Every Christmas we do something a bit unique that represents and challenges our studio's diverse styles and skills. In 2019 we turned to our new dedicated 2D animation studio who have created something very special.

The first 2D #BZshorts film is directed by People and Talent Coordinator, Katie Gascoyne. Our commitment to pioneering new talent and giving opportunities to ALL staff is at the heart of the shorts program. This year, there was a blind pitch where the whole company was invited to pitch an idea for the music video to Scouting for Girl’s Christmas single. Specifically, the brief asked for an “odd couple.” Katie won the blind pitch with a heart-warming pairing between Dan, a living gingerbread man, and his human girlfriend, Mandy.


Directed By: Katie Gascoyne

: Luke Allen, Jacques Gauthier

Art Direction
: Jacques Gauthier

: Andrew Scott, Jovan de Melo, Maeva Verdun, Adam Willis, Larisa Bumb, Francesco Guarini

Character Design
: Tena Galovic, Katie Gascoyne

Prop Design
: Eva Strautkalne

: Sophie Gallo

: Plamen Ananiev, Niki Kehoe, Elijah Mazur, Sonia Naqvi, Georgia Read-Smith

Background Design
: Sam Bailey, Kasia Brzezińska, Charlotte West

Background Layout
: Farhad Chams, Sebastian König, Charlotte West, Wei Wu

Background Paint: Alice Geoffriault, Lucy Munro, Niccolo Magni, Jovan De Melo Junior, Nicola Coppack, Katie Barry, Maeva Verdun

Animation Lead
: Mateus Lima

: Emilliano Alcocer, Stefanos Chrysanthou, Michael Logar, Lewis Nash, Marcelo Perin, Giulia Ranialo, Saeed Rezvani, Billy Shing, Joe Sutherland, Fernanda Valverde, Eduardo Vazquez, Elnaz Forouhari

Comp & FX
: Stuart Geddis, Millie Spouse, Jodi Henry, Tania Maccaferri

Pipeline TD
: Chris Carter

: Alec Smith

: ‘Let’s Not Go Away’ a Song by Scouting For Girls
Music & Lyrics: Roy Stride, David Freedman, Jackson Freedman

Sound Design
: John Sutherland

Exec Producer
: Oli Hyatt

: Denise Green

Production Manager
: Nikitha Mannam

Special Thanks

Tom Box
Adam Shaw
Laura Annis
Sony Music
All @ Blue Zoo

Made by Blue Zoo Animation Studios
© Blue Zoo Productions Ltd 2019

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Nicky Flemming
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