Tumbleweed Tango

“A balloon dog is lost in a world of danger. One wrong step and his dancing days are done. Only love, and tango, can possibly save him.”

Sam Stephens and Christopher Mauch (Hyrda) co-directed this charming short about a pair of balloon animals in love. It’s one of those sweetly told tales that ticks along effortlessly, bringing you and your smile with it.

The audio is a huge component of this short. Joe Miuccio’s sound design pumps up the comedy while the original score from Michael Hewett and Matt Nakoa undulates and contorts as playfully as the main characters. Superb work.

Produced by Humble.

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Justin Cone

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Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.


Ruoyu Li

good work guys


I love the music. It established focus and sutured the scenes seamlessly. I love the theme of risk in the short and was genuinely afraid that the balloon would pop so the ending was very fulfilling. I especially loved the parts when the flowers bloomed, the balloons bounced and transformed into different characters, and the slow motion fall.

Justin Cone

Great comment! Thanks.

Dominique Elliott

So very clever. A great use of foreshadowing to trump our expectations.


Beautiful work!! But the concept is wrong: The dogs are dancing Flamenco (SPAIN), not Tango (ARGENTINA). And the stage is a kind of Mexican desert (MEXICO). So, a typical Mexican dance would have been the right choice. But the animation is perfect, just talking about concept.


Nice work!!


Está muy bien el trabajo, pero una lástima la ignorancia que hay con respecto al género musical del tango. La música y el baile que tiene este corto no se acerca ni un poco al tango. Se trata de una mezcla de música española y mexicana. Aparentemente para los anglosajones lo “exótico” de latinoamérica no puede ir más allá.
Sigan así, cráneos!

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