Saturday, September 30, 2006


Here's a shot from a Chilis commercial I had the pleasure of animating. The characters were disc jockeys in a radio station. They were made out of silicone rubber with wire armatures so they were not the best characters to animate. The headphones kept slipping off and their bodies were pretty slick from some kind of oil we had to use to make them look shiny. We had a great wrap party at a local Chilis restaurant when the commercial was finished and we got to eat lots of free food! They're famous for their baby back ribs and people around the studio got the theme song stuck in their heads so once in a while you'd hear somebody singing, "I want back....BABY back....BABY BACK..ribs" I guess you'd have to have been there :)


Blogger Alina Chau said...

This looks awesome!! Will have to look for this commecial on TV!

12:33 AM  
Anonymous M Flem Jr said...

Those Chilis Look Like They Would Have Been Fun To Animate. That Set Looks Awesome As Well Was It Hard For You To Get To The Puppets To Animate Them? & What Happened To All The Puppets, Props, & Set? Did The Chilis Companny Keep It All? That's A Nice Story And Free Food Is Always Nice - M Flem Jr

3:26 AM  
Blogger Tancredo said...

They look very nice, the set and the coca cola logo in the back is great. It will be cool to see some pictures of the lighting set up for this set, the lights also looks great. And by the way, what about that Van Aken clay, Tony ?

4:46 PM  
Blogger Tony Merrithew said...


I don't know if they're still running the commercial but I'll try to get a youtube of it. Thanks for the comment!


I do have some free clay for you but it seems like the shipping cost would send it over the actual value of the clay :(

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha!!!! AWESOME WORK as always! :o)

11:38 PM  
Blogger Tancredo said...

Yeah, this will be a problem... Oh, my uncle lives in Connecticut, is to much trouble to you send him the clay ? Actually he is returning to Brazil in January, so he can bring to me. Tony, if you can't do it, don't be shy to tell me, it's ok. If yes, i will send you his address via e-mail.

3:59 AM  
Blogger Tony Merrithew said...

Sure I'll send the clay to Conn. What colors do you need again and also shoot me that address (on my email).

8:48 PM  
Blogger Tancredo said...

sorry Tony, i forgot that your e-mail is in your ws, i'll look now.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Tony Merrithew said...

M flem jr~

The Chilis company didn't keep the characters in this case. I think all the sets were damaged or destroyed in the making of the commercial. The characters weren't worth keeping as they became contaminated with the oils that we had to use to make them look shiny. Sometimes the main set walls are stripped down and used for the next commercial so not much is left over.

6:05 PM  
Blogger M-Flem-Jr said...

Oh Ok Thanks Tony - M Flem Jr

7:44 PM  

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