Combustible Celluloid

Hamilton Mattress (2001)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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From the producer of The Wrong Trousers, animator Barry Purves takes a crack at a Wallace and Gromit-type 30-minute short with mixed results. A shabby-looking aardvark braves the big city, trying to get a job as a drummer -- for which he has a natural talent -- in the face of rampant species-ism. Whereas Nick Park stretched out his celebrated shorts with a sense of space and relaxed timing, Purves tries to do too much with too little, including a "message" that harkens back to The Cotton Club. Extras include making-of documentaries and commentary track.

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