Plot: What’s it about?
As the annual Giant Vegetable Festival approaches, Wallace and Gromit have important business to attend to, as security for the event. Not security for the actual event mind you, but the two are to secure the gardens of the entrants. Wallace and Gromit have to keep watch over the gardens and eliminate the invaders, usually pesky rabbits in search of a bite. The duo is known as Anti-Pesto and their methods are quite humane, as Wallace simply takes home all the rabbits they capture. A tube is used to suck the rabbits out of their holes, then once back at headquarters, they live in comfort and dine on smaller vegetables. As safe and humane as that sounds, a dark force seeks to undo Anti-Pesto, all in an effort to take over the festival. When a giant “were-rabbit” is seen on the warpath, chaos follows and no one, even Anti-Pesto knows what to do. Will the gardens be ruined, or will the duo find some manner of solution?
I’ve always enjoyed the adventures of Wallace and Gromit, from both entertainment and creative perspectives, as the shorts were quite an accomplishment. The shorts were crafted in stop motion, so twenty-four poses per second of film, not a simple process. But the love within the labor is obvious, not to mention how wonderful the animation is in the finished version. Now Wallace and Gromit have gone feature length, but do they lose any charm in the move to long form? Not even close. I loved this movie and didn’t want it to end, it was so much fun and never failed to make me laugh. I love these characters and the filmmakers remained true to their roots, just on a grander scale. The animation is gorgeous and so much fun to watch, while the writing is terrific and really shows how great these characters are. I enjoyed Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit to no end, so I can give it a high, high recommendation.
Video: How does it look?
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a new release from Dreamworks, so of course, the transfer is top notch. The image is just as it should be, bright and bold and fun to watch. The visuals have good depth, so all the little details of the animation are clear and that is great news, of course. The colors, as I mentioned before, have a bold and vivid presence, while black levels never prove to be an issue. This is just a well crafted visual transfer that brings across the film’s visual design as well as possible, terrific work from Dreamworks.
Audio: How does it sound?
I found the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack to be effective, but never too intrusive, which is good, as the audio here is often low profile. The surrounds have life and presence, but more bounce than power, if that makes any kind of sense. The audio is like the material, light and fun. So you will notice surround use, especially in regard to the musical score, but this is not a power showcase. I heard no problems with dialogue, so vocals come across clean and clear at all times. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround option, French 5.1 and 2.0 options, and subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
An audio commentary tracks provides a lot of insights, with a focus on how the filmmakers took the characters from shorts to a feature length film. A good deal of time is spent on the challenges in that process, as well as sources of inspiration for both humor and horror elements. I found the session to be a breeze, a great track that is well worth a listen. You can also check out a look at how Wallace and Gromit became so famous, as well as view some other shorter, but interesting featurettes. This disc also includes some interactive games, deleted scenes, and four bonus animated shorts.