Harvie Krumpet is a story of a man who from the time he was born was cursed
with a lifetimes worth of bad lack. Harvie’s life consists of losing his loved
ones, being struck with not only illness but also a bolt of lightning, and
then to top it all off he has a testicle removed. Although harvie’s life seems
to be a never-ending battle of misfortune, he manages to seize the day and
enjoy everything the world and chance throws at him.
finds love freedom, nudity and ultimately the true meaning of what it means to
thoroughly enjoyed this, it’s not often a clay animation, let alone a short
film comes along with such lovable characters and also such an informative
storyline. It’s no wonder this little film won Oscar for Best-animated short
film. Everything in this film is quite realistic (no talking animals singing
show tunes down the street), from the obstacles Harvie overcomes, to the
environment that surrounds him (who would’ve ever thought the Spottswood dump
would be part of an academy award winning film!)
Picture quality for the feature is great, the
other three short films however are a little lacking but is understandable as
they were done very low budget. The entire disc however is shown in 16:9
The film is done in Dolby Digital and sounds
great. The feature is narrated by Geoffrey Rush and is extremely clear (a
necessity as there is not much background noise in these films). As with the
quality of the video in the other three short films the sound has a little to
be desired for the same reason, the narration in these are not very clear and
seem to be too distant (more of a background noise than a narration).
This DVD has a great set of extra features.
It includes a trilogy of short films called Uncle, Cousin and Brother.
These are great and basically give you a feel of where Harvie came from and
how far Adam Elliot has progressed over the past years. There is a little bit
of Harvie in each of these films and the story lines have the same darkness as
Other extras include the Human Behavioral
case studies, Director’s commentary (which is highly informative), the
storyboard featurette and the Character model shots. Not only is this DVD so
entertaining but it is very much enlightening and opens our eyes to things we
may not often think about.
A great little, lovable story that everyone
- Jayne Levchenko