With winter around the corner and hedgehog numbers in rapid decline in the UK, animator Kris Hoffman has created a stunning, mixed-media film for Wildlife Aid to help support the species. Rather than confronting viewers with disturbing imagery, the charming short showcases the plight of Harry, an impossibly cute urban hedgehog.
Prop designer Joe James crafted the paper hedgehog puppet, while illustrator Sandra Dieckmann drew Harry’s world, injecting magic through intricate detail and beautiful texture. Hoffman’s job was to map Dieckmann’s drawings onto the card-based environments, marrying the flat, 2D designs with James’ 3D puppet to create a cohesive visual language.
“The aim was simply to make it as pretty and charming as we possibly could to get people’s attention,” Hoffman explains. “How could you not want to look at Harry, when he is so dashing?”
“I care about the message of the film and Wildife Aid’s work very much,” she adds. “It’s great to see that the animation has the potential to get others to care too and help the charity.”
The rest of Hoffman’s work is equally impressive – head over to her portfolio site to see more stunning animation and print projects.