Tutor review: The Bear and the Hare

11.19.2013

2D Animation Tutors Dane Jacobs & Frans Schendelaar review John Lewis animation short 'The Bear and the Hare'.

John Lewis celebrates Christmas this year with this beautiful, 2D animated fable simply titled, “The Bear & The Hare”.

Everything is done to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia. The creator’s taken great pains to hand-craft the film using a mixture of classical pencil-on-paper animation, miniature model sets and stop-motion practical effects: a visual combination that transports the audience to a past era when such traditional techniques were commonplace, and Christmas somehow meant more to us.

John-Lewis-Christmas-2013-advert-The-Bear-The-Hare.jpgEven younger audiences can reminisce, as the musical backing (Lily Allen’s cover version of the 2004 single “Somewhere only we know” by Keane) presents a distant yet familiar melody.

It’s rare that a film can pull the heart strings so powerfully, let alone in only two minutes. The film captures a certain level of emotional story telling that is sorely missing from today’s television and cinema screens.

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Animation College was also lucky enough to speak to Ex-Disney animator and creative guru Aaron Blaise about his experience working on the project:

"It was an absolute thrill to not only be animating on paper again (on the same desk I animated on for many Disney classics by the way like Lion King, Aladdin and Mulan) but to be doing it with my old colleagues from my old Disney days was a dream come true! I believe the commercial came out better for it!"

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Watch below to see the intricate making of this masterpiece. 


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