Creature Comforts - The Complete First Season
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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. Its a "mockumentary" like none youve ever seen, and it could only come from Nick Park and the untamed minds at Aardman Animation.
- Clip compilation: favorite bits
- Featurette: Creating Creature Comforts - behind the scenes
- Featurette: Bringing Creature Comforts To Life
- Contains 13 episodes brand new to DVD
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Top customer reviews
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
Remember how you made Mom read the same story over and over? This is the grownup version. You catch something new each time. Part of the delight is learning a new language and never mind how similar you think it is to English.
For fans, I'd agree that there are some clips deliberately chosen for the music of the dialogue, and are almost impossible to hear everything. But, when a bowl of clams chatter to one another, who cares if you miss a few words?
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
I saw the '05 Christmas special and loved it, and I was thrilled to get Season One on DVD.
The thing I love about the characters is the great detail and patience which obviously goes into every one of the vignettes (the bonus documentary on the DVD shows you just how it's done). I especially love how they show human emotions in the animals, things you normaly wouldn't pick up on talking to a person, you see much more clearly with the creatures (eyebrow raises, movements of the face and body, etc.).
And the fun thing is they didn't have to write any of it! The Great British Public is a howl when it comes to the asking of mundane questions (What's It All About, The Beach). Cute, funny, sometimes thought provoking, you can't help but laugh all the way through.
Thank you Golly, Nick and all the rest at Aardman!
One of the more charming lines from this brilliant series produced by Aardman (of Wallace and Gromit fame).
The producers went out into the British population and conducted interviews -- hundreds of hours' worth. Then, they paired the interviewees to plasticene animated animal characters and animated them in a series of 15 minute episodes.
One view is not enough, either, because there are a lot of subtleties within the context of each episode. I also liked the special features.
Buy this DVD. Support Aardman. Have a giggle over and over again.