The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is the first full-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.The combination of a vegetable-growing contest and Wallace's latest invention accidentally unleashes a giant rampaging parody of ancient Hammer Horror cliches on their unsuspecting village... oh, also a giant half-man, half-bunny. This received a Licensed Game adaptation and is noted as being, possibly, the only horror film in existence to feature a vegetarian monster.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Face Palm: Gromit's common reaction to the foolishness surrounding him.
Foreshadowing: Early on, when the Mind-Manipulation-O-Matic begins to go wrong, Wallace hops like a rabbit.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Man Hug: Wallace and Gromit exchange one after Wallace awakens from nearly dying.
Mid-Battle Tea Break: Gromit and Philip are fighting in a bumper car that suddenly stops working. They stop fighting to insert some more change, then they resume fighting as soon as the car starts working again.
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.]
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.
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.
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.
Serious Business: The veg competition. It's Wallace and Gromit so the monster isn't gonna kill anybody, so to keep the tension/plot going, the townspeople take the competition super seriously. Played for Laughs and lampshaded to hell and back. At one point PC Macintosh just 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.
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.
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.
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!.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Hutch, in the middle of rambling about cheese, inventing, cheese, how cracking he thinks things are, eh, Gromit?, and cheese, says "I'm Wallace" for no apparent reason. Perhaps he's vaguely aware that someone's been tinkering with his thinker, and trying to reassure himself?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which Me?: Wallace starts referring to Hutch in the first person after he takes on his personality. For instance, when Lady Tottington rings the doorbell, Wallace panicks that he can't see her with his rabbit ears. Hutch goes to answer it, and Wallace shouts, "I already am!"
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.
Worm Sign: Preceding some of the Were-Rabbit's attacks.
The spin-off video game provides examples of:
Continuity Nod: There is a "have you seen this chicken?" poster with Feathers McGraw.