Surviving the Race From Hell


Another entertaining short from Great Big Story. Some making-of details from the creators:

If you look at the early days of modern sports you’ll find a ton of buffoonery. Lax regulations led to all sorts of strange sports stories and the 1904 St. Louis marathon was no exception.

The story was so fertile with wacky shenanigans it was perfect for an animation dashed slapstick humor. We decided to create simple, yet expressive characters that were immediately identifiable and distinguishable so when shrunken down the audience would still know who they were looking at.

We also wanted to avoid doing time-consuming walk/run cycles and finding a solution to that was a great creative challenge. We hope you like the piece.

From the creator:

In 1904, athletes competing at the St. Louis marathon suffered through the race from hell. During a particularly sweltering day, runners were thrust into an event of catastrophic proportions, involving dysentery, drugs and rotten apples. Out of the 32 athletes that competed, only 14 made it past the finish line. This is the harrowing tale of three runners that survived the disastrous marathon of 1904.


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