If you ever had someone in your life that easily dismissed animation as nothing more than 'cartoons for kids' and thus incapable of conveying any deep thought or meaning for adults? Then just point them to the BORN FREE FOUNDATION & Zombie Studio's animated video 'The Bitter Bond' as exhibit 'A' for how wrong they are.
When the BORN FREE FOUNDATION wanted the best possible way to bring attention to the real circle of life for most lions in South Africa they turned to Brazilian based animation studio, Zombie Studio. The end result is, in my opinion, one of the most heartbreaking, tragic and beautifully animated shorts I have seen, giving some of Pixar's own shorts a run for their money. But, more importantly, it did its job perfectly as this two minute animated video did more than any written article could in conveying just how important is the fight against the cruel practice of canned hunting and captive breeding of animals in Africa. It's an excellent advert for how powerful a role Animation could play on political and socio-cultural matters in our society. Take a look at the short for yourself below:
And if you want to sign the petition to ensure South Africa’s lions are born free and stay wild, you can do so here: http://bornfree.org.uk/bitter-bond
More About The BORN FREE FOUNDATION
We work tirelessly to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs. As a leading wildlife charity, we oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong - in the wild.
We promote Compassionate Conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals. We seek to have a positive impact on animals in the wild and protect their ecosystems in perpetuity, for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world.
More About Zombie Studio
A fitting name for a studio specialising in character creation. And not just any characters. Zombie Studio’s CGI creations astound with their almost lifelike realism, while at the same time being comically grotesque and exaggerated. Working in CGI, all their work is characterised (no pun intended) by an amazing attention to detail.
On film animation couldn’t be different. Besides the unique quality of the craft,
Zombie adds the storytelling to bring all kinds of emotions to touch the consumer’s heart. Whether it comes from advertising or entertainment.
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Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.