Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (***)

Aardman Studios, the creators behind Chicken Run, bring their beloved short film characters to the big screen, and the results are safe, sweet, but satisfying. Claymation, like the stop motion animation of Corpse Bride, is a marvelous and visually dynamic style of animation. The amount of work that goes into a project like this. Well, I can't even begin to think about it. From what I've read this film took five years to make. I wish I could say it was incredible. It's not really. It's cute, and occasionally funny, and there's some great horror send-ups, but you won't be amazed. It's a fine family film, as there are some typically British bawdy jokes throughout. Kids will of course like it, but it lacks the finesse of the Pixar films. Is it wrong to compare the two? Maybe. But still, if you're putting five years of your life into a film, it better be damn good, not just "cute."


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