Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Post by James » October 8th, 2005, 12:34 am

Just got back from seeing it. It was one of the best non-Pixar non-Disney movies of the past 20 years! Better than Chicken Run, better than Nightmare, better than any other DreamWorks film so far, and right up there, if not past, The Iron Giant. If Chicken Little doesn't challenge it then this should be the Animated Feature Oscar winner hands down.

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Post by Ben » October 8th, 2005, 5:17 am

Really? wow!

I'm seeing it tonight, and to be honest, as much as I love W&G, A Close Shave wasn't as inspired as The Wrong Trousers and I'm not expecting much more than a feature-length Close Shave.

You have me intrigued, let me tell you...!


BTW, I don't actually think that Chicken Little, with all its commercialism and too-slickly produced studio backing, poses much of a threat to any of the other animated features that may be in the award winning runs for this year.

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Re: Your thoughts on Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Post by Meg » October 8th, 2005, 6:23 pm

James wrote:Just got back from seeing it. It was one of the best non-Pixar non-Disney movies of the past 20 years! Better than Chicken Run, better than Nightmare, better than any other DreamWorks film so far, and right up there, if not past, The Iron Giant. If Chicken Little doesn't challenge it then this should be the Animated Feature Oscar winner hands down.
Better than the Iron Giant?!?! Holy carp! I wanna see this so bad!

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Post by James » October 8th, 2005, 11:22 pm

I said "right up there, if not past, The Iron Giant". Need another viewing and time to decide if it's better.

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Post by Ben » October 9th, 2005, 8:17 am

Well, I got snowed under last night and didn't get out to the late show.

I've been working on a project recently, and we have a couple of days off before we leave to promote it, and it's the same old thing - all the germs that have been lying in wait to attack when I'm not so busy have come out and I have the flu.

Ended up watching The Cider House Rules on TV, which I'm not sure how I feel about. Odd film, well made, but ulitmately didn't feel like it was ABOUT anything!

Anyway, had to give W&G a miss. Hopefully I'll catch it before I leave, otherwise it will be one of five films (History Of Violence, Oliver Twist, Were-Rabbit, Corpse Bride and Zorro) that I want to see when I get back.

I used to have weekend-long marathons in the theater when I was a kid and haven't done that in a while, so maybe I'll chill out on my return and stay in a movie theater for a couple of days! :)

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Post by Christian » October 10th, 2005, 2:08 am

I liked it.

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Post by Wonderlicious » October 10th, 2005, 4:48 am

I haven't seen it yet (it only gets a wide release next Friday in England), but I'm glad that it's getting a lot of praise. I was a bit worried that it wouldn't do well critically, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I'm hoping that it's as good as everyone says it is! :mrgreen:
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Post by James » October 10th, 2005, 10:29 am

Sad news for Aardman on a day they should be celebrating having the #1 movie in the US:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/ ... index.html

"The company behind the new Wallace and Gromit film said Monday its entire history has been destroyed in a fire at a warehouse containing props and sets."

(I'll post this to the main site later today)

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Post by Ben » October 10th, 2005, 12:23 pm

Sad news, but that's going to be one HECK of an insurance claim!

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Post by PatrickvD » October 10th, 2005, 1:26 pm

wow.... that sucks.. :(

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Post by Meg » October 10th, 2005, 4:28 pm

That's awful! I wonder what started the fire?

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Post by Ben » October 10th, 2005, 7:47 pm

Jeffrey Katzenberg and a need for Aardman publicity in W&G's opening weekend? ;)

Which would, as I said in another thread, make it Aarson...

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Post by GeorgeC » October 10th, 2005, 11:30 pm

Frankly, I'm amazed at the artistic community's response to this!

One darn warehouse/storage facility burns down and everybody's up in arms about some plastic being burned up. Isn't it a heck of a lot more important that nobody got killed?

Some people would be HAPPIER if the stupid building hadn't burned down but 30 guys had gotten killed by a gasline explosion?

There are so many more tragic things that happen daily than losing some stop-motion sets and storyboards.

Fact is, the main Aardman building wasn't even affected by the fire, and nothing really important was destroyed to begin with!

The people most directly affected by this -- Aardman employees -- are far more philosphical about this than many of the fans who seem to be misplacing their concerns here.

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Post by James » October 10th, 2005, 11:42 pm

And if "30 guys had gotten killed by a gasline explosion" using your logic we could say "so what - 90 people were killed in a forest fire. 30 is nothing to get up in arms about"!

No it's not the worst thing that happened in the world today. But this is an animation website, and the destruction of historical animation artifacts is something to be sad about, at least for a day or so. We'll be on to something else in no time.

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Post by GeorgeC » October 11th, 2005, 9:19 am

James, I can't let that go. You're taking me out of context.

My point is that everybody's up in arms over the destruction of plasticene figures and some sets when it could have been the CREATOR of Wallace & Gromit who was killed in a fire.

Now you tell me, is human life more important than property?!?!?!? This is what I'm questioning about people who are so upset about the loss of what really amounts to trinkets.

Human life, to me at any rate, is FAR more important than some figures and sets.

Thank goodness Nick Park and the rest of the Aardman ARE SAFE. What was lost will be replaced by new props and pieces. Once you lose a talent like Nick Park for good, THAT can't be replaced as much as some people seem to think human beings are disposable. In the U.S., we still have yet to see the full ramifications of what happened with feature animation not long ago...

(FYI, the Wallace & Gromit figures from the movie survived. Park has been carrying the them with him around the world in a safety case as he promotes the new movie.)




As it is now, the latest thing I've read about the fire is that the British authorities are looking into the possibility of arson. I thought something smelled about this fire...

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