Meet The Freshsters
We were comissioned by Corus Tempo to create a fun series of six second spots for Joe Fresh's "Freshters" brand. The goal was to create these quick introductory pieces that gave the viewers a small taste of Marcus, Emma, Sophie, Jack, Sebastian and Claire ("The Freshsters"). With each spot we were tasked with highlighting the various personalities of each character by incorporating their interests into an engaging, visual, and imaginative manner. The video player above showcases our favorite design and approach. The final spots that went to broadcast had an alternate look that was brighter and more simplified. The following stills showcase this approach that went to air.
Our approach involved taking existing illustrated character artwork and pairing them with custom backgrounds comprised of photographic and hand drawn elements. We then breathed life into the characters and backgrounds using various 2D animation techniques. Because each spot is so short, we had to find clever and visually interesting ways to incorporate as much of the character's personality into each singular composition.
Our process involved meticulously scouring through photographic elements that we could treat and use a part of the backdrop for each character. We experimented with different design and layout ideas as well as different color palettes and textures. We found that keeping the environments rich in detail, but simple in terms of overall movement allowed the viewers to take in the entire composition in a cohesive manner, while still getting to experience a little bit of each character's unique physical traits. We focused first on the characters themselves, breaking down each illustration into individual pieces that would get animated separately, from an arm swinging a drum stick, down to a wrinkle of a nose. We wanted to bring as much life into these characters as possible, without making it feel too over-the-top cartoony. We then moved into the backdrops where we experimented and auditioned different compositions and placements of all the background elements.
Client: Joe Fresh
Agency: Corus / Tempo
Producer: Anna Junger
Animation Creative Director: Alon Isocianu
Animators: Jullian Ablaza, Janet Mac, Alon Isocianu