ESCAPE REALITY WITH REED + RADERMarch 11, 2013
Imagine a world, if you have the mind power to do so, where all your cuddly toys have a life of their own, each and every one possessing their own personality, their own ambition, and most importantly a very prominent role in your everyday life (Back down Woody, this isn’t your story). Such a world belongs to GIF animators Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader, the two strong team behind the quirky New York studio Reed + Radar.
With a liking for many things in life including cats, Nintendo, pizza, robots, outer space, augmented reality, pc’s and deli sandwiches, this far out pair work as professional GIF animators to create bizarre photography projects for a number of well known creative brands. An Integral part to R+R’s lifestyle is their ever growing stuffed animal family, it’s the inspiration behind many a successful project.
So in love with their fictional family, Reed and Rader decided to create an animated GIF series based on their fluffy friends for the Creators Project. The result is some damn trippy insight into an animators mind, they’re a rare breed this lot.
The Grandpas (Grandpa + Grandpa’s Brother) are brothers who are frogs. They were saved individually from Wal-Mart. Grandpa was saved first, then six months later, Grandpa’s Brother was put into a shopping cart and rescued. When Grandpa’s Brother was rescued, we realized later he was holding another frog named Me-Maw who was saved. The Wal-Mart cashier did not charge us for Me-Maw. You might think Grandpa’s Brother is a shoplifter, but instead we call him a hero for risking his life to save Me-Maw.
Big Papa is a frog and an honorary member of the “Grandpa” family. He was saved from a Duane Reade in Queens one winter. He really loves girls—that’s his main passion in life. He loves girls of all kind. He especially loves girls who kiss girls. He says many things that aren’t politically correct. Big Papa had a cameo on one episode of Battlestar Galactica—the rest of The Family now believe he’s a movie star.
Pink Luggz is a hot pink hippopotamus who floats in the air. She is part of the Fisher Price “Puffalump” family and has many brothers and sisters that are Puffalumps. She has a sister, Purple Luggz, who is an elephant. She has been dating the retired NBA Knicks hall of famer Patrick Ewing for the past few years. They have a great relationship and she enjoys texting him while he travels to events.
Mister Bear is a beloved brown teddy bear who was rescued from an Ohio rave in the 90s while wearing kandi bracelets. He’s an Olympic gold medal boxer who takes his sport very seriously. He is known for jumping off the top of the couch and body slamming anyone to show his skills.
Mister Wubba is a glorious, colourful guy who flies through the sky, brings rainbows, and shares hugs with everyone he meets. Originally known as Big Mister Puff, Mister Wubba was rescued after years in storage in Pamela’s father’s basement. He has grown to become the godfather of the family.
Do you have a stuffed toy you would like to bring alive? Tell us all about it in the comments below…