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John N. from EAU CLAIRE, WI Reviewed on 2/22/2016...
Bought for my grandson, he enjoyed it.
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Fun, timeless and innocent...but packed with great wit.
A. Ryan | Westminster, CA USA | 10/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When else have I ever been able to write a review where both the words "clever" and "adorable" fit together?
From my perspective as a parent: I just took three boys, ages 3, 7 and 8, to see Wallace and Grommit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. They all had a great time with it, laughed often and were completely absorbed by the story. There was not one scary or inappropriate thing in this movie for kids. Thumbs up!
From my perspective as an adult: Hilarious, clever, silly, and somehow adorable all at once, just what one would expect from a W&G film but even better, if that's possible. If you haven't been introduced to Nick Park's creations Wallace and Grommit (an uber-inventor and window washer by trade, with his all-too-human dog) before, I urge you to look up the other short movies on Dvd as soon as possible and spend the next few evenings with them. I promise you that you will be surprised and delighted with the quirky Aardman universe, the sly parodies of cinematic clichés, and the perfect attention to little details that went into creating the claymation sets and figures. This is surely the pinnacle of its art form, and a lot of fun for "kids of all ages" to boot.
This new movie, Curse of the Were-Rabbit, continues in the world of W&G, but with a new twist; the pair are now in the business of pest control with the very unique humane policy; they cannot dispose of the marauding garden pests that they capture in the usual manner because Wallace is too soft-hearted, so instead they keep them in cages at their home. Of course this has become a growing problem since the business took off and has been very brisk lately...until Wallace hatches an ingenious plan to change the very nature of rabbitiness, from ravenous vegetable-munchers into...well, we aren't entirely sure. It would seem that something went awry with the latest mind control gadget. Now, there's some kind of giant rabbit monster on the loose and naturally the town is desperate to protect their prize-winning vegetables for the annual Harvest Faire. Can Grommit solve the mystery of the monster's true nature before somebody decides to exact some not-so-humane pest control?
Without a doubt, I am going to rush out and buy this one as soon as it's released on Dvd in order to complete my Nick Park collection. -Andrea, aka Merribelle "
WALLACE & GROMIT'S GREATEST ADVENTURE ADDS ANOTHER FEATHER I
Mohd Jafar | Hyderabad, AP India | 12/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wallace and Gromit and their creator Nick Park need no introduction. With their three shorts 'A grand day out', "The wrong trousers" and "A close shave' they've won hearts of everyone around the globe. With all three films winning countless awards, including 2 oscars, and accolades worldwide, Wallace & Gromit has become a global phenomenon. Not to mention here the rare distinction Nick Park enjoys of being the only animator ever whose 2 films("Creature Comforts" and "A grand day out") were nominated in the same category, same year(1991) for the best short film oscar, so he could take home only one for his groundbreaking masterpiece "Creature Comforts'. With his exceptional talent in the painstaking art of claymation, Nick Park has taken stop motion to newer heights with "Creature Comforts', "Wallace & Gromit' and his first feature film "Chicken Run".
"Wallace & Gromit:Curse of the wererabbit" is the highly anticipated first full length feature involving Wallace and his brainy canine companion Gromit. Its a dream come true for all the fans around the world who have been expecting their favourite characters on silver screen for a long time.
In "Curse of the wererabbit", a vegetable guzzling "monster' is on the verge of spoiling the giant vegetable competition organised by Lady Tottington and only wallace and gromit can save the day now. Nick Park has remained faithful to the characterisations and followed the same trend which w&g is known for. New adventure, few more amazing inventions, more new characters, new circumstances, more suspense but same old British flavour, feel and charm...W&G first feature is surely a winner. Those familiar with "King Kong", "Jaws" and other Hitchcock films will enjoy the spoof and occasional references more!
Wallace & Gromit dvd is loaded with these extra features:
1. English & French DD5.1 Surround 2. English & Spanish DD2.0 Stereo 3. English SDH, English, French and Spanish subtitles 4. Cracking Commentary - Audio commentary with director/writer Steve Box and director/writer Nick Park 5. Deleted Scenes with optional commentary 6. How Wallace & Gromit Went To Hollywood - Learn how Wallace & Gromit grew from the imagination of Nick Park and became Academy Award winning stars. 7. Behind the Scenes of 'The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' - Enjoy a rare look into how these lovable characters were brought to life. 8. A Day in the Life at Aardman - Experience a day of production at the famed Aardman Studios as seen through the eyes of a crewperson. 9. How to Build a Bunny - A unique look at how the clay bunny models were assembled using time-lapse photos. 10. Stage Fright - View this award-winning short film with an insightful commentary by its creator, Steve Box. 11. The Family Album - Colourful production stills of the elaborate sets and meticulous character development. 12. Dreamworks Kids - A variety of fun-filled, engaging interactive games and creative activities.
A great disc indeed, with all these awesome extras, including the commentary track by the legendary Nick Park!!
In the time of CGI and computer graphics, With "Curse of the wererabbit", Nick Park has proved once again that audience respond to things made with heart and soul. This is where Nick Park's clay models and Hayao Miyazaki's hand drawn animation scores way over CGI. "Wallace & Gromit:Curse of the wererabbit" is undoubtedly one of the most heartfelt and charming films ever made.
Thank you Nick park for your wonderful and ever inspiring work. We love your films and honour you as an artist. Your everlasting impressions can be seen not just on your lovable clay models but on our hearts too.
Wallace and gromit:curse of the wererabbit" is claymation at its very best. Highly recommended alongwith the other three wallace and gromit shorts.
Everything on DVD is CLOSED-CAPTIONED!!!
IcedTea | 02/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"EVERYTHING ON DVD including the deleted scenes, "Stage Fright", "How to Build a Bunny", interviews with Nick Park/Steve Box, and the Aardman documentary....ALL of the special features (the movie itself, too) are CLOSED-CAPTIONED! WOW!
Park and Box's commentaries appear as subtitles while the movie runs with Closed-Captions. I suggest watching movie again with captions turned off on your TV set to follow the subtitled commentaries. (because captions overlap subtitles, y'know)
Sooooo pleased with this DVD as many DVDs don't caption their special features.
THANKS DREAMWORKS and AARDMAN (and whoever else) for caring to caption everything!
From a Deaf family and the Deaf/HOH community, and a Wallace & Gromit Nut."
How do you make clay rabbits float?
A. Fondacaro | Austin, TX | 01/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...and tumble, and turn, and suspend in mid-air like a lithe feather? I stared in awe at this, wondering how they could have possibly done that. Imagine the camerawork involved. It's possible they could have simply plugged an image into a computer and manipulated it with their CGI programs, but I choose to remain blissfully ignorant of the whole process. For once I'm so enamored that I don't want to know how they did it.
When you get the DVD, which you will because it is that brilliant, you have to pause it at some point and look at a character's face up-close. What are you looking for? Fingerprints. The fingerprints of the claymation artists who move the figurines one frame at a time. These people deserve medals for bravery, or patience, or madness. Heck all three!
I have to confess at this point that I'm a Wallace & Gromit poser; but I do know what a gromit is because I work on my own cars, you have to give me that. I've never seen anything else with Wallace & Gromit except "Curse of the Were-Rabbit." Lord help me, I love them both. It's such a good-natured, joyful little film, and it will satisfy you on just about every level you can think of. You will be entertained, you will laugh, you will feel pathos, you will care about the characters, and you will find some kind of itching deep down where you might wonder about your own world. Ah ha! What a good movie should do!
The plot is thus; Wallace and his trusty sidekick dog Gromit are independent pest removers (read; rabbits), who go about the town removing the little bushy-tailed pests from the gardens of the neighborhood. Business is good; the annual Vegetable Show is coming up, and everyone wants to be prepared. One night, a huge Were-Rabbit thunders through town, uproots everyones' gardens, and Wallace & Gromit catch heat because they weren't around to stop it.
In the meantime, Lady Tottington's grounds have been overrun with rabbits as well, suddenly. She hires Wallace and Gromit to come remove them, but not before encountering Victor Quartermaine, whose solution to the problem is to shoot them all one by one. Wallace's approach is capture and relocation, a much more humane strategy. Quartermaine turns his nose up at the idea, and so would only the hardest-hearted person in the audience.
Now just wait a minute. Where are the explosions? Where is the altruistic message? Where is the protagonist with an agonizing past? Where is the sexy heroine who gives it her all? Where are the multi-billion dollar effects that blow you out of your seat? Where are the Yen Wo Ping choreographed fights? Where oh where are the beautiful actors and actresses to strut about the screen flashing their beauty at us from such lofty heights?
You get the idea. You get none of that. In fact, you'll be amazed at how much fun you can have when your senses aren't being bombarded at every moment with some ideal form of beauty, some super-violent fist-fight, or some hair-brained CGI effect that takes up the entire shot.
And you'll also be amazed at how easily it all puts a smile on your face. You see, I think this movie is so magnificent, so touching, so simple and refreshing, that if you don't come away from it feeling light-hearted and hopeful, then you truly are a Morlock. Go hang with Victor Quartermaine."
A comment about the film and an important update about the D
Tyler Foster | Seattle, WA | 01/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the film in theaters and was somewhat disappointed but seeing it a second time, the film is funnier, brighter, and more entertaining. A wonderful film for all ages, although I note that there are a couple bits of surprisingly frank sexual innuendo. Maybe it's just the Brits and a looser sense of humor...
As for the DVD, I would like to point out as clearly as possible -- THERE IS A COMMENTARY BY NICK PARK AND STEVE BOX! Universal, for some reason, neglects to mention commentary in their press releases. It's annoying. But I work at Blockbuster, and we have the DVD early, and it's in my computer this very moment and there is a full-length audio commentary by the two directors on the feature film. Hooray, hooray, hooray!"