Western Animation / The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is the first (and, to date, only) feature-length animated film featuring Wallace & Gromit. It was the second co-production between DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, as well as being Aardman's second full-length feature film, after Chicken Run.

Due to a rabbit pest problem in the town around the time of the annual vegetable competition at Tottington Hall, the duo decide to go from window washers to humane (but efficient) pest control officers. After solving an enormous pest problem for wealthy vegetable competition host Lady Tottington (who is being courted by Gold Digger in plain sight Victor Quartermaine), Wallace develops a crush on the lady, having dumped Wendolene due to her hatred of cheese. But the joy in the city turns sour when an enormous rabbit starts devouring all the townspeople's vegetables. The local vicar claims it's a were-rabbit. The townspeople dismiss this idea, and Lady Tottington chooses Wallace and Gromit's humane capture methods over Victor's suggestion to shoot the monster. The duo set to capture the beast before the contest...but it isn't long before Gromit realizes that the Vicar's claim may be all too real....

Released in 2005, it won not only the Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature", but also the British Academy Film Awards' "Best British Film", the British Comedy Awards' "Best Comedy Film", and the Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form", among many others.

This film provides examples of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Wallace as usual.
  • Accidental Public Confession: "The beast isn't actually dead yet!?!"
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Hammer Horror films.
  • Artistic Licence Biology: Rabbits are physically incapable of burping. Rule of Funny applies, of course.
  • Aside Glance: Gromit. All the time.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: On hearing that their vegetables will be used as bait to attract the Were-Rabbit, Mrs. Mulch flees with her Pumpkin, whilst the townsfolk yell at her "Come back! Come back!". The Were-Rabbit then approaches, prompting her to about turn. Cue villagers now yelling "Go away! Go away!"
  • Attack of the Town Festival: The vegetable festival. Since the eponymous creature is a giant rabbit, it's only the focus of the festival that will attract it, and the people are in no real danger. The festival is Serious Business, though.
  • Background Halo: Lady Tottington gets one, along with a set of background wings, when she advocates trapping the Were-Rabbit humanely. Lord Victor Quartermaine, who wants to just shoot it, gets a pair of background horns.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first the movie cleverly fools you into thinking that Hutch is the Were-Rabbit, but as it turns out Hutch is simply a Were-Wallace. The real Were-Rabbit was Wallace.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Gromit.
  • Big Damn Movie
  • Big "NO!":
    • Near the end of the chase scene on the second night of the Were-Rabbit's rampage, the lady who just locked her greenhouse full of carrots does one when the Were-Rabbit tunnels underneath and the carrots disappear into the ground.
    • Victor yells this in frustration when Gromit uses his plane to take the bullet meant for Were-Rabbit Wallace.
    • Before that, when Were-Rabbit Wallace just broke off the pipe he's climbing from, sending him tumbling down to the cotton candy machine.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Gromit never speaks, so this is the only way you know what he's feeling. It's really incredible, the emotion you can wring out of an artfully-squashed bit of plasticine...
  • Big "YES!": After the Were-Rabbit is seemingly shot by Victor and the townsfolk hear the echo, the Vicar is sombre for a moment, then suddenly yells "YEAH!" and the townsfolk start celebrating (save for Lady Tottington).
  • Bungling Inventor: Wallace, natch.
  • Call-Back: Upon witnessing the Were-Rabbit's transformation, Victor's toupee flies off, jsut as it did earlier when the Bun-Vac sucked it down a rabbit hole.
    • Victor does it again when he mentions Lady Tottington having "a spot of rabbit bother" when it looks like the competition will have to be called off. He used the same words to Lady Tottington the fist time we saw him.
  • The Cameo: There's two portraits of directors Nick Park and Steve Box (blink and you'll miss it) in the parsonage before the door slams shut.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The "female rabbit". First Wallace and Gromit attempt to catch the were-rabbit with it, and then Gromit leads the were-rabbit away from Victor with it. Finally, Gromit dresses Victor in it to decoy the mob.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The marrow Gromit is growing for the vegetable competition comes back in the climax when Gromit reluctantly uses it as bait for the Were-Rabbit. Save for Gromit flying into it, it survives.
    • Wallace's hands shaking, which is also Something Only They Would Say. He does it first in front of Lady Tottington at the town meeting, and she repeats it. After seemingly abductingly Lady Tottington at the competition, the Were-Rabbit does it in front of her, making her realise the Were-Rabbit is Wallace.
    • The giant carrot in Lady Tottington's vegetable garden. She shows it first to Wallace when he visits her the second time, then she uses it in the climax to knock Victor out.
  • Civilized Animal: Gromit is usually depicted as walking upright, and is capable of creating and operating complex machinery. Generally he's shown to be significantly more shrewd and sensible than his master. However, despite all of this, everyone treats him the same as you treat any dog.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In the montage of portraits in the beginning, orange rockets resembling the one seen in A Grand Day Out appear on the wall.
    • Every single phrase Hutch in "Were-Wallace" mode spouts is, if it's not from earlier in this movie, a quote from previous entries.
    • When Wallace leaves Gromit alone in the van, he's parked outside a hairdressers called A Close Shave.
  • Creative Closing Credits: Rabbits float past as if in the holding tank of the Bun-Vac. Some of them are in costume, and some interact with each other, or with the credits text. The last rabbit bumps its head on the paragraph promising that No Animals Were Harmed.
  • Cute Giant: The Were-Rabbit. Despite being many times larger than the average rabbit, it's still, well, a rabbit.
  • Defanged Horrors: The film uses lots of horror movie tropes, but the monster steals and eats vegetables instead of killing people.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Despite an enormous amount of innuendo whenever the two of them are both on screen, Wallace and Lady Tottington do not end up together, though they do ultimately create a nature preserve for bunnies.
  • Dark Reprise: A somber version of the Wallace and Gromit theme is played when Gromit sees Wallace transforming back to normal.
  • Disney Death: Were-Rabbit Wallace.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted with Philip. He falls from Gromit's plane in the climax and his teeth deflate the bouncy castle (moon bounce in the USA) he lands on, but he survives.
  • Dreamworks Face: Gromit sports one on the poster.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Spoofed.
    Reverend Hedges: To kill such a beast would require nerves of steel and... (Dramatic Pause) a bullet. (Thunderclap)
    Lord Victor: A bullet? (Thunder)
    Reverend Hedges: A bullet! (Thunder)
    Lord Victor: A bu— (Thunder; Victor slams the shutters of a nearby window shut, annoyed) What kind of bullet?
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Victor Quartermaine.
  • Eureka Moment: Gromit gets a lot of these. Sometimes he accentuates them with a finger snap.
    • Thanks to a comment made by Lady Tottington, Wallace has one, where he gets the idea to brainwash the rabbits he and Gromit have captured with the Mind Manipulation-omatic into hating vegetables.
  • The Faceless: Throughout the first half of the movie, the Were-Rabbit is never fully visible on-screen. During its nightly rampages, we see its shadow, its legs bounding away, and a quick shot of it leaping over Gromit, but always with its face obscured. The first time we get to see the Were-Rabbit in full is when Wallace transforms into it on-screen.
  • Face Palm: Gromit's common reaction to the foolishness surrounding him.
  • Flintstone Theming:
    • In a variation on the running gag of Gromit's canine-themed library, Wallace is shown to have a shelf of cheese-related books, such as East of Edam and Grated Expectations.
    • The music Gromit plays to encourage the vegetables to grow includes Gustav Holst's The Plants and Elvis Parsley singing "Blue Swede Shoes".
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Early on, when the Mind-Manipulation-O-Matic begins to go wrong, Wallace hops like a rabbit.
    • The morning after the first Were-Rabbit rampage, Gromit looks into the kitchen and sees the fridge door open and the cheese dish left on the floor, with bits of half-eaten cheese around it.
    • The first time Gromit encounters the Were-Rabbit and gives chase just so happens to be minutes after Wallace mysteriously disappears to retrieve one of the traps they intend to catch it with and the previously clouded moon becomes visible.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: It seems like every frame of animation has a joke in it somewhere. A notable example are the species names in "The Observer's Book of Monsters," by Claude Savagely (see Hurricane of Puns below): touristis trappus (Loch Ness Monster), enormyious flippus-floppus (Bigfoot), numerous pedulus udderis (were-cow), and, of course, carrotus apetitus giganticus (were-rabbit).
  • Friend to All Living Things: Lady Tottington.
  • Genius Ditz / Mad Scientist: Wallace's inventions range from malfunctioning Rube Goldberg-esque devices to clever and groundbreaking gadgets — which also have a tendency to malfunction. Notably, he seems more competent in the feature film than in most of the shorts.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Relatively speaking, this is the dirtiest Wallace and Gromit film. Of course, do you expect less from a movie about vegetables?
    • At one point, when Gromit disguises himself as a female Were-Rabbit to lure the Were-Rabbit to safety, the Were-Rabbit pinches the female Were-Rabbit's tail.
    • Towards the end, Wallace finds himself clothes-less, so he grabs a handy cheese box to hold front of his private bits. The box has a "May contain nuts" label on it.
    • Lady Tottington inviting Wallace to see her secret garden is probably the most risqué.
      Lady Tottington: Please...call me Totty.
      • To say nothing about when she stands before two large marrows, which resemble huge... er, tracts of land.
    • The priest avidly reading a magazine about nun-wrestling.
  • Gold Digger: Victor's already a rich nobleman, but he was wooing Lady Tottington solely for her money.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The Rabbit Rehabilitator.
  • Go Through Me: Lady Tottington, after she realises the Were-Rabbit is Wallace, attempts to protect him from Victor.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Phillip, Victor's dog, and Gromit, near the end.
  • Growling Gut: Wallace's tummy rumbles.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: The montage of photos at the beginning show that Wallace used to have a full head of hair and a mustache.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the climax, Were-Wallace jumps onto Gromit's falling plane to break its fall. He gets better though.
  • High Class Gloves: Lady Tottington wears a white pair.
  • Homemade Inventions: A major plot propellant.
  • Horns of Villainy: Invoked and parodied. During the meeting of the towns' citizens in regard to how to deal with the creature that has been seen around their town, just before Lady Tottington makes an address, Victor is shown with two pairs of spikes that are behind his head that gives him an appearance of having devilish horns. In addition, Tottington has an angel sculpture behind her which gives her the appearance of having wings.
  • Human-to-Werewolf Footprints: Reversed. Originally they thought that the were-rabbit prints were leading to the basement and that the pet bunny was the culprit. Then Gromit closes the door and sees that not only do the prints continue past the basement door, they change into human prints as they lead towards Wallace's bedroom.
  • Humiliation Conga: At the end, Victor gets smacked by Lady Tottington with a giant carrot, stuffed into a rabbit suit, sent out to be chased away by the mob, and bitten on the tail of the suit by Phillip.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Victor, after a fashion, at the end of the film. Gromit dresses him up in the female rabbit costume and sends him out to the mob, who chase him away.
  • Hurricane of Puns: More like a perfect storm of puns.
    • The cheese-themed classic titles behind which Wallace's secret cheese dish is hidden.
    • The climax is also very groan-heavy.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Gromit
  • Hypocrite: Victor accuses Wallace of swindling Lady Tottington out of her fortune, when that's exactly what Victor is trying to do with her.
    Victor: I know your little secret, Pesto! I know exactly what's going on!
    Wallace: Your Lordship?
    Victor: Oh, yes. You think you can pilfer my filly, don't you? You think you can con an innocent woman out of her fortune!?!?
    Wallace: Who, me?
    Victor: Well, I got here first! I've spent a lot of time reeling in that fluffy-headed bunny-lover, and I'm not about to let some puddle-headed peasant poach her from me! Comprendez?!
  • Idea Bulb: When Wallace gets the idea to use his brainwashing machine to make the rabbits he has captured hate vegetables, the light on his van turns on... though that was Gromit's doing.
  • Impact Silhouette: The Were-Rabbit leaves a Were-Rabbit-shaped hole in the church window during its first rampage.
  • Improvised Cross: During the were-rabbit's first rampage, he takes vegetables from the vicar's garden. The vicar tries to fend it off by forming a cross with two cucumbers, but the were-rabbit just eats them. Amusingly, the vicar is shown reaching past an actual cross in order to grab the cucumbers.
  • Intellectual Animal / Speech-Impaired Animal: Gromit.
  • Ironic Echo: A rare non-verbal example; Victor's dog Phillip refuses to let Gromit step out of Wallace's car so that he can assist him during his duel with Victor. After Wallace transforms into the Were-Rabbit, Phillip begs for Gromit to let him inside his car. Gromit refuses to do so.
  • It's Personal: Victor is the one of the few who knows the real identity of the Were-Rabbit and makes it clear to Lady Tottington that this trope is the real reason why he wants the creature killed.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Victor at the church meeting.
  • "King Kong" Climb: At the climax of the film, the Were-Rabbit climbs to the top of Tottington Manor, carrying Lady Tottington.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Victor is not impressed by the vicar's little joke about how many "carrots" are in the gold bullets needed to kill the Were-Rabbit.
    • Gromit also rolls his eyes when Wallace makes a comment about the rabbits breeding like...you know.
  • Left the Background Music On: The Vicar gives a doom and gloom rant about the Were-Rabbit with dramatic organ music in the background. The church organist is told to knock it off.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Midway through the film, Wallace is suddenly sporting rabbit ears. Somehow he doesn't notice until Gromit points it out to him, at which point he concedes it's "a bit odd" but simply dismisses it as a side-effect of the vegetable diet Gromit has him on.
  • Man Hug: Wallace and Gromit exchange one after Wallace awakens from nearly dying.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Victor is utterly obsessed with hunting to the point where he keeps at it even knowing Totty can't stand it.
  • Manly Tears: Wallace and Gromit both shed them.
    • Wallace when trying to fix the Mind Manipulation-omatic and hallucinates the part he's holding as a carrot, realising he's becoming more like a rabbit in mind as well as body and breaks down.
    • Gromit cries when Victor locks him in a cage to stop him interfering with Victor killing the Were-Rabbit. There's no sound and his face is partly blocked by the sign on the cage, but you can tell he's crying by his closed eyes and the way his body is shaking.
    • He sobs again during Wallace's Disney Death, before he gets the idea from Hutch to revive him with a piece of Stinking Bishop cheese.
  • Match Cut: The town meeting opens and closes with one: from Wallace surrounded by his pictures of clients, all sounding an alert, to him surrounded by the actual angry clients, and from Totty to a signed photo of her in the van. Later there's a cut from Totty to a cloud the same shape as her hair.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: Gromit and Philip are fighting in a coin operated plane that suddenly stops working. They stop fighting to insert some more change, then they resume fighting as soon as the plane starts working again.
  • New Neighbours as the Plot Demands: As the first film in the series without a Minimalist Cast, Wallace and Gromit suddenly have a whole bunch of neighbours we've never seen before.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: Played for Laughs in The Stinger. After a credits sequence showing rabbits floating around weightlessly, this message comes up just before one of them hits the top of the screen and passes out.
  • No Mouth: Gromit
  • Noodle Incident: One of the town elders, Mr. Growbag, often brings up past incidents like the Great Slug Riot of '32 (when there were slugs the size of pigs) or the Great Duck Plague to compare them to current events.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Victor.
  • Not This One, That One: When Victor visits the Vicar asking about the Were-Rabbit after firsthand witnessing it, he Vicar tells him that everything he needs to know is in a book. Victor spots a magazine about nun wrestling on a desk, and the Vicar quickly says he meant the book in his hand, The Observer's Book Of Monsters.
  • Oh, Crap!: Wallace when he realizes he's the Were-Rabbit.
    Wallace: Ohhh dear.
    • Gromit gets a big one when he realises that Wallace is the Were-Rabbit upon following reversed Human-to-Werewolf Footprints leading to Wallace's bedroom and seeing a pile of half-eaten vegetables inside.
    • Gromit when Wallace begins to turn into the Were-Rabbit. He reacts by locking the doors of the van.
    • Wallace near the end when the doorbell rings and, knowing he can't answer the door because of his rabbit ears, sees Hutch heading to the front door to answer it.
    • Wallace gets two more in quick succession when Lady Tottington arrives on his doorstep. The first comes when she tells him Victor will shoot the Were-Rabbit (which is actually him, but she doesn't know this), accentuated by a zoom into his shocked face. The second comes seconds later when he starts transforming into the Were-Rabbit in front of her, as the moon appears from behind a cloud.
    • Gromit when Victor arrives at the house to kill the Were-Rabbit after Lady Tottington leaves.
    • Philip gets one during the plane fight with Gromit when Gromit opens the plane's bomb doors and Philip realises he's about to drop.
    • Later, Gromit and the Were-Rabbit get this in succession after they high-five each other. Gromit discovering he accidentally let go of the rope he was holding onto during the aforementioned high-five, followed by the Were-Rabbit very quickly realizing his mistake and what's about to happen to Gromit next.
    • The Were-Rabbit emits a Loud Gulp as Victor Quartermaine takes aim at him during the final fight scene.
  • Only Sane Man: Gromit; it turns out that Wallace is fairly typical of the villagers' level of common sense. Lampshaded in the church scene:
    Lord Victor Quartermaine: How on earth would those tiny-minded buffoons ever catch such a big rabbit?
    Wallace: Um... with a big trap!
    [Face Palm from Gromit. Hurrahs from everybody else.]
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: This is the first time we've seen Wallace both angry and in anguish, illustrating how much higher the stakes are this time out. He scolds Gromit for ditching him during their hunt for the Were-Rabbit (then unaware that he's the were-rabbit) and, as a result, getting the whole town mad at them for breaking their promise to catch it. Later, when he's slowly becoming more rabbit than man, he weeps at his work table, unable for the first time in his life to concentrate on inventing.
  • Oop North: Specifically, Oop in Lancashire (though Wallace's accent is actually Yorkshire). Kept vague, but a deleted scene shows Gromit dumping all the rabbits Wallace was catching over the border into Yorkshire.
    • If you look closely the first time they start up the van you can actually see an A-Z of Wigan on the dashboard, implying it takes place at least close to said city.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: A were-rabbit instead of a werewolf.
  • Parental Bonus: Besides a number of sophisticated jokes, Lady Tottington's nickname "Totty" is British slang for an attractive woman (particularly one from the upper classes).
  • Parody: Of Hammer Horror films.
  • Parrot Exposition: Spoofed.
    Reverend Hedges: To kill such a beast would require nerves of steel and... (Dramatic Pause) a bullet.
    Lord Victor: A bullet?
    Reverend Hedges: A bullet!
    Lord Victor: A bullet? What kind of bullet?
  • Photo Montage: The opening titles.
  • Popping Buttons: During the Were-Rabbit's transformation sequence.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Victor, about to shoot the Were-Rabbit with a golden bullet shaped like a root vegetable: "Eat carat, bunny boy."
  • Punny Name:
    • Most of the villagers have names related to plants or gardening. Even Lady Campanula Tottington gets in on it; Campanula is a type of flower.
    • PC Mackintosh.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Victor is quite disgusted to discover that Wallace's Bun-Vac doesn't harm the bunnies it captures. He asks how Wallace intends to finish the little blighters off and considers the job only half-done while the rabbits are still alive.
  • Red Herring: The Were-Rabbit is initially hinted to be Hutch, the rabbit victim of the mind manipulation machine. However, Gromit soon discovers, to his horror, that the Were-Rabbit is actually the human victim of the mind manipulation machine.
    • A big deal is made of Wallace's inability to fix the mind manipulator, and then Hutch takes over and seems to be making real progress repairing it, so it's natural to think that it will be a major plot point later. It's the last we actually see of it, though.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: No wonders why Lady Tottington doesn't want to harm the rabbits...
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Victor's dog, Phillip.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Victor lets out a high-pitched scream when the Were-Rabbit flings a log over him and Gromit in the van after it seems like the Were-Rabbit was going to crush them with it.
  • Serious Business: The veg competition. This being Wallace and Gromit, nobody's actually going to get seriously hurt, so to keep the tension/plot going, the townspeople take the competition super seriously. Lampshaded by one manic villager during the church scene who says that they're simple folk who haven't got much else going for them. PC Macintosh flat out says that the whole thing is more trouble than it's worth.
  • Shout-Out: Several. The entire film's a Hammer Horror parody, even. They range from Dracula to King Kong to Jaws, and so on.
    • At some point, Gromit turns on the radio, and the song is Art Garfunkel's "Bright Eyes" from another British animated film about rabbits. Also a Take That! as Gromit rolls his eyes and changes stations.
    • The same scene is set outside of Harvey's grocers.
    • To Peanuts and Snoopy's role-play as a "World War 1 Flying Ace", when Gromit is flying a Sopwith Camel, and Philip is in a red triplane, like the Red Baron.
    • When Gromit notices Wallace turning into the Were-Rabbit, Wallace says "What's up Dog?"
    • During the opening credits, the camera pans over a series of photographs. One of them shows Gromit graduating from "Dogwarts University".
    • The music for the opening scene is reminiscent of John Morris's score from The Elephant Man.
    • The routine capture and containment from the opening scenes of the film plays rather like similar capture scenes from Ghostbusters.
    • Wallace staring in horror as his hands turn into the Were-Rabbit's paws is straight out of An American Werewolf in London.
    • The Were-Rabbit's reversion to Wallace is shot with his face upside down, like the reversion scene in Werewolf of London.
  • Silent Partner: Gromit, who is also a...
  • Silent Snarker: ...and it's remarkable how expressive he is considering he is always portrayed without a mouth, leaving his eyebrows to convey all of his emotions.
  • Silver Bullet: Spoofed. A were-rabbit can only be killed with a gold bullet — 24 carat.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Early on in the film, Wallace makes a playful "rabbit paws" gesture in Lady Tottington's direction. She smiles and repeats it back. Later, after carrying her away from the mob and back to the greenhouse, the Were-Rabbit makes the same gesture, looking at her wistfully. She recognizes Wallace at once, stops being afraid, and pulls a Go Through Me moment when Victor arrives to shoot him.
  • Sore Loser: Victor.
  • Stab the Salad: When one of the villagers grumpily remarks that she hopes the rabbits "get what's coming to them", the next shot has Gromit holding something on a cutting board and raising a big knife...and then he starts cutting up carrots for the bunnies.
  • Stop Motion
  • Super Multi-Purpose Room: Basically every room in Wallace's house has built-in intricate mechanisms and contraptions to help Wallace and Gromit wake up, get dressed, effortlessly get seated for breakfast, get the breakfast prepared, get into their car, and and and ... See To the Batpole!.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Wallace, coupled with an Oh, Crap!, when he realises he's the Were-Rabbit.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: When the Were-Rabbit is loose at the festival, a booth selling "farm supplies", with pitchforks prominently displayed, places a new sign reading "angry mob supplies".
  • To the Batpole!: Our heroes suit up via a Heath Robinson-esque process, depicted in all its absurd detail, complete with several direct references to Gerry Anderson and Thunderbirds.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, particularly Wensleydale, is Wallace's favorite, but he's also pretty enthusiastic about toast.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: One TV ad completely spoiled the secret of the Were-Rabbit.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Victor gives a most indignant "Potty POO!!!" after Gromit blocks his shot at the Were Rabbit.
  • The Vicar: Reverend Hedges.
  • The Voiceless: All of the non-human characters, except for when the rabbits howl at the moon, cheer when Gromit takes the bullet in his plane that was meant for the Were-Rabbit, and cry when Wallace is believed dead; and Hutch when he's become a were-Wallace.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Wallace is the Were-Rabbit.
  • Veg-O-Vision: In the climax, the were-rabbit mistakes Lady Tottington for a giant carrot. Justified by the lady's wardrobe of dresses that are deliberately colored and patterned to look like vegetables.
  • Visual Pun: PC Mackintosh blurts out that the titular character isn't dead, the festival comes to a screeching halt, everyone is standing there in Stunned Silence, and a piece of cotton candy tumbles by.
  • Weird Moon: The moon is full for five nights, four of which the Were-Rabbit runs loose.
  • Wham Shot: As Gromit finishes building the bigger cage for Hutch, whom they believe to be the real Were-Rabbit, he leaves the basement and closes the door... only to reveal more footprints behind it.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The name of the town is never given, though freeze-framing reveals a Wigan A-Z in Wallace's van.
  • Which Me?: When Lady Tottington rings the doorbell, Wallace panics that he can't see her with his rabbit ears. Hutch goes to answer it, and Wallace shouts, "I already am!"
  • Who's on First?: After Victor's wig is sucked up by the Bun-Vac 6000:
    Victor: I want... toupée, please.
    Wallace: Oh, grand. We take cheque or cash—
    Victor: No, you idiot! Toupée! My hair is in your machine!
    Wallace: Oh no, it's only rabbits in there. The hare, I think you'll find, is a much larger mammal.
  • Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: Parodied. The were-rabbit howls at the moon doing a Primal Chest-Pound, making all the rabbits hearing it imitate him.
  • Worm Sign: Preceding some of the Were-Rabbit's attacks.
  • You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: Near the end, this line from Victor: "You can hop, but you can't hide, Pesto!"

The spin-off video game provides examples of:

  • Continuity Nod: There is a "have you seen this chicken?" poster with Feathers McGraw.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: General consensus held the pest catching and bunny herding gameplay to be pretty entertaining, and the tone and original characters feel true to the films.

Alternative Title(s): Wallace And Gromit Curse Of The Were Rabbit