Book Review: The Art of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit

The Art of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit

I love the movie Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit. It is stop motion goodness and the soundtrack is fantastic as well. This book is pretty good also. While the book is titled "art of", it's actually more of a "making of" book.

Nick Park and Steve Box are the directors. They are also artists and did most of the illustrations, concepts and storyboards for the film. Most of them can be seem, together with illustrations and sketches from other artists as well.

As with any good "making of" book, this book takes an in depth look at how the shots are created. In this case, four scenes are pulled out, namely The Anti-pesto Launch Sequence, Gromit Chases the Were-rabbit, The Beast Within and The Finale. There are storyboard comparisons with film stills, some photos on the set and characters. Captions provided by the crew talks about the technical challenges faced during production.

On the story side, there are write up on the history of Wallace and Gromit, the early developments, characters, sets and inventions. All provide for interesting read into the back stories and how their aid the movie plot.

This is a great book for those into stop motion animation, as well as fans of the movie.

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