“Eyes on the Stars” by the Rauch Brothers

Today, in honor of the 27th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, we are treated to another flawless pull-at-my-heartstrings Storycorps story courtesy of the Rauch Brothers:

On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.

CREDITS
Directed by the Rauch Brothers
Storyboard: Stephen DeStefano
Animation: Tim Rauch
Assistant Animation: Erica Perez
Backgrounds: Bill Wray
FX and Compositing: Gary Leib


  • Scott Shaw!

    Absolutely wonderful; the best animated short I’ve seen in years. Based on seeing this and other cartoons by the Rauch Brothers, I’d love to work with ‘em, too!

  • Matt Jones

    The Rauch Bros are the best!

  • anm

    God the south sucked

  • Dana B

    It looks like their animation has improved since last time. I always love the Storycorps shorts, they’re always full of heart, and better yet, they’re real stories told by real people.

  • Pedro Nankma

    I saw this and the the other StoyCorps shorts while voting for the ANNIE Awards. They are all awesome.

  • Aaron H

    I saw this the other day on PBS… I cried a little!

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.wray3 William Wray

    Yes Thanks Amid! And the RB proving cartoons can be simple, stylized and cartoony and be moving. All the Big studios are so afraid to do something like this , I have no idea why.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gene.mcguckin Gene McGuckin

      Yeah, me either.

  • the Gee

    Is it wrong that I pre-judge their latest cartoon before I watch it?
    They deliver good stuff. So, I expect it to be something unlike anything
    else I’ve seen. Now I’ll watch it.

  • James Madison

    Amazing. Great job!

    Thanks for posting.

  • Natalie Belton

    What a great and touching short! It really shows that you don’t have to have a high budget to make something stylistic and memorable.

  • Natalie Belton

    Somebody appears to be trolling the comments…

  • the Gee

    I did watch it and I enjoyed it.

    Great work, all involved!

    They are doing good work and I can only hope they continue to do this for as long as they wish. It is probably fair to expect they will up the bar for their output in wonderful ways. There’s alway good stories that should be told by good storytellers.

    In fact, I could go on about the cartoon on a couple of different levels and I won’t because there’s no real reason. People should just watch it and most likely will appreciate the story and how it is told. There’s a lot of great touches in it.
    ……….
    My orignal comment, to which you replied, Thad, was a compliment. If posting a compliment that says I expect it to be good is a waste then the facetiousness I used in my phrasing came off the wrong way. If you or anyone took it the wrong way, sorry about that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gene.mcguckin Gene McGuckin

    Vey nice and needed to be seen!