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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, leftfield, dark and overall high quality comedy from Steve Coogan's stable of comic talent., 1 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: I Am Not an Animal [DVD][2004] (DVD)
A bunch of misfit talking animals - from a pompous horse and a sarcastic sparrow (both voiced by Coogan) to a celebrity obsessed pit bull (Bulmore) - have been created by a vivisection laboratory. The laboratory has kept the animals in a pampered, luxurious lifestyle, and when animal rights activists arrive to "liberate" them, they are at a loss as to how to look after themselves.

The humour comes from the interactions as the animals attempts to understand both the world they now inhabit and the emotions that are a part of the personalities they have been given; of course they have never interacted with the general populace, and can only seek this understanding through popular culture, magazines and the news.

I Am Not An Animal is a very clever series, with a number of funny moments in each episode, excellent characterisation and some highly imaginative situations. The animation of the show has a very unique look, with human eyes and mouths given to the animals, however a lack of visual gags suggests this is underutilised. It does suffer a little on second viewing, so it is not recommended to view particularly often, however it is guaranteed to make you chuckle once again if you dig it out after 18 months or so.

The series is a must for anyone with a love of humour outside of the norm, and who tends to quote from such other less predictable comedies as The Mighty Boosh and Monty Python. Its one liners and quickfire retorts are some of its strongest features, as are its arguably dark themes. Memorable quotes include:

"Love is having a boyfriend who hits you, then he cries and promises never to do it again, but he does, and you go to a safe house."
"I'd hit you Claire. And I'd track you down at the safe house."
"You're so sweet"

Describing a laptop: "some sort of futuristic folder... With a wire!!!"

"It appears our old friend calvin has had his head stitched onto the body of an ape and been sent to kill us"
"I knew this would happen"
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