need some assistence Gromit"
With only days to go before the Tottington Giant Vegetable
Competition, humane pest-controllers Anti-Pesto, Wallace (Sallis) and Gromit
are on high alert. With the rabbit population trying their best to get their
buck teeth into the biggest vegetables they have ever seen, Anti-Pesto are
busier than ever. When Lady Tottington (Bonham Carter) charges Wallace and
Gromit with humanely removing the rabbits from her estate before her suitor
Victor Quartermaine (Fiennes) brings his very big gun. Thinking they have
the problem under control everything goes haywire when the full moon brings
the biggest pest Wallace and Gromit have ever seen, a creature of myth, the
After Oscar success with the animated shorts, Nick Park brings
his beloved creations Wallace and Gromit to the silver screen but can they
make the jump to a feature length adventure?
Of course they can and it is cracking! When it comes to capturing
the true essence of Northern England in plasticine there is no one better
than the stop motion experts at Aardman Animation. Now with the backing of
DreamWorks, Nick Park and his creative team can bring their most famous characters
to the silver screen for a full length cracking adventure. Losing nothing
of the charm and utter British-ness that made them such a firm family favourite
in the first place, this is one of the best animated films ever.
To create a truly great family film you have to appeal to both
the younger and older audience. Pixar and DreamWorks' own 'Shrek' movies have
achieved this and went on to make millions at the box office and the good
news is that 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' follows this
formula. Youngsters will love the cute characters and fun storyline but the
older will revel in the continuing run of movie references, double-entendres
and sight gags that will have them laughing themselves silly. This is an extremely
funny movie on so many levels and you really need multiple watches to take
in every thing that the filmmakers have put on screen.
The animation itself is jaw-droppingly superb and surpasses
anything you have ever seen before in either Wallace and Gromit's animated
shorts or any other stop-motion feature. The attention to detail is staggering
but you can still see the figureprints of the animators on the models, revealing
that they stayed true to the hand animated feel that made you fall in love
with the characters in the first place. With action sequences that would give
any Hollywood blockbuster a run for its money, this is edge-of-your-seat action
that never loses touch with its comedic underpinnings. Your heart will be
racing one minute during the action packed finale only for Nick Park to throw
in a gag that will have you laughing out loud.
Wallace and Gromit make the transition to feature length adventure
with ease and the vocal performances bring Wallace and the new characters
to life. A Wallace and Gromit movie would be nothing without the voice of
Peter Sallis breathing life into everyone's favourite cheese-loving inventor.
Typically Northern, the eccentric, good-natured man is the embodiment of everything
that is good about people from the region and Peter Sallis's voice epitomises
this completely. Coming into the fold are Hollywood superstars Ralph Fiennes
and Helena Bonham Carter as Victor Quartermaine and Lady Tottington, with
both of them getting into the spirit of Wallace and Gromit with ease. Add
to this some great vocal performances from British comedic talents Peter Kaye,
Mark Gatiss, John Thomson and Nicholas Smith and you have a recipe for a classic.
'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' is a classic
and one of the best family films ever made. Directors Nick Park and Steve
Box have transferred the magic of the Oscar winning shorts into an amazing
feature length adventure that never loses any of its British-ness that made
it so brilliant in the first place. The film is quite simply 'Cracking'.
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital
5.1, the movie is presented brilliantly, highlighting the fantastic animation
and sound design.
Co-writers and directors Nick Park and Steve Box provide a smashing commentary
for the first big screen Wallace and Gromit adventure. The pair offers fascinating
insights into how the movie was made over the five-year period, highlighting
the changes to the script, the deleted or alternative sequences and how they
set out to pay homage to classic horror genre movies. They also talk about
the differences between this and the previous award-winning shorts, highlighting
the difference in scale and budget. This is an excellent commentary that is
very enthusiastic and suitably British, just like the movie.
Deleted Scenes (13.13 mins)
Entitled 'Alternative opening and deleted PC Mac scene', 'Deleted Mind-O-Matic
scene', 'Deleted Launch scene', 'CG alternative rabbit ears', 'Alternative
ending: West Wallaby Street', 'Alternative ending: The Wedding', 'Anti Pesto
Song', 'The Anti Pesto Song reprise' and 'Deleted shot', these storyboarded
and completed scenes are accompanied by audio commentary by directors Nick
Park and Steve Box.
The History of Wallace & Gromit (20.23 mins)
Creator Nick Park, Aardman Animation founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord,
CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-director Steve Box and
vocal stars Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes talk about
the cracking adventures of a crackpot inventor and his trusted canine companion.
This featurette reveals how Wallace and Gromit went to Hollywood. From the
lowly beginnings as Nick Park student film 'Grand Day Out' and then onto Oscar
winning success with 'The Wrong Trousers' and 'A Close Shave', we also see
Aardman's impressive history from 'Creature Comforts' to 'Chicken Run'.
Behind the Scenes of the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (15.23
Co-directors Nick Park and Steve Box, CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey
Katzenberg, producer Claire Jennings, 2nd unit director Merlin Crossingham
and vocal stars Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes take
you behind the scenes of Wallace & Gromit's first big screen adventure. We
see how the self-proclaimed first vegetarian horror movie was designed and
realised, highlighting the painstaking attention to detail afforded by all
of the 30 animators that worked on the project, as well as amazing character
and set design throughout the movie.
A Day in the life at Aardman (8.25 mins)
Take a tour of the Bristol studios of Aardman as we look in on the rigging,
vegetable, art, backdrop, production office, animators, editing, model making
and storyboard departments.
How to build a bunny (3.31 mins)
Model making team leader Harriet Thomas shows you how to make a bunny, just
like the ones that Wallace and Gromit have to capture. The Family Album Here
you can look at 'Signs', 'Storyboards', 'Wallace & Gromit's Photo Album' and
'Behind the scenes' images.
Team Become a member of the team and help Wallace and Gromit capture bunnies
in this interactive game.
Victor Quartermaine's Guide to Cool
Follow Victors tips on how to be cool as he offers his insights into guns,
hair, clothes, flowers, women and been heroic, with video clips as examples.
Style with Lady Tottington
You get to decide what Lady Tottington should be wearing as she goes about
her stately life.
Build your own Bunny
A step-by-step guide showing you how to make your own Bunny like the one that
Anti-Pesto is after.
Insert disc 1 into your PC and view loads of other special features. Kids
can "invent" their own fun with an assortment of creative activities and printables
featuring Wallace & Gromit, including bookmarks, colouring pages, iron-ons,
masks, photo frames, recipes, stencils, stickers and much more.
Watch previews of 'Over the Hedge', 'Flushed Away', 'Madagascar', 'Shark Tale',
' Shrek 2', 'Nanny McPhee' and 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
- Interactive DVD Game'
Making the Were-Rabbit (9.45 mins)
Co-directors Nick Park and Steve Box, Were-Rabbit team leader Ellie Weston,
lead animator Ian Whitlock and animature model maker Andrew Bloxham show you
how the very different Were-Rabbit model was made for the new Wallace and
Cracking Contraptions (23.49 mins)
Watch ten Wallace and Gromit animated shorts entitled 'The Soccermatic', 'The
Tellyscope', 'The Autochef', 'The Snoozatron', 'The Turbo Diner', 'The Bully
Proof Vest', 'The 525 Crackervac', 'A Christmas Cardomatic', 'The Snowmanotron'
and 'Shopper 13'. Cracking.
The Amazing World of Wallace & Gromit (15.05 mins)
Nick Park and Aardman founder David Sproxton talk about the history of the
company and the integral role that Wallace and Gromit have played in its success.
This featurette is almost the same as the 'The History of Wallace & Gromit'
featurette on the first disc and you have to wonder why they included it.
Stage Fright (15.02 mins)
An animated sort from Aardman is about a bullied dog juggler who gets his
revenge on his tormentor. Brilliant animation but a strange story.
DreamWorks have done a cracking job with the DVD for Wallace
and Gromit's movie debut. The bonus features are superb, with loads of featurettes
and a smashing commentary. When you add in 'Cracking Contraptions' you have
a two-disc set that fans will revel in.
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