The Energizer Bunny Gets ‘Bigger, Better, Bunnier’ with a Makeover from LA’s Mill+

 

By thelaegotist / / After 27 years of drumming across the screen, the Energizer Bunny is still going – and now, he’s got a whole new look. Camp+King worked with Mill+ and Director Robert Sethi to put a modernized spin on the brand in a series of CG spots for Energizer’s latest campaign, allowing the fluffy icon to fully embrace his one-of-a-kind personality with ‘Bigger, Better, Bunnier’ animation and character design. “There are few advertising icons that are as famous as the Energizer Bunny and while we kept his shape familiar, I’m excited to present him in new detail, and having him show up in more mediums,” said Camp+King Partner and CCO Roger Camp. “The executions we’ve done so far are just the beginning, as we have a bunch of new ways we’re going to be rolling out the Energizer Bunny over the next few months.” The concept was to revisit the design of the Energizer Bunny to match the progression of the brand, kicking up the animation while retaining elements of his foundation as an animatronic puppet and, most importantly, bringing more of the character’s personality to life than ever before. Mill+ set out to strike a balance between a realistic and stylized look, a process that would heighten the Energizer Bunny’s physical appearance and performance range. The VFX & Design team conducted a variety of animation tests to establish the way in which he’d move about the scene, built a brand new set of plush CG fur, and lit the character model to maintain his realism once composited into the CG environments. His range of motion was also extended to give him more room to express himself; he’s now capable of communicating everything from “Huh?” to “Rock on.” Sethi said, “This campaign allowed us to draw on all areas of the Mill+ business and deliver a complete, end-to-end solution, from conceptualizing the new design to animating, lighting and rendering. We used quite a range of skills – character design, fur grooming, texturing, compositing, character animation – to help usher the Energizer Bunny into this next phase.” AGENCY: Camp + King LAUNCH DATE: 9/26/16 WHERE DID THIS AIR? North America Partner & Chief Creative Officer: Roger Camp Partner & Chief Executive Officer: Jamie King Creative Directors: Rikesh Lal, Jesse Dillow Art Director: Cameron Twombly Copywriter: Lara Kesler Director of Content Production: Stacy McClain Senior Producer: Nicole Van Dawark Brand Director: Melissa Stavish Brand Supervisor: Roxanne Cobbs Brand Manager: Ashlie Tubb Strategy: Carlisle Hensley Production Production: Mill+ Director: Robert Sethi Editorial Editing Company: The Mill Editor: Hugo Vaughan-Hughes VFX & Design VFX & Design: The Mill Executive Producer: Pete King Senior Producer: Anastasia Von Rahl Producer: Antonio Hardy Production Coordinator: Daniel Beldy Creative Director: Robert Sethi 2D Lead Artist: Ben Smith 3D Lead Artist: Chris Bayol, Jason Monroe Animation Lead: Jacob Bergman Animators: Jeffrey Lee, Mike Di Nocco, Bridget Warrington Previz Lead: Matt Neapolitan 3D Artists: Victor Duncan, Krystal Sae Eua, Kris Kelly, Sophie Pince, Annie Zhao Rigging: Fabian Elmers Fur: Tamara Garabedian FX: Berk Hakguder Concept Artist: Lisha Tan, Sylvain Deboissey, Jamie O’Hara Designers: Helen Hsu, Patrick Kipper Storyboard Artists: Vince Wei, Tristyn Pease Title Design & Animation: MK12 Music & Sound Design: The Elements Audio Mix: Mark Meyuhas, Lime Studios BUSINESS AFFAIRS: Tricia Krasneski