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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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Nick Park
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Julie Sedgewick Julie Sedgewick ... Interviewer (voice)
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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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Official Sites:

Aardman Animations | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Comodidades de criatura See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Andrew Polar Bear: Do you eat lions?
Dad Polar Bear: No, I don't eat lions, Andrew.
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Referenced in The Wrong Trousers (1993) See more »

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I guess I just don't get it....
11 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short was made by the same team that made Wallace and Gromit shorts. In fact, in 1991, both this film and the first Wallace and Gromit film (A GRAND DAY OUT) were nominated for the Oscar's Best Animated Short Film category--so both films were competing against each other. Because of this, technically speaking, both films were very similar--using stop motion claymation with gorgeous scenery.

However, when it came to the stories themselves, there was a major difference. While A GRAND DAY OUT had a fully developed story (with a defined plot and characters), CREATURE COMFORTS was a one concept film--showing zoo animals in cages talking about their lives as if they were real people. Frankly, I hated CREATURE COMFORTS and thought the novelty of seeing these animals talk about the most mundane things was interesting only for the first few seconds--whereas the Wallace and Gromit film was brilliant. So, of course, the Academy chose CREATURE COMFORTS for the award! I've seen CREATURE COMFORTS twice--because I thought maybe I was too critical. But, the second time I noticed the exact same thing--great animations and a story that was about as compelling as watching grass grow!! Take my advice, watch the Wallace and Gromit film and you'll see what I'm talking about--after several more followup episodes of Wallace and Gromit AND a feature length film, it's pretty obvious I might just be right about this one--the Academy gave it to the wrong Nick Park film.

I give this one a 6--the animation quality was lovely.


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