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- Release Date: June 1, 2012
- Running Time: 2 min.
- MPAA Rating: G
- Director: Andrew Bermudez
- Producer: Paval Vogler
- Writer: Andrew Bermudez
WARNING: This section contains spoilers. Skip to the next section if you do not want to find out what happens.
Out in the arctic, an ice fisherman is patiently waiting with his fishing line in a hole in the ice when he feels a tug. Reeling the line, he is happy to have snagged a fish. He unhooks the fish, then sets it on the snow so he can put away his fishing line. However, when he reaches back for the fish, he sees that a polar bear has taken it. Enraged, the ice fisherman gives pursuit.
Some distance away, the polar bear turns toward his pursuer and, in an act of malice, swallows the fish whole. However, clinging onto life, the fish yanks the polar bear's mouth open, jumps out, and runs away. Both the ice fisherman and polar bear pursue the fish. Out on the coastline, the fish makes a head dive into the ocean. The polar bear and the ice fisherman try to jump at it, but end up hitting into each other and falling back.
Later in the day, the ice fisherman, upset with the loss, pulls a pizza out of his lunchbox, but then notices the polar bear's sorrowful expression. Out of kindness, the ice fisherman shares his pizza. The polar bear is comforted by this move, who then shares his soft drink with the ice fisherman. They enjoy the rest of the evening as friends.
The film was created for MEA 109, Storyboarding and Story Development, at College of the Canyons as a part animation, part animatic project. The idea to include the ice fisherman collectible minifigure came from several fan responses to Freddy and Joey in Corn Farm, asking when Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s next brickfilm would be. Originally, the entire film was going to be stop-motion animation, but the animals were changed to traditional animation when director Andrew Bermudez realized that there was no other way to get the needed expressions out of the polar bear.
The film was officially announced on October 8, 2011 on the Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Press Room, with an original release aimed for December 9th. However, when problems began to plague the traditional animation portion of the film, it had to be delayed indefinently. The film was finished as part of MEA 295, Professional Practices/Portfolio, at College of the Canyons, and premiered on the last day of class, May 25, 2012.
The film was finally released on June 1, 2012 to much critical acclaim. Some have even called it Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s best short film, marking a breakthrough for the creators, as it is one of the first attempts to combine a stop motion animation brickfilm with traditional animation.
- Andrew Bermudez - Creator, Director, Writer, Animator, Editor
- Teresa Bermudez - Assistant Director, Adviser
- Paval Vogler - Teacher (MEA 109), Producer, Adviser
- David Nordstrom - Teacher (MEA 295), Adviser
- This is widely considered to be one of the first brickfilms to include charcters that were completely animated on paper.
- This is the only school-assigned animation project by Mustache Maniacs Film Co. that spanned two classes.
- In the original script, the ice fisherman was going to deal with the LEGO Arctic Research Team who was disturbing his peace and quiet. The current story stemmed from the ending gag, where the polar bear stole his fish.
- While the stop-motion animation part of the film was completed over two days, the traditional animation took 7 months to complete. This was partly due to a few technical difficulties.