Calabash Animation’s Latest Short Film, ‘’Botnik,’’ Hits Film Festival Circuit


Award-Winning Company Also Adds Animation Sales & Marketing Specialist Ice Tea Productions

Last Updated: September 11, 2008 5:13 pm GMT
(Chicago, Illinois--September 11, 2008) Calabash Animation, the award-winning animation studio led Sean Henry, Executive Producer, and Wayne Brejcha, Creative Director, has completed work of its latest animated short film, ‘'Botnik,’’ which premiered at the Rhode Island Film Festival, Providence, RI (August 5-10), followed by a screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA (August 21-27).

The trailer for the film is available at the company’s website:

Directed and written by Calabash’s Jacqueline Smessaert Brennan, ‘’Botnik’’ is a ten-minute cel/digital animated short that tells the story of a frustrated wannabe artist who longs to make the scene with resident hipsters and win the heart of a beautiful beatnik girl. Thwarted by a crushing combination of creative block and pressure to produce, he retreats to his retro-laboratory and emerges with the solution: a gleaming robot artist programmed to create the ultimate art show.

According to Calabash Creative Director Wayne Brejcha, ‘’Botnik’’ represents the company’s most ambitious film to date and came about thanks to its own internal film program that encourages staff animators to submit film ideas with the best one being produced. The program began in 2001 and was an immediate success with its first short, ‘’Stubble Trouble,’’ receiving a 2002 Academy Award nomination. Since then the company has produced five animated shorts, all of which are available on the company’s website.

‘’We are extremely proud of ‘Botnik,’ both from a creative and an execution standpoint,’’ said Brejcha. ‘’It’s complex in terms of the story and animation technique, and we look forward to sharing it with the world on the film festival circuit and beyond.’’

Ice Tea Represents Calabash
Calabash Animation has named Ice Tea Productions, New York, which specializes in animation and special effects, as their new East Coast sales representative.

''I've known and competed against Calabash for many years. I remember feeling jealous about the 'Trix/Got Milk' spot, angry that I didn't do the 'Mastercard' piece and smiled when 'Stubble Trouble' was nominated for an Academy Award,'' Rich Durkin, Ice Tea founder/president said. ''One of the advantages of being in this business for over 20 years is that you realize you only want to work with creative, honest people that are willing to grow professionally.''

Adds Calabash Executive Producer, Sean Henry, ''Rich has helped us focus our efforts and set new creative and financial goals. We have established a whole new strategic outlook under his guidance and look forward to working with him to further build the Calabash brand.''

About Calabash Animation:
Led by Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and Executive Producer Sean Henry, Calabash Animation, Inc. ( is the Chicago, IL-based animation production studio, known for its award-winning cel, 3D and stop-motion animation for the advertising and entertainment industries. Calabash Animation is perhaps best known for their creative development of some of America’s most beloved brand icons. In addition to working on some of today’s top advertising the company has also produced several acclaimed short films. It’s 2002 short ‘’Stubble Trouble’’ was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. Its most recent “Botnik” will hit the festival circuit in Fall 2008.

Web Resources:
Click here to view the trailer for Calabash’s short ‘Botnik’

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Click here to visit the ‘Botnik’ MySpace page

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