Creature Comforts, 2003
A Sunday night classic. Creature comforts made it’s TV debut on ITV Sunday nights back in 2003, but the characters themselves had first popped up in a 1989 British humorous animated short film of the same name.
The film featured stop motion clay animation animals describing how they feel about living in a zoo. Created by Nick Park and Aardman Animations, the idea popped up again as the T-Birds advertising PG Tips, taking over from the chimps in 2002.
Around the same time the idea was used to advertise UK electricity boards, by 2003 they had their own TV series.
Surprisingly only two series were ever made in the UK (an American version popped up in 2007, broadcast in the US it lasted just three episodes). The UK series notched up 27 episodes. The 2 series were broadcast in 2003 and 2005 – 2006.
Using stop motion animation the show took the form of interviews with various ‘creatures’ discussing a wide variety of subjects to a microphone positioned in the top right hand corner of the picture.
Subjects included an alligator praising her neighbourhood, the sewer. Animals being scared of their own habitat (aquaphobic sharks and walruses, birds afraid of heights, etc.)
Created By: Nick Park
Written By: Paul Cardwell and Kim Durdant-Hollamby
Original transmission Dates: 1st October 2003 – 18th June 2007