The kind of THRIVE that we enjoy sharing here on ABDZ, this is direction and motion design work by Unit Motion Design, a creative motion studio based in Paris, France.
Nexus Studios' creator Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela, in partnership with film and design studio Le Cube and composer David Kamp, have created a 50’ animated film, ‘The Enlightenment of Cosmic Panda’ . The film tells the story of the Mr. Kat & Friends ‘Cosmic Panda’ character as his true nature is revealed. The style mixes 3D with motion graphic design and it's super fluid especially the scene transitions where it goes from 3D to regular illustration style. Check out below and also more details and stills of this project.
3D and Motion Graphic Design
Speaking of how the animation project came about Jaime says: “Le Cube and I met in Cutout Fest Mexico where we were invited to speak. Turns out we got along very well, they liked the Mr. Kat & Friends brand and the latest Mr. Kat collaboration was born."
It was clear to me that we should show Cosmic Panda having a lysergic experience. The vibe of the character was asking for that. With Claudio Iriarte, who was the project animation director, we came up with the D.M.T experience. Jaime liked the idea as well, so we moved on under this concept. - Ralph Karam (Le Cube)
Cosmic Panda has recurrent themes such as space, mysticism, meditation, nature and overcoming. Depending on which state he’s in, he’ll acquire different levels of wisdom. For example when he’s golden or transparent, he's in his highest levels of consciousness. When not in a supernatural condition, Cosmic Panda is a wild and carefree panda. - Jaime (Mr. Kat & Friends)
“We’re always looking for opportunities to mix techniques in our work. The mixing between the environments here of the exterior (Cosmic Panda’s real universe) and the interior (his mind) was a perfect excuse to play with our favourite techniques 2D cell animation and 3D” - Juan Manuel Friere (Le Cube) notes
I liked the idea of keeping the "real universe" of the character into this technic. For the trip, I called another colleague and brilliant animator Dante Zaballa to help us with one of his specialties: handmade painting in cell animation. - Ralph Karam
The film was premiered at the amazing OFFF Festival in Barcelona where Jaime was invited to speak. Ralph, Gustavo and Juanma joined him on stage to present the brand new animation! ?
- Production and Animation: Le Cube
- Starring an original character created by: Mr. Kat & Friends, represented by Nexus Studios
- Direction: Ralph Karam and Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela (Mr Kat & Friends)
- Executive Production: Gustavo Karam and Juan Manuel Freire
- Production: Antonela Castro
- Animation Direction: Claudio Iriarte
- 3D Backgrounds: Jaime Álvarez Sobreviela (Mr. Kat & Friends)
- Illustrations: Martin Vinograd
- 2D Animation: Dante Zaballa, Sergio Kechu, and Martin Lara
- 2D Animation Assistants: Matheus Muñiz and Katherine Pryor
- 3D Animation: Chris Rey Willis
- Composition: Ralph Karam
- Music and Sound Design: David Kamp
For more information make sure to check out the original Behance project