Wallace and Gromit's new movie is a top box office draw in both the United States and the United Kingdom. They are also getting overwhelmingly positive reviews in their first full-length feature and their first film since 1995. Google tracks mostly positive reviews for "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit."
"Wallace and Gromit are arguably the two most delightful characters in the history of animation," writes Chicago Sun Times critic Roger Ebert.
In the new movie, Wallace and his savvy dog Gromit have a new humane pest control business, and are hired by village gardeners to save prize vegetables from "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," hence the film's title. Wallace has always been a clutz who has to be rescued by his smart dog. This time, he flicks the wrong switch on his bunny rehabilitation machine, and unleashes a long-eared monster.
With all the renewed fascination with Wallace and Gromit, National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" has revived interviews conducted in 2000 with Peter Lord, chairman and co-founder of Aardman clay animation studios, and with Nick Park, director and producer of the series. Park has won three Academy Awards for his animated movies.