Thursday, July 21st, 2011 Posted by Jim Thacker

Eye candy: Defective Detective

With the 3D industry entering its pre-Siggraph lull, CG Channel takes advantage of the down time to look
back over some of the best student shorts you may have missed earlier this year. Part of a short series

Ringling College of Art and Design has provided us with some of the funniest student shorts of the past decade. (For different reasons, After You and Football Toys remain personal favourites.)

So it seems fitting that the year’s most perfectly realised comic animation, Defective Detective, comes from a duo of Ringling students, Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis.

Included in this year’s Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival, it went on to win a student Academy Award.

Clearly inspired – but not overawed – by Ratatouille (Geller has gone on to intern at Pixar), the short features a bungling sleuth, a killer blend of 2D and 3D, and some drop-dead comic timing.

Oh, and tomatoes. Lots of tomatoes.

Visit Avner Geller’s blog

Visit Stevie Lewis’s blog

Read Cartoon Brew’s article on the making of the short