Committee Against Torture
Police Cartoons
The project is devoted to the topic of tortures in Russia and is based on police officers’ testimonials. Developed together with Zebra Hero for the Committee Against Torture and is timed to coincide with International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June, 26
Let's play!
IDEA

Statistically, 3 in 4 people who reported being tortured by police officers in Russia are rejected in initiating a criminal case. The main reason for rejecting is usually police officers’ testimonials, where they explain injuries by made up and absurd situations. Zebra Hero agency’s team studied through the archives shared by the Committee and merged real testimonials given by officers into a script. Police reports were read out by Russian celebrities


DESIGN  

When we were developing design, we looked at different characters, for example from early Disney films and Looney Tunes. We couldn’t decide whether we should add human attributes to the characters. Like, should the animals be clothed? The appearance of the animals and their characters were based on the testimonials


ANIMATION

Our task was to reconstruct absurd and unreal stories with animation. We took inspiration from cartoon universes, where characters can injure themselves without feeling any pain. While studying the references we tried to determine the extent to which violence can be perceived as a funny game. Some scenes were very hard to visualize because of highly illogical police reports


We thank Zebra Hero team and Committee Against Torture for inviting us to collaborate on this project, important for both our country and present-day agenda.

TEAM
Agency

Zebra Hero


Director

Felix Umarov


Creative Producer

Misha Petrick


Producers

Nadia Petrick
Polina Fufarova

Art direction & Character Design

Ruslana Mirzaalieva


Storyboard

Vova Orlov
Ruslan Mirzaalieva


Environment Design

Valeria Lugovaya


2D Animation

Vova Orlov
Karina Pogorelova
Tanya Strekalova
Pasha Borisov


Cleanup

Valera Zarytovsky
Inga Shafeeva
Tanya Strekalova
Karina Pogorelova


Compositing

Pasha Borisov
Ruslana Mirzaalieva

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