Wallace & Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
WALLACE AND GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT: Saturday, 6th February, BBC3, 9.25pm ALERT ME
With Horne and Corden’s partnership seemingly on the rocks, there’s one British comedy duo we can always rely on.
Since their debut in 1989’s A Grand Day Out, Wallace and Gromit have become a national comedy treasure joining the ranks of Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies and Monty Python.
In their first feature-length outing the claymation duo embark on a madcap adventure full of charm and cheese.
Wenslydale loving Wallace and his constant doggy companion start up a pest-control business after an influx of rabbits threatens Tottington village’s upcoming Giant Vegetable Competition.
But their bunny-catching gadgets are no match for a mysterious monster that is destroying local gardens. The pair enter a race to catch the strangely familiar Were-Rabbit and win the heart of Lady Tottington.
With every viewing there’s another layer of jokes to be discovered. Behind our plastecine protagonists, hand-crafted sets are plastered with puns: a movie poster for ‘Spartichoke’, Gromit’s graduation picture from ‘Dogwarts’ and Wallace’s ‘cracking’ book collection are among the subtle gags that pop up in the background.
While much of their English eccentricities are retained, with a mind for American audiences the film contains a number of nods to US culture including King Kong, Bugs Bunny and Tennessee Williams.
In his best performance since animated short The Wrong Trousers, mute mutt Gromit steals the show. Never uttering a word, his facial sighs say it all and despite being filmed at a rate of 24 frames a day, he has perfect comic timing.
Like a canine Buster Keating, Gromit plays the ideal straight-man to counter his owner’s buffoonery.
Kids will love the fast-paced action and there are plenty of ‘extra-mature’ jokes to keep their parents and grandparents amused.