Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 40 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnniebacon September 9, 2018

Way too scary for sensitive 7 year old

Based on other reviews I was shocked by how much peril there was. Why is it so hard to find movies where the bad guy doesn't get that much screen time? Lot... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 4, and 4-year-old Written byFowlerFan July 4, 2011

A nice change from animated shows.

The only thing that is concerning is that it's a bit scary. Obviously, the 'were-rabbit' is a rabbit monster. Admittedly, that monster is still... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymurdermystery May 30, 2020

Gloomy and Scary

Parents should know that W&G: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT contains some scariness and is not for sensitive kids.
Kid, 9 years old May 7, 2020

This is a good movie!

I thought this movie was for kids younger then seven, but.......
Before we watched it The first time, all of my family, we thought it’s just spooky, and not act... Continue reading

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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