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In 1989 claymation characters Wallace & Gromit caused a sensation when they first appeared in the short film A Grand Day Out, which was nominated for an Oscar. They had to wait until their second short film outing in The Wrong Trousers in 1994 before winning the little golden statuette, but by this time they had already triumphed, winning over millions around the world. No wonder American studio Dreamworks came a calling… Created by Nick Park at his Aardman studios the claymation superstars have now made it to their very first feature film, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were Rabbit, a movie all about vegetables and big bad rabbits. Eccentric, cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his patient, ever-faithful sidekick dog Gromit are cleaning up in their small English rural township. As the giant veggie competition looms they’re cleaning up in pest-control - humanitarian pest-control that is. Their business 'Anti-pesto’ is making a killing by trapping pesky rabbits… Yet they don’t harm them in any way. Instead they look after them. That’s where the trouble really starts.The effort that has gone into Wallace & Gromit’s transition to feature film has paid off for Park and co-director Steve Box. The story is sustained beautifully over 90 minutes. There is romance (!), the writing and characterisation are superb, the horror movie references are completely on the money, and the balance between playful and political is delightfully left in tact. There is not a skerrick of the 'Americanisation’ that slightly compromised Chicken Run (2000), Aardman’s first feature collaboration with Dreamworks. Aardman remain faithful to the characters and their particular British sense of humour. They have a ball poking fun at the ruling classes, their little guys inadvertently triumphing over snobbery (just wait to you see how Ralph Fiennes gun-toting, toffy lord o’ the manor Lord Quartemaine fares as the villain of the piece… It’s a corker). The Curse Of The Were Rabbit underlines just why we love Wallace & Gromit so: they are little heroes from Little Britain. I loved it.