Stop-motion animated series with a cast of animals, sound-biting on a specific topic each episode, such as creatures' sporting adventures, Christmas, and visits to veterinarians. The show ... See full summary »
Wallace takes a break from trying to decide on a holiday destination only to find he has no cheese for his crackers. The solution to both problems is a trip to the moon, with dog Gromit, because everybody knows the moon's made of cheese.
Shaun is a sheep who doesn't follow the flock - in fact, he leads them into all sorts of scrapes and scraps, turning peace in the valley into mayhem in the meadow. Shaun and his pals run ... See full summary »
Off camera, with her microphone in view, an interviewer asks creatures at the zoo to talk about how they like their accommodations, what's good and what's bad, and what they miss about their old land. The animals interviewed include a family of polar bears - the youngest of whom likes it there, a large Brazilian cat (who misses the space and the heat of the Amazon), an ape who's a bit bored, a lemur, a turtle who reads for escape, and a chicken who compares her life favorably to the lives of her sisters in the circus. They talk about what they eat, their cramped and smelly quarters, and the technology of zoo life. They're thoughtful, philosophical, and reasoned.Written by
The film's soundtrack is a mixture of actual interviews with shut-ins and zoo attendees, and semi-acting. The jaguar was a Brazilian friend of director Nick Park's who hated England. Park told him to pretend he was a jaguar in the zoo for the interview. See more »
In the Gorilla's enclosure, a tally chart is seen on the wall behind her. One of the tallys has five downward strokes instead of the normal four. See more »
Andrew Polar Bear:
Do you eat lions?
Dad Polar Bear:
No, I don't eat lions, Andrew.
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Many of us enjoy going to the zoo to see some truly astonishing animals. But here's one question that a lot of people don't seem to consider: What do the animals think about it? Well this film will tell you...
I've always been a fan of Aardman productions and Creature Comforts remains my favourite animated short film ever (as much as I love Wallace and Gromit).
Probably the biggest factor that makes this film so iconic is that it is completely unscripted. Various members of the British public who lived in either a housing estate or an old peoples home gave their opinions on the living conditions they have and these interviews were used as the voices of zoo animals. The most notable of the voice actors is a Brazilian man (a friend of director Nick Park) who makes no secret of his opinion of England. See if you can guess which character he voices.
The fact that this was Nick Park's first professional film and that he animated it all by himself makes it even more of an achievement. It won him his first Academy Award and remains one of his greatest triumphs. It was, without a doubt, a real sign of the wonders that were to come from him...
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