What Came Before the ‘Annoying Orange’? Eggs & Avocadoes

/ Jun 27, 2014


Though we may know him best by his famed character the “Annoying Orange,” Dane Boedigheimer had plenty to say for himself about his passion for animation and his love affair with the anthropomorphic on the latest “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”

As it turns out, Boedigheimer owes a lot of his career to some random guy in the middle of nowhere, Minnesota, whom he helped with an animation video during college. The project served as Boedigheimer’s introduction to After Effects, which led to his realization of talking foods navigating everyday problems…everyday problems for food, that is.

Besides pure love of the craft, one of Boedigheimer’s first calls to creative animation action came in the form of a film contest. He submitted a short in which a group of talking eggs (animated in a similar fashion to the annoying orange) get taken from their home in the fridge and sent to their brutal ends in a frying pan. Why talking eggs, one might ask (Rhett & Link did)?

“I always grew up anthropomorphizing things…we all do as kids,” explained Boedigheimer, adding, that “learning After Effects early on and realizing I could actually do that in my videos totally blew my mind, and that’s why I gravitated towards [talking eggs].”

An important lesson for any content creator lies in the repetition of ideas that work. Boedigheimer found that the eggs “totally did,” going so far as to wondering why he “didn’t gravitate towards that right away [after the first video].” However, creators need to maintain a balance between exploring new ideas and sticking with the tried-and-true ones. Boedigheimer didn’t immediately create an eggs sequel because he wanted to try a lot of things out, “like explosions, and giant monsters.”

Of course, Boedigheimer had to return to the talking food trope because people loved it. One website, called Jibjab, that specialized in that kind of animation commissioned Boedigheimer to create animated food videos surrounding a number of tentpole events, like the Super Bowl and major holidays. As a result, he came up with videos of avocadoes becoming guacamole for the Super Bowl and cranberries getting strung up to their mutual Christmas dooms.

So what led to Boedigheimer’s massive breakthrough with the Orange? Find out as VideoInk further explores Boedigheimer’s interview, or by listening to the interview itself on this week’s “Ear Biscuits.”

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