Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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A funny and charming movie for the whole family.
  • G
  • 2005
  • 85 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Greedy villain is comedic and blustery, gets his comeuppance.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon shooting and chasing (on foot, in vehicles).

Sexy stuff

Wallace has a crush; minor (British) sexual references in language.

Language

One character says, "arsing around."

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Minor drinking by adults at a party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit includes some mildly scary images of the were-rabbit's transformation -- first in shadow and then in person. These images follow the werewolf pattern, with teeth, fur, paws, and snout indicating the beast's emergence. The townsfolk and one hunter in particular pursue the were-rabbit, with guns and garden tools (again, following classic horror conventions, as in Frankenstein). Characters drink at a party, and make occasional bawdy, Benny-Hillish sexual references, most of which will go over little ones' heads.

User Reviews

Adult Written byDonna in BC April 9, 2008

well done!

I took my 6 yr old son to see this movie and we really enjoyed it together! There is some adult hidden type humor that went over the kid's heads to keep us...
Parent Written bymyab October 1, 2010

Wonderful for Younger Viewers and Up

Great movie for younger kids, and tweens might enjoy it, too. The only violence is very cartoon-esque, and the scary isn't too scary. I enjoyed the geniu...
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

yay wallace and gromit

This is a fun family movie, but be warned. In all the reviews I have ever read for this, NONE of them point out that in the end ***WARNING WARNING SPOILER ALER...
Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2011

Best claymation movie yet!!

This movie is AWESOME! What a way to take something like clay and cameras and turn it into a Wallace and Gromit movie! I love it!

What's the story?

In WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, Wallace and Gromit run a pest-riddance company, Anti-Pesto. Each night, they're alerted by the elaborate security system the townspeople have attached to their prized vegetable gardens, and go forth in their well-outfitted truck to capture (but never kill) the offending creatures -- typically rodents and rabbits. Wallace then deposits the animals in cages in his basement, where he keeps them supplied with carrots and lettuce. Wallace's desire to reprogram the bunnies so they won't desire veggies leads to an experiment that goes awry, and soon a giant were-rabbit is stomping through the town at night, ravaging the squashes and pumpkins, and threatening to shut down Tottington Hall's annual Giant Vegetable Competition. Wallace and Gromit are on the case.

Is it any good?

By turns antic and lovely, this is a fitting big-screen debut for the beloved claymation stars Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and Gromit. At once a clever send-up of classic horror movies (of 1930s-'40s sort, including Wolfman and Frankenstein), an entertaining assembly of wordplay and visual gags, and even a bit of an insightful character study, How does Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit set up a nice tension between the very cute rabbits who are, admittedly, gobbling up the town's vegetable gardens and the monstrous were-rabbit? reportedly took five years to make, as Nick Park and Steve Box and a crew of hundreds posed each clay figure frame by frame.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the enduring friendship between Wallace and his dog Gromit. How is this relationship a model of loyalty, trust, and affection set against the conniving and pettiness among the humans? And how is their friendship briefly threatened by Wallace's romantic interest in Lady Tottington (who ends up being a terrific good sport too)?

  • How does Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit set up a nice tension between the very cute rabbits who are, admittedly, gobbling up the town's vegetable gardens and the monstrous were-rabbit?

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