DIRECTION, ART DIRECTION AND ANIMATION FOR THE OPENING TITLES / RE-DESIGN OF THE MAIN CAST / CHARACTER DESIGN (ABOUT 300 CHARACTERS) / PROP DESIGN / ANIMATED SEQUENCES PER EPISODE.
CLIENT: ÁNIMA ESTUDIOS
The extended intro gives the audience hints to catch each character’s personality, with character title cards inspired on the style of posters from the classic Mexican cinema of the 50’s. The opening credits and theme song capture the mystery- adventure spirit that Ánima Estudios wanted for their show.
The first challenge for us was to re-design the main cast of characters from the existing feature films and adapt them for mainstream audiences and television. Character design draws its inspiration from the famous Hanna Barbera character designer: Ed Benedict, who used curves against straight lines to stylize shapes.
Like any travel show, Legend Quest features a great amount of cultures, so for each episode the team of artists had to do a bit of research on how objects looked according to the places and time periods Leo and his friends visited.
Most of the episodes required some explaining regarding the backstory of a monster. These were very exciting to do since we got to make each one of them in a different visual style, like japanese watercolour style paintings, american 18th century engravings and ancient greek vase mosaics.