Volkswagen Passat : LOL

“Mighty Nice was a pleasure to work and collaborate with! They were incredibly accommodating and flexible when it came to our insanely tight budget and timeline.

When it came to the final animation, Mighty Nice’s team delivered more than we could have imagined.”


This fun spot challenged us with carwash rollers and (oh my!) bird poo! Texture, shape, movement… we went into deep thought about both. The fantastic seagull went through multiple design changes as we tried to pin down his modus operandi & character, finally settling on ‘good-hearted’.


That shiny, sparkley car feeling is dashed by a rogue bird, but oh no – look out! – there’s more trouble ahead. Our LOL family are saved by the VW Passat’s new Forward Collision Warning feature.

It was one of those days.


In these 7 spots we wanted to achieve maximum quality, traditional character animation, and also feature rich, beautiful environments with beautiful car shots. Creating this kind of imagery from illustrations requires a stupendous amount of talent and called for a great team.

Ben led a team of traditional animators drawing Shane’s beautiful characters. This carwash and industrial suburb environment was perfected by Jason then translated by Kelly, Lucas and Charles into 3D.

Pulling it all into a unified look was Vince’s crack crew of compositors.

  • Director
    Alex Weight
  • Executive Creative Director
    Darren Price
  • Creative Director & Art Director
    Softly Dunstan
  • Head of Production
    Gabrielle Joosten
  • Producer
    Jane Reynolds
  • Head of Studio
    Jeremy Howdin
  • Storyboards
    Pete 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
  • Animation Lead
    Ben Ommundson
  • Animators
    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
    Boris Fomin
    Choung Vu
    Dominic Lau
    Serge Astahov
  • 2D Texturing & Painting
    Kallie Ennever
    Ling Siu
    Oliver Abbot

Let me tell you it’s always cool…
…working at the car wash.