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Creature Comforts


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Product Details

  • Actors: Julie Sedgewick
  • Directors: Nick Park
  • Writers: Nick Park
  • Producers: Alan Gardner, Sara Mullock
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: Oct. 21 1997
  • Run Time: 5 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304646100
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,624 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Nick Park, who made his reputation with the delightful Wallace and Gromit shorts, won his first Oscar in 1990 with his clever clay animation impressions of zoo creatures. Inventive vignettes of delightfully designed animals are voiced by real-life elderly London apartment dwellers commenting upon their own confining apartments, and children reflecting upon zoo life. The dryly hilarious and sometimes affecting short packs plenty of visual wit in a very British vein into five minutes, but is only one of the delights Aardman Animations studios has to offer in this collection. Two wordless shorts by Aardman cofounder Peter Lord (both Oscar nominees) offer a different kind of physical humor. "Wat's Pig" combines The Prince and the Pauper with The Man in the Iron Mask to contrast the lives of identical twins separated at birth, one grown into a self-centered prince, the other raised in the forest by a particularly talented sow; and "Adam" offers a distinctly comic take on the genesis of humankind. Finally, Boris Kossmehl's angled sets and tilted cameras on the devilishly delicious "Not Without My Handbag," an outrageous take on the living dead and appliance warranties, recalls Tim Burton's early work in its whimsy and stylish designs. This quartet of charming clay animation shorts will enchant children and adults alike with its inventive designs, clever comic sketches, and distinctly British wit. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colleen A. Grant on July 6 2004
Format: DVD
I first saw Creature Comforts as a fill in on PBS. Many years have passed and I still recall the polar kid asking if it was ok to eat the interviewer.
The juxtaposition of the creatures of our Earth having such a clear image of human (and arn't they) lives is beautiful.
Seemingly trapped to the day and yet somewhat content in their memory of what has, might have, or may be.
Lovely! Thanks, Nick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Altso Nonaz on June 29 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Aardman animation has produced some of the best stop-frame, claymation adventures I've seen--ever. I'm an animation addict, so I know what I'm saying.
"Creature Comforts" is a bit different than some of Nick Park's other work. I'm sure you've heard of his newest adventure, "Chicken Run," and maybe you know about "Wallace & Gromit." All three of the W&G adventures are fantastic and if you do know of them, then you'll probably enjoy "Creature Comforts." The witty British humor can't be beat.
This video is a collection of four shorts. Each short has a feeling of its own and brings a different level of humor to the whole collection.
The first short is the namesake of this collection. "Creature Comforts" is a documentary, of sorts. The viewer gets an inside look at life in a London Zoo. The animals are so cute! Even the feces is crafted in a "cute" way (if you can say that about excrement). As the characters discuss their lives in the zoo they comment on what could be improved: the temperature, the food, and as the large cat says (with a notable Brazillian accent), "More space. We need more space." It is a funny short, but there is a deeper meaning if you care to look for it. It's played occasionally on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon between commercials--keep your eyes peeled for it if you decide not to purchase this collection. You may like it.
The second short on the tape is called "Wat's Pig." This is a cute-sy story of twins separated at birth; one boy becomes the King and the other becomes a farmer. Wat is the farmer, but the question is...is he unlucky?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 9 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Overall, I loved this film. I thought the differences between the shorts was also interesting. Though, I have to agree with one of the other reviewers, you may want to watch the film yourself (if you can!) before you watch it with the younger sets.
Creature Comforts: This was fun, but not really my favorite. I give it a 3 Wat's Pig: I thought this was adorable, no voices, but a prince raised by a pig! And a cute pig, too. Also, I felt the selfish, bratty prince always sneaking away from battle, finally not being able to sneak away for gardening was cute. A 5 Not Without My Handbag: Though for small children, the warranty stuff would go straight over their head and the skeleton could be creepy, I loved it. I've been quoting, much to the annoyance of my family, "My Auntie is a zombie from Hell" all darn day. What a creepy child, too. Wonderful. 5+ if I may. Adam: I enjoyed that so much... The Hand of God, ooo, I was tickled. I won't spoil the ending, but, lots of giggling. Another 5!
All in all, I very much recommend seeing this movie. You be the judge on whether a child you know will take the skeleton, war and whatnot well or not. But, I do say go and see it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen W. Marshall on Feb. 19 2001
Format: DVD
My 2 year old daughter loves this DVD. The nudity on the DVD is not gratuitous or offensive as it is ADAM from the bible. Yes she is a bit turned off by the Devil in "Not Without My Handbag" but it is not done in any type of overly scary way either.....He is a salesman at a washing machine company with a french accent. I do understand that some children are more spookable than others so keep that in mind, but overall it is a very good collection of shorts. I highly recommend for any fans of Chicken Run or Wallace and Gromit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "dalexan3" on July 20 2001
Format: DVD
Creature Comforts is the first of 4 short claymation films on this disc. It's an early effort from Nick Park, the creator of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run. I found it hilarious, and had to watch it again. Repeated viewings reveal extra details. What a masterpiece - if only it was longer! The other films are good in their own way, but if you are a fan of W&G, you must get this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd Gillette on Jan. 22 2002
Format: DVD
Well, it's obvious people take different things from CHICKEN RUN and W & G : I guess there's just enough kiddie appeal in them to please those same people who can't for the life of them recognize the same genius in this collection. Maybe just the fact they must constantly troll the cinematic waters for kid-safe fare has dulled their artistic senses. But sadly, I doubt it...
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Format: DVD
From Aardman Animation Studios, creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, come four wonderful animation shorts.
The first, Creature Comforts, winner of the 1990 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, is cute, as various zoo animals are interviewed on what it's like to live in a zoo. This one contained some of the funniest moments of the four shorts on this disc. This short runs about 6 minutes.
The second short, Wat's Pig, is a story of two brothers born into nobility and separated at a young age, one becoming the ruler of a kingdom, and the other a poor peasant, and what happens when a neighboring kingdom decides to declare war. This one runs about 11 minutes.
The third short, Not Without My Handbag, is a darkly humorous tale, which is, as other reviewers put it, in a rather different style of animation than the other three shorts. The style and story line reminded me a lot of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Due to the darker humor of the subject matter here, it may not be appropriate for younger viewers. This one runs about 11 minutes.
The final short, Adam, is a funny look at the first being created, and the problems he must face in a rather limited environment. This one runs approximately 6 minutes.
In all, there is about 35 minutes of material here (no extras), and even at a seemingly lower price, one must consider if it's worth the money. I did enjoy all the shorts, but I do wish they could have included more, even if it meant a higher cost. I would have liked seen these included as extras on either a Wallace and Gromit or Chicken Run DVD, but to release so few on one DVD seems a little wasteful. I feel like I've just had the appetizer, and now I am waiting for the entree.
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