I want to believe in Wallace and Gromit. I really love those movies, very good stuff. I'm kinda reminded of Brian Griffin when I think of Gromit. Even though he doesn't talk, he has to kind of get Wallace out of sticky situations. Gromit definately cares more.