Creature Comforts - The Complete First Season
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- Clip compilation: favorite bits
- Featurette: Creating Creature Comforts - behind the scenes
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- Contains 13 episodes brand new to DVD
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This show has made me a fan of "the Great British Public"; their views on things shows a deeply-ingrained and subtle sense of humor.Published 4 months ago by Joseph E. Kassler
Cute and typical British humour. Some crude humor and profanityPublished 7 months ago by Laura Sanderlin
Includes the original Creature Comfort videos among the other excellent features.Published 8 months ago by stinkymag
This wasn't as funny as Season 2, or Season 1, of the US version. Still it was fun. One must understand British humor, and one must listen carefully, as there are a variety of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gil the Thrill