The House of Cats

This beautiful little short by Courtland Lomax was made for Swarovski to promote their latest crystal collection. The backgrounds and designs are by Brigette Barrager.

(Thanks, Adam Muto)


  • http://mr-dunn.com gary dunn

    wow..that was superb!

  • http://siskavard.blogspot.com Corey

    Cool! A company is smart enough to use GOOD animation to promote their product!

    It’s a great little film !!

  • http://tresswygert.blogspot.com Tres Swygert

    Nice animation for the felines! Do you know which medium they used? (traditional medium or flash).

  • Scott

    Beautiful–all the way around!

  • Wolf Lahti

    It is impressive how the distinct personality of each cat is established in the first second or two of each vignette. Clean, lovely work.

  • http://www.mrseanlane.com Sean

    That was great, that really cheered me up.

  • http://MrFunsBlog Floyd Norman

    Artful and charming.

    Animation at its best.

  • http://joelbrinkerhoff.blogspot.com/ Joel Brinkerhoff

    Wonderful!

  • http://www.arielvillaverde.com Ariel

    Beautiful animation.

    Though i can only stand seeing cute-sy cat animation for so long..

    Nicely designed and animated promo though. Good job.

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    Love the “crystallized” fill for each cat. Simple yet wonderfully effective overall!

  • Doofus

    That was mindnumbingly cute! THAT is how you promote a company. That was a seriously nice surprise.

  • http://www.mooseheartjones.com Neil Graf

    Yeah, Court! Do it! I gotta say, that was a beautiful piece of animation.

  • http://brigetteb.blogspot.com brigette b

    Thanks for the link and the kudos…it was really fun to work on, too! I did a little post on my blog about it, with a few more details on the project and who all worked on it: http://brigetteb.blogspot.com/2009/05/after-100-years.html

    The animation is completely traditional, by the way. Pencil and paper.

    I’m glad to see it get such positive responses. Thanks!

  • Mike Johnson

    Superb. I could watch this all day. I agree with Corey…I wish ALL companies were smart enough to use good animation to promote their products.

    Darned if I don’t feel like ordering me some Swarovski kitties right now!

  • Ed

    get it for your kids mike! or kid’s teacher.

  • http://www.daganm.blogspot.com Dagan

    WOW, what a beautiful piece, from A-to-Z.
    :)
    Soooooo charming and super classy.

    Every aspect of this is so beautifully realized, I was really struck by it.
    Bravo!

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3125612 Edward R. Cox

    Glorious! I have never enjoyed the animated water color technique before as I did with this incredible little film! Congratulations and thanks to all involved! Simply stunning!

  • Kyle Maloney

    Very nice. Didnt like the cystal fill at first, but it grew on me.

  • http://hand-drawn-animation.blogspot.com David Nethery

    That was great ! Congrats to all involved for making a classy piece of soft-sell advertising which is just fun to watch.

  • http://tomboycomics.blogspot.com emily

    Never in my life thought I would want a pink chrystal kitten…but this animation makes me want “Emily” the cat…

  • Jenny Lerew

    Absolutely wonderful.
    So glad Mr. Muto found it and you posted it here. Lovely work, Brigette & co.

  • http://dc-imagination.blogspot.com DC

    Adorable! The characters are appealing and the animation is light and whimsical! Who could ask for more :)

  • http://www.kellytoon.com Kelly Toon

    I giggled in delight at several moments, and watched the whole thing with a happy grin on my face. I will certainly be sharing this with every cat-lover I know, especially my neighbors! They are getting married, and my hubs and I are babysitting their FIVE CATS =0_0=
    :3 :3 :3 :3 :3

    Kudos to Brigette (awesome name) and congratulations on landing further design work with Swarovski. Have you collected any fine sparkly things yet?

  • Niki

    I absolutely love this, there’s no way anyone can discourage me from loving this.

  • Mitchel Kennedy

    Beautiful and really fun! Theo is the coooolest!

  • http://ideography.wordpress.com K

    What a fresh short! So cool to look at and watch.
    Congratulations on the job. Well done!
    (Reposting to my one of blogs, with your indulgence. Thanks.)

  • TheGunheart

    The wonderful thing is that you can take the Swarovski logo off at the end and you’d never know it’s meant as a commercial, as the short really stands on its own merits.

  • http://www.molodkovec.com mldmitry

    Brilliant animation, really enjoyed watching this! (=

  • Walty

    Great thick and thin line as well!!!

  • http://www.zoologycomic.com Nate Birch

    Great looking cartoon…for the most part at least.

    Ironically given it was an ad for a crystal company, the one thing I didn’t like was the cheesy “crystal” effect superimposed on all the cats.

  • http://zekeyspaceylizard.blogspot.com Zekey

    MY MIND! I dont think I’ve seen so much cute jammed into a short before. And the motion was all so smooth and perfect. Wonderful!

  • BigHorse

    That was really fun! Such personable kitties.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    Wolfe had it right; personality animation lives!

  • Jason

    That was just incredible. Flowing and bouncy and spirited and vibrant. And inspiring: There’s a Swarovski crystal store in a mall not far from me. I’ll have to stop by and take a look at the inspiration for this wonderful little cartoon. Great concept and even greater execution. A “rare gem” indeed!

  • http://calarts.edu/ 3-D Trend

    Here are the credits for all the CalArts graduates who worked on this:

    Credits
    Directed by Courtland Lomax
    Music by Brian Young
    Compositing by Ethan Metzger
    Backgrounds and Designs by Brigette Barrager
    Layouts by Sean Jimenez

    Animation:
    Adam Muto
    Jules Soto
    Shiyoon Kim
    Bert Youn
    Matthais Bauer
    Eric Fountain
    Courtland Lomax
    Leo Matsuda
    Matt Pugnetti
    Jennifer Hager
    David Nam

    Cleanup:
    Sean Jimenez
    Esther Shin
    Jinyoung Park
    Juliana Park
    Kelli Kuest
    Matt Pugnetti

  • http://www.dejarnettedesigns.com Layron DeJarnette

    Beautiful animation! Love the style.

  • http://kambodiahotel.blogspot.com Moro

    Congrats, that is some really pretty stuff!^__^

  • Randy Koger

    Charming, sweet, delightful…..what more can I say?

    It was a real pleasure seeing this….congrats to everyone that worked on this little film. And thank you!

  • mike Gabriel

    Brigette—All these turned out beautiful and full of joi de vivre for hand drawn character animation at its most endearing. I am proud of you and think you should be proud of yourself for making something that delights and sparkles the animator’s soul within. Congratulations on making magic—not easy and never free. You have to deeply care to put that kind of love into your work. And we all feel it and respond to the sincerity. Keep going girlfriend. It was nice to work with you for a brief while.
    Mike

  • yvette kaplan

    I just saw it- my heart is soaring! Absolutely beautiful, congrats to all.

  • steve brown

    What a powerhouse collective of animation talent! Was it Frank Terry who put together the whole CalArts / Swarovski connection?

  • http://doujinshiland.blogspot.com Adam

    How incredibly charming and clever. Each kitty had so much character. I think I may need to find a way to purchase one of them.

    Theo, yes.

  • http://www.vimeo.com/user2028620 Courtland

    Thanks for all the comments everyone.
    Yes it was Frank Terry who started the relationship with Swarovski and he deserves a big thanks for making this possible.
    I also feel a little stupid because the credits only mention the Production and there was a whole period of three months where I co-created this project with Sean Jimenez at Swarovski HQ in Austria. He is also largely responsible for the success of the project.
    Our intention was to create something that not only looked stylish and fit with the Swarovski image but also had really good character animation (something I feel is missing in a lot of commercial animation). I hope we succeeded and can keep doing this sort of work, and possibly inspire others to push for better animation.
    Also I should thank Swarovski for having enough vision to try something most companies wouldn’t.

  • Destiny Wood

    Great Job everyone!

  • Antonius

    Wonderful, charming and a breath of fresh air

  • http://thallians.blogspot.com/ Thallian

    Thanks for sharing this its really well done and pretty :)