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This article is about the franchise for the short film see Creature Comforts short film

Creature Comforts is a British adult stop motion animated mockumentary franchise. Originating from a 1989 British short film of the same name. It is about zoo animals with a soundtrack of people talking about their homes. The animals are being interviewed it was created by Nick Park and Aardman Animations. The film later had adverts, a TV series and an American version of the series produced.

The Original Film[]

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The Brazilian jaguar from the original Creature Comforts short

The original Creature Comforts short film was directed by Nick Park and Aardman Animations. It was released on July 15th 1989 and was produced as part of a series called Lip Sync for Channel 4 it won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2003. The film shows various animals in a zoo being interviewed about their living conditions these include a depressed gorilla, a Brazilian puma, a young hippopotamus and a family of polar bears. Who complain about the cold weather, poor quality and the lack of space and freedom.​ 

The Advertisements[]

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Frank the tortoise appeared in two adverts in the series

In 1990 Nick Park worked with Phil Rylance and Paul Cardwell to develop a series of British television advertisements for the electricity boards' "Heat Electric" campaign. The creative team of advertising agency GGK had seen the original Creature Comforts film and were hugely impressed by it. They were convinced that a series of short films modelled on the original film would be ideally suited to television advertising as long as the advertising was handled with sufficient sensitivity to preserve the integrity and charm of Park's work. The initial result of their collaboration was 30 second Creature Comforts advertisements made in the same style as the original film this led to a TV Series.

The Series[]

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Staffies Brian and Keith were regular characters in S2

In 2003 a series of Creature Comforts films were directed by Richard Goleszowski was made for British television network ITV by Aardman Animations. It was released on June 4th 2003-January 29th 2006. A 30-minute special in which the regular characters attempt to perform and interpret the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" it was released December 25th 2005.

Characters[]

Introduced In Series 1

  • Fluffy - a cynical, cage-bound hamster from Catford.
  • Pickles - an optimistic Labrador who works as a guide dog for a blind man. She is often seen sitting by her owner's side, but the man's face is never shown on screen.
  • Clement - an old bloodhound who talks about his past life experiences.
  • Trixie and Captain Cuddlepuss - Trixie is a dog and Captain Cuddlepuss is a cat. They sit on a red sofa and frequently argue about trivial things. They are the most recurring regular characters in the series. Captain Cuddlepuss makes a cameo in the Floogals episode "Project Singing".
  • Gary and Nigel - two garden slugs who mostly talk about plants and gardening. One of them is accompanied by his young daughter in one episode.
  • Sid and Nancy - two rats who live in a garden shed.
  • Frank - an elderly tortoise who originally appeared in the Heat Electric television adverts.
  • Brian - an amoeba seen through a microscope. Despite being an extremely primitive life-form, Brian has a highly philosophical view on life and talks about complex science. Unlike other characters in the series, which are stop motion-animated, Brian and the other amoeba are CGI animated characters.
  • Muzulu and Toto - two monkeys. In the first series, Muzulu and Toto are shown as performing monkeys sitting in a cage and wearing matching pink and blue outfits, but in the second series they are shown without their outfits and living in a forest with other wild monkeys.
  • Megan and Gladys - two Welsh seagulls who stand on a landfill site.
  • Spanner and Trousers - two stray dogs who sit in a skip.

Introduced In Series 2

  • Victor - a mouse who speaks in a thick Geordie accent and lives in a doll house.
  • Derek - An elderly Shar Pei with a Welsh accent. He sits next to a small Shar Pei puppy who does not speak.
  • Brian and Keith - two Staffordshire bull terriers who are brothers.
  • Muriel and Catherine - a pair of elderly bats who roost in a belfry.
  • Behzad - an Arabian horse who has several different jobs, including a police horse, a member of the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, and a faux Christmas reindeer.

American Version[]

In June 2007 CBS planned to broadcast seven episodes of an Americanized version of the show featuring ordinary American people providing the voices in the same vein as the British original. The series was titled Creature Comforts and was released on June 4th 2007-June 18th 2007 only 3 episodes were broadcast due to low ratings.

Episode list[]

Original short (2003)[]

Season 1 (2003)[]

Each of the episodes are usually 9 minutes long.

  1. The Circus - The animals explain their past experiences of their performances at the circus, whereas the others explain about their opinions of watching. Guest star: Timothy Spall
  2. Pets at the Vets - The animals discuss their experiences at the vet with all of their clinicians. Guest star: Russell Brand
  3. Working Animals - The animals talk about their jobs, satisfactions, and workplaces. Guest star: Mel Gibson
  4. The Sea - The marine animals talk about their lives in the sea. Guest star: Joan Rivers
  5. The Garden - The wildlife animals are very interested to share their topics in gardening and dealing with the many pests. Guest star: Catherine Zeta-Jones
  6. Feeding Time - The animals discuss their favorite meals at the dinnertime and lunch table. Guest star: Hugh Bonneville
  7. The Beach - The animals discuss their vacays here at the beach. Guest star: Halle Berry
  8. The Pet Shop - The animals are at the pet shop discussing about what makes them good pets. Guest star: Matt Damon
  9. What's It All About? - The animals discuss about their philosophy. Guest star: Mark Ruffalo
  10. Being A Bird - The episode, only centering around birds, features birds talking about their experiences. Guest star: Gwyneth Paltrow
  11. Is Anyone Out There? - The animals discuss the extraterrestrial life. Guest star: Alexander Siddig
  12. Cats or Dogs? - This episode features only cats and dogs. Guest star: Natalie Imbruglia
  13. Merry Christmas - This holiday-themed episode gets all of the animals the chance for presents. Guest star: Dominic West

Season 2 (2004-5)[]

Like with its first season, each episode except the Christmas special episode are 9 minutes long,

  1. Beast in Show - The farm animals talk about their performances in the contests. Guest star: Ian McKellen
  2. The Brood - Many additional animals talk about all of their families and relatives. Guest star: John Malkovich
  3. Pet Hates - The animals reveal their loathing for the humans. Guest star: Kate Winslet
  4. Impressions - The pets talk about all of their impressionisms. Guest star: Adrien Brody
  5. Animals in the 'Hood - The animals talk about their lives in their homes like this is a sitcom. Guest star: Mickey Rourke
  6. Sport - The animals discuss their favorite sports and all of their exercise routines. Guest star: Lena Headey
  7. Monarchy Business - The animals discuss the British Royal Family. Guest star: Gillian Anderson
  8. Animal Magnetism - Friendship is always in the air, and all of the animals are here for it. Guest star: Rachel Weisz
  9. Merry Christmas Everybody! (extended episode) - The animals discuss about Christmas time, and their favorite presents. Guest star: Laurence Fishburne
  10. Bed Time - The animals talk about their favorite nighttime skills. Guest star: Jake Gyllenhaal
  11. Self Image - The animals discuss their physical appearance. Guest star: James McAvoy
  12. Communication - The animals talk about all of their communications. Guest star: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  13. Safari Park - The animals hang out at the safari discussing their long-live moments. Guest star: Marina Sirtis

Season 3 (American series)[]

  1. Pets at the Vet / Secrets & Lies / Animal Magnetism
  2. Self Image / Wingin' It / Art
  3. Winter / The Zoo
  4. Growing Up / Fears & Phobias / Something's Afoot
  5. Communication / Feeding Time / Parrot Tongue Twister
  6. Working / For the Birds / Love, Animal Style
  7. Great Outdoors / Pet Peeves / Talent Show

Season 4 (2021)[]

  1. New York City / Amazon Rainforest / Australia
  2. Canada / India / China
  3. South Africa / Italy / France
  4. Egypt / Mexico / Japan

Guests[]

  • Here is a list of guests that have been introduced in the episodes by the order they appeared in.

Season 1

  • Timothy Spall - Appeared in "The Circus"
  • Russell Brand - Appeared in "Pets at the Vets"
  • Mel Gibson - Appeared in "Working Animals"
  • Joan Rivers - Appeared in "The Sea"
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones - Appeared in "The Garden"
  • Hugh Bonneville - Appeared in "Feeding Time"
  • Halle Berry - Appeared in "The Beach"
  • Matt Damon - Appeared in "The Pet Shop"
  • Mark Ruffalo - Appeared in "What's It All About?"
  • Gwyneth Paltrow - Appeared in "Being A Bird"
  • Alexander Siddig - Appeared in "Is Anyone Out There?"
  • Natalie Imbruglia - Appeared in "Cats Or Dogs?"
  • Dominic West - Appeared in "Merry Christmas"

Season 2

  • Ian McKellen
  • John Malkovich
  • Kate Winslet
  • Adrien Brody
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Lena Headey
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Rachel Weisz
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • James McAvoy
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Marina Sirtis

Season 3 (American version)

The guests for this season were the same for the first two seasons, except with many new celebrities.

  • Michael Fassbender
  • Dominic West
  • Katherine Heigl
  • James McAvoy
  • Ian McKellen
  • Bill Nighy
  • Halle Berry
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Hugh Grant
  • Timothy Spall
  • Alexander Siddig
  • Rachel Weisz
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Elisha Cuthbert
  • Russell Brand
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Mads Mikkelsen
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • William Shatner
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