Big Chicken Small Movie to Life for KFC

https://youtu.be/RA0hHVK2DvM

I grew up in Marietta, GA and know the big Chicken Landmark well... so, I had to post this.


The Big Chicken, landmark extraordinaire and the pride of Marietta, Georgia, reopened on May 11, 2017. To honor the Big Chicken's return, we made a movie. Now, without further ado, KFC Films presents Big Chicken. Small Movie.

A new animated short, Big Chicken Small Movie, pays homage to Marietta, GA’s beloved 56-foot-tall steel fowl. In the film, a young boy who’s a bit of an outcast finds a friend in the gigantic steel chicken, and they go on an adventure in North Georgia.

For KFC franchisee owner and VP of marketing for KBP Foods Anthony Gianino, the film marks the culmination of an exciting project. The beloved “Big Chicken” KFC restaurant reopened to the public May 11 following a $2.2 million renovation.

“The Big Chicken has been a local pop culture icon since 1963. There was a board game in the 70s and for years the Marietta History Museum’s most popular souvenirs have been Big Chicken shirts, ornaments and even bird houses. On New Year’s Eve, Marietta doesn’t drop a disco ball, they drop a Big Chicken,” said Gianino. “And, now, there’s Big Chicken Small Movie -- a sweet celebration of a Georgia town and a giant steel chicken.”

From the beginning, the intention was to make this film as Atlanta-focused as possible. The creative team from Wieden+Kennedy Portland, KFC’s creative agency, is from the Atlanta-area, and Atlanta-based animation studio Awesome Inc was tapped to bring the short film to life.

“We were so excited when W+K reached out to us about the Big Chicken project,” said Awesome Inc founder/EP Ashley Kohler. “As a native Atlantan, I’ve grown up knowing and loving the giant KFC icon. Having this opportunity to work with a world-class agency on a local symbol, something dear to our hearts, was like winning the lottery. We can’t say enough about how collaborative, kind, and supportive W+K has been, how incredible the people we’ve met from KFC were, or how beautiful the renovation is at the franchise. We hope everyone gets a chance to see it at some point!”

For Awesome Inc, known for its TV and commercial work, Big Chicken Small Movie was the perfect blend of interests and the opportunity to honor the local monument in a charming, design-driven tale of friendship that launched on Sunday, August 6: National Friendship Day.

“I remember the first time I saw the big chicken. I was driving around Marietta doing errands and wham! There it was. I thought it was so amazing that I stopped to take a photo and post to my Instagram,” Awesome’s design director, Craig Sheldon, shared. “It’s been really fun and an honor to work on a short revolving around this iconic piece of Atlanta history. Wieden+Kennedy had a really inspiring vision for the project and it’s been a joy collaborating with them throughout the process.”


The Story of Zero - Getting Something from Nothing

What is zero? How did it come about? Hannah Fry tells the story of how zero went from nothing to something.

Once upon a time, zero wasn’t really a number. Its journey to the fully fledged number we know and love today was a meandering one. Today, zero is both a placeholder, and tool, within our number system signifying an absence of a value, and as a number in its own right.

But it wasn’t always seen as that, and it still doesn’t act quite like other numbers. Can you divide by zero, for example? Hannah Fry explains how zero came about, from its origins in ancient civilisations, through the resistance it faced from the Roman numeral system, to being the cornerstone of calculus.

Animated by Andrew Khosravani - vimeo.com/andykhosravani


A List Of Animated Features Currently In Development From Cartoon Brew

The list is not entirely accurate, but seems to be the only one of it's kind out there.

Alcon Entertainment
  • Darkmouth (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Directors: David Pimentel, Doug Sweetland
    Writer: Lloyd Taylor
    Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove (Alcon), Simon Brooks (Canyon Creek Films), Kira Davis (8:38 Productions), Craig Peck
Amazon Studios
  • Emily the Strange (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Creator: Rob Reger
Columbia/Sony Pictures
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Shannon Tindle (creator of Kubo and the Two Strings)
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Michael Rianda (creative director, Gravity Falls)
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Jon Saunders (commercial director, Passion Pictures)
  • Vivo (more)
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Kirk DeMicco (co-director, Croods; director, Space Chimps)
    Writer: Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights)
    Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Sony Pictures/Marza Animation Planet)
    Executive producer: Tim Miller (Deadpool, Blur Studio co-founder)
    Director: Jeff Fowler, (Gopher Broke)
  • Untitled Angry Birds Sequel (more)
    In development – cg feature (Columbia Pictures/Rovio)
    Director: Thurop van Orman (creator, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack)
    Co-director: John Rice (supervising director, King of the Hill)
Dreamworks Animation
  • Scary Jack
    In development – cg feature
    Writer: Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum)
    Producer: Damon Ross (development executive, Captain Underpants: The First Movie, Troll, Turbo)
Fox
  • Escape From Hat
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mark Osborne (director, The Little Prince; co-director, Kung Fu Panda)
    Writers: Adam Kline, Mark Osborne
  • Puff the Magic Dragon (more)
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mike Mitchell (director, Trolls, Sky High)
  • The Dam Keeper
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Directors: Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi
    Writer: John Henry Hinkel
    Producer: Kane Lee
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
  • The Girl Who Drank The Moon
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Kelly Barnhill
    Writer: Marc Haimes (Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona)
    Producers: Carlos Saldanha, Maresa Pullman
  • The Memory Thief
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Producers: Perrin Chiles, Marshall Lewy (Adaptive Studios), Shawn Levy, Dan Levine (21 Laps)
  • The Witch Boy
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Molly Knox Ostertag
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
  • With Kind Regards from Kindergarten
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Writers: Adam Kline
  • Zita the Spacegirl
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation/Chernin Entertainment)
    Creator: Ben Hatke
    Writers: Morgan Jurgenson (Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil), Alex Ankeles
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
Illumination Entertainment
  • Johnny Express (more)
    In development – cg feature (Illumination/Mofac Alfred)
    Creator: Kyungmin Woo
Paramount Pictures
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid
    Creator: Norman Bridwell
    Writer: Justin Malen (Bastards)
Skydance Media
  • Luck (more)
    In development – cg feature (lion Animation Studios)
    Director: Alessandro Carloni (co-director, Kung Fu Panda 3)
  • Split (more)
    In development – cg feature (lion Animation Studios)
    Director: Vicky Jenson (co-director, Shrek, Shark Tale)
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

These studios only announce films targeted for or already in production, but no longer make their development slate public.

Warner Bros.
  • Bone (more)
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros./Animal Logic)
    Director: Mark Osborne (director, The Little Prince; co-director, Kung Fu Panda)
    Creator: Jeff Smith
    Writers: Adam Kline, Mark Osborne
    Executive producers: Mark Bauch (Lin Pictures), Mark Osborne
    Producers: Dan Lin (Lin Pictures), Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic)
  • Billion Brick Race
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros./Animal Logic)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
  • Space Jam 2
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid
    Director: Justin Lin (director on The Fast and the Furious franchise)
Independent Studio Productions
  • Bubbles (more)
    In development – stop-motion feature (Starburns Industries)
    Directors: Mark Gustafson, Taika Waititi
    Writer: Isaac Adamson
    Executive producer: Isaac Adamson, Lee Stobby
    Producers: Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak (End Cue), Dan Harmon (Starburns Industries)
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Branded Pictures Entertainment)
    Writer: David Bowers, Brian Sawyer, Gregg Rossen
  • Kung Fu Space Punch (more)
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
    Writer: Doug Langdale
  • Pet Robots
    Pre-production – cg feature (Blue Dream Studios)
    Director: Scott Christian Sava (Animal Crackers)
    Writers: Scott Christian Sava, Audry Taylor, David Wise
    Art director: Armand Serrano (visual development artist, Zootopia, Big Hero Six)
  • The Book of Life 2
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)