An Afternoon at the Zoo is a short animation created for Intro to Animation class at College of the Canyons and in collaboration with CarTOON Shack. It features rude zoo guests taunting chimps, who get their revenge.

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Film Details Edit

  • Release Date: June 3, 2011
  • Running Time: 2 min.
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Director: Raul Flores
  • Producer: Pavel Vogler
  • Writer: Raul Flores

Plot Summary Edit

WARNING: This section contains spoilers. If you do not want to find out what happens, skip to the next section.

The film starts with a view of the entrance to the World-Famous Budget Zoo, where some giraffes peer over the entrance. Going inside, a family of three chimpanzees mind their own business when three obese zoo guests walk up to their cage. Making monkey noises, the family taunts the chimps with hoots and hollers. The dad grabs a cookie, attracting the youngest chimp's attention, and throws it, hitting the infant chimp square in the forehead. The rude family laughs as the chimpanzees weep.

Through the power of magic and imagination, the chimpanzees wake up outside their cage. The rude family, now inside the cage, is startled to find themselves trapped inside this literal animal prison. Begging to be let out, the chimps simply smile, pick up some cookies, and walk away, enjoying the rest of the zoo.

Production History Edit

In the middle of spring 2011, the final assignment for Intro to Animation was handed out: create a full, team-created, short animation. Every student pitched an idea, the likes of which included Freddy and Joey in the Duck and the Strawberries. While that film was ultimately cancelled, another production pitched by Raul Flores, then titled A Day at the Zoo, quickly gained popularity and support.

The film, with its current name, was announced on May 13, 2011, the exact same day that Freddy and Joey in the Duck and the Strawberries was cancelled. From there, work was focused on getting the film completed, with director Raul Flores animating the rude family, Megumi Tenaka animating the chimpanzees, and Andrew Bermudez animating the extra animals and zoo guests. Assistants Tyler Shaffer and Weird Mike Karle assisted with editing.

The film premiered in class on June 2, 2011 and was well received for its humorous take on the realm of man vs. animal. The film was then officially released to the world on June 3, 2011.

Audience Reception Edit

It is not marked as being one of Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s most popular films, but audiences that have seen it love this film. This popularity sparked the development of the flash game Zoo Flight, but this game has since been cancelled.

Mistakes Edit

  • Continuity Error: At the beginning of the film, the chimps' cage is surrounded by other zoo exhibits. However, at the end of the film, the same cage is surrounded by trees and bushes, with no other exhibits in sight.

Characters Edit

Credits Edit

Trivia Edit

  • This animation is loosely based on a true event that Raul Flores witnessed at the San Diego Zoo.
  • While Raul Flores had some designs for the chimpanzees, Megumi's design was selected because of the sympathy it evoked.
  • In TLFScarheart's entry for the Crazy Birthday E-Card Contest, she references this film.
  • In the original storyboards, the chimpanzees were going to throw cookies at the rude family. It is unknown why this scene was cut out.


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