Toy Story of Terror "Combat Carl PSA" Bonus Clip

Client: PIXAR

PIXAR is known for creating some of the most memorable stories and characters of our generation. Needless to say the opportunity to collaborate with them on a 2D project was a no-brainer.

"Combat Carl" was introduced to the Toy Story universe for their recent Halloween special "Toy Story of Terror!". Supervising Director Angus MacLane and Vintage Commercial Director Jeremy Lasky wanted to capture the charm and nostalgia of the original G.I. Joe PSAs from the 80s while at the same time maintaining the cutting wit of their newest character (voiced by Carl Weathers). Many a Sunbow inbetween was lovingly scrutinized for this project and the result took us back to the glory days of after school animation.

N.E.R.D. Animated Concept

Client: Pharrell

There isn’t a hotter producer in music now than Pharrell Williams. As one of the most sought-after music artists today, Pharrell has won seven Grammy Awards, been nominated for an Oscar, and has had numerous #1 multi-platinum hits on the Billboard charts. His list of collaborators include the biggest stars in the business like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Kanye West, Daft Punk, and world-renowned film composer Hans Zimmer.

Along with his prolific music career, Pharrell is also known for his interest and influence in all forms of media, including entertainment. Ghostbot had the opportunity to collaborate with Pharrell directly to explore what it would be like to bring his style and music into a stylized animated world. Using one of his tracks from his band N*E*R*D*, we produced a proof-of-concept test to show what “Pharrell + Ghostbot” would look like. He is one of the highest profile clients our studio has worked with and yet throughout the whole process, he treated us with the greatest respect. It is no surprise that his career is on a meteoric path and we look forward to collaborating with him again in the future. 

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Hay Day: While You're Away

Client: Supercell

Hay Day: While You’re Away is a national commercial produced for Supercell, one of the top gaming companies in the world. Ghostbot’s involvement went from the pitching phase all the way through full production. Our goal was to create a cartoony spot that would breathe life and dimension to the Hay Day universe and show a slice of life within the game.  

Storyboard > Layout > Final Frame

Storyboard > Layout > Final Frame

Character layout

BG design

BG design

Animation process

Emily and the Strangers: Calling All Guitars

Client: Cosmic Debris

Emily the Strange makes her animated debut in Emily and the Strangers: Calling All Guitars. Ghostbot collaborated with Rob Reger (creator of Emily the Strange) to bring Emily to rocking life like never before.

*Pixie Award (Winner) 

Character design

BG concepts

Color script

Color script

Color script

Animatic to Final Comparison

Sly Cooper: Timing is Everything

Client: Sanzaru Games

Following in the footsteps of three highly successful games, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is the much anticipated followup of Sony's franchise character. Ghostbot provided over 30 minutes of uniquely 2D, in-game cutscenes as well as a 3-part fully animated webisode, Sly Cooper: Timing is Everything, to prelude the launch of the game. 

*Telly Award (Winner), Pixie Award (Winner)

Storyboard > Layout > Final Frame

Storyboard > Layout > Final Frame

Storyboard > Final BG

Storyboard > 3D Model > Layout > Final Frame

Key Animation

Written by a Kid: La Munkya

Client: Geek & Sundry

Ghostbot jumped at the opportunity to work with Felicia Day (The Guild, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and her new YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry. Written By A Kid is the brainchild of Will Bowles and Josh Flaum (Attack of the Show!, The Underground), and supervised by the comedic direction of Daniel Strange (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, Stiller & Meara) and web series pioneer Kim Evey (The Guild, Tabletop). La Munkya has become a fan favorite due to the inventive and bizarrely charming interpretation of the story and is one of the most watched episodes of the series.

*Ottawa International Animation Festival (Winner), LA Weekly Web Awards (Nominated), Pixie Award (Winner) 

Original La Munkya Pitch

"Making of La Munkya" behind-the-scenes interview