Nucco Brain worked with World Animal Protection to raise awareness of the cruel elephant riding industry and its harmful effects on the animals.
Nucco Brain worked with World Animal Protection to raise awareness of the inhumane elephant riding industry
and its harmful effects on these highly intelligent animals. Across Asia, elephants are abused so that tourists
can ride them. Now, this cruel industry is spreading in Southern Africa.
Although elephants ridden by tourists in Asia and Southern Africa may seem tranquil, they have in fact been separated
from their families and brutalised into passiveness. We wanted to create a short film that would highlight the plight
of these majestic animals in captivity. Our film was created in a striking visual style that uses silhouettes and fluid
watercolour transitions to describe the life of a baby elephant, orphaned and imprisoned by poachers.
We wanted to avoid showing explicit acts of violence, instead allowing the imaginations of our viewers to fill in the gaps. We also used colour to depict fear and loss of innocence: our elephant’s life in the jungle is bright and vibrant, whereas in captivity it is reared among dark and ominous shadows. We wanted our audience to fully empathise with his misery, blurring the lines between human and animal emotions. We are immensely touched to have been asked to work on this project, and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved in partnership with World Animal Protection. We hope that our involvement can help to end this barbaric practice.
– Colette Collins, Deputy Director of Communications at World Animal Protection
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Director – Pedro Allevato
Creative Producer/Animation Supervisor – Stefano Marrone
Producer & Project Manager – Sally Guelfi
Concept Artist – Ludivine Berthouloux and Valorize
Lead Animator – Chris Hilton
2D Animation – Ludivine Berthouloux
Sound Designer – Pindrop