Jay’s Month of Screams, Day 13- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
When I started this month-long Halloween prep, I promised that I would get in at least a few movies. I haven’t had the time to do so, until tonight that is. While this film isn’t a Halloween film, it can put in October and tells a kid-friendly, and hilarious, version of a classic horror story. From the creators of Chicken Run, Early Man, and Shaun the Sheep comes this 2005 comedy, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Wallace & Gromit, Anti-Pesto
The town’s annual Vegetable Competition is only a few days away, but there’s a small, furry problem in the form of a rabbit infestation. Luckily, Wallace and Gromit are on the job as Anti-Pesto. They capture the pests and lock them where they can’t cause harm, but they keep coming. After accepting a job from a wealthy noblewoman, Wallace gets the idea to rehabilitate the rabbits do they won’t hurt vegetables.
However, Wallace’s attempts backfire in more ways than one. People start making reports of a giant creature, a were-rabbit that eats all vegetables. Is the were-rabbit a mutated bunny, or a man cursed to transform into a fluffy monster? Regardless, it’s up to Wallace and Gromit to stop the beast and save the town!
Fun With Stop-Motion
I think the premise of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is brilliant. Taking an established monster like the werewolf and recreating it into a family-friendly creature. The plot of the film and the actions of the were-rabbit would into a traditional horror film. Replace the were-rabbit with a werewolf and all the vegetables he eats with livestock or people, and bam! Instant horror story.
It’s not the best stop-motion horror film to watch for Halloween, but I think this British film works thanks to its sense of humor. It’s got a good blend of different kinds of humor. There’s snarky comments, puns, slapstick, and even a few innuendos. The whole thing’s really one series of jokes that will make kids laugh and elicit a smile or chuckle from adults.
Were-Rabbit is A Hilariously Hopping Good Movie
If you haven’t gotten the chance to see Wallace & Gromit, then I recommend you do. I know it’s not scary, but it’s a fun little film for the season. It’s free right now on HBO on demand (I think). I certainly liked it, after all. Happy Halloween
Click here to see the FANDOM Article I did for Halloween last year.