But Radom's article covered the direct inspiration for my stop motion Bird, the 1966 Swinging Bird. And to my surprise, this Bird was designed by Disney animator Paul Carlson. Maybe I'm being sappy here, but I like the fact that the Oriole Bird that inspired my Orioles animation was designed by another Los Angeles animator. (But make no mistake, my blood runs orange and black.)
Anyway, on to the 2014 animation!
2010 brought the original stop motion Bird animation. 2013 brought Oriole Park at Cardboard Yards set into the mix. For 2014, I wanted to animate more things that the costumed Orioles mascot couldn't do in real life: wardrobe changes, stunts, different environments, and crazy vehicles.
As with the previous Orioles stop motion animation, I collaborated with John Sumner who created all of the incredible sets and the majority of the props. (Although I did get in on some of the prop-building this year!) Costumes were all created by Season Mustful who really brought her A-game on this!
The first new animation of 2014 was a new Home Run train. The Orioles used to actually have an old animation of The Bird conducting a train for home runs that they showed on the old dot-matrix scoreboard in the 90s. Not sure if anyone else remembers this, but I wanted to do an updated version of it.
Here are some photos of the animation in its native environment:
The second animation played with a simple pun. Get it?
In the third animation, The Bird finally got to leave the confines of Oriole Park, dressed as a daredevil similar to Evel Knievel.
For the final animation of the season, I wanted to do a "Make Some Noise!" spot. What could be louder than a construction worker with a jackhammer? (Answer: Orioles fans in October baseball.) Funny enough, there was some jackhammering going on outside of my studio as I was animating this!
Thanks to all the great people at Orioles Productions for being awesome!