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CSULB Animation students make cartoons with City of Long Beach

Posted on July 3, 2019 by School of Art

IMG_2428-a-1Cartoon videos by CSULB animation students, District 3 fireworks committee aim to stop people from using the explosives on July 4 in the city of Long Beach.

A short animated film called “Sparkie the Firework” is one of three videos in a new series called “The Safety Squad,” by Cal State Long Beach and the city’s District 3 Fireworks Committee, a partnership that aims to discourage youth from playing with fireworks. Ken Weiss, a member of the fireworks committee, said he hopes the videos will reduce fireworks usage in Long Beach.Long Beach prohibits fireworks, but many folks still set them off – which, Weiss said, makes the city a “war zone” on July 4.

That’s why Weiss approached Cal State Long Beach’s animation department to create the “positive” videos, meant, he said, to teach children from a young age about why they shouldn’t play with fireworks.

“We wanted to target kids so they can get exposed to safety,” said Soyeon Kim, a professor at the university’s animation department. “So when they grow up, they’ll remember this and be able to share with their families.”

“Sparkie the Firework” — a story of an anthropomorphized firework who, when he touches the ground, turns into flames and scorches the area —  will air on the Long Beach Convention Center’s billboard until the Fourth of July.

Three groups of about five students each created the videos over the span of a few months. The two other cartoons focus on keeping pets safe during fireworks season.

“Be Pawpared!” features cartoon animals interviewing one another at the city’s shelter about how scary fireworks can be. The other, “DogVlog,” is about a girl keeping her dog safe as Independence Day fireworks go off.

Congratulations Professor Kim and CSULB Animation students!!

 

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