For the second year in a row, Tonic DNA was delighted to help bring IGA's Christmas tale to life with Sid Lee. In this delightful story "The Yule Log of Mr. Beaver," we follow the merriment of three adorable rascals as they attempted to take Mr. Beaver's pride Yule Log, only to be invited in for a cooking class and a celebrations amongst new found friends. Utilizing hand touched 3d character animation and detailed environments, Tonic delivers another slam dunk for the holidays!
AIM Creative Studio's newest for TedEd debates the most important century and suggests we are at a critical point in history. Aim uses a combination of animation styles, including 2d, 3d, mixed media and design to help carry this important, and a bit frightening, message. Directed, designed and animated by Jon Mayes
TONIC DNA as part of their in-house experimentation, this short film, JUMP was created as research into how they can merge 3D and 2D animation to achieve new animation styles. The story is about Leaf, a young person learning to use their power to jump into new universes. Each jump gave Tonic the opportunity to explore new stylistic possibilities. They wanted something cyberpunk, alive with Kirby crackle, graphic and punchy, with stills you want to hang on your wall.
Roof ended the year by creating this eye-catching passion piece from director and co-founder Vinicius Costa. Picturing My Mind is a whimsical animated journey through the doors of past memories. A visual open that explores the profound experiences that shape us all. "In contrast to the rich details in the background, I wanted our character to stand out as simple. And body language is important to this film, as I animated her with big motion - opposite to the rigid stiffness of the structures near by. This conceptual juxtaposition allows the character to appear relatively small in frame while capturing your attention." - Vini
To mark World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st, intellectual disability charity L’Arche debuted a teaser for a new short film, entitled ‘Freebird’. Partnering with Canadian musician Jordan Hart and award-winning animation studio Tonic DNA and their director Joe Bluhm, the charity produced a beautiful film that challenged the misconceptions surrounding Down Syndrome. The plot follows the coming-of-age story of a boy with Down syndrome who learns to navigate the world with a loving mother, an absent father, a classroom bully, and a life-long crush. Now, as the full four-minute film launches, we witness 45 years of life flash by in just a few short minutes. Not that it moves too fast to leave an impact - quite the opposite, as a combination of stunning animation and soulful storytelling communicates the quintessentially human story at the heart of this campaign.
Coming off a long stint, shooting episodes for The Kids Are alright and Breaking Up Together, Jay Karas is available for commercial work. It has been a busy Summer for Jay who directed the NBC special "Feeding America Comedy Festival" which aired on May 10 2020. The special raised enough money to provide 16 million meals to people in need across the country. All segments were shot with an incredibly minimal crew, under strict Cover-19 safety protocols, to keep the talent and crew safe. Produced by Funny or Die, DP Karsten and directed by Jay Karas.