Cracking Good Show, Gromit!


One of the perks of being a Cinema Seattle (i.e., those great folks who put on the Seattle International Film Festival) member is getting passes to free preview screenings. Tonight the boyfriend and I were lucky enough to get in to see the latest Wallace & Gromit film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, at the Uptown in Queen Anne.

We knew that the show was completely overbooked, so I left straight from work to get in line — and was surprised to discover that I was only the second person there. By the time my boyfriend joined me, the queue stretched well around the block. During our wait, people from Radio Disney AM 1250 handed out free stuff — nice movie posters, W&G pencils, packets of giant carrot seeds, etc. Once inside, we were subjected to a goofy trivia contest — lotsa W&G swag for the kiddies. When the perky MC asked the audience to shout out a Disney film title, Tron got a lot of votes, but she insisted on something more kid friendly …

Finally, the movie started — and it was great fun. Perhaps not as marvelous as the earlier W&G adventures, but definitely better than Aardman’s last feature-length film, Chicken Run. (Not that Chicken Run was bad …) Curse of the Were-Rabbit includes some wonderful parodies of vintage horror films, lots of silliness, clever gadgets, and large numbers of unbearably cute bunnies. And giant vegetables. Lots and lots of giant vegetables.

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