A Dutch peasant family in the 12th century is given a piece of land on the marshy clay grounds to build their farm on. Will they manage to keep their feet dry?

The animation was commissioned as part of an interactive historic walk for primary school children in my hometown in the Netherlands, to depict the history and foundation of part of this town.

Comment by Dan Pasto on August 6, 2018 at 11:06am

I love the cows! Excellent tails!

Comment by StopmoNick on August 6, 2018 at 7:31pm

I love the design of the characters.  All of them, the people, the cows, the worms!  Good sets and props too.  And very well animated.  And I really like that quick shot in the night time as the peasant carries a bundle of sticks in the town.  Actually, each time I watch it, I find more to like.   

Comment by Pete Pipkins on August 7, 2018 at 1:21pm
Hi
Lovely animation, it's just so simple and peaceful, full of observational detail, it's brought a smile to many of my friends today :)
Comment by Roos Mattaar on August 8, 2018 at 9:01am

Thank you so much for all the positive comments! :)

The cows weren't the best puppets to animate, but I knew I only needed fairly limited movement from them and went with that, making the most out of their tails!

Thank you so much Nick, that means a lot. It was my first time animating 5 puppets at once (well, plus two worms in one ;) ).
I really wanted to put some evening and night time shots in there, as most of it is pretty bright daylight. It was really nice to have a shot focussing on only one puppet. Having the bundle of branches making the puppet top heavy didn't make it easier to balance him, since I made the puppets quite small and light so I could use pins as tie downs (the soil/ground surface is made from rubber kneeling pads). But it worked out in the end!

And thanks Pete, that is really lovely to hear! Brings a smile to my face too. :) 

Comment by Simon Tytherleigh on August 10, 2018 at 6:27am

Great stuff, Roos, as ever from you!

Comment by Adam Taylor on Wednesday

Nice job Roos!  The characters look great!  They remind me of Kurt Weiler's puppets.  What was your favorite part?  

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