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Wallace and Gromit The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 stop-motion-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations. United International Pictures distributed the film in the United Kingdom, and it is the last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by DreamWorks Pictures in the United States, when the studio would spin off as an independent studio until being acquired by Universal Pictures in 2016. It was directed by Nick Park and Steve Box (in Box's feature directorial debut) as the second feature-length film by Aardman, after Chicken Run (2000). The film premiered in Sydney, Australia on September 4, 2005, before being released in cinemas in the United States on 7 October 2005 and in the United Kingdom a week later on October 14, 2005.

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a parody of classic monster movies and Hammer Horror flicks and also serves as part of the Wallace and Gromit series, created by Park. The film centres on good-natured yet eccentric cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his intelligent quiet dog, Gromit, in their latest venture as pest control agents. They come to the rescue of their town plagued by rabbits before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition. However, the duo soon find themselves against a giant rabbit consuming the town's crops.

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As Tottington Hall's annual giant vegetable competition approaches, cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his intelligent beagle Gromit provide a humane pest control business known as "Anti-Pesto," protecting the townspeople's vegetables from pests, including rabbits. One evening after capturing rabbits found in Lady Tottington's garden, Wallace uses two of his latest inventions, the "Bun-Vac 6000" and "Mind Manipulation-O-Matic," to brainwash them into hating vegetables. All goes well until Wallace accidentally sets the Bun-Vac to "BLOW," and his brain is fused with a rabbit's, forcing Gromit to destroy the Mind-O-Matic. The transfer appears to have worked, as the rabbit shows no interest in vegetables. They name the rabbit Hutch and place him in a cage.

That night, a giant rabbit devours many of the town's vegetables and the duo fail to respond. During a town meeting the next day, the creature is revealed as the legendary Were-Rabbit. The hunter Lord Victor Quartermaine offers to shoot the creature, but Tottington persuades the townsfolk to give Anti-Pesto a second chance. Wallace and Gromit attempt to catch it with a giant, stuffed female rabbit attached to their van, which breaks off after they go through a tunnel. Wallace goes to retrieve it, but fails to return when the giant rabbit shows up, forcing Gromit to take action himself. After a wild pursuit towards the creature, Wallace suspects that Hutch may be the rabbit and has Gromit lock him in a high-security cage. Gromit then finds a bunch of giant muddy rabbit tracks leading up to Wallace's room. There, he finds a giant pile of half-eaten vegetables on Wallace's bed, revealing Wallace as the true culprit. Victor, who seeks to woo Tottington, corners Wallace in the forest, but Wallace transforms into a Were-Rabbit under the light of the full moon and flees. Now seeing the perfect chance to eliminate his rival, Victor obtains three "24-carrot" gold bullets from the town's vicar, Reverend Clement Hedges, to use against rabbit Wallace.

On the day of the vegetable competition, Gromit reveals to Wallace that he is indeed the Were-Rabbit, whereas the experiment has swapped his and Hutch's personalities; The latter is now carrying his human traits and is the only one who can fix the Mind-O-Matic to undo the curse. Tottington, who has developed feelings for Wallace, visits and tells him about Victor's plan while offering him a chance to remain friends. As the moon rises, Wallace begins to transform into the Were-Rabbit and hastily forces Tottington to leave, to which she is distraught and leaves in tears. Victor arrives and attempts to shoot Wallace with the golden bullets. Gromit creates a distraction using the female rabbit costume to allow Wallace to escape, and Victor gives chase to the competition. Gromit begins working with Hutch, and plans to sacrifice the giant marrow he has grown for the competition as bait to lure Wallace to safety.

Wallace creates chaos at the fair. Using up all his gold bullets, Victor takes the Golden Carrot trophy to use as ammunition. Wallace, having suddenly snapped out of his rabbit-like behavior, carries Tottington atop Tottington Hall, where she discovers that the Were-Rabbit is really Wallace. Victor gives chase, revealing that he only wants to impress Lady Tottington for her fortune. Victor's dog, Philip, engages Gromit in a dogfight in aeroplanes taken from a fairground attraction. After defeating Philip, Gromit then steers his plane into Victor's line of fire as he takes aim at Wallace, causing the bullet to hit the plane instead. The damaged plane falls and Wallace jumps to grab Gromit, sacrificing himself to break his fall into a cheese tent.

Victor gloats about his apparent victory, but Tottington knocks him out by smacking him in the head with her giant carrot and he falls into the tent as well. To protect Wallace from the angry townspeople, Gromit quickly disguises Victor as the Were-Rabbit with the female rabbit costume, causing Philip and the townspeople to chase him away instead. Wallace transforms back to his human self and appears dead-(causing a large herd of a rabbits to cry and mourn over him), but Gromit revives him with some Stinking Bishop cheese, undoing the curse of the Were-Rabbit. Tottington awards Gromit the dented Golden Carrot for his valor, and converts the grounds of Tottington Hall into a nature reserve for Hutch and the other rabbits.

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