Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


Release Date: 14th October 2005
Director: Nick Park & Steve Box
Writer: Nick Park, Steve Box, Bob Baker & Mark Burton
Producer: Claire Jennings, Peter Lord & Nick Park
Executive Producer: Cecil Kramer & Michael Rose

Runtime: 1hr 25mins
Language: English

Synopsis

Tottington Hall’s annual Giant Vegetable Competition is approaching. The winner of the competition will win the coveted Golden Carrot Award. All are eager to protect their vegetables from damage and thievery by rabbits until the contest, and Wallace and Gromit are cashing in by running a vegetable security and humane pest control business, “Anti-Pesto”.

However, they are soon faced with two problems: first is Wallace’s growing weight, while the second is inadequate space for the captured rabbits. Wallace comes up with an idea – use his Mind Manipulation-O-Matic machine to brainwash the rabbits. While performing the operation, Wallace accidentally kicks a lever and a rabbit gets fused to Wallace’s head, causing the machine to malfunction, and Gromit is forced to destroy the Mind-O-Matic in order to save Wallace. The resulting failure somehow leaves them with a semi-intelligent rabbit who no longer has an appetite for vegetables, whom Wallace dubs “Hutch”. That night, town is threatened by the “Were-Rabbit”, a giant rabbit-like monster which eats vegetables of any size. During a chaotic town meeting, Anti-Pesto enters into a rivalry with Lord Victor Quartermaine, who seeks to court Lady Tottington and who believes that it is better to be rid of the rabbits via the use of guns. With Lady Tottington’s persuasion, the townspeople agree the Anti-Pesto front the capture attempt.

After a hectic night-time chase, Wallace and Gromit come to the theory that Hutch is the Were-Rabbit. Wallace is overjoyed, because this technically means he has already captured the beast, and cheerfully goes to inform Lady Tottington. Securing Hutch to make sure that he does not escape, Gromit instead discovers that the Were-Rabbit is in fact Wallace, suffering from the effects of the accident with the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic having caused him and Hutch to each take on aspects of the other. Alarmed, Gromit seeks out Wallace, retrieves him before the sun sets, and drives him away. Victor corners Wallace during the night, jealous of Lady Tottington’s growing fondness for him because of his humane practice of pest control. But when the full moon appears, Wallace transforms into the Were-Rabbit before a petrified Victor and his dog Philip. Gromit immediately departs after Wallace. Victor, having identified the Were-Rabbit, decides to dispose his rival to win Lady Tottington’s heart. Reverend Clement Hedges allows him access to three “24-carrot” gold bullets – supposedly, the only things capable of killing a Were-Rabbit.
The following morning, the day has finally arrived for the Vegetable Competition, but Lady Tottington reluctantly bows to public pressure to sanction Victor’s offer to shoot the Were-Rabbit. Meanwhile, an oblivious Wallace rebuffs Gromit’s accusations of him being the Were-Rabbit, but when Wallace witnesses Hutch expressing his own personality traits, he accepts the truth. Lady Tottington informs Wallace of Victor’s plan, but he begins to transform and is left with no other choice but to send her away. Victor and Philip arrive on the duo’s doorstep moments later, but Gromit is one step ahead, luring the Were-Rabbit away with a female Were-Rabbit marionette. However, his getaway plan is foiled when Victor mistakenly fires upon what he believes to be the Were-Rabbit, instead discovering it to be Gromit in disguise. Victor and Philip imprison Gromit, who subsequently escapes with help from Hutch and decides to use the marrow he had been growing for the competition as bait for Wallace who has burst in upon the vegetable contest. Victor tries to take the Golden Carrot award from a distressed Lady Tottington, as it is the only golden bullet-like object left to him after he exhausted his supply of golden bullets. Wallace ascends to the rooftops, holding a screaming Lady Tottington in his hand. Discovering his identity after recognising his palm-shaking gesture, she promises to protect him, only to be interrupted by Victor.

Meanwhile, Phillip pursues Gromit to prevent him from stopping Victor and they engage in a mid-air dogfight using toy biplanes, during which Phillip’s plane is destroyed when Gromit quickly wields round a drainpipe corner. However, Phillip gets on Gromit’s plane and continues the fight until Gromit releases him through the bomb doors, dispatching Philip into a bouncy castle. On the roof of Tottington Hall, Gromit’s plane circles Wallace, who clings onto the flagpole at the top of the building. Victor, this time wielding the Golden Carrot trophy inside a blunderbuss, tries one last time to shoot Wallace, but Wallace is saved by Gromit, who grabs onto a rope from a flagpole and swings his plane into the path of the improvised bullet. But as it is a toy plane not intended for flying, when Gromit accidentally lets go of the rope, the plane begins to descend rapidly. Wallace sacrifices himself to save Gromit, thereby breaking Gromit’s fall into the cheese tent below. Victor gloats, but is knocked unconscious by Lady Tottington. He falls into the tent, where Wallace lies unconscious and seemingly dying of his injuries. Using the marionette to protect Wallace from the angry mob outside, Gromit dresses Victor up as the monster and the angry mob chases Victor away.

Gromit and Tottington tend to Wallace who seemingly passes away and morphs back into his human form, but Gromit is able to revive Wallace with a slice of Stinking Bishop cheese. Gromit, for his bravery, is awarded the slightly dented Golden Carrot trophy, and Lady Tottington turns Tottington Hall’s front garden into a wildlife sanctuary, where Hutch and the rest of the rabbits can live in peace.

Cast

Peter Sallis…as Wallace
Ralph Fiennes…as Lord Victor Quartermaine
Helena Bonham Carter…as Lady Campanula “Totty” Tottington
Peter Kay…as Police Constable Albert Mackintosh
Nicholas Smith…as Reverend Clement Hedges
Dicken Ashworth…as Mr. Mulch
Liz Smith…as Mrs. Mulch
Edward Kelsey…as Mr. Growbag

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Awards

Won
2006: Zee Cine Award for Best Voice Actress

Nominated
2006: Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production