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Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.

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Wallace / Hutch (voice)
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PC Mackintosh (voice)
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Mrs. Mulch (voice)
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Mr. Windfall (voice)
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Miss Blight (voice)
Vincent Ebrahim ...
Mr. Caliche (voice)
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Miss Thripp (voice)
Edward Kelsey ...
Mr. Growbag (voice)
Dicken Ashworth ...
Mr. Mulch (voice)
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Noni Lewis ...
Mrs. Girdling (voice)
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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$140,565 (South Africa) (6 January 2006)

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$470,392 (South Africa) (13 January 2006)
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On average, each character got a new pair of eyes every two months. See more »

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When the neon carrot sign falls on the hood of the Anti-Pesto van, a big piece of the sign is missing. When the Were-Rabbit bursts through the window of the vegetable shop, the sign now has an even bigger piece missing. See more »

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Wallace: Oh ho ho, cracking job, Gromit!
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Rabbits float up the screen during the closing credits. On the Sci-fi music, they flash in different colors. On the romantic music, two rabbits act romantic and sometimes fly in other directions. The final line in the credits is "We would like to stress that no animals were harmed during the making of this film", and a rabbit hits its head on the text and falls. See more »

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Licensed courtesy of Sony BMG (UK) Commercial Division
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A really Grand Day Out – and A Close Ten!
10 September 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw it at a German press screening. Without giving too much away: Most critics really seemed to like it very much. There was even applause afterwards, which is quite unusual for that species. From my point of view and until now, it was the funniest movie of the year. It keeps the charm and wit of the three W+G shorts and it is enlarged with many references to these and other movies. Of course, there are obvious allusions to monster- and werewolf-movies, especially to "An American Werewolf in London", "Jaws", "King Kong" and even to Peter Jackson's "Braindead"/"Dead Alive", but also to other genres.

Characterization was better done in "Chicken Run", but that movie had a complete new "cast" where introduction was necessary. Here, you are already able to know the two main characters. So, the new "Wallace and Gromit"-movie is enjoyed best if you watched (and liked) the shorts already, yet it also works on its own. "Chicken Run" had the more convenient, but also more "storytelling" plot. Instead, this new Aardman masterpiece keeps that crazier and somehow more "isolated" feeling of the W+G shorts. Children should also enjoy it very much, especially because of the sweet rabbits (if you love cute bunnies, this is a must-see for you!!!) and because Gromit has a lot do to and really steals the show (children also love dogs... :-) ). But many jokes are thought for a more adult audience (there are even soft sexual allusions in it). The movie manages, like "Shrek 1+2" and "The Incredibles", to fulfil high level entertainment for the whole family, with adding a British and at least a little bit darker edge to the humour of American animated movies.

The animation is – as expected – superb, and they kept true to the Aardman style because they didn't put in too many digital effects - I realized just a few when it came to Wallace's inventions.

Finally, the score works fine in the movie, although one of the main themes definitely is "borrowed" by Randy Edelman's "Dragonheart" score.

The bad thing is: It will probably take another six years from now until we can see a new animated gem from Nick Park & Co.


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