Fur Reality Mini-Fest Favorites

Fur Reality was my first time going to a furry convention- it was a good introduction and I think I have an inkling of an understanding of the furry world now. The people were really nice, it was family friendly- it felt like gaining entry to a club of wayward mascots who want to cheer people up even in their off time from the amusement park that you’ve never heard of but would like to visit.

The suits themselves varied in complexity from an afterthought tail dangling from a belt to full suits with moving mouths and glass eyes. They were colorful, imaginative, appealing, some seemed to be designed to be telling part of a story. It’s a creative bunch of people.

One thing I was sure not to miss among all of the festivities, workshops, and games of the con was the animation mini-fest. People sent in pieces from all over the place. I wanted to get some of my favorite pieces together to share with those who weren’t able to make it. A couple of Cincinnati Animation Network members also had work shown there, so look out for those in the list below as well. And, here they are, in no particular order:

The Magnificent Menagerie of Melvin McMelanie
by Kiernan Sjursen-Lien

A kid and his little traveling show roll into a small train town in 1895 California, only to find it may be harder to earn a penny than originally thought.

Mission impossumble
by Lindsay Scanlan

An ochophobic mother opossum faces the challenge of crossing a rural country road. This is a lot harder than you’d think.

by Toniko Pantoja

A mother wolf breaks into a hunter’s den and takes back her pup, only to find it a stuffed trophy. She sings to her cub a goodnight’s lullaby, hoping her child would finally sleep. Little does the mother know, a young hunter is already on her trail.

On The Run
by Kiernan Sjursen-Lien

When a child runs away from home, two monsters try to help them go back, only to find things aren’t so simple.


Drumroll… Cincinnati Based Animators!


Rainy Day Blahs!
by John Celestri

Furry siblings goof around indoors on a rainy day.

Morning Coffee
Tracy Miller-Robbins

A meditation on morning coffee. Peering into the cup, a journey of half dream/half daydream as one gains consciousness.

I’m looking forward to next year’s animation mini-fest, so if you have a film that may work for it hurry and get it done for next year!

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