6 used & new from CDN$ 0.75

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
  • Sorry, this item is not available in

Creature Comforts

Available from these sellers.
2 new from CDN$ 49.99 4 used from CDN$ 0.75

Artists to Watch

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: #6,067 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

Product Description


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

Most helpful customer reviews

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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: DVD
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.
Individually, the four shorts are nice, although the vocal tracks are muddy and overpowered by the musical soundtrack in places. Closed captions or subtitles would have been helpful, but they aren't included.
Unfortunately, you can't watch the features individually. Even though there is a "Play All" option on the menu screen, if you start with "Creature Comforts" all four shorts will play.
"Creature Comforts" is the best of the four, but because of the poor sound it also suffers the most. With no commentary track or making-of bonus feature the irony of the interviews (talking with kids about zoos and seniors about retirement homes) is lost.
"Wat's Pig" - with its minimal dialogue - comes across nicely, although the parallel storylines can be hard for younger viewers to follow. As with all four of the films a commentary or making-of feature would have been nice.
"Not Without My Handbag" has a good Tim Burton-esque style, but unless you're prepared to discuss the afterlife, the underworld, or the intricacies of contract law, it's not really appropriate for younger viewers. This is where the individual-play bug in the main menu is most apparent, as you have to manually stop the DVD after "Wat's Pig" (or hit the Skip button) to avoid this one.
"Adam" is my second favorite, and with its minimalist soundtrack it comes across the best of the four. Yes, there is cartoonish nudity. No, it doesn't conform to the Biblical chain of events. Nevertheless, it is a very witty story with three or four big laughs in its brief play time.
Ultimately, this DVD is worth less than the sum of its parts. Wait for something better to come along.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By "sloan123" on March 3 2003
Format: DVD
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. There are two genuine masterpieces, a complete misfire, and a slightly mediocre one.
"Creature Comforts" is the best short here. It's a wonderful mockumentary where animals in the zoo are interviewed about how much they like their atmosphere. "Not Without My Handbag" is the second best, a brilliant weird short about a woman who's come back from hell to retrieve her handbag. "Adam" is the third best. It's a short about the first man on Earth (an anatomically correct Adam). While some of Adam's bits of business are amusing, it's not as interesting a piece as it should be. Last and least is "Wat's Pig", a very dull story about seperated twins (one of them has the title pig. That pig is the short's main asset.)
The DVD has plenty of wear and tear and the colours look a little muted. The picture is, however, pretty sharp. "Creature Comforts" is letterboxed (1.85:1). There are no extras, but that's not surprising.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: DVD
I love Nick Park. I remember seeing the "Creature Comforts" short on cable television in the early nineties and just falling in love with it. It was because of Wallace and Grommit that I went to my first anmiation festival.
The prospect of having "Creature Comforts" for my own was just irresistable. But I couldn't help but be disappointed with the disc.
It's just that the quality is terrible. The menu is extremely limited and includes no extra features whatsoever. What would have been better than an interview with each of the animators and writers? Or a "making of" short? Certainly, there wasn't a problem with having enough space on the disc.
The color filtering problems on the menu page and the monophonic sound terrified me. "Creature Comforts" is monophonic, and the rest are in simple stereo.
The picture quality in the shorts is better than on the menu, but not at all up to modern DVD standards. Neither is the sound--two channel stereo. I guess that's because the original material wasn't produced with much of a budge, and it was done a decade ago.
The undercard features were interesting, but didn't appeal to me like Creature Comforts does. I didn't find "Not Without My Handbag" as scary as some others did, but I think it's a mistake to buy this disc for children and expect them to get anything from it.
If you're a Nick Park fan and want "Creature Comforts" for your collection, this DVD is a must-have... even though ten bucks is a little steep for a single short feature. Otherwise, stick to the full-length features.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most recent customer reviews