- Actors: David Thewlis, Henry Goodman, Lindsay Duncan, William Hootkins, David Holt
- Directors: Barry Purves
- Writers: John Webster, Anna Farthing
- Producers: Christopher Moll, Claire Derry, Colin Rose, Helen Nabarro, James Bradley
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: U
- Studio: Contender
- DVD Release Date: 5 April 2004
- Run Time: 65 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005Q3W4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Hamilton Mattress  [DVD]
Animated comedy about adventurous aardvark Hamilton Mattress and his caterpillar friend Feldwick. Hamilton and Feldwick are happy enough living in the desert, but they also can't help feeling that there are better opportunities out there in the wider world. So one day they decide to take a chance, and head off on a journey to Beak City, the home of the birds. Blessed with an amazing talent as a drummer, Hamilton is a big hit in the feathered metropolis, but his rhythmic gifts also soon get him in trouble with the malevolent avian club owner Senor Balustrade. Features the voices of David Thewlis, Lindsay Duncan and Roy Hudd.
Hamilton Mattress is a cheering half-hour of stop-frame animation featuring Sludger, an awkward aardvark with amazing rhythmical ability. As he searches the dusty land for ants with his down-at-heel aardvark companions, Sludger dreams of bettering himself and of wearing "important trousers". His big chance comes when his talent for drumming is spotted by Feldwick, caterpillar-cum-agent. Before he can say "anty"--aardvark for all things good--Sludger finds himself in Beak City where birds rule the roost and beaks are beautiful. Feldwick and Sludger--the latter now transformed into drummer extraordinaire, "Hamilton Mattress", a name he takes from a billboard advertisement--must overcome avian prejudice and discover the true meaning of friendship if they are to survive and get to wear the trousers of Sludger's dreams.
Hamilton Mattress is the first in a trilogy of films produced by Christopher Moll whose other credits include the Wallace and Gromit adventure The Wrong Trousers and it will be interesting to see where the characters go next. This light modern fable may not have the mass appeal of Wallace and Gromit but with its infectious dance rhythms and unassuming aardvark hero, the tale is sure to be a hit with the whole family. As the advertisement says: "everyone loves a Hamilton Mattress". --Helen Baker
DVD Special Features:
An Interview With the Writers
Behind the Scenes Features
Two Audio Commentaries
5:1 Track Option
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Top Customer Reviews
The idea, ethos, design and animation are unique although the plot somehow doesn't gel correctly. If this one half hour episode was scripted by Nick Park or had been serialised, then it would fit in the realms of Wallace and Gromit and would have been 'fleshed out'.
As it is, this film is worth watching although it would have been better if it had been developed further, or if its qualities had been used elsewhere. It is suggested in the extras that more 'Hamilton Mattress''s may be filmed. Since it was done in 2001 I doubt it will be, but still - heres hoping!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this dvd.Something amusing for adults and childrenPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer