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Harvie Krumpet [DVD] [2003]

4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • 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)

Product Description

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.

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This is a delightful film... a biography of a man whose life is a succession of misfortunes yet who still manages to feel that life itself is a blessing, it's impossible not to warm to. Director Adam Elliot manages to tell this story from the heart, without a scrap of contrived sentimentality. He uses rough-hewn claymation models and minimalistic animation yet instils his characters with more warmth, reality and genuine humour than many a mega-budget feature.
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.
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As a huge fan of Mary and Max (one of my favourite films from 2009) I was intrigued to see the short film that preceded the feature. I wasn't disappointed - Harvie Krumpet is made with the same attention to detail, blackly humourus comedy and wonderful characterisation that made Mary & Max so good. I'm not surprised this won the Academy Award for best animated short. The additional material and examples of the filmmaker's early work adds even more depth and provides a great deal of information. There may only be 45 mins of material on the disc, but every single one is pure gold.
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This is an absolute must for ant aspiring animator. Funny but touching at the same time. The animation is not quite up to that of Ardman, but is still excellent and complements the styling and mood of the characters and of the story being told.GET THIS DVD and add it to your collection now!!! also look out for Mary and Max, Adam Elliot's follow up film from 2009; this looks excellent and i'm still trying to find a Pal DVD version.
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Being a HUGE fan of what you might call original or triditional forms of animation, I could not resist buying this DVD when I saw it. And I am so glad that I did.

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.
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Very well animated, but a very depressing storyine - definitely not one to buy for the kids! This is a story of a man for whom everything goes wrong,,, and there is no happy ending...
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