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Creature Comforts - The Complete First Season (2003)

The Great British Public , David Rafique , Richard Goleszowski  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Great British Public, David Rafique
  • Directors: Richard Goleszowski
  • Writers: Nick Park
  • Producers: Abbie Ross, Claire Jennings, David Sproxton, Julie Lockhart, Nick Park
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AA4JNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Creature Comforts - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Clip compilation: favorite bits
  • Featurette: Creating Creature Comforts - behind the scenes
  • Featurette: Bringing Creature Comforts To Life
  • Contains 13 episodes brand new to DVD

Editorial Reviews

CREATURE COMFORTS is a brilliant and hilarious clay animation series about the lives of animals as told by the animals themselves. Interviews with these lovable claymation creatures leave no stone unturned, no tree unclimbed, no sea uncrossed in the quest to discover what our fine-finned, furred and feathered friends really think about the issues that are closest to their hearts. It’s a "mockumentary" like none you’ve ever seen, and it could only come from Nick Park and the untamed minds at Aardman Animation.

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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! September 30, 2005
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The premise of the original short, Creature Comforts, was to take interviews with ordinary people & transform them into comedic animal representations via the medium of claymation. Nick Park & his team developed this brilliantly funny concept through an entire 13 episode series.

This dvd is amazingly funny - even what may be perceived as the weaker episodes have their sparkling moments. If you're a fan of Wallace & Gromit or just a fan of funny animation, this dvd is for you. The format has no definite story line, but rather is a topical discussion - kind of like Dr. Doolittle meets Oprah. Addressing such questions as "Where do we come from?", "Are there aliens?" and "Cats vs. Dogs" - these installments will leave you in stitches. The animation is flawless, the interview editing superb. Just an overall delight.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Claymation magic November 4, 2005
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This DVD, containing 13 new episodes of Creature Comforts is a joy to watch. Like the original, it features claymation animated animals speaking dialogue taken from interviews of British citizens. The animation is beautiful, making the characters really come alive. The humor is typically dry, and like Wallace and Gromit, you will probably either love it or hate it, with no in between. The extras are a wonderful look into the process involved in creating such a work.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming, adorable, and underpriced December 4, 2005
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I am just adoring Creature Comforts, the BBC series by Nick Park. If you've never seen the original short, you must.

Not too long ago I found out that Aardman Animation did this series with the same concept. In the original Oscar-winning short, people visiting a zoo and living in a nursing home were interviewed, and their responses to the questions were edited and animated so you get to hear animals at the zoo talking about life in the zoo. In the series, that same concept is taken into every other aspect of animal life--animals in the garden, at the beach, in the sea, working jobs, flying, and even discussing evolution and the origin of the species...es. What's the plural of Species? Speci?

When I read the reviews at Amazon.com, I was surprised to see several folks say that "it gets old fast." But I figured I knew what that was about, so we've been rationing ourselves since a friend plucked this DVD off my Amazon.com wishlist and had it sent to me for my birthday. We've been watching no more than three or four a night, including the original short, which is also included on the DVD.

There are some real characters that you get to know through the series. A rat couple sitting out front of their house, relaxing and enjoying the sun. A dog and cat that lounge about on a sofa and have lived together for so long that their comfort together just couldn't be greater. A terrier with an amusing outlook on life and an infectious laugh. Two performing circus monkeys that... hehehe... well, to the educated listener, you can tell they're a little kinky. *snort* It's just so fun!

The wide variety in dialects available to the interviewers and animators clearly helped them with creating these characters--each animal is an ideal choice for the voice and content of its comments. If you didn't know about it, I highly recommend putting it on your list.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aardman fans, animation fans, animal fans October 18, 2005
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Absolutely genious. In traditional Aardman form, they bring clay to life like nobody else can. I'm a fan of animation, and have been waiting for the US release of Creature Comforts since I first saw it at the Ottawa Animation Festival in 2004.

It amazes me how the clay creatures really "live". Even as an animator, I don't find myself analyzing their processes, but rather falling in love with the characters, and every once in a while saying, "Oh yea, they're not real..." Human actors have a hard time achieving such subtlety of emotion.

It was also great to see the extra DVD stuff showing the human actors taping what they wanted the characters to do.

I love it.

Brian Hoard, Animator

BHH Studio

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious - but not for little kids. March 15, 2006
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This series of short episodes is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. The creators have interviewed random Brits on the street and then created mini Mockumentaries as if animals are being interviewed. The animals hold forth on a range of topics, from whether they believe in aliens to what motivates them to perform in the circus. My four-year-old boy, a devotee of Wallace and Grommit, becomes bored with this quickly since it's all talk and no action. My husband and I, however, have enjoyed it mightily and have passed it around to our adult friends.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat's Meow January 31, 2006
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Just when you think there is no more quality humor in the vast universe of so called entertainment, along comes Creature Comforts. As far from reality TV as you can get, this series combines first rate claymation with decent scripting and superb delivery to fracture your funny bone.

The attention to detail is a delight. Each scene has background activites and ploys to keep your attention. The mannerisms of the clay characters are spot on as they raise an eyebrow, or scratch their back, or roll their eyes making them more real than half the people in the check out line at your mega store.

The only drawback is the too thick British accent at times. But that is a small challenge to the major mirth marathon burned on this DVD. My dog even enjoys it. 5 stars
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Provides keen insight to your pet's deepest thoughts without resorting to those pesky psychoanalytical sessions with your veterinarian in the presence of strangers.
Published 5 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny for Adults and Children
Same clay animator who does the Wallace and Gromit videos. This is sooo funny, interviewing animals in the zoo. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Delvina Belzil
5.0 out of 5 stars Creature Comforts is outstanding
We have two DVDs of Creature Comforts, the complete first season and the Christmas Special. Both are the remarkable products of the British animator genius, Nick Park, who was also... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this dvd...
If you just imagine the actual people that were interviewed and then their voices put into the characters, it is even funnier than it was to start with. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. HUTTON
5.0 out of 5 stars creature comfort 1st season
Creature Comfort complete first season love these creatures--started as Christmas gift and now I think everyone would love to have their very own
Published 19 months ago by JoAnn A
5.0 out of 5 stars I Hate to Repeat Myself, but...
As with Creature Comforts - First Season, both my Grandson and I loved watching these characters. We, of course, cannot read the minds of such animals, or can we? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sandra S. Knox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
The Creature Comforts are funny and entertaining! Great animation! Buy it on DVD, Movie PSP....you won't be sorry!
Published on February 9, 2009 by T. sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Just got to love this show. A great find if you like intelligent and witty humor. I would recommend this to anyone who wants or needs a laugh.
Published on April 8, 2008 by Mreverett
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had not bought this DVD
Despite our love for W&G DVD's (such as Wrongful Trousers...), this was a HUGE disappointment for our 7 and 5-yo children. Dry humor, no action, hard to follow...just not fun. Read more
Published on March 1, 2008 by Yogi Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars creature comforts
Very disappointed in film....my grandson & I did not know this was a British film....very monotone so it was a complete waste of money. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Patricia A. Walsh
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