Release Date: October 5th, 2005 (NYC & LA)
The Voices: Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Kay, Nicholas Smith, Liz Smith.
Directed by Steve Box and Nick Park.
BASIC PREMISE: Wallace and Gromit make their big-screen debut as they try to catch a giant rabbit that threatens their village and its precious vegetables.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: There is something very lively and even warm about “claymation” as opposed to CGI animation. It is also a meticulously precise art that takes extra care to ensure continuity. Watching it on the big screen with all of its grandeur is very exciting and is a treat for the eyes. Even during the opening sequence, there is plenty of humor, but it all movies at a fast pace with no time wasted—keep an eye out for funny books about cheese such as Grating Expectations. The plot takes a while to get going as Wallace (Sallis) develops a crush on a beautiful Lady Campanula (Carter) who is more concerned with vegetables—especially about vegetables she is growing for the Annual Giant Vegetable competition. The first conflict is that many rabbits are threatening her gardens. Fortunately, Wallace develops a way to control any brain so that it stops from doing something—like eating vegetables. When his experiment on the rabbits goes wrong, a giant were-rabbit shows up, which happens to be ravenous for vegetables. His new mission is to find it and stop it from threatening the precious vegetables. His adventures are often funny, especially with his silent dog Gromit tagging along, but, at the same time, it does have one surprising plot twist. The plot gets even more engaging when Victor (Fiennes), a hunter, shows up and intends to kill the were-rabbit so that he can save the day and impress Lady Campanula. The fact that the plot is predictable is irrelevant because it is so much fun. What is relevant, though, is that there is enough visual humor, lively characters, and a fast pace to make for a very entertaining time at the movies.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: This film will leave you feeling very uplifted. There aren’t any profound messages, but none are expected or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
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THE BOTTOM LINE: Exhilarating, imaginative, and very delightful! A laugh-riot from start to finish! Whether you're young or old, Wallace & Gromit is destined to win you over!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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