Dog Cafe is the second of two short animations produced for Disney Playhouse.
I chose this story to bring to life, initially attracted to the lovely story and its collection of funny dog characters, as well as the atmospheric night-time setting.
The style was designed to look like felt cut-outs. This was then brought to life by Ryan giving the characters lovable personalities. For the backgrounds, he separated all of the layers into 3D space giving the settings strong depth of field and parallax.
The animation is full of detail and colour, designed to appeal to the chanel's very young audience. I had a lot of fun creating the designs, especially as all of the 'extra' dogs are based on my own dogs, and dogs of my friends.
I also enjoyed creating extra elements of detail to bring the animation to life. Like the nosy cat, and the angry mouse resident of the Dog Cafe.
Designed & Directed by Maggie Rogers at Fred & Eric
Story written by Tracey Hammett
Produced for Disney by Mr & Mrs Smith
Producer: Jamie Pigram
Animation: Ryan Brotherston