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Harvie Krumpet
Harvie Krumpet
Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Kamahl, John Flaus, Julie Forsyth
Director: Adam Elliot
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Animation
NR     2004     0hr 23min

Harvie Krumpet is the biography of an ordinary man seemingly cursed with perpetual bad luck. From being born with Tourette?s Syndrome, to getting struck by lightning; from having his testicle removed to developing Alzheim...  more »


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Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Kamahl, John Flaus, Julie Forsyth
Director: Adam Elliot
Creators: Adam Elliot, Bill Murphy, Melanie Coombs
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Family Life, Animation, Comedy, Animation
Studio: Studio Works
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/09/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 0hr 23min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Living life forward
J. J. Frey | madison, wi USA | 04/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In one of Adam Elliot's shorts accompanying Harvie, a character says that life can only be understood looking backward but has to be lived forward. Harvie Krumpet is a film that lives forward and is quiet, funny, heartbreaking, exhilarating and all from minimal movement and maximum writing. Elliot is a writer who poetically puts stories together that are so close to the bone but so eccentric that one really doesn;t know what to feel while watching it. The end is always something that makes you want to sit and think for a while before speaking. His characters evoke Beckett in the 21st century with a wit and wryness that is Australia. Wonderful stuff that will stay with you for a long long time."
Clever, tender, and darkly humorous
E. D. Kayser | Los Angeles, CA USA | 11/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film deservedly won the Academy Award in 2004 for Best Animated Short. It's a claymation tale of Mr. Harvie Krumpet (nee Harvek Milos Krumpetzki) who emigrates from his native Poland after Hitler's invasion and heads down under to Australia. Harvie has many unfortunate mishaps (as do his family members) but these are often darkly humorous and even touching at times. He gains insights into life and through his perseverance manages to find happiness here and there. Is he a modern Job, refusing to let life's cruelty get him down? Or is he a claymation Ziggy, who allows us to laugh at life's misfortunes? Either way this film is a genuinely creative, funny and even moving film. Buy the DVD and you also get Adam Eliot's other 3 claymation shorts "Brother," "Cousin," and "Uncle."
A hilarious and moving short film.
Aaron A. Reed | Salt Lake City, UT USA | 10/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This winner of Best Animated Short at the 2003 Acadamy Awards is the story of Harvie Krumpet, an unlucky but optimistic chump who moves through a life populated with a series of hysterical characters. With a visual style similar to the Wallace and Grommit shorts, but with a more serious undercurrent to the humor, Harvie Krumpet proves to be surprisingly moving by its end. The price is a lot to pay for a single short, but the quality of the product is unquestionably great."
Best film I ever saw.
Kathleen A. Mccune | Eagle Rock, Mo United States | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is hilarious in that great Aussie way. When life gives you lemons make lemonade.Extraordinary disaster can be met with "good on ya,mate" I dont see a point to over- analyzing.It is just uproarously funny!"