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Two rival pup scouts hope to earn a merit badge in teamwork by solving the mystery of the missing treats. The culprit may be stranger than they could have imagined.

The student team’s aim in this film was to experiment with the use of a practical camera (and background) combined with traditional 2D animation.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2021 KINO Short Film Festival

    Winner, Best PNW Student Film

  • 2021 KINO Short Film Festival

    Winner, Best Sound

  • 2021 PRIX ROYAL Paris Animation Awards

    Winner, Best Student Animation

  • 2021 PRIX ROYAL Paris Animation Awards

    Winner, Best Dramatic Sequence

  • 2020 International Student Animated Film Animafantasia Festival

    Winner, Best Children Comedy

  • 2021 The Rookie Awards

    Finalist (Highly Commended), Film of the Year, 2D Animation

  • 2021 Golden Short Film Festival

    Finalist, Golden Student Category

  • 2020 Los Angeles Animation Festival

    Finalist, Best Character-Based Short

  • 2020 The Short Film Awards

    Finalist, Best Animated Short Film

  • 2020 Oregon Short Film Festival

    Finalist, Best Animated Film

  • 2020 Oregon Short Film Festival

    Finalist, Best Washington Film

  • 2020 Student Los Angeles Film Awards

    Semi-Finalist, Best Student Animation Film

Official Selections

  • 2021 Zebra Animation Friendly Festival
  • 2021 Animex Awards
  • 2021 We Like ‘Em Short- Animation and Comedy Film Festival
  • 2021 Moscow International Children’s Film Festival
  • 2021 Florida Animation Festival
  • 2021 Toronto International Animation Festival
  • 2021 SHORT to the Point ISFF Awards
  • 2021 Anim!Arte International Student Animation Festival
  • 2021 Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
  • 2021 Beirut International Children and Family Film Festival
  • 2021 Athens Animfest
  • 2021 Dirigo International Student Film Festival
  • 2021 TAAFI - Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
  • 2020 Animation Festival ICONA
  • 2020 TIAF - Tbilisi International Animation Festival
  • 2020 Festival Internacional de Cinema Escolar de Alvorada (FECEA)
  • 2020 Prime The Animation! New Talent International Festival
  • 2020 Overmountain Animation Festival
  • 2020 Down East Flick Fest

The Team

  • Christien Ayson

    BA in Music and Sound Design

    Role: Sound Design

  • Jordan Gazitt

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Story Artist, Character Design, Color Artist, 2D Animator, 2D Clean-up

  • Riley Hazelrigg

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Lead Color Artist, Prop Designer, Matte Painter, Compositor

  • Caroline Kim

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Matte Painting, Set Fabrication, Set Painter, Compositing

  • Terry Love-Lee

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Set Fabrication, Set Painting, Compositing, Clean-up, Matte Painting

  • Kimberly Marsing

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Co-Producer, Clean-Up Lead, Story Artist, Character Designer, 2D Animator, 2D Clean-up

  • Jacques Parks

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Set and Prop Fabrication Lead, Visual Development Lead, Compositor, Grip

  • Areli Quinonez

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Director, Story Artist, Visual Development, Animator, Clean-up

  • Eryn Suchara

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Co-Producer, Cinematographer, Video Editor, Lead Compositor

  • Ari Trejo

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Character Design, Animation, Clean-up

Animation Stills

  • Two dogs hide behind a rock.
  • Two dogs stare ahead, confused.
  • A dog walks in a darkened forest with a flashlight.
  • A dog shines a flashlight while climbing over a log.
  • A dog holds a merit badge in front of a bulletin board.
  • A merit badge from the pup scouts for "Team Work."
  • A dog pushes another away while setting a snare trap.
  • A dog holds a box of treats in his hand.