Cartoon Network 2013 “Summer Refresh”
A stellar international roster of six animators (Rubberhouse, CRCR, Alex Grigg, Eamonn O’Neill, Impactist, and Awesome Incorporated) each create 10-second films connected into a frenetic and mesmerizing 1-minute whole via the exquisite corpse technique of blind collaboration for Cartoon Network’s in-house creative agency.
CN producer Leslie Kleine: “We referred to this as our science experiment, mainly because we weren’t totally convinced that it would work. Creative Group and Adult Swim Creative Director Jacob Escobedo had this vision of several animators of varying styles creating unique pieces that could then be stitched together into one interstitial.
“In the end, we reached out to animation teams from Australia, France, Portland Oregon, Atlanta Georgia, and two from the UK, and they were all enthusiastic, even though they wouldn’t know what the others were doing. We gave them character art, a color palette, a warning against nudity, and ten seconds – those were the only rules. This project was an incredible lesson in risk, but also one of the most rewarding that I’ve ever worked on. What we got exceeded our expectations.”