Aardman has recently produced a new series of 13 x 10 minute Creature Comforts films which premiered in a primetime UK slot on ITV1 in October 2003. Based on the original Oscar-winning film by Nick Park, the new series was directed by Richard Goleszowski (Rex the Runt, Robbie the Reindeer) and has been created from scratch using interviews with the general public, whose unique voices and spontaneous responses towards a wide range of interview topics, have formed the basis of over 100 new animated animal characters.
The magic of "Creature Comforts" lies in the clever juxtaposition of these genuine human voices with animated characters that visually embody the interviewees' responses. Aardman's skilled animators bring these characters to life, endowing them with facial expressions, gestures, and movements that mirror the emotions and nuances of the original interviews. The result is a delightful and humorous exploration of the human experience.
The characters often take on the forms of animals, residing in a zoo-like environment. The choice of animals adds an extra layer of humor and creativity to the series, as the animated creatures discuss topics ranging from the challenges of daily routines to the complexities of relationships. The juxtaposition of the animal characters with human voices creates a comical yet insightful commentary on the quirks and idiosyncrasies of human behavior.
"Creature Comforts" stands out not only for its innovative animation technique but also for its ability to find humor and humanity in the ordinary. By giving a voice to everyday people and transforming their anecdotes into a visually engaging animated format, the series provides a unique perspective on the shared experiences that connect us all. It's a testament to the power of storytelling and the art of animation in capturing the essence of what it means to be human in a humorous and endearing way.