"There's a Monster in My Kitchen" "There's a Monster in My Kitchen"

Wolfwalkers has found its companion piece. Cartoon Saloon, the Irish studio behind the forthcoming fantasy feature, has animated a spot for environmental NGO Greenpeace that addresses the impact of industrial meat production.

“There’s a Monster in My Kitchen” draws attention to deforestation in Brazil and across the world, slotting neatly into the studio’s canon of ecological works. The short film was produced with creative agency Mother and backed by Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday campaign. Watch it below:

In the spot, a young boy is about to tuck into some chicken when he is confronted by a jaguar, who proceeds to tell him about the damage meat farming is wreaking on his habitat. The film accompanies new research by Greenpeace which shows that around 87,500 square miles of territory in Brazil — an area roughly the size of Minnesota — had burned up this year by the end of September.

The subject matter echoes Wolfwalkers, which depicts another case of deforestation, but in a very different time and place: Ireland in the mid-17th century. The spot will be screened before the feature in theaters in some territories.

“There’s a Monster in My Kitchen” was directed by Tomm Moore, co-founder of Cartoon Saloon and director of Wolfwalkers, and Fabian Erlingäuser, animation director on the studio’s Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner. Moore and storyboard artist Iker Maidagan have been sharing development materials for the ad on Twitter:

Credits
Client: Greenpeace UK
Creative: Mother
Strategy: Mother
Animation: Cartoon Saloon
Directors: Tomm Moore and Fabian Erlinghäuser
Coordination: Nicole Storck
Art direction : Maria Pareja
Storyboards: Iker Madigan
Design: Maria Pareja and Federico Pirovano
Backgrounds: Maria Pareja and Ludo Gavillet
Animation: Emmanuel Asquier Brassart, Laurent Kircher and Fabian Erlinghauser
Clean animation: Herbie Cans, Darragh Herlihy, Marie Post Riggelsen, Alice Guzzo, Fraser Thomson and Gaia Ruggenini
Ink & Paint: Cal Mcloughlin and Helena Melin
Compositing: Serge Ume, Morgan Fontana and Benjamin Zurstassen
Edit: Alan Slattery at Cartoon Saloon
Post: Coffee & TV
Sound: 750mph
Score Composer: Bruno Coulais
Score performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
VO: Wagner Moura

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