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Hamilton Mattress (2004)

David Thewlis , Henry Goodman , Barry Purves  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Thewlis, Henry Goodman, Lindsay Duncan, William Hootkins, David Holt
  • Directors: Barry Purves
  • Writers: John Webster, Anna Farthing
  • Producers: Christopher Moll, Claire Derry, Colin Rose, Helen Nabarro, James Bradley
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 31 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015HV9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hamilton Mattress" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of documentary
  • "The Birth of an Aardvark" featurette
  • Behind the voices

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Product Description

An aardvark is discriminated against in an all-bird city.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: NR
Release Date: 2-MAR-2004
Media Type: DVD

Hamilton Mattress is a cheery half-hour of stop-frame animation featuring Sludger, an awkward aardvark with amazing rhythmical ability. As he searches the dusty land for ants with his down-at-heel aardvark companions, Sludger dreams of bettering himself and of wearing "important trousers". His big chance comes when his talent for drumming is spotted by Feldwick, caterpillar-cum-agent. Before he can say "anty"--which is an aardvark word for all things good--Sludger finds himself in Beak City where birds rule the roost and beaks are beautiful. Feldwick and Sludger--the latter now transformed into drummer extraordinaire "Hamilton Mattress", a name he takes from a billboard advertisement--must overcome avian prejudice and discover the true meaning of friendship if they are to survive and get to wear the trousers of Sludger's dreams.

Hamilton Mattress is the first in a trilogy of films produced by Christopher Moll--whose other credits include the Wallace and Gromit adventure The Wrong Trousers--and it will be interesting to see where the characters go next. This light modern fable may not have the mass appeal of Wallace and Gromit, but with its infectious dance rhythms and unassuming aardvark hero, the tale is sure to be a hit with the whole family. As the advertisement says: "everyone loves a Hamilton Mattress." --Helen Baker

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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Fun by a Stop-Motion Master January 9, 2006
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Hamilton Mattress is brought to life by a very talented team of British artists and animators, including the great Barry Purves. Don't expect Wallace and Gromit (after all, it's made by different talent with different styles and different ideas), but this thirty minute made-for-TV special about an Aardvark on the search for something more in his life has enough flash and feel-good fun to spare. Certainly not his finest film overall, but watching a work by Mr. Purves is always a rare pleasure. The commentary track and documentaries are nicely done and informative as well.

If you're looking for more films by Barry Purves on DVD, check out his remarkable operatic short, Rigoletto, on the Operavox compilation. If you're unfamiliar with Barry Purves, check out his demo reel at [...] I think you'll agree, you're witnessing the work of a master!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely Original but unfulfilled October 6, 2010
One of the most frustrating things in popular culture is when you find an idea that's genius and original, yet strangely unfulfilled. It's the type of feeling you get from watching Enter The Dragon or, more poiniently, reading Kublai Khan (from The Complete Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge). 'Hamilton Mattress' fits almost exactly in this category.

The idea, ethos, design and animation are unique although the plot somehow doesn't gel correctly. If this one half hour episode was scripted by Nick Park or had been serialised, then it would fit in the realms of Wallace & Gromit and would have been 'fleshed out'.

As it is, this film is worth watching although it would have been better if it had been developed further, or if its qualities had been used elsewhere. It is suggested in the extras that more 'Hamilton Mattress''s may be filmed. Since it was done in 2001 I doubt it will be, but still - heres hoping!
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