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Creature Comforts (1989)

A humourous and thought provoking view of what animals in zoos might be thinking about their captivity and surroundings.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Commissioned by Channel 4 as part of a 5-part series of Aardman animations called "Lip Synch". The five films in the series were Creature Comforts (1989), Going Equipped (1990), Ident (1990), Next (1990) and War Story (1989). See more »

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When the Aye-Aye is being interviewed, the leaves around her keep randomly changing positions. See more »

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Andrew Polar Bear: Do you eat lions?
Dad Polar Bear: No, I don't eat lions, Andrew.
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Featured in Animated Century (2003) See more »

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A true sign of Nick Park's genius
18 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

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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