A Dog And His Man

Every second of this ast-houndingly winning new movie took hours of thumb-breaking work. But it's fun without paws

There's oodles of action in Nick Park and Steve Box's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, about the attempts of a daffy English inventor and his stoic, smarter dog to rid their home village of a vegetable-ravaging monster. Wallace, the man, scoops up rabbits by the hundreds in his mighty Bun-Vac 6000 ("It blows and sucks"). Gromit, the pooch, gets involved in some World War I--style aerial combat with another canine--a real dogfight. At film's end, the heroine, Lady Tottington, and the dread Were-Rabbit have a housetop confrontation worthy of (i.e., stolen from) King Kong. The whole rollicking adventure...

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