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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wallace / Hutch (voice)
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Peter Kay ...
PC Mackintosh (voice)
Nicholas Smith ...
Liz Smith ...
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)
Robert Horvath ...
Mr. Dibber (voice)
Pete Atkin ...
Mr. Crock (voice)
Noni Lewis ...
Mrs. Girdling (voice)
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It's 'vege-mania' in Wallace and Gromit's neighborhood, and our two enterprising chums are cashing in with their humane pest-control outfit, "Anti-Pesto." With only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, business is booming, but Wallace & Gromit are finding out that running a "humane" pest control outfit has its drawbacks as their West Wallaby Street home fills to the brim with captive rabbits. Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging "beast" begins attacking the town's sacred vegetable plots at night, and the competition hostess, Lady Tottington, commissions Anti-Pesto to catch it and save the day. Lying in wait, however, is Lady Tottington's snobby suitor, Victor Quartermaine, who'd rather shoot the beast and secure the position of local hero-not to mention Lady Tottingon's hand in marriage. With the fate of the competition in the balance, Lady Tottington is eventually forced to allow Victor to hunt down the vegetable chomping marauder. Little does she know that... Written by DreamWorks SKG

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$470,392 (South Africa) (13 January 2006)
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At the end of the movie when Wallace has turned back into himself, Gromit uses a box to cover up the fact that Wallace doesn't have any clothes on. If you look closely at the box, a sticker on it says "May contain nuts". See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, during the breakfast scene. There is some salt and pepper on the table. In the early shots of that scene the salt and Pepper are farther away from Wallace, but when he pushes the pepper it is closer to him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wallace: Oh ho ho, cracking job, Gromit!
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Crazy Credits

The word "Were-Rabbit" on the opening title grows fur, a cottontail, and long ears. See more »

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References Gummo (1997) See more »

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The Stripper
Performed by Joe Loss & His Orchestra
Written by David Rose
(c) David Rose Publishing Co.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Limited
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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5 years in the making - very impressive
7 October 2005 | by (http://www.themoviemark.com) – See all my reviews

What-ho! This one is jolly good. I say jolly good, ol' chap. Or should I say "ol' bean"? My mastery of British terminology is a little dusty. Anyway, my biker boots and I walked into this screening with no prior viewing experience of Wallace and Gromit. I'm happy to say that my boots and I walked out pleased to have made their acquaintance.

While not as adult-accessible as Toy Story, W & G still manages to be clever enough to provide the grown ups with a little humor that will most definitely soar over the heads of the young 'uns who are too busy guffawing at the Were-rabbit's belches to have any clue that something is amiss. I highly suggest that you pay close attention any time you see books or words on the screen because there are quick glimpses of puns that you'll miss if you aren't paying attention. My favorite is a book of monsters that refers to the Loch Ness Monster as "tourist trappus." If you've ever been known to say, "I can really relate to Kevin Federline," or if you're just illiterate then not only will you miss out on these jokes, but you probably should be spending your time learning to read instead of going to movies. Consider this a public service announcement.

The most impressive aspect about W & G is its clay animation. Thanks to the tedious process, it took FIVE YEARS to finish the film! According to the press notes, there were some days when the optimum goal was to merely accomplish 10 seconds of completed film. Folks, I sometimes have trouble finding the motivation to finish responding to a handful of emails or adding captions to pictures for my reviews (a point that is proved by a lack of pictures in this review); so I can't even imagine having the required patience for that.

I really like the rough, hands-on quality of the claymation figures. The fact that you can see fingerprints in the clay is a nice, personal touch. How can you not be impressed with clay characters that show more expression and emotion than Paul Walker and Keanu Reeves combined? The Curse of the Were-rabbit is, as director Nick Park calls it, the world's first vegetarian horror movie that should entertain both kids and adults alike. Relying on (and as a male who prides himself in his shaggy-haired, cool-bearded masculinity I hesitate to use this word) cute and (oh man, I probably shouldn't use this word either) lovable characters rather than outdated M.C. Hammer references, W & G is proof that DreamWorks can create entertaining animation when it chooses cleverness over the cheap joke.


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