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Flipping for Dairy Queen “Oreo Blizzard”

The Chicago outpost of The Mill/Mill+ expand their repertoire with this impossibly happy 2D character fest for Dairy Queen powered by a catchy ditty scripted by agency Barkley US and composed by Sam Billen at Primary Color Music.

Mill+ director/designer Matthew Darnall: “The main rule was very simple: every character is upside down and every character finds a way to make it work for them. After that, the inspiration was a creative, fun, simplistic and organic process. A character had to make us laugh, whether it be in design, absurdity or animation.

“One of my favorites is the sun, he has no arms and I love how he desperately tries to get a taste of an Oreo Blizzard just out of reach. Also, the concept of a gang of four mini construction workers coordinating to flip a massive blizzard made us laugh immediately. If you look closely, you can see the grouchy truck driver slam the car as he barks at his brothers and the tall one on the scaffolding celebrates the big flip with a single snap of his suspenders.”

Agency: Barkley US
Producer: Susan Neuman
Creative Director: Berk Wasserman, Brad Jungles
Account Director: Kylie Legree
Art Director: Graham Greene
Writer: Joe DeSalvo

Design & Animation Studio: Mill+
Director: Matthew Darnall
Producer: Tracey Khan
Record Company: Primary Color Music – Sam Billen, Composer

Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
VFX Producer: Tracey Khan
Design & Illustration: Brian Gossett, Matt Darnall, Adrian Navarro
3D Design: Josh Van Praag
Storyboard Artist: Adrian Navarro
Technical Lead: Josh Van Praag
Animation: Adrian Navarro, Josh Van Praag, Peter Kallstrom, Marco Giampolo, Steve Beck, Ambrose McDuffy, Anzie Lee

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