National Geographic

Saving Giraffes: The Long Journey Home

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. In this case, it’s “Saving Giraffes: The Long Journey Home”, a thrilling nature documentary from National Geographic.

This is the story of two warring Kenyan tribes setting aside their conflict to save an endangered species of giraffe. Heavy flooding creates a disaster for the newcomers to the area shortly after they arrive, and as the waters rise it seems like the fragile peace may shatter. In the end, ingenuity wins with the community finding a unique way to rescue these precious animals.

David O’Conner, President of Saving Giraffes Now, had high remarks for the animation in the film, “ I have to say that that [Duke & Duck’s] animation, to me, makes the movie and it’s such an important part of it and tells the story so beautifully and eloquently and gracefully.”

Our role in this project was to create a number of animation sequences that recreate the most dramatic and emotionally fraught parts of the story. Using a sophisticated color palette, we help showcase the dangers, and triumphs, of this harrowing event.


Creative Development Duke & Duck

Producer Aliyah Oestreicher

Art Direction Hannah Saidiner, Katie Trayte

Storyboards and Character Design Hannah Saidiner, Eri Hashimoto

Sound Design Joe “The Chicken” Basile

Animation Conner Troxclair, John Martinez, Jojo Chongjaroenjai


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