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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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?Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
While "CC" and "Adam" are modern masterpieces, it seems the other, weaker shorts included on this release are merely there to pad out the DVD. Read morePublished on April 22 2004
While considerable time and money were spent producing the four short films presented on this DVD, very little went into producing the DVD itself - and it shows. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by C. T. Mikesell
This DVD is good, but only has four shorts on it. The Aardman Classics DVD (region 2 only) has these four shorts plus around 22 more! Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by K. Morris
This collection of pre-"Chicken Run" and "Wallace and Gromit" cartoons by Nick Park and Peter Lord (for Aardman Animation) is something of a mixed bag. Read morePublished on March 3 2003
I (like just about everyone else who has bought this) expected it to be more of a rough/early Nick Park production. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by Edward Sunder
If you can get it cheaply, it's worth buying this DVD just for the short "Creature Comforts." The rest of the stuff on here -- "Wat's Pig," "Not Without My... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by Miranda
"Creature Comforts" is the name of the first claymation short that is worth the small price of the DVD. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2002 by Matthew B. Montgomery
Nick Park opens this collection of four British clay animated comedy shorts with "Creature Comforts", a hilarious and occasionally poignant tale of an interview with various... Read morePublished on May 6 2002
Scary segments and references to Satan and hell. Should be rated PG-13.Published on April 25 2002 by M. L.
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