motorola yeti

Earlier this week, on April 1, Motorola updated the “Boot Services” app on the Moto G and Moto X giving the two devices a brand new boot animation and also removing the “.. a Google Company” moniker. One thing I noticed when playing the boot animation was that it was all done with clay and if there’s one thing I love more than a good boot animation, it’s stop motion animation.

Motorola have given us a behind the scenes look at their stop motion boot animation including a detailed look at the UFO, Loch Ness Monster, and Sasquatch models used.

Titled their April Fool’s animation, those with a Moto G and Moto X will be able to see the three mystical creatures welcome them as they turn on their phones for the next couple of days until Motorola update the Boot Services app once more.

“With Motorola phones, we are always working to deliver highly personal experiences customized for you. And that meant starting from the very beginning: the time you start-up your phone. If you haven’t noticed, we like to change these boot-up greeting animations often to make them timely and seasonal for you.” said Motorola.

The animation took 192-frames to create and has become my personal favourite boot animation on any phone I’ve ever owned. I’ll be sad to see it go!

The boot animation, created by Kirsten Lepore, started off as three simple sketches of each character. “For this project, stop-motion was a fun choice,” animator Kirsten Lepore said. “It had a handmade feel for the canvas of the phone, and you could really develop things like fur for the Yeti. It’s always more fun when you can see small details.”

Each sketch was then made, by hand, into a puppet for the animation and then Kirsten photographed each movement, frame by frame. Kirsten also went into a little more detail about each character:

The Loch Ness Monster – 6” x 2” – “The Loch Ness Monster is very happy. He’s also playful because he sticks his tongue out as we zoom up, almost teasing the audience. The Loch Ness Monster was clay because I knew he would move a lot, and clay is very flexible.”

The Alien – 6” x 6” – “The Alien is mischievous. He smiles a little wider before he shoots his alien beam. I actually laid LEDs into the Alien ship so that he could light up, and it gave more dimension to the puppet, especially since the rest of the material was reflective.”

The Yeti – 7”-tall – “He looks tough, but he’s also kind of a scaredy cat when he gets caught in the act and runs away once the spotlight is on him. I built the Yeti more rigid because he’s more human, a little stiff, and intimidating. He chickens out in the end, so I also made him furry. I applied all the hair on him by hand. I gave him a clay face to make his face very expressive.”

I bloody love stop motion animation. I think I’m going to refuse to update the Boot Services app so I forever get to keep these three characters. Yeah, sounds like a plan.

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