Saturday, October 15, 2005
The Suck/Blow Machine
Well, I hadn't seen the suck/blow machine in a movie again for almost 20 years, until this weekend, when I took my children to see the new G-rated, claymation adventure of the loveable wacky inventor Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit in Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Living in a town obsessed with its annual giant vegetable competition, Wallace and Gromit are now running Anti-Pesto, a security firm that protects the neighborhood's gardens from hungry rabbits. The invention at the center of their operation is the Bun-Vac 6000, a machine that (you got it) "sucks up" pesky rabbits, into a giant jar for safe keeping. Wallace even boasts, "It's capable of 125rpm -- that's rabbits per minute." Better than a half dozen times, the camera makes sure to pan by or zoom in on the machine's control panel where we see notice that in addition to the "Suck" button, there is also a reverse button for "Blow." I appreciated the joke, but wondered two things: 1) Was it necessary at all? I mean, my children are too young to get it, but pre-teens might, and is that a good thing? And, 2) did the buttons need to be shown as often as they were? I (and, I presume, other adults) got the joke the first time or maybe the second, or even the third time. Why hammer it home?
Anyway, that now marks the second time (at least that I know of) the suck/blow machine (not counting Paris Hilton, of course) has appeared in a film. Will there be a third?