- Actors: Geoffrey Rush
- Directors: Adam Elliot
- Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Metrodome
- DVD Release Date: 11 April 2005
- Run Time: 23 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002ISGT2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Harvie Krumpet [DVD] 
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Adam Elliot's animated short has scooped over 50 international awards including an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 2004 Academy Awards. Narrated by Geoffrey Rush, the film tells the strange, sad life of Harvie Krumpet, an ordinary man in a retirement home who throughout his impoverished life has been cursed with terrible luck: from being born with Tourette's Syndrome, to getting struck by lightning; from having a testicle removed to developing Alzheimers - his troubles seem never-ending. Yet Harvie learns some important lessons in life, finding love, freedom, nudity - and ultimately, the true meaning of what it is to be human.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Adam's other films, 'Uncle','Cousin' and 'Brother' also feature on this disc but it would be an injustice to think of them as bonus features or minor works in any way; they may have paved the way to Harvie Krumpet but they are every bit as good - both funny and touching.
It's unfortunate that the TV networks in this country seem to have lost interest in modern animation because in Adam Elliot's films both they and the wider public are missing a treat. He has a true artist's touch and I can't wait for his next film, whatever it might be.
Although, as some people have pointed out, it isn't as refined or polished or whatever as Aardman - but I think that's part of its charm. It's simple, down-to-earth, knows what it is and doesn't try need to be anything else and I don't personally think it needs to be compared to any other work because it's one on its own.
The narration of Geoffrey Rush brings something to the film that I'm not sure anyone else could do. The way he tells Harvie's hard-luck, yet plodding along story is quite blunt in places and there isn't any moments where you're made to feel sorry for Harvie or that anyone is wanting you to reach out and give him a hug or a few coppers - everything is just told how it is - matter of fact, down to earth and with the feeling of a shrug and an 'oh well' and 'lets get on with it ...'
Although it looks as though Harvie has got everything going against him, as a character, he just sort of accepts his lot and there's a very sincere feeling of being grateful for the good things he's got and making most of it all. In spite of everything, he plods along through life, taking the opportunities that arise and organising the difficult aspects - ie, his operation, he can't have children, he ends up with alzheimer's and he just sort of shrugs it all off and lives with it.
There's no great big adventure, there's no big success story, there's no what you might call obvious or deliberate comedy - it's more that subtle real-life comedy that everyone finds themselves in.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've loved Harvie since his Oscar win. Great work Adam, looking forward to future stories and Oscar winsPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer