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Animated Short ‘Chase the Ball’ Shows a Dog’s Life from the View of a Tennis Ball

Animated Short 'Chase the Ball' Shows a Dog's Life from the View of a Tennis Ball

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Chase the Ball

Logline: A touching animated short about everlasting friendship between a dog and his tennis ball.

Elevator Pitch: 
You’ll never look at tennis balls the same way. “Chase the Ball” is a story about best friends; a tennis ball and his dog named Chase. Told from the tennis ball’s perspective during the final day of Chase’s life, the ball reminisces about their time together allowing witness to the formation of a life long bond not even death can break.

Production Team:

Kyle Logan (Writer/Director) – Currently the Head Writer of an original animated series in production at PlayKids.

Ian Johnson (Animation Director) – Co-founder of TML studios in Salt Lake City. Emmy nominated for animation work on the Nickelodeon series, “Aquabats.”

Tim Rowberry (Producer) – Co-founder of TML studios.

About the Film:
“Chase The Ball” deals with a very emotional topic of the loss of a loved one. By using a character with a unique perspective (i.e. the tennis ball) I wanted to explore the thought process and emotional stress one goes through when death transitions from being an abstract possibility to a heartbreaking certainty. At it’s surface, “Chase The Ball” appears to be a sad story, but underneath that surface is a deeper meaning that addresses the complex issue of finding closure after our loved ones are gone.

Current Status: We are raising funds on Kickstarter to turn this story into a 6 minute animated short using traditional animation.

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Sabina Bigelow

What a bitter-sweet story and so original!

Mark Duff

This is a wonderful heartfelt story that we all can relate to. It is a reminder of the beauty in the remembrance of the beginning, the middle and the end.

Liberty Bishop

I absolutely love this!!! Such a beautiful story and there is so much more to be told. I sob every time I watch it, but I think it is such an important story. I am hoping to see a longer version.


This makes me miss my dog I had when I was kid

Terry LaSource

I’ve watched it several times, and it still makes me cry!!

Maria Juarez

This is a great project! We need to support it please donate. I would love to see this made!!! :D

TR Hansen

Concise and emotional for animal lovers.


This story speaks to so many people, and it would be a crime for it to not be made. Truly an amazing message.


One pines over the pain of losing loved ones, I feel that pain today.
Chase The Ball takes my pain, and reminds me of the good times . And the pain is joyfully, Chased away.
Thank you. Now I want more.


I want to see this made! So beautiful and really hits you in the heart. This video will stay with you for a long time.


Wow! I have only cried twice after watching something. 1) at the beginning of Pixars "Up" and now 2) Chase The Ball. Cannot express how powerful this story is!


What an amazing story!!! I can’t remember the last time I saw something that captured such powerful emotion.


This makes me want to cry… oh wait! I already am! This is absolutely beautiful! Please make it happen.


I backed this project this morning. Aside from being super proud that it’s a local work, I feel like it beautifully illustrates what so many of us have felt.

San juarez

Oh my gosh this short needs to be made. Loved it!! So many levels of strong emotions captured!!


I can’t help be watch this short over and over. Loved ones and friends lost continually return to my memories. And it allows me to remember.
My tears are from remembrance and joy.
I hope this project takes off. I need more of this.

James Sunderland

This looks like a great project. Good luck and donate!


*cry* I want to see this made!!!

Walter Hansenberg

What an amazing idea! It’s sad but brings closure for our beloved pets. This has to be made!

Steven crowe

This show is impressive how much of a punch it packs in such a short run time. Lets help it get made.

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