MOONDOG Animation Studio, South Carolina’s first feature film animation studio, in conjunction with the South Carolina Aquarium, has released 30 and 60 second promotional short films to highlight and promote the opening of the Aquarium’s latest interactive exhibit, Shark Shallows.
The digitally animated Shark Shallows short features a young boy, Miles, and his stuffed pet shark, Bob. Together they go on a grand adventure that starts in Miles’ bedroom and continues in an imaginary underwater playground found just beneath the surface of Miles’ bed.
Moondog Animation Studio created two promotional shorts that represent 43 hours of work per second of animation created. The project was started in October of 2014 and finished in March of 2015.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to create high-quality animation for South Carolina companies and non-profits such as the South Carolina Aquarium,” commented Bryan Ransom, CEO for MOONDOG Animation Studio. “The opportunity to work with the talented team at the Aquarium was a great experience, and we look forward to collaborating on more projects with them in the future.”
“Through the engaging characters of Miles and Bob, Moondog perfectly captured why Shark Shallows will be so popular with our guests,” said Kevin Mills, Aquarium President and CEO. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with a world class animator with the power to help us inspire millions to care about the natural world.”
Shark Shallows, the first exhibit of its type in the region, will literally bring fingers to fins with sharks and rays. Guests of all ages will be able to touch sharks and rays in an innovative outdoor exhibit against the beautiful backdrop of the Charleston harbor. The experience will teach visitors about the importance of the ocean’s top predator, sharks, and what they can do to protect this greatly misunderstood species. From Aquarium experts communicating with visitors in daily shows, to interactive education elements around the exhibit, Shark Shallows will dispel widespread rumors about sharks and encourage visitors to advocate for the conservation of these animals in the wild. The animals that will inhabit Shark Shallows include bonnethead and nurse sharks as well as cownose rays and southern stingrays. Each animal serves as an ambassador for their species and are found right off the South Carolina coast.