TRICK 3D Studio director and head Chad Eickhoff, known for his holiday classic adaptation The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story, will roll out a new IP on the theme of elves and bring a new short vacation to families for the Jolliest bunch of teachers this side of the Nuthouse Shirt holiday season – The Jolliest Goblin. Short animation produced by studio TRICK 3D using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine and funded through Epic Games MegaGrant.
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Launching Thanksgiving Day on YouTube, the short film is a pilot program for a series that will introduce viewers to the creative residents of the Arctic in the first animation talent contest called “The Jolliest Elf ”. Viewers will meet with the flashy Arctic host, Mr. Jingles, and the charismatic judges of the show: Glo, Frosty and Tiny.
“The Jolliest bunch of teachers this side of the Nuthouse Shirt Christmas specials always inspire me because they have the power to bring the whole family to watch and share,” says Eckhoff. “Today, reality competition shows have the same power to engage the whole family, both amusing and memory-generating. I’m excited to combine the two and bring the action from ‘The Jolliest Elf’ stage to families everywhere. ”
Eickhoff and TRICK 3D studio is developing full episodes in collaboration with Cookbook Media, the global IP agency led by industry executives Claudia Scott-Hansen and Rob Bengal. Cookbook Media will work with the team to build The Jolliest Elf into a long-term vacation franchise through brand activation, content strategy, distribution, consumer products, and more.
“It was an emotional roller coaster ride that started production on The Jolliest bunch of teachers this side of the Nuthouse Shirt Jolliest Elf do COVID-19, but the fact that we could keep moving forward and make great energy and happiness Along the way is a testament to both the people on this project and the technologies that are making remote manufacturing a success and truly a delight, ”says Eckhoff.