Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Wallace and Gromit

My nephews and I were finally able to watch this movie last Saturday at Gateway Cinema. It was everything we expected.

The nephews and myself have been fans of Wallace and Gromit ever since we got hold of the DVD and VCD copies of its animation shorts (some of which are critically acclaimed). We were able to watch the following:

Wat's Pig
Not Without My Handbag
A Grand Day Out - Wallace and Gromit
The Wrong Trousers - Wallace and Gromit
A Close Shave - Wallace and Gromit

And of course the movie Chicken Run and their latest project Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

It is always a thrill to watch Nick Park's clay animation. My personal favourite is Not Without My Handbag - a tale about a child her aunt, the devil and a handbag.

Perhaps, The comedy of Aardman animation, like any good comedy, entertains at two levels – physical and the subtle. The theatre where we went to had children, teenagers and adults laughing at the jokes and gags of the movie. Some were physical (the zaniness of Wallace’s inventions) and the double-take/reactions of Gromit to situations and events. Still others were phrases and innuendos placed in the movie that would illicit a chuckle from the adults.

Actors who lent their voice to the film included Peter Sallis as Wallace, Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Campanula Tottington and Ralph Fiennes as Victor Quartermaine. Sallis is the original voice of Wallace. Fiennes, who will be appearing next as the main enemy of Harry Potter, is a delight as the snobbish baddie gold digger Quartermaine and his just rewards at the end of the film is…shall we say appropriate. And Carter was last seen or more precisely heard as the Corpse Bride in Tim Burton’s latest animation flick.

Still, one or two bits did not translate well, perhaps because of the language euphemisms or jokes familiar to English culture and society. Wallace and Gromit is an English comedy. It pokes fun and showcase the different characteristics of English culture - the fascination with gardening, the snobbery of the gentry, and the naughtiness of the humor, which likes to poke at a lot of the stereotypically stuffy characters. Yes, the film is as British as a Spotted Dick, Mr Bean and the Beatles.

The movie includes a short from Pixar’s involving the Psychotic Penguins from Madagascar the movie and it was also a delight to watch.

I liked it. We liked .

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit:
Directed by Steve Box & Nick Park. Written Nick Park, Bob Baker,Steve Box & Mark Burton. Featuring the voices of Peter Sallis as Wallace, Ralph Fiennes as Victor Quartermaine, Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Campanula Tottington and others.


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