PandaPanther

PandaPanther is, hands down, my favorite new commercial studio. Once you see their work, you’ll understand why. This young NYC-based outfit, operating for a little over a year now, is injecting a big whopping dose of artistry into computer animation, and dragging CG out of its literalist photoreal ghetto. It’s headed up by directors Jonathan Garin and Naomi Nishimura, and producer Lydia Holness.

Garin and Nishimura’s CG feels tactile and handcrafted. Their work looks unmistakably digital yet also retains a strong illustrative quality. They also seem to mix techniques quite well, as some of their projects appear to employ “stop motion” sets, like the Zune Arts and Yo Gabba Gabba! ones. Below are a few of their recent projects that I’ve enjoyed, though I recommend checking out everything on their site PandaPanther.com.

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Mika’s Marshmallow Train, an animated short for Yo Gabba Gabba!

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Nokia “Rock ‘n Roll Decadence”

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Tale of the Cheshire Tree

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Interstitals for MTV Tr3s. Full credits and brief interview with the filmmakers on this site.

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Underwater Jungle Disco


  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com/ Emmett Goodman

    I’ve never heard of these guys, but what they do is very impressive. Although I love real stop-motion, this studio has a nice look to their CG, and the stop-motion replication doesn’t look overdone or cliched. Its such a relief to see CG animators employing such a strong sense of design and illustration. Most of time when those two elements are used to design a piece of CG, something gets lost in the middle, and the final product doesn’t maintain those elements. I’m curious as to where this studio goes in the future.