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Not Without My Handbag (1993)

A little girl witnesses her aunt being taken dragged into hell, for defaulting on a washing machine payment. The aunt, while officially dead, feels that she has forgotten something, and ... See full summary »

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A little girl witnesses her aunt being taken dragged into hell, for defaulting on a washing machine payment. The aunt, while officially dead, feels that she has forgotten something, and returns to find out what it is... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The Girl: My aunt is a zombie, from Hell!
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Amusing – points to the wit Aardmann would later become famous for
10 May 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having failed to keep up with her repayments on her washing machine, a little girl's aunt is dragged down to Hell (as specified in her contract). Six months later the aunt realises that she is going somewhere without her handbag and breaks free of Satan to return to earth to get it. Back on earth her niece is surprised to see her but must immediately help as Satan returns to reclaim what is his.

Opening well with drama and atmosphere this short loses it a little bit but serves as a pointer of the wit that would later be used to good effect in award winning shorts and feature length animations. The short's basic premise is very good but doesn't have quite enough meat on it to be brilliant – the manner of the `battle' with Satan is a little disappointing \and not what I expected.

The animation is very good and has a mix of styles without losing the feel that we have grown to expect from Aardmann studios. The wit is present as well, although it doesn't run through every part of the film as they have done recently. Most of the funniest lines come from the newsreader on the television in the background – in fact it is worth watching for his input!

Overall this film doesn't totally deliver the goods in the way Aardmann have been doing over the past 6 years or so. However it does have much to watch for and it is interesting to see the seeds that they were planting then were just being to develop in shorts like this and Creature Comforts have grown and matured as they have gone on.


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