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The hand of God fashions Adam out of the clay of Earth and places him on a small and empty planet. Each of Adam's actions - at first he can't stand up, then he barks like a dog, then he sleeps - requires God's intervention. After Adam discovers how small the planet is, how little there is to do, and God's unwillingness to let him leave the Earth, he is depressed, lonely and disconsolate. So God asks Adam's patience for a few minutes while He fashions a companion for Adam. Adam is delighted: he dons a bow tie, uses mouthwash, and finds a bouquet of flowers. Is God thinking what Adam is thinking? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Good looking short with some funny slapstick.
21 June 2008 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Adam is the story of the first man on the planet Earth, who is known better with his female counterpart Eve. Adam, the short claymation film from Aardman animation is more about Adam and God and how the two got along, and how lonely Adam was with no female, or anyone for that matter.

The short starts off with God, who is portrayed by the hand of film artist Nick Upton, making Adam out of clay. He sticks him on the world, which is only about 10 times as big as Adam himself and is nothing but a ball of clay. There is no talking here, so anything that would be said is acted out instead. Adam does various things, like try to travel around the world, which takes him only a few seconds, and throws a piece of the Earth which flies around the Earth until stopped by his head. Adam becomes lonely and asks God to make him a companion, which ends in a silly, but effective ending.

This is a very slapstick reliant short. Adam is like one of the 3 Stooges and does amusing things either ending in him getting hurt or acting goofy. I wouldn't call the humor hilarious, but it's quite amusing. The animation is good, with Adam being the only main clay animated character, and God being a stop motion hand. You can find this on the Creature Comforts shorts compilation DVD, and if you're a fan of Aardman animation, or just a fan of animation in general, you'll be sure to enjoy this.

My rating: *** out of ****. 6 mins.


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