• A Whale's Tale - behind the scenes & work in progress
  • Today saw the release of A Whale’s Tale, a beautiful animation made for the wonderful Hope Works project. Hope Works have been working in conjunction with Unicef and the world’s biggest broadcasters to produce a series of films designed to bolster hope amongst our children, who are exposed to increasingly challenging topics via media, from war to natural disaster. The films launched simultaneously on networks around the world for World Children’s Day.
  • Twelve films were produced in total, directed by broadcasting giants including Cartoon Network UK, Disney EMEA, DreamWorks Animation and more, for maximum global reach. They vary in style, from live action to animation, from silly to serious, but all communicate a positive and uplifting message.
  • We successfully pitched to Cartoon Network UK for A Whale’s Tale, tackling the subject of marine pollution. Luck was on our side as director’s Giovanna Utichi and Robin Celebi referenced the artwork style of Via, our latest in-house short directed by concept artist Izzy Burton. 

    So Izzy got to work lovingly designing the Whale and fellow characters, and fortunately, the 2.5D style of animation seen in Via enables efficient production time - 2.5 minutes of animation in 2 months is no mean feat!

    The animation has a retro, low poly appeal which softens the scene and gives the rough-edged characters immediate personality and charm. The scenes are rich and luscious, true to Izzy’s trademark style.
  • Character design
  • Modelling feedback
  • A sneak peek at the animatic and layout in progress...
  • Background concept art
  • Mood board of ideas
  • The finished animation
  • Credits​​​​​​​

    Written and directed by Robin Celebi & Giovanna Utichi
    Original story by Giovanna Utichi
    Executive Producer Richard Kinning
    Producer Emma Healing

    Animation studio: Blue Zoo

    Artwork & Direction: Izzy Burton
    Creative Producer: Lizzie Hicks
    Producer: Damian Hook
    Modelling: Emilie Browne, Pietro Licini & Jacopo Piccini
    Lighting & rendering: Holly Bensley
    Rigging: Leo Blackmur & Vasil Shotarov
    Compositing: Izzy Burton, Nicholas Canticus & Joe Kinch
    Animation: Mark Spokes, Dane Winn & Dagmara Ziemianska
    Story Consultant: Ben Steer

    Sound Design: James Clark & Clearcut Sound
    Music Composition: Will Featherby, Kamal Kamruddin, Ben McAvoy, Sam McAvoy, Pete Yelland-Brown & WMP
    Voice Over Artist: Tim Dann
    Music Supervisor: Joseph Cullen & Cavendish Music