We love this city, the Chicago Cubs and the winter holidays. So the chance to make an animated greeting card for the Cubs to send out was a big fat sugarplum of a treat for us.
Soaking the greeting with the sweetest holiday sentiment, we went iconic all the way, giving the piece a Rankin/Bass stop-action animation look charming enough to melt even the Winter Warlock’s heart.
Sparkly snow crystals shape the swirling, nostalgic type. Cute kids build snowmen. And with the magical spin of a ballpark turnstile, the snowmen transform into a cheerful, animated chorus line of Cubs: Jason Heyward, Billy Williams, Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks, and Jon Lester. Pitching and smashing snowballs, lining up, and swaying in front of a softly lit Wrigley Field at night, the players sing a fresh version of the Holiday Classic, “Oh Christmas Tree,” which we re-wrote as, “Oh Wrigley Field.” Using the voice talents of local singers coached to imitate the represented players, Groove Guild created the musical track.