Family Bonds tells the story of the little fox Hugo and his unconventional family to which love is more important than heritage. This was my graduation project at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg.
The little fox Hugo has a happy family, but it’s a bit unsual - his parents are geese. They live an harmonic life until one day Hugo discovers a grown fox attacking another goose. This results into the most challenging and difficult situation our little patchwork-family has to overcome before Hugo ultimately finds out who he really is and that family is a feeling and not a matter of heritage.
This 2D animated short is about family and unconditional love. With its illustrative and playful design it shows us the world from little Hugo's point of view and guides us through an emotional journey alongside him.
rough animation - cleanup - coloring - compositing
Because the story we're telling in "Family Bonds" is directed at children, I wanted the character designs to be very simple but still lovable. While designing our protagonists I also kept in mind that they had to be efficient for the animators to work with, not too many little details that had to be drawn every frame. They are all based on simple shapes, that give our heroes the personality they need but are easy to understand and translate into movement.