March 30, 2018

Amazing Cat Themed Animated Zoetrope Cake

This is a video of Gâteau Gato, a cat themed spinning zoetrope cake created by artist and pastry chef Alexandre Dubosc. It features a bunch of animated cat imagery as it spins including Felix the Cat walking, a Japanese good luck Maneki-neko cat waving, and the cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro.

March 29, 2018

'Face Face' by Chris Prynoski & Michael Moloney

"Face Face" animated short film by Chris Prynoski & Michael Moloney

March 28, 2018

March 21, 2018

Guns Explained with Cats

'Sunshine Rhymes' by Copernicus Studios

A new musical series of animated shorts for preschoolers, created by Copernicus Studios. They took a collection of classic children's songs and lovingly reimagined them with vocal contributions from some of Nova Scotia’s greatest singers, including: David Myles, Rose Cousins, Stewart Legere, Breagh MacKinnon, Kim Harris & Ben Caplan, and lovingly animated in this beautiful storybook style.

Old Macdonald Had A Farm

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Itsy Bitsy Spider

More to come soon...

March 20, 2018

Colorscope: Pink

Client: CNN
Creative Producer: Sarah-Grace Mankarious
Directed by: Giant Ant
Creative Direction: Jay Grandin
Producer: Liam Hogan
Storyboard: Conor Whelan, Jay Grandin, Marion Bordeyne, Eric Pautz
Art Direction: Eric Pautz
Illustration & Visual Development: Eric Pautz, Marion Bordeyne, Conor Whelan, Shawn Hight, Sitji Chou, Whitney Lam
Animation Direction: Conor Whelan
Animation: Conor Whelan, Shawn Hight, Chris Anderson, Henrique Barone, Matt James, Taylor Peters, Whitney Lam
Compositing: Conor Whelan, Eric Pautz
Audio: Bryan Stone

Breakdown of cloth animation process:

March 18, 2018

BBC Winter Olympics – 'The Fearless are Here' by Nexus Studios

Y&R London

Agency Producer:
Kat Maidment

Creative Director:
Mark Roalfe

Creative Leads:
Gavin McGrath
Jim Bolton
Psembi Kinstan

Production Company:
Nexus Studios

Smith & Foulkes

Creative Director:
Chris O’Reilly

Tracey Cooper

Production Manager:
Rebecca Archer

Animation Supervisor:
Michal Firkowski

Art Directors:
Alice Duke
Shen Yi

Callum Strachan
David Feliu
Jamie Jones
Maxime Dupuy
Melanie Climent

Animation Lead:
Bishoy Gendi

Duncan Gist
Hozen Britto
Ines Scheiber
Peter Lowey

FX Animation:
Frankie Swan
Ines Scheiber

Clean Up Animation:
Christina Nerland
Duane Uba
Giacomo Autili
Judit Boor

Compositing Lead:
Abel Kohen

Chris Moran
Daniele Baiardini
Elliott Kajdan
John Taylor

Dave Slade
James Alexander

Sound Design:
Anthony Moore

Music Production:
Native Music

Fred Ashworth

March 17, 2018

NPR Invisibilia // Alien Hand - by Giant Ant

Invisibilia, NPR's radio program and podcast that fuses storytelling with science, came to us with their very first animation assignment. The story of a woman who's hand has a mind of its own. We paired the unpredictability of Karen's experience with an unpredictable visual style.

Client: NPR | Invisibilia
Directed by Giant Ant
Producer: Teresa Toews
Creative Direction: Jay Grandin
Storyboard: Sitji Chou
Art Direction: Rafael Mayani
Illustration: Rafael Mayani, Marion Bordeyne, Sitji Chou
Animation: Diego Maclean, Sitji Chou, Conor Whelan, Whitney Lam,
Clean up: Marion Bordeyne, Whitney Lam, Diego Maclean, Sitji Chou, Conor Whelan

March 16, 2018

'Travel Channel Little Journeys' by Dog & Rabbit

The films are all stop-motion animation with a bit of post-production good stuff here and there when needed.

The props and people featured in the films are all 1/76(ish) scale models. Throughout all these films you can see the vehicles and people from the other films scattered within, and it's shot in the macro lens/tilt-shift technique to give it a strong 'photographed miniatures' effect.

The films were produced by Perfect Tribe for Scripps.
Animation by Dorota and Andrew. Photography and video by Nich. Sound design by Nigel Manington.

March 14, 2018


Client: Intel
Production Studio: Hornet
Director: Ege Soyuer
Executive Producer: Hana Shimizu
Head of Production: Sang-Jin Bae
Development Producer: Kristin Labriola
Producer: Niki DiCesare
Editor: Stephanie Andreou
Storyboard Artist: Ege Soyuer
Designers: Ege Soyuer, Austin Hermann

2D Lead Animator: Ege Soyuer
2D Animators: Hui Chi Chuang, Elena Manetta
Compositors: Ege Soyuer, Hui Chi Chuang
C4D: Chris Guyot

Music & Sound Design: Barking Owl

Agency: TBWA/Chiat Day
Creative Directors: Matthew Woodhams-Roberts and Dave Horton
Senior Art Director: Andrew Livingston
Senior Copywriter: Simon Bruyn
Producer: Joe Maggiore
Brand Director: Amy Krieg
Brand Manager: Dana Fors

March 05, 2018

Ballmastz: 9009 Trailer - by Titmouse

'The Ricochet Splendid' by 2veinte studio

Directed & Produced at 2veinte
Creative Director: Pablo Gostanian
Executive Producer: Agustin Valcarenghi
Animation Director: Diego Polieri
Art Direction: Pablo Gostanian, Diego Polieri
2D Lead Animators: Diego Polieri, Fernando Toninello, Juan Nadalino, Israel Giampiero
Additional Animation: Patricio Plaza, Martin Gil, Julian Fumagalli
2D Animation Assistants: Yazmin Hanna, Denise Cirone, Diego Fracchia, Ivan Greco
Additional Clean up: Facundo Garcia, Agostina Salvemini, Nahuel Sagarnaga
Idea: Pablo Gostanian
Characters Design: Diego Polieri
Story: Pablo Gostanian, Diego Polieri, Melisa Farina
Compositing: Daniel di Paola, Mateo Vallejo
Editorial: Pablo Gostanian, Diego Polieri
Production: Carolina L’avena
3D Animation: Mateo Vallejo
Illustration: Diego Polieri, Nahuel Sagarnaga, Patricio Delpeche
Additional Illustration: Santiago Villa
Robot Design: Delfina Perez
Additional AE Animation : Daniel Di Paola
Original Music: Thomas Richard Christensen
Ending Credits Music: Sergio Denis - “Un poco loco”

- Where comes the idea of "Ricochet Splendid" ?

Pablo Gostanian: We've always been big fans of show openings. You see, for us, it's a really interesting piece, as it combines lots of great things, lots of action, great animation, amazing characters, infinite situations. We get to play with the cameras and lead the characters to their greatest moments. It’s a showcase of our design and animation skills.

So, a year and a half ago, the idea was to produce a fun opening for a show that combined comedy (we really wanted comedy) and action. We spent more than a month writing and creating the Ricochet universe, it’s plot and characters.

- It feels like an opening of 80's animated TV series, like Galaxy Rangers, Silverhawks ... which were in fact american TV series animated in Japan. Did you watch such series when your were kids in Argentina ?

Pablo Gostanian: Yeah, of course. We grew up watching all of those shows. They are part of our childhood and today's nostalgia. Their openings are pretty cool to watch today.

- About design and animation, what was your influences ? I can feel a lot of vibes, from Hiroyuki Imaishi to Takeshi Koike, Peter Chung, or even Mike Judge.

Diego Polieri: Thanks for noticing this influences, they are gods to us. I’m pretty sure these references were in our heads at the moment of designing.

We’re really influence by anime, we’re big fans. The drawing style of the characters is pretty much free and expressive, maybe that is why you named Mike Judge, cause our characters also have bizarre and comedy features.

One of the films that has more influence in me was Furi Kuri. For its Aesthetics and animation style. It had a big impact in me for the freedom they had in the way they draw the characters in function of what each scene needed. Another interesting thing, beyond the influences, is that this short was done by a team from Argentina with a different background than the Oriental, and no doubt you can notice this culture and tradition in the work.

- Who made the song and music ? Can you tell us a bit more about that ?

Pablo Gostanian: As soon as we had finished with the draft boardamatic (boards in a time line), we needed a good music track. I had in mind this Danish musician, I loved some of his old work. So, we called Thomas Richard Christensen, we showed him what we’d got so far, and luckily he said yes!

He created the music based on the plot and the characters, it's simply brilliant, he captured each scene of the Ricochet Splendid instantly. I strongly suggest you check out the lyrics, they are super cool.

- So this is a fake opening, but who knows, if some rich producer come to you ... do you have a true script :-) ?

Pablo Gostanian: We wish! As we say here in Argentina “Dream! It’s free” hahaha. But who knows!

The story is quite complete in terms of plot and character outlines but we don't have an actual script right now. It's all a question of sitting our asses down and start writing. We are open to receive an offer from any rich producer haha.

-- Via Catsuka.