Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, a claymation film.

Nick Parks' Wallace & Gromit return in a feature length film. Wallace is an inventor who loves cheese; Gromit is his much smarter dog. I was first introduced to W&G by a friend, whose young son adored them. Having dinner at their house always included their son toasting "to paying guests."

Thanks to Wallace's wacky inventions (think Mr. Potts in Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang), he & Gromit are running an "Anti Pesto" Security Service. If rabbit pests are getting into your garden, Anti Pesto will get rid of them in a humane fashion. But one of Wallace's inventions goes a bit wacky, and a giant were-rabbit is created. Will Gromit save the day?

The good about this movie? Everyone will enjoy it, regardless of age. How many G movies are true family films -- meaning not that they are suitable for a 2 year old, but rather the entire family will enjoy watching it? (No, Shrek was PG.)

I went with my sister, and her 2 year old and 5 year old. My sister had no familiarity with W&G at all, but she loved it. It's full of jokes and puns that are for grown ups; a couple of times she gave me a "did they just say what I think they said" look. At the same time, both kids enjoyed it. The humor, action and adventure appealed to all of us. I'm amazed at the number of expressions Gromit had and kept on reminding myself -- only clay. After the movie the kids loudly repeated their favorite part: the were-rabbit howling at the moon.

W&G have previously appeared in three short films: A Grand Day Out (1989), The Wrong Trousers (1993), and A Close Shave (1995). The last two won Academy Awards; all are available on DVD. Parks also did the claymation Chicken Run, which you can also get on DVD for your library.

There are many, many, many book tie-ins for Wallace & Gromit which you can purchase for your library, including a graphic novel of the movie that uses movie stills.

Since W&G:TCOTW-R continues to be number 1 at the box office, your patrons are going to be familiar with this film. Once the W&G related items are off the shelf, other related display ideas include: gardening; rabbits; vegetables; claymation; and inventions.

One of the reasons I like Parks: Peter Sallis continues to be the voice of Wallace. Another reason: upon being told that his warehouse had been destroyed by fire, Parks' responded "in light of other tragedies, today['s news of the fire] isn't a big deal". The only items saved are those that were part of an exhibit so were not at the warehouse at the time of the fire.


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