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Aardman's Darkside - DVD (3 stars)

Aardman's Darkside

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(15) 80min (2 Entertain DVD retail)

ANIMATION

As a company renowned for the sweetly naïve, homely fun of Wallace and Gromit, Morph and Creature Comforts, it’s something of a jolt to the system to discover Aardman’s adult entertainment wing. Like the Sooty pregnancy episode or Rainbow’s one-off frenzy of double entendres, there are some innovations which are best left at the ideas stage.

You can just picture Nick Park, Peter Lord and David Sproxton giggling away at the corruption they may be inflicting upon impressionable souls but not all of it works beyond wicked japes. The perfectly named Rex the Runt and the manically surreal plastic toys of A Town Called Panic fail to hit the right buttons but Angry Kid merges youthful sadism with pre-teen innocence splendidly and the nude adventurer Big Jeff (‘the Aussie without a cozzy’) is a real grower. The extras are three intriguing one-off shorts in which nature hits back at humankind with mixed results.

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