To mark Valentine’s Day, TurnOut Ventures has created an animation film titled Love Assassin in collaboration with Julian Frost, the creator of the viral sensation Dumb Ways to Die, as the film’s writer and director.
Starring Tuzki, the emoticon-inspired white rabbit, this 3-minute short film appears to tell a darkly cute tale of the rabbit's unusual foiled romance on Valentine’s Day, and fulfils a ruthless contract assassination at the same time.
Produced by Japanese animation studio STUDIO4°C, This not-for-kids short film is available online globally including Turner Broadcasting’s [adult swim] platform in Australia.
“Today the uniquely bittersweet white bunny loved by millions officially expands into a new medium, and TurnOut Ventures renews our commitment to producing compelling original content,” said Yat Siu, board director of TurnOut Ventures and the founder and CEO of Outblaze.
Love Assassin is a darkly cute tale of foiled romance and contract assassinations. It begins with our hero Tuzki on the couch playing videogames with his dismembered heart, while a cat lounges nearby. But when Tuzki’s wrist communicator alert suddenly goes off things quickly take a turn for the weird.
Love Assassin is written and directed by Julian Frost, best known for the massively viral animated short film and mobile game Dumb Ways to Die, originally commissioned by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia. The film’s animation director, Eiji Abiko, has contributed to numerous popular anime with diverse styles and genres.
Video from TURNOUT VENTURES
Created by MOMO WANG
Story and Direction by JULIAN FROST
Executive Produced by YOSHIYA AYUGAI (Turner International Asia Pacific)
Animation Directed by EIJI ABIKO
Visual Design by AKIHIRO KAWAMURA
CGI Directed by KOTARO HIRANO
Music by Paranel/COASARU
Animation Production: Studio4°C