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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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Nick Park's clay-animated Wallace and Gromit--an old British fuddy-duddy and his silent, eye-rolling dog--have endeared themselves to a devoted cult since they debuted in a 1990 short. The Warners-style slapstick and gentle Anglophilia charms children and adults alike, but what kills me are the fingerprint ridges that fade in and out of the characters' mugging faces, a reassuring reminder that handmade art can still captivate. This full-length adventure, Park's follow-up to his first feature, Chicken Run, took five years to make, and its winsome rip-off of The Wolf Man gives the title duo plenty to fuss over. Steve Box codirected. G, 85 min. Century 12 and CineArts 6, Chatham 14, City North 14, Crown Village 18, Ford City, Gardens 7-13, Golf Glen, Lake, Lawndale, Lincoln Village, Norridge, Pickwick, 600 N. Michigan, 62nd & Western, Village, Village North.

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