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Creature Comforts America: Season 1 (2007)

The Great American Public , June Diane Raphael , Dave Osmand , Merlin Crossingham  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Great American Public, June Diane Raphael, Julie Dove, Casey Wilson
  • Directors: Dave Osmand, Merlin Crossingham, Richard Goleszowski
  • Writers: June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Ben Stout, Kit Boss, Chad Carter
  • Producers: Ben Stout, David Sproxton, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Gareth Owen, Kenny Micka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UDGOCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Creature Comforts America: Season 1" on IMDb

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Academy Award®-winning Aardman Animations (Best Animated Film, Wallace ' Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 2005) bring their UK hit CREATURE COMFORTS to the United States. In this new half-hour, stop-motion animated series, excerpts are culled from interviews with hundreds of ordinary Americans and placed in the mouths of a wide variety of animated animals to produce humorous, charming and insightful commentaries on everyday life.

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To create his Oscar-winning short "Creature Comforts" (1989), director Nick Park recorded ordinary people talking, rather than professional actors reading scripts. When he animated clay figures to match those voices, the animal characters seemed to be discussing life in a zoo: a bored gorilla, an awkward young polar bear, an impatient Brazilian jaguar. The premise of using amateur voices and animals to comment on everyday situations was adapted to a series on ITV in Britain in 2003, then in America four years later. Something got lost in the translation. Creature Comforts America opens with the statement, "Across the United States, hundreds of ordinary Americans were interviewed on a variety of subjects. This is what they had to say." But the performances often sound stagey, rather than spontaneous, and the producers rely heavily on Southern and Jewish accents for comedy. In each episode, various animals talk about specific topics: going to the doctor, working animals, celebrity look-likes, etc. A pug announces her father always said she looked like Jane Fonda; two parakeets kvetch about their ailments; a female panda browbeats a low-life male. Although the time and budget constraints of television production preclude the polished animation of the original short, the English series kept its cozily befuddled tone. The American filmmakers were less fettered by constraints of taste: a dialogue between wine buffs about the "nose" of a vintage is transposed to a pair of dogs sniffing the derriere of a third. Creature Comforts America may appeal to fans of Family Guy, but the British version is far more satisfying. (Unrated, suitable for ages 12 and older: gross, toilet and risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very clever idea that didn't catch on in the US August 6, 2007
Format:DVD
"Creature Comforts" comes from the same company that produces the wonderful claymation "Wallace & Gromit" shorts and movies like "Chicken Run." Episodes consisted of scenes of claymation animals speaking with the voices of regular people talking about their everyday lives.

A British version has become very popular in the UK but unfortunately the American version just didn't catch on. CBS pulled the series after only three weeks on the air due to low ratings.

Why? The show wasn't really intended for kids and I suspect many adults didn't watch it because they thought that it was for children. A producer on the series also shared with me that the length of the show (30 minutes) might have been a problem. The UK episodes are about 10 minutes long which may be the ideal length for something like this.

The project took months and months to complete so it's nice that the fans and general public will now have a chance to see all seven episodes.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR THE KIDDIES August 23, 2007
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One evening while surfing the channels on my television, I stumbled on an episode of this show of "Creature Comforts America". Being an extreme fan of the British version of this program, I came to a stop ending my channel surfing for a time. As a previous reviewer on this board so succinctly wrote, these are NOT really cartoons for the kids; however, they are very funny Claymation cartoons really for GROWNUPS! In this American version, the creatures have wonderfully varying American accents that are hysterical plus they are being asked questions that could be considered more relevant to our country or more particularly "American" questions--some being taken from the news in the USA. I particularly love the Claymation character of the snake that has just swallowed the cat along with the horny panda bears--all are hysterical. I am just so very glad that they have released season one on DVD and I am also so very sad that there won't be anymore releases due to the show's cancellation because it is indeed so very funny.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creature Comforts - pulled too soon October 18, 2007
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I came to this American version already a fan of the original Nick Park short and the BBC series, so I knew pretty much what to expect. What surprised me, though, was just how much funnier this American series seemed to me than the BBC version! I'm a long-time fan of British comedy (everything from Fawlty Towers to Monty Python to Spaced to Mr. Bean to The Office), but for some reason this American edition just kept me laughing the entire time, whereas the British version had more spaced out laughs.

Intact in this version are the hilarious sight-gags in the background, the delightful design of the animals, and the hilarious juxtaposition of human responses coupled with non-human settings.

I watched both of the episodes as they aired, and was so disappointed to hear that the series had been canceled immediately thereafter. I was very surprised, actually, because a lot of my friends had watched the show on their own and loved it just as much as I had. I don't know if they didn't advertise it enough or what, but everyone I showed it too later thought it was great, so I wish they'd given it more of a chance. Oh well.

I'm glad they at least put the whole season out on DVD. This will make a good present for many family members and friends this year for Christmas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Intelligent for America, Apparently... November 5, 2007
By J. Byrd
Format:DVD
I saw the (too few) episodes that CBS aired and immediately was hooked on this brilliant production. Normal, everyday Americans were interviewed on a variety of topics (yes, mostly adult subject matter) and the audio from those interviews were then used to build the claymation around using animals. The end result = brilliance!

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans just did not get it... at least that what CBS thought, so they cancelled the show with at least four other completed episodes to air.

Thank goodness for this DVD. All seven episodes are there.

From the creative, intelligent minds of Aardman that brought you Wallace & Gromit; Chicken Run, and the Chevron TV ads is this artistic and comedic jewel.

Well worth every penny.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain AWESOME! October 10, 2007
Format:DVD
I totally agree with Griffin on this one. This show is so great! It is too bad that the American public is so interested in "reality" shows and garbage of that nature, that they didn't give a show like this a chance. This is REAL reality! People talking about real things! Plus, all done up in an awesome animation style as well. I highly recommend getting this DVD as well as the British versions of this show. There are just so many good moments in these shows, funny ones as well as tender. My most favorite moment is the first scene when two guys are heard talking about "wine" but then cut to the animation and... well, I won't tell you. You will just have to BUY THIS DVD!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Jewel November 13, 2007
Format:DVD
This show was run for 3 weeks by CBS before being cancelled. The problem was that CBS didn't explain how the show worked. The show interviews ordinary people about ordinary topics. The show then put their ordinary words into the mouths of animated animals in funny situations. Unless you understand that, you think it is just bad professional writing. Example: A wife says that her husband eats too fast and never talks during meals. The video shows two boa constrictors, one saying the words and the other with a rat half in his mouth, snake-gorging style. That's the humor. Their web page is still open if you want a taste.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me laugh
I think I own all of the DVDs in the Creature Comforts series - I even have the PSP UMD version of one of them. Anytime I need a good laugh I play these videos. Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. Rowley
5.0 out of 5 stars wish they'd bring it back to tv
too funny!
Published 1 month ago by cillbat
5.0 out of 5 stars love these guys
As always, love these guys.
Published 3 months ago by Veronica
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Laugh
Cracks me up!!! I would like the creature comforts across the UK. Love the responses from the different couples crossed with the stop motion animation.
Published 3 months ago by Marcia
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny
This dvd makes me laugh. The voices are actually recorded interviews with people but used as the voices for the cartoon animals and it is very clever.
Published 4 months ago by DK
5.0 out of 5 stars We love it!
We love it, but resent having to pay $2.00 per episode on Prime when we can watch the entire season free of charge on our Netflix account.
Published 6 months ago by B. C. Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for drunk grown ups! Not for kids!
Very trashy compared to the British series. The language and subject matter were horrible for family entertainment. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Sweet claymation!
You will really have fun watching this series! It is truly a labor of love by the creators who also made "Wallace & Gromit"! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Creature comforts American version Season 1
Enjoyable DVD of the American version of the English creature comforts show. The clay animation is great and fun to watch. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carto_BJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Delightful
Taking recorded voices of typical (and sometimes low class) Americans, then applying claymation cortoons to fit is inspired and the results are very funny. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Randy Jacobson
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