Creature Comforts: The Complete First Season
Jason Vanderhill · From fps #5 · November 1, 2005 | What are the animals really thinking? That's ultimately the question asked in Nick Park's original animated mockumentary, Creature Comforts, which presented voices of the British public transposed onto animals at the zoo.

Creature Comforts was originally one of five short films from Aardman Animation's Lip Synch, a series commissioned for Channel Four television. The five short films were Peter Lord's War Story, Barry Purves's Next, Richard Goleszowski's Ident, David Sproxton's Going Equipped, and of course, Nick Park's Creature Comforts. It was Creature Comforts that went on to win the 1990 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, beating out Park's other nomination, A Grand Day Out.

Creature Comforts: The Complete First Season
Directed by Richard Goleszowski
Aardman Animations/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2005
Originally aired in 2003
133 minutes

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Since then, Park's heroic duo Wallace and Gromit have grown to become film superstars in their own right, overshadowing Creature Comforts, at least here in North America. Additionally, audiences on this side of the Atlantic were not privy to the spinoff ad campaign Nick Park created for Heat Electric (unless they attended one of a handful of festivals in the early 1990s). Featuring eleven separate spots, the campaign went on to become the fourth most popular television advertising campaign of all time in the UK.

Creature Comforts has made a comeback on British television, and in the fall of 2003, ITV aired a completely new animated series based on the short. The show has been seen by 9 million viewers in the UK (30% of the television audience), and its website registers some 10,000 hits per day (according to the Aardman website).

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