October 9th, 2005

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (NO Spoilers--)

We just came from seeing "Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit," and I can recommend it unreservedly. It is charming and fun, including for the small children in the audience, but perhaps even more so for the adults who may have a chance at catching the many references to classic and modern monster movies. Besides the obvious wolf-man theme, I caught bits borrowed from "The Incredible Hulk," "The Fly," "Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde," "Brotherhood of the Wolf," and "King Kong," as well as the extended opening sequence which is an homage to the Supermarionation "Thunderbirds." And then there are the multiple layers of sight gags, all of which I'm sure we did not catch, and which will probably require a second viewing.

For those who haven't seen the trailers, balmy inventor Wallace and his competent dog assistant, Gromit, have established a sucessful pest-control operation in their gardening-mad village, keeping the rabbit population away from the villagers' vegetables. Wallace is naturally kind-hearted and doesn't kill the rabbits he captures, but what to do with them? The attempted solution unleashes the mayhem--.

Funny, witty, clever, cute--. It's all there. Something for everyone!

To Cut, or not to Cut?

Comments relative to the "Serenity" post below are 4-0 in favor of using the so-called "cut" to hide spoiler information, which surprises me. Are we so habituated to reading whatever pops up on the screen that we can no longer avert our eyes or skip sections that are prominently labled? I try to keep these entries simple both for me and any readers. I type what's here in the same format it appears in my print zines for MilwAPA and TurboAPA, and I've never had a zine reader comment back to me, "Gee, Greg, I daren't read your zine."

So, what do the rest of you all think/do?