Volkswagen Passat : Barbecued

“Animating ‘The Meat Sweats’ was a career first for all of us here at Mighty Nice. Luckily we have some great BBQ joints nearby so the R&D was no sweat.”


We wanted a New Mexico desert at dusk feel for this piece. We are stoked with the colour palettes Chris created – the isolation of the vast area of America has been captured beautifully.


After feasting at their favourite restaurant, our Barbecued family start the long drive home. Soon Dad is having The Meat Sweats and needs to pull over to rest, only after narrowly missing a passing car – saved by his Blind Spot Monitor.

Sleep ‘n’ The Meat Sweats


Headlights, street lights, dashboards, even a setting sun… this dusk into night spot presented some lighting challenges for Vincent and Nav, who both handled them with ease. The whole team came together to make sure our Barbecued family were safe for another night.

  • Director
    Alex Weight
  • Executive Creative Director
    Darren Price
  • Animation Director
    Ben Ommundson
  • Art Director
    Softly Dunstan
  • Head of Production
    Gabrielle Joosten
  • Producer
    Jane Reynolds
  • Head of Studio
    Jeremy Howdin
  • Storyboards
    Peter Yong
  • Character Design
    Shane Devries
  • Environment Design
    Chris Jones
    Jason Pamment
  • Background Design
    Kelly Wallwork
  • 3D Layout
    Charles Ewart
    Lucas Michaels
  • After Effects, Edit & Titles Animation
    Mike Singca
  • 2D Animation
    Aaron McDonald
    Catriona Drummond
    Jeremy Carlen
    Joel Williams
    Richard Chhoa
  • 2D Character Clean Up & Colour
    Bonnie Taylor Forsyth
  • Compositing Lead & Look Development
    Vincent E Sousa
  • Compositing
    Chris Angelius
    Deborah Ho
    Jeremy Carlen
    Kallie Ennever
    Laura Heath
  • Lighting & Rendering
    Dominic Lau
    Boris Fomin
    Choung Vu
    Serge Astahov
  • 2D Texturing & Painting
    Kallie Ennever
    Ling Siu
    Oliver Abbot

And now we rest.