Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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(2005) ★★★★

BBC1: Saturday 29 August, 5.25pm

Wallace and Gromit’s Anti-Pesto garden gnome security firm has its confounded contraptions tested to the limit when a giant mutant rabbit gobbles up all the village’s greens at night. A hideous creature that’s causing cauliflower and cabbage carnage. Tottington’s never seen anything like it – a monster with teeth the size of axe blades and ears like tombstones! Both Bafta and Oscar lined up to applaud this witty Aardman animation, English as Marmite and deliciously cheesy. A crazy mix of King Kong’s beauty and the beast, Midsomer village fetes, Hammer horrors and cosy 1950s stylings. In plasticene! The jokes are so charming that even the double entendres are engagingly innocent. And there’s one genuinely chilling moment – when Bright Eyes plays on the car radio. Curse of the Were-Rabbit was going to be called The Great Vegetable Plot but the DreamWorks market research team didn’t like it. What on earth would they have made of Aardman’s 2008 mini-feature, A Matter of Loaf and Death? Gold is serving up that particular treat on Bank Holiday Monday, at 8pm. It’s preceded at 6.30pm by the vintage Wallace and Gromit shorts A Grand Day Out (1989), The Wrong Trousers (1993) and A Close Shave (1995).

Certificate: U

Duration: 84min

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