That Monster in the Closet? It's Real.

Beautiful Animated Film Uses Familiar Childhood Fear to Illustrate Real Threat of Gun Violence

Published on Apr 09, 2014

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This beautiful film created out of Grey and directed by Hornet's Yves Geleyn tells the familiar tale of a boy afraid of the "monster in his closet." His parents assure him that his fears are unfounded. But the boy investigates for himself and unleashes a real beast that ultimately ravages him, and no doubt his entire family.

The charming storybook style of the film, replete with fanciful animation, featuring a whimsical soundtrack by Mutato Muzika's Mark Mothersbaugh and edited out of Cut+Run, serves as an effective redirect that intensifies the final, gruesome, outcome.

The film was created for States United to Prevent Gun Violence, for which Grey previously produced another shocking film, set in a run-of-the-mill office.

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Apr 09, 2014
Grey New York
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Worldwide Chief Creative Officer:
Tor Myhren
Deputy Worldwide Chief Creative Officer:
Per Pedersen
Executive Creative Director:
Rob Perillo
Executive Creative Director:
Rob Lenois
Art Director:
Evan Ortolani
Daniel Alvarez
Executive Vice President, Director, Broadcast:
Bennett McCarroll
Executive Agency Producer:
James McPherson
Agency Producer:
Zach Fleming
Yves Geleyn
Production Company:
Hornet, Inc.
Executive Producer:
Michael Feder
Head of Production:
Greg Bedard
Jan Stebbins
Joel Miller
RJ Glass
Assistant Editor:
Stephanie Andreau
Storyboard Artist:
J. Todd Anderson
Character Designer:
Oren Haskins
Background Designer:
Mark Boardman
Technical Director:
Sang-Jin Bae
Lead CG Artist and Compositor:
David Hill
CG and Compositing:
Richard Kim
Erwin Riau
Dan Fine
CG Animation:
Sean Thorpe
CG Animation:
Andrew Boccio
CG Animation:
Emily Griswold
2D Animator:
Mike Luzzi
Keelmy Carlo
Mark Pecoraro
Nivedita Sekar
Frank Summers
Animation Cleanup:
Emma Noble
Development Producer:
Kristin Labriola
Research and Development:
Arman Matin
Editorial Company:
Assistant Editor:
Tom Akey
Assistant Editor:
Stacy Peterson
Melati Pohan
Executive Producer:
Raná Martin
Mark Mothersbaugh
Music Company:
Mutato Muzika
Music Producer:
Natalie Montgomery
Music Engineer:
Bradley Denniston
Music Supervision:
Zach Pollakoff
Music/Sound Design:
Dante Desole (Vision Post)
Principal Talent:
Samantha Mathis
Principal Talent:
Anthony Arkin

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