Motion Weekly 39 - The Holiday Edition

Dec 22, 2019 at 09:00 am by nickcharles

With the holidays upon us, this edition of the Motion Weekly is a collection of some great holiday pieces, old and new. Here's wishing everyone a joyous holiday season, wherever you are. Enjoy!

The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.

The Bear & The Hare

The first film this week is an incredible short, featuring traditional hand-drawn animation and stop-motion model sets. It's a great little story, but to fully appreciate it, you need to check out the 'making of' here.

The Bear & The Hare from Hornet on Vimeo.

There once was an animal who had never seen Christmas. As autumn winds turn to winter snow, the bear begins his annual retreat into hibernation to sleep his way through the best part of the year. The festive spirit is strong though, and his friend the hare is determined to give him a gift he has never received before – Christmas.

This is a classic Christmas tale in the John Lewis tradition, but the scale of the project and the innovative combination of animated techniques involved in creating it are unprecedented. The marriage of traditional hand-drawn 2D animation with stop-frame model animation creates a tangible world full of texture and detail that conveys the honesty behind the John Lewis Christmas message.

Troublemakers - Christmas

Love this motion design piece from Burcu & Geoffrey. Check out more of their work on, or their Vimeo channel.

Troublemakers - Christmas from Burcu & Geoffrey on Vimeo.

Merry Christmas!
We really enjoyed making this animation for

Directed by. Burcu & Geoffrey
Production Company.
Producer. James Hagger
Production Coordinator. Felipe Bernard
Production Assistant. Rebecca Oxland-Isles
Music and Sound Design. Alex Keren

A Balloon for Ben

A great piece of storytelling from Hornet Inc., based in New York. I've loved so much of their work. Please be sure to check them out here.

Cineplex "A Balloon for Ben" from Leonstudio on Vimeo.

Production Company: Hornet Inc
Director: Yves Geleyn
Characters modeling: Leonstudio

The Boy and the Piano

Another great piece for British company John Lewis, just as The Bear & The Hare featured previous. The great thing about this is the filming in one long take, well, the very crafty appearance of such.

John Lewis & Partners- The Boy and The Piano from Factory Studios on Vimeo.

Agency: adam&eveDDB
Production Company: Academy Films
Director: Seb Edwards
Sound Engineer: Anthony Moore


Funny, Rocky-inspired, look at Rudolph's downfall and comeback. Check out the great look behind-the-scenes of this one here.

RED from Ritzy Animation on Vimeo.

‘RED’ is the horny tale of Rudolph as you’ve never seen him before.
Once a legend, hero, and leader of the pack, he now lives alone in a trailer on the outskirts of the North Pole.

After watching a documentary charting his fall from grace, a fired up Red decides to make the ultimate comeback and reclaim his spot as the King of Deers. Cue a ‘Rocky’ style montage and heaps of deer gags as we witness the sheer power and determination of the world’s most famous reindeer.

In a film bursting with testosterone, carrot smoothies, and 80’s inspired hoof-wear, ‘RED’ is the result of over 2 years of blood, sweat and beers.

Lock yourself in for a hairy ride!

Lily and the Snowman

Yes....another piece from Hornet. I always go back to this wonderful short every year at this time. Great storytelling, and great version of the Genesis tune "Follow You, Follow Me", recorded for this. Check out the brief 'making of' clip here.

Cineplex - Lily and the Snowman from Hornet on Vimeo.

The story of Lily, a young girl, and her faithful friend, an endearing snowman, reminds viewers to see the big picture.

To help visualize the magic of the movies, acclaimed Toronto agency Zulu Alpha Kilo reached out to Hornet directors Dan & Jason to collaborate on an engaging cinematic experience for Canadian entertainment house Cineplex. Co Director Hyesung Park along with veteran Hollywood character designer Peter de Sève round out the team.


A little bit of humor for the season :)

BEST WISHES | Christmas short film from Jeroen Houben on Vimeo.

Two men are drawn into a duel over whose house has the best christmas light display in this ultra-short film.

Written & directed by: Jeroen Houben
Produced by: Bäst (Menno Koop, Diego Teixeira)
DOP: Gabor Deak

Thanks for watching!

Have some inspirational work to share? drop me a line at with the subject line: Motion Weekly.

Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles

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