Mixtape Club Animates Baseball’s Bizarre “Wild Bunch” for ESPN 

Integrated creative studio Mixtape Club has teamed up with ESPN to produce a hilarious animated documentary short entitled “The Wild Bunch,” narrated by former MLB All-Star and current ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk. The pilot episode of ESPN’s #Not-Pictured series, “The Wild Bunch,” debuted on October 4th during ESPN’s broadcast of “Baseball Tonight.”

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The nearly 2 ½-minute film recounts the assemblage of the ’93 Philadelphia Phillies’ motley roster in Kruk’s own words. Mixtape Club animated a series of stylized vignettes to accompany his candid VO, which is highlighted by locker room anecdotes implicating Big League names like Roger McDowell, Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, and Pete Incaviglia.

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“ESPN approached us looking for a unique, entertaining twist on documentary storytelling; something that went beyond see-say,” remarks Mixtape Club Partner/Executive Creative Director Chris Lenox Smith. “They brought some great illustration references to the table, which served as inspiration for the look.”

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Animation-wise, Mixtape Club found inspiration in some of their favorite old animated shows, namely Dr. Katz and Home Movies, which have an incredible economy of animation in order to tell a comedic story. “Our Illustrator/Art Director, Lindsey Mayer-Beug, was the perfect fit to help realize this project because she’s not only an exceptionally talented illustrator with a fine art background, but also she knows the animation process well,” concludes Smith.

Creative Credits

Project: The Wild Bunch
Client: ESPN
Creative Studio / Animation Company: Mixtape Club
Executive Creative Director: Chris Lenox Smith
Technical Director: Jesse Casey
Producer: Lauryn Siegel
Art Director: Lindsey Mayer-Beug
Storyboard Artist: Mary Varn
Editor: Chris Lenox Smith
Editor: Mary Varn
Animator: Casey Drogin
Animator: Sean Moller
Animator: Jules Koetsch
Animator: Mary Varn
Animator: Lindsey Mayer-Beug
Animator: Adam Sacks
Animator: Jason Katzenstein
Animator: Tavet Gillson
Sound Design / Mix: Chris Lenox Smith
Sound Design / Mix: Patrick Cupples
Sound Design / Mix: Parker Silzer
Sound Design / Mix: John Parthum



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