Disney Interactive falls for Tumbleweed Tango
Tumbleweed Tango is currently the featured short on the Disney Shorts page on YouTube, where it’s racked up a quick 20,000 views in about a week:
The video is also one of the featured short videos on the Disney web site.
Released by humble this past summer, Tumbleweed Tango has already been selected for several animation and short film festivals and was a Vimeo Staff Pick. It’s been covered by the Huffington Post, Ad Age’s Creativity Magazine, 3D World, Stash and a host of other animation and film and video sites.
Tumbleweed Tango is about two love-struck balloon dogs, one male, the other female, who find themselves locked in a passionate pas de deux among the thorns and brambles of a threatening cactus patch in a new three-minute animated short titled Tumbleweed Tango. The all-CGI film was directed by the directing collective known as hydra, which consists of Sam Stephens and Christopher Mauch.
As the characters pirouette around the cactus field to a spirited tango instrumental, they get caught up in the transformative power of love. With each step, twist and turn, they turn themselves into something more than just balloon dogs. In the film’s climatic scene, their love for dance – and for each other – saves them from a perilous situation that’s gone from bad to worse.
In addition to co-directing the short, Stephens also wrote the script and performed the compositing on the project, while Mauch created the character designs and handled layout.