When we’re asked to go off-model, we go off-model. To help promote Every Simpsons Ever on FXX, we were asked to craft something new and unexpected that was recognizably Simpsons, but not properly Simpsons. We reduced and reorganized characters and hitched and halted animated movement in an effort to be Simpsons-esque… but, definitely not Simpsons proper. The characters almost merge, but not quite. If one were so daft they may say they are Marging, not merging.
If fantasy football is hybrid of the little guys wanting to be like the big guys, then why not have a package that itself is a hybrid of big and small.
For season six of the FXX series The League, we created an episodic package made up of several micro-vignettes. Tiny hairstyles, tiny toilets, tiny nudity, and tiny trophies are all there. It has everything except overwhelming scale.
The package was captured entirely as live action. All optical effects captured in camera.
Below is a montage of the episodic package and promos we created for the seventh and final season of the The League on FXX.
It may be the final season in the trophy room, but the gang of The League isn’t going to go out quietly. Handcrafted busts get theirs when hundreds of gallons of Rafi-Ade explodes across the scene. A celebratory tsunami of orange drink sees the distinguished arrangement sink as FXX closes the book, and the EBDB, on the long fantasy run of The League.
Can’t stopsicle, won’t stopsicle. Put on your new kicks for the new mix, because “Popsicle” has a remix.
Given top secret materials and instructions from the gang at Cartoon Network, we were charged with remixing “Popsicle,” the music track we had previously delivered earlier this Summer. CN reached out to their awesome audience with the network’s own CN Sayin’ app. Kids were challenged to sing back the four note mnemonic jingle into the app while it recorded. Once collected, we sorted and sifted through all the fantastic entries and chopped, pitched, and stretched them into this new package of remixes in several different durations for maximum flexibility in future use by CN.
You can currently hear the “Popsicle – Remix” airing as part of Cartoon Network’s “New Thursdays” Campaign. Below is one of the :60 spots, produced by Cartoon Network.
We also delivered versions of the remix without the kids, which you can hear in this CN produced spot for Mixels.
Take your ears to the fun dungeon with new music we made for Cartoon Network’s Summer 2015 refresh. Check out the song we call “Popsicle.” No doubt, Clarence would tell you it’s worth it.
We were tasked with creating a song based on the four note Cartoon Network mnemonic jingle you hear whenever the CN logo pops up. Done and done. Then we broke down and recomposed the song into six other versions of different lengths for a whole package of sounds to be used throughout the Summer. You’ve probably already heard it play on CN as the song that kicks off the CN broadcast day with the emoji filled 6am sign-on, as part of their “New at 6” Summer campaign, on the Cartoon Network CN Sayin’ app on your phone, and various other promos between shows.
Can’t just listen to Popsicle nonstop on repeat? Your playlist is a miss? Your bearstack is whack? You can always listen to previous tracks we’ve made for CN like “Wires,” “Glazer,” and “Wintertone.” Or, check out the rest of our catalog available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc.
Below are few on-air spots produced by CN featuring “Popsicle.”
We’ve been sitting on a stash of trophies.
For season 5 of the FX series The League, we created an episodic package for the semi-improvised comedy about 6 friends going to absurd lengths to be crowned the winner of their fantasy football league, and thus win the coveted “Shiva” trophy.
Season 5 also saw the series move from FX to FXX. In keeping with the new network’s tone, we used a pointed color treatment, loose analog lens effects, and varied sequential capture methods to complete the package. It’s all about the win, so we built a ton of custom trophies to share the stage with the ever present Shiva. Trophies and other oddities from a non-sequitur sort of man-cave all mix and mingle in the package.
We also crafted the package for Season 6 which we’ll share more about soon.
To promote the first season of The Bridge on FX, we were provided an illustration of a bisected body and tasked with producing a :15 sec ID/tone piece around this simple image. We did this using sequential photography, painted illustrations, and other live elements selected for their visual connection to the street exteriors of Ciudad Juárez. A matte painted look was sought and combined with in-camera diffusion while a shifting multi-plane arrangement separates and rejoins related elements.
The FX Networks series The Bridge follows two police detectives (one from Mexico, and one from the U.S.) in a joint effort to investigate a serial killer after a woman’s bisected body is found spanning the center of the bridge that links the United States and Mexico between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez.