“Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005)

It seemed to make perfect sense to make a feature length film based on the Wallace & Gromit shorts. And for the most part, it does. This film does, for the most part, capture the charm, ingenuity, and creativity of the shorts, and of course the stop-motion animation is simply stunning. But you also can’t help but feel like sacrifices were made to the film’s story to appeal more to a wider audience. The reason why the shorts were so fantastic is because it really did feel so unique, like there were no other stories like them. Here, while the premise itself is outlandish and creative, the execution has some Americanized coglike quality to it, complete with some kid’s film clichés that you’d expect Wallace & Gromit to be above. But still, even with all those sacrifices that were made, you still get the same low-key charm and likability that the shorts provide; it’s clever, it’s funny, and it’s still these two great characters being these two great characters.

Rating: 4/5

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