Animation Spotlight: Big Buck Bunny
Seven months in Amsterdam, a very fat rabbit, and some really, really mean rodents.
By Maria Popova
In October 2007, the Blender Foundation decided to invite seven of the world’s best 3D animators to Amsterdam, where the team was to spend 7 months collaborating on a short film licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.
Dubbed the Peach Open Movie Project, the effort resulted in Big Buck Bunny — a delightful animation showcasing both world-class talent and the ability to create phenomenal content through collaboration.
So if you’re a believer in this kind of idea propagation, do scroll down to the bottom of this page an make a modest PayPal donation.
Meanwhile, the film is also available to download in a variety of free formats. Or, you can buy the DVD, which includes a number of super sweet extras besides the HD film — the original script and story files, all models and textures used to animate the characters, commentary tracks by the animators themselves, and more.
Here’s to the power of creative collaboration.
Published January 23, 2009