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MFA thesis animation by Susana Acosta made between 1997 and 2000.
Made on a purple SGI Indigo 2 at the CalArts F-105 SGI Lab.

*Made before HD so please excuse the low resolution.

“Ooops!” is the story of an obsessive-compulsive little girl (Licha) who loves cleanliness.  Her obsessive habit made her “overclean” everything, including her puppy (Firus).  This time she tells her new neighbor (Frida) the story of her little puppy during a tea party with her and some previous victims of her obsession (Licha’s stuffed toys).

This animation is a reflection on how habits and behaviors are unconsciously passed down from parents to children.  I was trying to show how sometimes we may pass on behaviors that do more harm than help without meaning to because we just simply do not know any better or we aren’t aware. The primary story is based on one I heard in Mexico when I was growing up (“Yo tenía pollito – pollito se ensució”), the underlying meaning is based on my life’s experience and observation.

I have much respect for and love of Mexican folk art so I designed this piece in this manner as a way to honor the amazing folk artists of Mexico who spend their entire life perfecting folk art and who sell their amazing work at very low cost in order to survive poverty.  The story takes place in Mexico City (where I was raised).

The story, design, models, textures, rigging, lighting, and animation, entirely made by me in a period of 3 years at the California Institute of the Arts (it was my MFA thesis for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media) with a partial scholarship from the Programa de Apoyo para Estudios en el Extranjero from FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes).

View Selected Wireframes

Film Festivals & Screenings:

7th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
Egyptian Theater, Hollywood, CA. 2003.

Ajijic Festival de Cine Internacional, Jalisco, Mexico. 2002.

Mostra Internacional de Cinema d’Animació de Catalunya, Spain. 2002.

Next Frame Film Festival, Temple University. 2001.

Cineteca Nacional, Mexico, Nov. 2001.

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, N. Hollywood, CA. 2001.

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. 2001.


Claudia Jaime – Licha’s voice
Laura Fuentevilla – Frida’s voice
Susana Mondragón – Licha’s Mother’s voice

Music – John Hawk and Kasandra Woodring
Written, directed, produced and animated by Susana Acosta-Mondragón
Modeling, Lighting, Rigging, Animation, Rendering and DAC by Susana too.

Softimage, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere

SGI, Mac OS9, Windows NT & XP

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