'Ew, Gross' is an animation/performance event designed to introduce 4th-6th graders about six ugly, bizarre, or undesirable endangered species in an effort to educate about the importance of biodiversity.
Project Statement: Animals within ecosystems that are perceived as ‘cute’ are often favored more in conservation practices as compared to animals who are perceived as ‘ugly’ or ‘undesirable.’ It is far easier to obtain funding and sympathy for the cuddly Panda than the Olm, an eyeless cave-dwelling salamander. As such, a great number of strange animals never reach the public eye. Through the experience of multimedia program design, the attendees’ attention will shift away from more common conservation mascots, and they will come to realize that the ugly, gross, and dangerous are worth our attention as well.
This animation was created using After Effects, Flash, and Garage Band.
You can learn more about this project at http://ew-gross-circus.blogspot.com