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This isn't how poor Wallace was hoping to dance the bunny hop...
The entire movie is one long series of sight gags, silent snarking, and puns, but these moments stand out above the others:
  • The opening shot of the movie, which pans across the pictures on Wallace and Gromit's wall. One set of pictures reveals an unfolding fight in the photo studio as Wallace sneaks some cheese, leaving the two annoyed with each other before they make up. Because they hung up all of these pictures, there's the rather sweet implication that they look back on it with humor now.
  • When Wallace is about to give the Mind Manipulation O-Matic its first try.
  • How Lady Tottington's initial phone conversation with Wallace ends.
    Wallace: We'll be there in an—[accidentally triggers the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic to retract while still attached to his head]—AHHH.
    Lady Tottington: In an hour? I can't wait an hour. I have a major infestation!
  • The villagers' meeting gives us one of the most perfect Face Palm moments ever, after Lady Tottington suggests giving Anti-Pesto a second chance:
    Victor: How on earth would those tiny-minded buffoons ever catch such a big rabbit?
    Lady Tottington: Mr. Wallace? (turns to him)
    Wallace: Um...well, uhh... With a big trap!
    (cue epic Face Palm from Gromit)
    Villager: By Jove...he's got it!
    (Cue the other villagers all congratulating Wallace)
  • Towards the end, when Victor gets his pants caught on a weathervane:
    Reverend: Beware the moon!
  • Gromit pulls off what just might be the most perfect facepalm in movie history.
  • At the town meeting, it's chaos. The townsfolk are squabbling and ranting at Wallace for not protecting their crops. An elder, Mr. Growbag, claims he hasn't seen such "cauliflower carnage" since the Great Slug Blight of '32... When there were slugs the size of pigs.
    Mrs. Mulch: Growbag's right! The slugs are back!!!
    (townsfolk erupt into a mass panic)
    • Gets funnier in that the movie's Licensed Game features were-slugs, which are indeed the size of pigs.
  • After the vicar claims the were-rabbit attacked the town, Victor arrives and scoffs.
    Victor: I do believe the vicar has been to the communion wine again!
  • The "big trap": a gigantic female Were-Rabbit puppet controlled by Gromit in the back of the Anti-Pesto van. The cherry on the sundae happens when Gromit sees an upcoming tunnel too low for the puppet to go through. He first points and puts a hand to his mouth, and then starts waving frantically. The female Were-Rabbit copies both of its puppeteer's actions, but Wallace doesn't notice any of this and keeps driving.
    Wallace: You're a total knockout! *WHACK*
    • Later, Gromit uses the female Were-Rabbit puppet to lure Were-Rabbit Wallace away from danger. Upon seeing the female Were-Rabbit, Were-Rabbit Wallace brushes back his ears and then chases after the female Were-Rabbit, grabs its paw and carpets the arm with kisses, before pinching the female Were-Rabbit's tail. Gromit's eyes widen, before he indignantly slaps Were-Rabbit Wallace. Were-Rabbit Wallace likes it and heatedly snorts out a warm cloud through his nose.
  • Gromit, sitting alone in the van, turns on the radio waiting for Wallace to come back and hears a couple bars of "Bright Eyes" before rolling his eyes and shutting it down.
  • Victor's Humiliation Conga, complete with Gromit dusting his paws of him before stomping back into the tent to tend to the Were-Rabbit.
  • An annoyed Victor slamming shut the window because Dramatic Thunder keeps punctuating the Vicar's exposition.
  • Hutch's quotes that are taken from previous W&G shorts are hilarious in their new context.
    Aww, the bounce is gone from his bungee!
  • Hutch burping in Gromit's face.
  • The Reverend hears something in the church on the night of the first Were-Rabbit transformation, and this gem occurs:
    Reverend: Hello? Is anybody there? (loud burp from offscreen) Mrs Mulch?
  • Wallace blowing his nose into his rabbit ears after exclaiming, "I don't want to be a giant rabbit!"
  • Appropriately, Lady Tottington uses Pansy Spray, applied to the eyes, to keep Victor from shooting Were-Rabbit Wallace.
  • After a fearful Were-Rabbit knocks a vase off the roof...
    PC Mackintosh: Stand back! There may be a large rabbit dropping!
  • When Wallace finds himself nude after returning to normal, he grabs a nearby box to cover himself up. The label on the box, naturally, is "May Contain Nuts."
  • When Wallace gets stuck in the chute leading to the kitchen, he asks Gromit for assistance.
    Wallace: Gromit, ol' pal, I'll need assistance! (Gromit slowly walks over another lever labeled "assistance" and pulls it; a giant mallet comes out of Wallace's closet and whacks him though the hole) OUCH!
    • And the cause: shown by the Meaningful Look Gromit gives to a jar labelled Middle Aged Spread.
  • The policeman telling the church organist to knock off her dramatic organ pounding during the Vicar's exposition.
  • META: At the following year's Academy Award ceremony, Nick Park and co. wore oversized novelty bowties with their tuxes. When they went up to get their award, they brought one along for the Oscar statue!
  • When Victor comes to talk to the Reverend about the Beast this exchange occurs.
    Rev. Clement Hedges: Everything you need to know is in this book.
    (Victor eyes a magazine on the table that says...)
    Victor Quartermaine: "Nun-Wrestling?"
    Rev. Clement Hedges: No, no! I meant this one.
    (lays a huge book on the table titled "The Observer's Book of Monsters by Claude Savagely".)
  • Victor ramming a pitchfork in Lady Tottington's hair.
    Victor Quartermaine: Hmm...I rather like your hair pinned back.
    • Which becomes a visual gag later when the pitchfork holes are covered with plasters! (band-aids for Americans)
  • At the festival, Victor and Phillip are quietly waiting for the Were-Rabbit/Wallace to appear. Cue being found by a festival-goer.
    Victor Quartermaine: All we have to do now is wait for our fluffy friend to appear.
    (Festival goer appears in Victor's scope, blocking the view of the festival)
    Festival Goer: (Loudly) Ay! Look over 'ere, everyone! It's Victor!
    (Everyone starts swarming around him)
    Another Festival Goer: Kiss my carrot!
    Victor Quartermaine: (annoyed) Out of my way!
    Yet Another Festival Goer: Kiss my potato!
    Victor Quartermaine: (slightly flustered) N-not now!
    Mr. Growbag: Kiss my Arrrrrtichoke!
  • This gem during the Festival where everyone thinks the Beast is dead and praises Victor as a hero. And when Victor tries to whisper the truth to Constable McIntosh, he accidentally blurts it out through the megaphone.
    PC McIntosh: (into megaphone) Oi, you!
    Victor Quartermaine: Excuse me, Constable?
    PC McIntosh: (into megaphone) Careful with them capsicums.
    Victor Quartermaine: (whispering) Listen, I don't want to cause any panic, but the beast isn't actually dead yet.
    PC McIntosh: (into megaphone) THE BEAST ISN'T ACTUALLY DEAD YET?!
    [The festival comes to a screeching halt as everybody stares in shock in Victor's direction, complete with a bit of candy floss blowing by like tumbleweed]
    PC McIntosh: (into megaphone, while Victor rubs his forehead in exasperation) Oops...
    (The crowd promptly has a Mass "Oh, Crap!")
  • The plane fight with Gromit and Phillip. Specifically when it's interrupted by the plane's time running out and requiring the entire fight to cease as the combatants root around for change.
    • Made funnier by Phillip's brightly-colored, flower change-purse. Mostly because it is definitely not what you'd expect a dog like him to have. Philip's embarrassed take to Gromit sells it.
  • Wallace blowing raspberries at Lady Tottington, a noblewoman, while in the middle of his were-rabbit transformation.
    • The lead-up to the above, after Wallace slams the door in Lady Tottington's face. She walks off in a very dignified way, only to pause and look back when she hears all the thumping and crashing coming from the house as Gromit struggles with the transforming Wallace.
  • First Victor's hair, and then Victor himself, being sucked into the Bun-Vac.
    • Then, when he thought he found his toupee from the pile of rabbits, it’s revealed quickly that he mistook a rabbit for his wig. Said rabbit proceeds to wave goodbye as Victor stomps off.
    • This exchange between Victor and Wallace beforehand:
      Victor: I want... (beat) toupeenote , please.
      Wallace: Oh, grand! We take cheque or cash-
      Victor: TOUPEE, you idiot! My hair is in your machine!
      Wallace: Oh no, there's only rabbits in there! You'll find the hare is a much larger mammal.
    • All the rabbits in the Bun-Vac wave back while Wallace, Lady Tottington and Gromit stare after him.
  • Wallace reading "Ay-Up!" magazine.
  • This line from the Vicar when he and the mob are chasing after Victor disguised as the Were-Rabbit:
    "Destroy! Drive out the monstrosity!"
  • Wallace's first transformation is pretty scary, but has a lot of funny moments in it:
    • Gromit locking the door veeeeeryy slooooowlyyy as he realizes that This Is Gonna Suck.
    • Victor getting Wallace's y-front underpants launched in his face after being hit by all of the buttons from Wallace's shirt as it's being ripped.
    • Victor looking at Gromit (as if to explain what's happening) and Gromit shrugging.
    • Phillip scratching at the door to the van and Gromit slowly shaking his head at him.
    • Victor letting out a very high-pitched scream when the Were-Rabbit tosses a log over him and Gromit.
    • Victor having to hang onto his wig to keep it from blowing away as fully-transformed Wallace lets out a roar.
    • A blink-and-you-miss-it moment right before all this, when Wallace gets slingshotted backwards by his suspenders, his eyes literally pop out of his head cartoonishly for one frame.
    • Another moment before all this, Wallace manages to block Victor’s punch offscreen, then throws him into the air at the point where he slams into the Anti-Pesto van. His face even flattens like… well, clay for one frame.
    • When Wallace's body starts making its transition from human to rabbit, the first thing we see happen is Wallace grow a pair of buckteeth, and if you look closely enough, Wallace is seen smiling for a bit as they appear. It's quite a jarring but hilarious mood dissonance, especially when you consider the rest of the transformation is supposed to be serious and frightening.
  • Victor letting out a Big "NO!" and then flinging his gun onto the ground and hopping up and down on it, screaming, "Potty poo!" after Gromit rescues Were-Rabbit!Wallace by having the Golden Carrot Award hit his plane instead.
  • "DE-ICE, DE-MIST, DE-MUD" Cue Gromit's vehicle shaking like a dog.
  • The windshield wipers have settings marked "Light Rain," "Heavy Rain," and "Heavy Loam." Gromit has to use the last of these to wipe the loose dirt away as he's pulled underground after Were-Rabbit Wallace.
  • If you look closely there is a small sign on the van's dashboard that says "Eat cheese now. Ask me how."
  • The funniest characters in the movie are definitely the rabbits with the funniest moment coming from the intro where a rabbit was captured by Wallace and Gromit and revealing that the rabbit had managed to catch the elderly woman's teeth in a scuffle, this shown when the rabbit shows a huge grin.
    "(gasp) Reg! me teeth!"
  • Combining a Shout-Out with a (terrible) pun, Wallace is left with a set of rabbit ears and a fondness for vegetables, leaving Gromit only able to stare in shock. Wallace's reaction?
    "(chomps carrot) Uh... what's up, dog?"
    • Just before that Wallace says he hopes Gromit is keeping an eye on their were-rabbit. Gromit, staring at Wallace, just nods very slowly.