Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Nick Park's claymation-animated heroes, cheese-addicted inventor Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis, to the mild manner born) and his mute genius dog, must contend with rabbits. Many hungry rabbits, threatening the North England vegetable-growing community led by Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter). Wallace's hubristic attempt to brainwash rabbits out of their veggie sweet tooth backfires, unleashing a mysterious giant beast, the Were-Rabbit, who stalks the village by night. There's also a dandy subplot about Wallace's rival as rabbit-hunter and candidate for Lady Totty's dainty hand, the vain, wicked, toupeed, bunnicidal Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes). The 2005Curse has a far better story than Park's Chicken Run, with superior pacing, the thrill of the chase, and the existential joys of a werewolf identity crisis. The ever-silent Gromit remains incorruptible, and Wallace lovably clueless. They may have hit the big time, but they haven't gone Hollywood. (G) TIM APPELO

Sat., Oct. 27, 5 & 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 28, 5 & 7 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 29, 7 & 9 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 30, 7 & 9 p.m., 2012

 
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