Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, GBR) C-85m. *** D: Steve Box, Nick Park. Starring (the voices of) Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Kay, Nicholas Smith, Liz Smith. Often hilarious, exceptionally designed first feature-length adventure of clay characters Wallace & Gromit (following several short episodes between 1989 and 2002), who run their Anti-Pesto company, protecting the town from vermin of all sorts. This time they are busy catching an enourmously big rabbit (a were-rabbit), before it ruins the annual Giant Vegetable Competition. The characters' faces and expressions alone are good for dozens of laughs, the script is filled with great ideas. A treat for young and old. Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, though CORPSE BRIDE (2005) was even better.

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