Park is essentially a benign Tarantino. His films are a tapestry of post-modern self-reference; narratives created by pairing two or more disparate influences; commentary created through the ironic juxtaposition of forms. Here, the tropes of children's animation are paired with the iconography of the Hammer horror. While not wholly substantial, the result is brilliant realised & entertaining. A masterwork of craft.
I always hate clay animation. For me, they're not beautiful, I'm so sorry. I always despite Shaun The Sheep because I can basically see it in every corner of market back in Indonesia. This animation lowered my skepticism in clay animation just a bit. The camera focus and angles sometimes made me forget of what these characters were actually made. And also this is the kind of humor I enjoy.
A wonderful instant classic. The artistry and effort required to produce the film is a joy to watch and the momentum is kept up throughout the running time, which I wasn't expecting. The gag rate is very very high and there are so many visual puns it demands repeated viewings.
Like Wes Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, you get so lost in the artistry, acting, story and photography that you at times really do forget you're watching animation.
Great comedy, thrilling action, not a boring moment - everything you expect from Wallace and Gromit, and then some.
4.5 Rewatched on big screen at MONSTRA - Lisbon Animated Film Festival, a few hours after having the chance to see Mr. Nick Park and say to him "thank you for all the years of such incredible and inspiring animation". More than incredible details and timeless jokes for all ages, this is probably one of my favourite animated movies.
I felt like the story was weak. I can't remember anything about this film except for a giant rabbit. The plot wasn't as interesting as most of the other Wallace and Gromit films, even though the animation was better than previous productions.