Welcome to the future on ice. We made this short film for Barneys’ 2015 holiday window. Arctic Chase mixes classic anime, CG, and glitch into an insane race through an arctic world. Daredevil penguins, Low G racers with anger management issues, monster race announcers, robot submarine captains, cyborg Yeti – and more – crowd into a wild race that threads through futuristic cities, ice caverns, and under the frozen sea.
Less a coherent story and more a lost trailer for some forgotten 97 part series, Arctic Chase is our scrambled love letter to classic racing anime. We were lucky to collaborate with Gary Gerding, who built an amazing translucent slot car track on which 3D prints of our three crystal-embellished heroes race each other.
Barneys was a great partner: Creative Director Dennis Freedman and VP of Windows and Exteriors Matthew Mazzucca were incredible, supportive champions of the project.
Check it out this holiday season at Barneys New York and Barneys Los Angeles.
Representation: The Meta Agency Director: Elliot Kealoha Blanchard Concept Art/Design/Illustration: Tom Lintern, Elliot Kealoha Blanchard Animation: Daniel Semanas, Paulo Stoker, Lucas Fiacadori, Csaba Bárdos, Ildi Czipa, Bea Ujj, Quentin Cordonnier, Mehdi Aouchaoui, Rene Alexa, Shenira, Kriszta Bakos, Nikol Papp, Oliver Solymari, Karoly Seiner, Elliot Kealoha Blanchard 3D Modeling/rigging: Szabolcs Sinka Music and Sound Design: Amnon Freidlin Editor: Ryan Powell Storyboards: Debi Hammack