This week’s brunch movie is the wildly underappreciated “vegetarian horror film” Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the first, and only, feature-length W&G film, and the second to come from the pairing of Dreamworks and English animation studio Aardman Entertainment. The movie, which follows the pair on a hunt for a monstrous, veggie-noshing rabbit, won the Best Animated Feature Academy Award in 2005, topping Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bri–zzzzzz, and made bank at the box office both abroad and here in America. Bu despite its apparent success, Curse of the Were-Rabbit quickly faded from the public psyche–a shame considering (gross overstatement alert) it’s probably one of the best animated comedies of the last decade.
And you know what doesn’t help Curse of the Were-Rabbit’s legacy? The fact that it has the world’s worst trailer:
Chockablock with cheap sound-effects, stock music cues and cut-rate copy read by a gravel-voiced narrator (“One is an inventor who never says die…”), the Were-Rabbit trailer reeks of pure, processed American cheese. While Dreamworks clearly wanted to copy the success of Aardman’s first film, Chicken Run, it seems they also mistrusted the studio to deliver a product with broad enough appeal. After all, Chicken Run boasted a pre-racist maniac Mel Gibson, Were-Rabbit was a quirky, kiddy horror flick that starred the comic team of a cheese obsessed goober and his mute dog—a dynamic that Dreamworks clearly found to be too British for our fragile young Americans.
And it’s true–Curse of the Were-Rabbit is as British as a tats and mashed neeps, but that’s what largely fuels its charm. The film boasts a huge cast of lovable weirdoes and more vegetable puns than you can possibly imagine. Also, there’s an army of cinema’s cutest clay bunnies.
So, rather than allow the horrible trailer that some insomnia-addled editor from Dreamworks cooked up on his lunch break speak for the film, here’s just a big batch of cute bunnies from Curse of the Were-Rabbit: