Directed by Nick Park and Steve Box, starring the voices of Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay, Nicholas Smith and Liz Smith.

Hapless inventor Wallace (Sallis) and his long-suffering pooch pal Gromit make their first big screen outing in a subtly funny and nicely quirky creation from Aardman Animations.

Wallace and Gromit are partners in Anti-Pesto, a company that specialises in the humane extrication of rabbits from vegetable gardens. So good are they at their job that the duo soon find themselves running out of room in their home, where they keep the bunnies after they apprehend them. Wallace quickly comes up with the novel idea of brainwashing the critters so that they won't want to eat veggies any more.

Needless to say, things go a little haywire and the local community finds itself plagued by a vegetable-loving creature, which the slightly barmy vicar claims is a legendary were-rabbit. Naturally, Anti-Pesto comes under fire for its mishandling of the situation, but Wallace, having fallen head-over-heels for the kind-hearted Lady Tottington (Bonham Carter), sets himself and a reluctant Gromit the task of apprehending the creature before the annual giant vegetable competition.

While the plot is nothing spectacular, '...The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' is saved from mediocrity by its humour. Subtle, yet sparkling, the comedy is where the warmth of this creation lies. Ralph Fiennes' big-headed buffoon Victor Quartermaine, Peter Kaye's irrepressible PC McIntosh and Wallace's cheese-related book titles are a treat.

The painstaking creation of Wallace and Gromit's world, too, is awe-inspiring. Five years in the making, the duo's first feature film boasts hand-painted wallpaper and hundreds of digital effects, as well as Aardman's trademark claymation.

A film that should please fans, 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' won't go unappreciated by the masses either.

Katie Moten