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Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (no spoilers)

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fosteronfilm and I went to a matinee showing of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit yesterday. I've been a huge Wallace and Gromit fan since I saw "A Close Shave" years and years ago broadcast on the big screens as filler before the Masquerade at Dragon*Con. (And yes, I am quite distressed about the recent studio fire.) My hubby and I ran out to rent The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit after the convention and subsequently bought the DVD. But I was disappointed with both Chicken Run and the Cracking Contraptions collection, the follow-up projects from Aardman Studies. Both were enjoyable, but lacked the same visceral charm and belly laugh genius of the first W&G shorts. But hey, something wonderful runs its course and subsequent incarnations lack the magic of the original; it happens. They were still fun, even if they weren't as inspired as the previous works. So it was with lowered expectations that I sat down to see The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Boy, was I wrong! It was fantabunnifirous! I spent the whole time while the film was going either giggling, laughing out loud, or squeeing at the screen. They nailed it--the humor, the charm, the whimsy. Brilliant! Absolutely the best animated film of the year. I am surfeited on cuteness, and the claymation bunnies totally stole the scenes they were in. I promised no spoilers, so I'll stop there. But I just wanna say: GO SEE IT!

After we got back from the movie, I took a two-hour nap. Obviously, 10mg of Adderall is insufficient to keep me alert for a full day. Back to 20mg today. I'm strongly leaning toward calling my p-doc and asking for a 15mg prescription. Going to give 20mg another day or two and see how it goes.

   

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Did a pair of editing passes on the Korean folktale. Still running stats on my Critters crits, but I should have it at final draft stage in another day or so.

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On October 13th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC), aimeempayne commented:
The opinions, statements, and viewpoints expressed by the founder of Tangent are not those of its managing editor.

Especially when a few completely valid points of opinon are overshadowed by a political screed against some mythical "other" created just to make a point.
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On October 13th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
*nods emphatically*
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On October 13th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC), terracinque commented:
I've not seen Curse of the Were-Rabbit yet, but look forward to it. Maybe this weekend.

"A Grand Day Out," the first W&G short to it, had an odd mood to it that makes it unlike "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave." I liked it fine, but it didn't have the humor of reckless abandon of the next two. It was even melancholy in tone.
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On October 13th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm inclined to agree with you. However, I thought the scene in "A Close Shave" with the sheep in a pyramid formation was genius and that bumped that trio of shorts to the top of my favorites list.
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On October 13th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC), terracinque replied:
Oh, I wasn't hatin' on "A Grand Day Out," by any means! I love it just as much as the other two; I only meant to say that it feels like a very different sort of film.
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On October 13th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC), dazia commented:
Hate to be the bearer of bad news...
But a fire has destroyed the warehouse where all of the various W&G stuff was kept. Over 30 years of stuff, just gone.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/10/aardman.fire/

I haven't seen the new movie yet, and can't wait to. This made me incredibly sad.
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On October 13th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Hate to be the bearer of bad news...
Yeah I know. It really sucks.
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On October 13th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC), grendel317 commented:
Have you seen Creature Comforts? It's a collection of four Aardman shorts, one of which is by Nick Park. Three of them (including Nick's) are quite good, though I didn't care for the last.
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On October 13th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yes! I quite liked it. I didn't think it was as good as W&G, but definitely high on the charming and whimsy scale. Then I found out they made a TV Series out of it. Waiting for those to come via Netflix . . .
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On October 13th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC), canadiansuzanne commented:
My hubbie and I took the kids to see Wallace and Gromit on Friday. I loved it. And my favourite W&G story is the one where they go to the moon on vacation because it's made of cheese.
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On October 13th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
>The opinions, statements, and viewpoints expressed by the founder of Tangent are not those of its managing editor.

Uh, bad Eugie. Got me all curious, so I wandered over there...and was bored to death. "Naughty liberuhls polluting fiction, 'Can I take 5000 words to to make a point?' rantage. Huh?

Wandering off to beat a live horse.

Oh, and Wallace and Gromit, Yay!

Pat Kirby
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On October 13th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Thanks for the heads-up on W&G. We're sneaking out to a late matinee with my wunderkind this afternoon. And on those stories that came back -- have you sent them out again yet? Grasshopper begs master's forgiveness on suggesting her own remedies back to her.
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On October 13th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
"And on those stories that came back -- have you sent them out again yet? "

Like a boomerang, Grasshopper! Or, err, I guess boomerang's come back to you rather then going back out again. That's not right. This whole Grasshopper talk has got me discombobulated. Am I supposed to couch everything in metaphor?

Um, yes, I sent them right back out again. I try to get a rejected story out within 24 hours unless I decide it needs a rewrite or sumpin.
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On October 14th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC), reddherring1955 replied:
Okay, we'll drop the metaphors. Glad the stories are already back out working hard for you.
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