Ollie, a wayward duck, tries to catch up with his companions on their migration south. Along the way he encounters Chops the pig who tries to help him reach his destination—with humorous results. The film was created using a combination of traditional, hand-drawn animation with digital compositing for the backgrounds.
In the eat-or-be-eaten world of the Amazon Rainforest, a little tree frog named Bounce sets out on a normal day to find a meal but quickly learns that the proverbial hunter becomes the hunted. Unable to catch his meal, Bounce is punished relentlessly by his prey to the breaking point until his chance encounter with a blue-bellied tree toad named Biggy. Biggy quickly takes Bounce under his wing and shows him the ways of the perilous jungle until the little tree frog begins to regain his mojo to hunt again. Eventually Bounce musters enough confidence to pursue an easy target. So does he finally catch his meal? Or will he forever be hungry? Find out in this animation set to Beethoven’s Symphony No.8.
Who will win a race that involves both air and sea? Find out when our intrepid Rhinoceros Auklet is pitted against an Arctic Tern in an Olympic-caliber spoof demonstrating the unique physiology and biology of the family of seabirds our rhino belongs to, known as alcids or auks. With sports commentary provided by Ted Pelican and Tom Gull, the film provides humorous lessons in comparative anatomy and aims to instill appreciation for diverse bird species and bird life as a whole. The race starts out with a slalom to the purple buoy, followed by a fifty-meter dive to the sunken submarine, where the CRAB-CAM will note the winner!
In a world where all is good, a wicked 19th century scientist, Dr. Leonardo Van Uitvinding, is evil. After bringing life to his 19 foot tall robot invention, Bot, Dr. Leo readies himself to take over the world. He has brought life to metal in order to have metal destroy life. But Dr. Leo soon realizes that his newly born robot has no evil but rather an innocence that must be taught evil. In an unlikely tale of spirit and soul, an evil genius struggles with his very own creation of good.
Pily, a lovable crustacean of mixed origin, builds a rocket ship to escape the pollution endangering his underwater crops and home. This beautifully animated story takes place above and below the waterline of Oregon’s Willamette River. The song Denmark was composed by Gideon Freudmann and features music by the Portland Cello Project that has performed at both the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show and Britt Music Festival.
The great B.B. King stars in this wry and elegant short film, along with some enthusiastic intrusions by unexplained sock puppets. Shot on 35mm film, this is cartoonist and children’s book author (Barnyard Dance!) Sandra Boynton’s first venture into directing. The song “One Shoe Blues”—a child’s lament about a missing sneaker—was originally written by Boynton and composer Michael Ford, and performed by B.B. King, for their much-loved album BLUE MOO: 17 Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never. See Boynton’s other film Philadelphia Chickens.
Ormie is a pig, in every sense of the word. Pig see cookie. Pig want cookie. But they are out of reach... or are they? Cheer on Ormie as he determinedly attempts to gain the warm sweet taste that is his obsession in this lighthearted animation.
The band the Bacon Brothers star in this animated music video of the title song from the Grammy-nominated album written and produced by cartoonist and children’s book author Sandra Boynton (Moo, Baa, La La La!) and composer Michael Ford. Two pigs from Connecticut travel down Interstate 95 to watch the renowned chickens swing-dancing in a park near the Schuylkill River. Michael and Kevin Bacon, make cameo appearances as the human incarnations of the two pigs. See Boynton’s other film One Shoe Blues.