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Creature Comforts

German title: Bitte nicht füttern
Great Britain, 1989, 5 min.

Director: Nick Park
Production company:
Aardmann Animation
Gas Ferry Road
also world sales

Age recommendation: 8 years and up
Film genre: Animation

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.

Creature Comforts is an Oscar-winning animated short from Aardman Animations and director Nick Park, the creator of the Wallace & Gromit series. As in his other works, Park mingles claymation and multidimensional characterizations with a dry, distinctly British sense of humor; this time around, his subject is the lives of animals in an English zoo. The film employs a documentary-like structure, presenting a series of interviews with zoo animals about their lives and homes.

Oskar for best animated Short Film 1991
Cartoon Forum, Europe 1991 (awarded)
Anneca International Animated Film Festival 1991 (awarded)
Ottawa International Animation Festival 1990 (awarded)
Hiroshima International Animation Festival 1990 (awarded)
Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival 1990 (awarded)
BAFTA 1990 (awarded)

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