The 30th Toronto International Film Festival released more details of its September event, including the North American premiere of "Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," screening as a festival gala, and this year's participants in the fest's signature "Mavericks" series as well as other special programs.
Directed by Nick Park, the original creator of the Oscar-winning claymation shorts and Steve Box, "Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" stars Peter Sallis (who has been the voice of Wallace in all of the shorts), as well as Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter in the first feature-length film of the British duo Wallace and his dog Gromit. In the film, Wallace and Gromit's neighborhood is about to celebrate its annual Giant Vegetable Competition as the pair go about chasing in their pest-control outfit, "Anti-Pesto," which humanely dispatches the rabbits that try to invade the sacred gardens. The community is peaceful until a mysterious vegetable-ravaging "beast" terrorizes the neighborhood, attacking the town's best plots at night. The festival's hostess, Lady Tottington (Carter) commissions Anti-Pesto to catch the beast and save the event, but Lady Tottington's snobby would-be suitor Victor Quartermaine (Fiennes) is determined to shoot the beast and win himself both local praise and Lady Tottington's hand. Dreamworks will distribute the film worldwide, and the feature will screen in Toronto at Roy Thomson Hall."