Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Animated Inspiration: Bird Box Studio

Here's another funny short from England's 'Bird Box Studio.' This one is a commercial for Three Olive Vodka.

With their simple character design and limited graphic design for the backgrounds, the animators at Bird Box continue to let the motion and actions of their characters speak volumes. These commercials (and by extension, many of their short films) remind me of the old Pink Panther cartoons--animations where the motion of the characters carried the entire film since most of the characters did not speak. Additionally, they used the limited detail, monochromatic backgrounds seen in many cartoons from that time period. Whether intentionally or not, Bird Box Studio is providing us with a refreshing look into the style and substance of cartoons from the sixties.