In Wallace's bookcase there are several titles which refer to cheese. They are "The Hunt For Red Leicester", "Brighton Roquefort", "How Green Was My Cheese", "Brie Encounter", "Swiss Cheese Family Robinson", "East of Edam", "Grated Expectations", "Fromage to Eternity", and "Waiting for Gouda".
When the film was released in Portland, Dorset, UK, the posters had to be altered to remove the word "rabbit". There is a local superstition that prohibits the use of this word (they use terms such as "underground mutton" or "furry things" instead) because burrowing can cause dangerous landslips in the local stone quarrying industry. The film posters in Portland use the alternative slogan "Something bunny is going on."
The vegetable shop that the were-rabbit attacks is named "Harvey's." Its name is taken from Harvey (1950), the play and movie (starring James Stewart) about a man who befriends a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey.
One of two stop-motion animated films in 2005. The other was Corpse Bride (2005), and in a peculiar coincidence, Helena Bonham Carter has a prominent role in both. In a further coincidence, both films have a subplot about a snobby suitor trying to cash in by the act of marriage.
The movie contains a considerable amount of CGI of all kinds, from drifting fog through to the bunny rabbits in the Bun-Vac. In all, there are over 700 shots that contain some kind of digital effects work.
Entries in the Vicar's Monster Book are jokes: 1) "touristis trappus" for the Loch Ness Monster (joke about it being a major tourist attraction) ; 2) "enormious flippis-floppus" for the Bigfoot (joke about it stomping about); 3) "numerous pendulus udderis" for the Were-Cow (joke about their udders) ; 4) "carrotus appetitus giganticus" for the Were-Rabbit (joke about it's appetite for carrots). Also, each of the illustrations are made in the fashion of Germanic wooden engravings, commonly found in Medieval bestiaries.
Even before the release of the film, the only producer of Stinking Bishop cheese in the world had their orders increase over 500%. The producer only makes 22 tons of the cheese annually and has no intention to grow in size.
Shortly after this film was released, the Aardman warehouse in Bristol, England burned to the ground, destroying hundreds of plasticine characters and sets, virtually the entire history of the company. Nick Park was quoted as saying, "Even though it is a precious and nostalgic collection and valuable to the company, in light of other tragedies, today isn't a big deal."
DreamWorks wanted Aardman to replace Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace since the first animated short, with a well-known actor that American audiences would recognize. According to Entertainment Weekly, they politely but firmly refused; instead, they got Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter to play roles.
Each character needed several versions to cover a range of emotions and poses. There were 43 versions of Gromit, 35 Wallaces, 16 Victor Quartermaines and 15 Lady Tottingtons, as well as 20 differently shaped mouths. A single line of dialog of only a few words could take a whole day to animate.
During the scene where Victor chases the were-rabbit through the town's back gardens, there is a poster on one of the walls for a show called "Rock around the Crop" featuring Carl Gherkins (Carl Perkins) and Roy Aubergine (Roy Orbison).
Nick Park wanted the DreamWorks logo to play an epic theme, like something akin to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He wanted audiences to think that Aardman had sold out to Hollywood, before the film reverts to the classic Wallace & Gromit theme over the opening credits. The intro was also one of the last scenes filmed.
The name of Wallace & Gromit's pest control company is a triple pun. "Anti-pesto", aside from the obvious pest control pun, also refers to "antipasto," which is an assortment of Italian appetizers (including vegetables) and to "pesto," a sauce-base made up mainly of basil, garlic, oil and, of course, cheese.
During one shot, where the camera pulls out of the vicar's room where he keeps his occult objects, there are two portraits briefly visible on the wall. The people in the pictures are the two directors, Nick Park and Steve Box.
To prepare the Aardman animators for animating the Wallace and Gromit characters and world, ten short films were made by the various animating teams. They were released online under the title Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions (2002); the first, "Soccamatic", was a free download, but the other nine were only available by subscribing or by ordering the DVD.
When Gromit is listening to the radio in the van after the fake giant bunny is knocked off the roof, one of the songs heard is "Bright Eyes", from the animated feature Watership Down (1978), also a movie about rabbits in England.
Special software had to be created in order to photo-realistically recreate the texture of genuine Aardman plasticine in the computer. The software had to create the possibility for slight imperfections, e.g., fingerprints to appear on the fake plasticine bunnies and ripple effects of the characters moving their plasticine arms and legs.
In the beginning sequence there are various pictures of the timeline shared between Wallace and Gromit and one picture depicts Gromit graduating from "Dogwarts", a reference to Hogwarts from the Harry Potter Trilogy.
The four waveband buttons on the radio in the Anti Pesto car, which normally bear the letters L (long wave), M (medium wave), S (short wave) and F (FM), are respectively M, U, T, T - a reference to the main driver of the car being Gromit, a mutt (dog).
When Lady Tottingham brings Wallace to her "inner sanctum" she refers to it as "a place no man has ever seen" that is her "secret garden" - a likely reference to the book "My Secret Garden" by Nancy Friday.
The climax sequence at Tottington Hall features a spoof of King Kong (1933), of which the reboot by Peter Jackson was released the same year as this film. The ending saw the Were-Rabbit hit his chest, mimicking Kong, and carried Lady Tottington up the hall in the same manner as Kong with Anne Darrow. The sequence even featured it clutching a flag pole, akin to Kong atop the Empire State Building.
While putting an electric blanket over his prize melon, Gromit plays a record from an album called "The Plant Suite". The music playing is actually "Venus" from "The Planet Suite" by Gustav Holst. (Next to the "Plant Suite" album cover, there is another record visible. It is "Blue Suede Shoes" by "Elvis Parsley" on "P.E.A. Records" - a pun on R.C.A. Records.)
When we first see the Were-Rabbit, it pounds it's foot down causing the ground to shake, right before it hops out into the night to find vegetables to eat for the 3rd time, in a similar fashion to Thumper, the Rabbit from the 1940s Animated Disney Film Bambi (1942). Wallace also does it after Lady Tottington lets him into her house, where he starts to unknowingly act like a rabbit.
The tax disk on the full size version of the van shows the color of the van as being "Preston Green." This name was decided upon by the Art Director and one of the founders of the International Austin A30/A35 Register in honor of Nick Park's home town of Preston, Lancashire, England. It is also a reference to the ferocious dog in A Close Shave (1995).
Aardman collaborated with the UK based International Austin A30/A35 Register (aka Flying-A.net) to produce a road version of the model van for promotional purposes. Based on a 1964 Austin A35 van, the full size vehicle was fully restored then subjected to a painstakingly careful battering, rusting and discolouring to faithfully reproduce the dents and scrapes as seen in the movie. The work was completed in six weeks.
When Lady Tottington wants the Were-Rabbit to escape after being convinced that it's Wallace, she says "Run, rabbit, run!" Which is the title (and lyric) of a ditty written by Noel Gay and Ralph Butler for Noel's show, "The Little Dog Laughed". WWII era comedy duo Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen made the song popular by adding lyrics referring to Adolf Hitler. PC Mac whistled this song during the original version of the opening sequence (see "Deleted Scenes" on the DVD).
After the film's release date was announced for October 2005, along with the confirmation of it's Official Title and Plot Details, Dreamworks moved their own still in early production Computer Animated Film Over the Hedge (2006) from November 2005 to May 2006. Both The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) and Over the Hedge (2006) interestingly enough have the Full Moon as a Major part of the plot.
What looks like Feathers McGraw, the Main Villain of The Wrong Trousers (1993), can be seen sitting on a podium at Tottington Palace during the Climax, at the point when Victor fires the Golden Carrot Trophy at the Were-Rabbit clinging to a pole after running out of Golden Bullets, as Gromit in his races in on his biplane to protect it.
Hutch says "CHEESE" a total of 5 times: -1st: When Gromit holding up some cheese opens up the Crate that Hutch had been placed into after thinking that he'd been the Were-Rabbit, showing himself to now be bigger with a Vest and Shoes, in addition to being able to speak with Wallace's Personality. -2nd: When Gromit in the Rabbit Trap that Victor and Phillip placed him into is able to get Hutch out of Wallace's bed while he's eating cheese and into the Pesto Van to help him out of the trap, in addition to preventing Victor from shooting the Were-Rabbit at Tottington Palace. -3rd: When Hutch driving the Pesto Van at the Vegetable Competition gets carried off from helping Gromit sacrifice his Prize Melon to lure the Were-Rabbit away from Victor upon seeing a Cheese Tent, driving into it and smashing the Melon slightly. -4th: After the Were-Rabbit turns back into Wallace lying unconscious in the cheese tent after driving Victor away in the Female Were-Rabbit Costume being chased by the Angry Mob, Hutch mentioning Cheese prompts Gromit to wake Wallace up with the smell of it. -5th: Right before the Credits start to roll, with him being the last of the Rabbits released into Lady Tottington's Rabbit Sanctuary at the end.
The way Wallace gets his trousers put on is noticeably different from the Previous Features. In this film they're placed on as Wallace lands onto the chair at the table from underneath it, as opposed to landing into them as he drops in from his room above.
The only Voice Actor to've been in a previous Dreamworks film is Ralph Fiennes (Victor Quartermaine), where he voiced the Main Villain of the Traditionally Animated Dreamworks film The Prince of Egypt (1998) (Fiennes is quite known for playing villains).
Lady Tottington was named after the suburb of Bury, Greater Manchester, near where Nick Park grew up. People who grew up in Tottington are called Tottingtonian's and the abbreviation of Tottington is Totty. Hence Lady Tottington being referred to as Totty.
Before Gromit flies a coin-operated biplane at the climax, it was originally dodgems he and Philip had a fight in. Gromit also flew a plane in A Close Shave (1995), and the joke where the money runs out while in the middle of a fight was lifted from A Grand Day Out (1989), when a coin operated oven/cooker is about to hit Wallace with a truncheon, before the money runs out mid-swing.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
At the end of the movie when the Were-Rabbit has turned back into Wallace, 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".
Near the end, after the Were-Rabbit has fallen from the roof onto the table of cream crackers, it turns back into Wallace. Originally Nick Park had intended that Wallace would retain his rabbit ears, and only lose them after another session with the Mind Manipulation-omatic. Consequently he filmed this scene with the rabbit ears attached to Wallace's head. When the ending was changed, he decided that he would use CGI to remove the rabbit ears from the film and replace them with Wallace's own ears, rather than re-filming that whole scene. Similarly, in earlier shots of Hutch sliding down the chute from his bed to the basement after Gromit has raised the alarm, Park used CGI to remove Gromit from the adjacent chute after the story was changed at this point.
Wallace's transformation into the Were-Rabbit was one of Nick Park's favourite sequences, just to see Wallace beat up the villain. Park also liked the way Wallace's personality shines through the Were-Rabbit in some scenes.
When Gromit operates the female "were-rabbit," he is accidentally thrown into the top of the van. If you look at the impression he leaves in the van's roof, there is also a spring (broken) in a very funny position, making the indent look like a male rabbit.
There's been several hints as to Wallace being the Were-Rabbit in the film prior to Gromit figuring it out for himself, and seeing the Transformation on screen for the first time: -The Were-Rabbit attacks have only been during the night, once the Full Moon becomes visible. -Wallace is never seen to be around during the times of the Were-Rabbit incidents. -Wallace never has any knowledge of what's been going on during each night, usually Gromit would let him know each morning by showing him the papers. -Wallace and Gromit never do show up at the incident moments during the Were-Rabbit Attacks to everyone's Vegetable Gardens each night to take care of the problem. -Each night, Gromit usually has to take care of things himself with Wallace mysteriously disappearing, especially on the 2nd Night where Gromit chased after the Were-Rabbit alone in the Pesto Vehicle with a Lasso. -Wallace after the first night of the Were-Rabbit incidents starts to become fairly energetic, having suddenly become quite fascinated with Vegetables after previously not been interested in having them.
We don't see the Were-Rabbit's Full Body until 40 minutes into the film when we see Wallace for the first time turning into the Were-Rabbit onscreen on the 3rd night of the incidents after learning that he's the Were-Rabbit as a result of his invention to Brainwash the Rabbits into disliking vegetables going amok earlier on.