Minecraft: Distilling an Emotion

October 10, 2018

Minecraft needs no introduction. With 250 million downloads and 90+ million active users it stands as one of the most popular games ever made. We were delighted to help 30 of its iconic and new creatures come to life.

In most projects Rascals animators benefit from a wide range of means for expressing nuances in characters' internal state. With Minecraft we had to forget this luxury as each character comprises of merely a handful of blocks. Don't let the simplicity fool you: Mojang's wonderful game turned out to be one of the most challenging projects our animators took part in.

We approached the missoin by observing and distilling actions and emotions down to their core so that they remain readable and fun when expressed in a minimalistic fashion.

The result pleased our partners at Mojang as well as the toughest critics we know: our kids, game's hardcore fans.

The content is slated to be released in summer 2019.

Credits:

Producer: Tom Roller
Animation Director: Markus Hammarstedt
Animator: Esteban Franco Carillo