Oktapodi is a madcap tale of love, loss and seafood. The stunning cgi animation and fantastic timing brought the spot to the attention of the Oscar judges, gaining it a coveted best animated short nomination.


Year after year Ringling College’s Computer Animation Department produce students whose quality of work stands comparison with experienced industry professionals. This graduate film from their class of 2013 is no exception.



“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

First, full disclosure, I mostly share stuff other people have worked on, things are a bit different on this occasion. Pablo was a series developed and conceived by Dan Berlinka and myself. It still feels a very personal piece, and despite being few years old now, has a big place in our hearts. We developed the series with the amazingly talented animator Siri Melchior. The enchanting music was composed by Tanera Dawkins. This animation sample is a short extract, but should give you a pretty good idea of what we had in mind. The whole thing came very close to being produced as a series and everyone involved still hasn’t given up hope that one day they might turn on the TV and see the series playing on Cbeebies or Disney Junior! Well, we can but dream! Anyway, take a look and please tell us what you think. Oh and we’re looking for other neglected or forgotten animations to spotlight, so if you worked on something that you think deserves another look let us know.