'Creature Comforts'

Some of the best comic acting you’ll see all summer will come from the animated clay animals starring in “Creature Comforts.” An American version of a British series based in turn on a short film by Nick Park (the creator of Wallace & Gromit), it puts the unrehearsed words of ordinary people into the mouths of Plasticine dogs, cats, horses, pigs, porcupines, monkeys, pandas, crabs, sharks, roaches and whatever other animals seem appropriate or appropriately ironic to the subject or voice. Topics are as varied as health, lying and sex, and the result is something both witty and complex — a kind of heightened reality television that, beyond letting you laugh at the funny juxtapositions and marvel at the animation, focuses your attention on the voices themselves, and what people have to say, and how they say it. A reminder that we’re all at once individuals and types, and animals under our clothes. — Robert Lloyd “Creature Comforts” premieres at 8 p.m. June 4 on CBS.
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