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Clay Pigeons (And Other Critters)

Did anybody see the Americanized Creature Comforts on CBS? Did anything in that preceding sentence make sense? I’m a huge fan of the UK edition of this program, along with pretty much anything Nick Park/Aardman does, so personally this was a genuine treat. For those unfamiliar with C.C., they take the recordings of real people talking about a variety of subjects and animate them with funny looking animals mouthing the words. A lot of the reviews I’ve seen for this American version were surprisingly negative. I guess people looking for broad, slapsticky comedy and dumb one-liners are bound to be disappointed, but for the rest of us it’s a subtly funny comment on what makes us human. All that and poo-poo jokes, too.

5 Thoughts on “Clay Pigeons (And Other Critters)

  1. Christopher on June 6, 2007 at 8:01 pm said:

    And that is why I said it would not work. Most Americans do not get “subtle” humor the way the Brits do. To make them laugh, Americans need footballs to the crotch, people slipping on banana peels, and cats batting babies. British humor is much more subtle, more word driven than action driven. Although I, personally, prefer subtle humor — and the American “Creature Comforts” attains some amount of humor — the original British version is much better. The first two seasons are available on dvd.

  2. alank on June 6, 2007 at 11:22 pm said:

    darn .. i missed it. hopefully the network will give it a chance. “the office” was an americanized brit comedy that took a while to catch on…(but without steve carell it might not have been given that chance.)

  3. Janice on June 7, 2007 at 12:17 pm said:

    I was delighted to see an Americanized version–I’d been Tivo-ing the ones from BBC America when they were in rotation.

    I was wondering if it would be as charming with American accents instead of British ones, but they made it work. I enjoyed it.

    I have to say, though–nothing beats the original short. My husband and I will still look at each other and say “I need . . . space”, or “No, not a LION steak”.

  4. HappyBunny on June 10, 2007 at 9:59 am said:

    I just didnt like it as much as the UK version. Sorry, the humor just didnt feel the same. I do love Nick Park, I treasure the Wallace and Gromit videos :)

    But you are surprised Americans view it negatively? Um, this is a nation who thinks “Jackass” is funny. For the most part, I find slapstick horrible, and I loathe anything with Jim Carrey in it. As Christopher says, British humor is more subtle, but it is also more intelligent. Have you ever watched “Father Ted” on BBC? Womderful stuff.

  5. I agree that there’s a vague something missing from the US version. Maybe we should be thankful that they didn’t add a laugh track!

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