A tiny man living inside a cat gets into a sticky love-triangle.
Awards & Achievements:
Best Short Film Finalist - British Animation Awards (2012)
Annapolis Film Festival - Annapolis, MD, USA – 21-24/3/2013
Big Irv’s Art Gallery – Brooklyn, NY, USA – 7/3/2013
Cartoon Brew Feature
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March 2011 | 9:00min | Colour | Stereo | 2D Drawn | Comedy
Screen WM & UK Film Council present a Dice Productions film
Director – Louis Hudson
Writers – Louis Hudson & Ian Ravenscroft
Producers – Louis Hudson & Jon Petrie
Sound & Music – Ben Walker
Digital Colouring – Denise Dean, Ben Lynch, Matt Sandbrook, Samantha Boggild, Mark Skinner, Andy Macpherson, Chris Stokes, Tim Lozinski, Lauren Newman, Patrick Mallon, Lianne Allen, David Thomas, Paul Berner, Natasha Williams
Rotoscope Actress - Amy Commander
A tiny man who lives inside a cat becomes obsessed with the cat’s new owner. When the man finds out a woman his own size has been watching everything from afar he realises he doesn’t need to be alone anymore.
Yorkie is a tiny man who lives a hermit like existence inside a cat with only his knitting to occupy him. When he sees his cat’s new owner, Michelle, he quickly becomes obsessed and decides to brave the outside world and introduce himself. All the while, Susan, a small woman has been watching on dejectedly from her mouse hole.
After making his disastrous introduction Yorkie makes a run for it. On returning back inside the cat, he finds Susan huddled in the corner. Assuming she’s not welcome she quickly makes her exit, leaving the Yorkie rejected by two female encounters. On her way back to her mouse hole, the Susan finds herself being attacked by the now broom wielding Michelle.
After the most undignified rescue attempt possible by Yorkie, Michelle is overcome by the experience and faints. The little couple now are alone to start a new home together, but where will they go? Well, the Michelle’s bigger than the cat.
Starting out as a half-complete student film, the tester trailer for All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat) was featured worldwide on YouTube, accumulating over 1,000,000 views, and generated a lot of support from other known animators, producers, as well being featured on Lineboil.com, run by Mondo Media’s Aaron Simpson.
A couple of years down the line, UK Film Council and Screen WM commissioned the film as part of the Digishorts scheme, where the story blossomed under the influence of the legendary script editor, Kate Leys.
The film stars the voices of respected comedians Kevin Eldon (Big Train, Brass Eye, Hot Fuzz, Four Lions), Josie Long (2006 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer) and Isabel Fay (How Not To Live Your Life).
The film’s story started from a little drawing I did of a frustrated man punching the inside of a hollow cat. I loved the idea because the logic was so disturbed and at the same time I felt sorry for the little man.
I wanted to make a film that was funny and strange, but also had sincere emotion to it. It’s as much about misunderstood loners as it is about poo jokes and falling over. The love story in this film brings the potentially creepy protagonist into a situation where normal people can actually sympathise with him.
The 2D frame by frame pencil drawn animation is geared toward creating nuanced character performances which were key to the personality of the film. Also, nearly everything in the design has a purpose, which brings a strange delicacy to the visual gags.
Louis Hudson is a 2D animation director and co-founder of comedy collective Dice Productions. He was born in 1986, and studied animation at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2008. Louis’ work as Dice Productions has included BBC Comedy, Comedy Central, Warner Entertainment and NTFS, having created an established YouTube channel with millions of views. On the side, he co-organises the Birmingham branch of comedy night, Popcorn Comedy and is a steering member of local support network, Animation Forum West Midlands.
Kevin Eldon is a comic actor and stand up who has appeared in some of the most critically-acclaimed British comedy television shows in the last two decades. Kevin’s credits include Fist of Fun, I’m Alan Partridge, Big Train, Brass Eye, Black Books and Jam, as well as roles in films including Hot Fuzz and Four Lions.
He also made in Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2010 with his critically-acclaimed hit show Titting About.
Josie Long is a one off. Often described as a unique voice in comedy, she is one of the best respected comedians of her generation. She started stand-up at 16, winning the BBC New Comedy Award and coming 2nd in So You Think You’re Funny at 17. After leaving University Josie supported Stewart Lee on his national tour and won Chortle’s newcomer (2005) and breakthrough act (2007) awards.
In 2006 her show Kindness and Exuberance won Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and since then Josie has been a one woman touring machine.
Comedian Isabel Fay appeared in the first series of BBC2?s How Not To Live Your Life, BBC Three’s Comedy Shuffle, wrote and performed on all three series of ITV2?s flagship show Comedy Cuts, and wrote and performed in Monkey TV’s online show Newslog.
She is part of internet comedy production company Clever Pie who make hit online comedy sketches.
Jon Petrie works as a Producer at Ash Atalla’s (Producer of The Office and IT Crowd) television company Roughcut TV. In his spare time Jon produces the monthly comedy film night Popcorn Comedy, where comedians introduce and try out their short films in front of a live audience. His television CV includes; QI, Comic Relief, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and The IT Crowd.
Ian Ravenscroft is a writer and co-founder of comedy and animation collective Dice Productions. He’s currently writing sitcom specs and sketches and has a feature up his sleeve that he’s keen to develop. Ian is also a Digital Producer at Made Media.
Ben Walker is a comedy producer, director, radio editor, sound designer and arranger. He has produced several BBC Radio 4 shows, Richard Herring’s, AIOTM Podcast and most recently Pappy’s Flat Share. He has also produced several popular videos online for BBC Comedy.