Hipposterous

Jack and Lovey go on a wild adventure after a flying pygmy hippo steals their pacifier and leads them on a zoo - spanning chase!

  • John T. Hill
    Director
  • John T. Hill
    Key Cast
    “Various Voices”
  • Laura Hill
    Key Cast
    “Various Voices”
  • Jack Hill
    Key Cast
    “The Boy”
  • Lovey Hill
    Key Cast
    “The Girl”
  • Kris Tucker
    Background Color
  • Casey Stallings
    Background Color
  • Marshall Stevens
    Background Color
  • Mike Meredith
    Background Color
  • Simon Lucas Howe
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Kala Brown
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Shannisha Donnerson
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Lily Beck
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Cody Hansel
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Casey Stallings
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Kris Tucker
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Ashley Marie McKinley
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Opal Baines
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Emily Brown
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Caleb Tucker
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Toni Anderson
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Amanda Zelenak
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • David Lewis
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Ricardo Wiggins
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Glenda Bishop
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Jackob Murray
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Megan Renae Morse
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Kenneth Malone
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Haley Hunt
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Cody Wilson
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Daniel McKnight
    Inbetweener and Ink/Paint Assistant
  • Robb Wenner
    Sound Mix
  • Todd Siebert
    Sound Mix
  • Robb Wenner
    Score
  • NoiseGrass
    Musicians
  • Kyle Pudenz
    Musicians
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Student, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 24, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - John T. Hill

John Hill is a veteran of television and new media animation. He has credits in several television, video game, and online productions. Currently he is a Senior Animator at a large YouTube based property and lives and works in Houston, Texas, with his wife and son.

You can find his professional reels at:
http://www.awesometania.com

And his full CV at:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnthill/

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

Hipposterous is a loose homage to traditionally animated chase cartoons like Tom and Jerry. It is a celebration of absurdity, physical comedy, and the two children who inspired and provide voices for the film, his son Jack and niece Lovey. Hipposterous is traditionally animated on paper, colored and edited digitally. The visual style is inspired by the films of Ralph Bakshi and the "Xerox method" era of Disney features.

The film, as an MFA thesis, was also an opportunity to provide additional instruction and experience for BFA students John selected for their aptitude and interest in traditional animation. This was their first film project and John's first experience directing a short film.