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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.

Director:

Nick Park
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Julie Sedgewick Julie Sedgewick ... Interviewer (voice)
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Storyline

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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Details

Official Sites:

Aardman Animations | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Creature Comforts See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$112,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$112,175
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

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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Connections

Featured in I Love the 1990s: I Love 1990 (2001) See more »

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Delightful concept!
13 December 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This short won the Oscar for Animated Short, beating another Aardman Studios short, A Grand Day Out. The concept behind its creation is an old one, used by John and Faith Hubley: record conversation and come up with fitting animation. In this case, someone went around interviewing residents of a housing development and the answers were transformed into the answers given to an interviewer by animals in a zoo. Everything here is excellent: animation, dialogue are wonderful. Most definitely worth getting. In print on more than one source: a compilation titled Creature Comforts and on The World's Greatest Animation. Highly recommended.


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