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Pygmy Cloud Christmas Video: How do you make Grumpy Pygmy Bear smile?

Check out our exclusive introduction to the lovely Pygmy Cloud Christmas video, including behind the scenes photos!

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Pygmy Cloud makes plush toys, stationery & home accessories for children and adults alike. The brand is run by design duo Diana Stainton and Dave Smith, who make their hand-crafted products in London, where they are frequently inspired by bears, beards and the great British weather. Their whimsical goodies make the perfect gift and they were kind enough to give us the exclusive on their wonderful animated Christmas video, featuring the characters Pygmy Bear and the Woodsman, below. Yes, it really is that time of year folks!

How do you make Grumpy Pygmy Bear smile?
For the past year, we have been working hard to redesign our plush toys to make them more characterful and playful. Sometimes we really do think they have a life of their own. On the day of our Christmas photoshoot, we popped out to get some lunch and what did we come back to find? Pygmy Bear and the Woodsman had been up to mischief yet again! Taking selfies, mooning at the camera – honestly, these guys are a naughty bunch! But what we also found is how kind the Woodsman can be. Pygmy Bear is often so very grumpy. We’ve tried everything to cheer him up: jelly beans, a fair ground slide, hot air balloon ride – nothing has worked! We even built him his very own treehouse and invited fellow designer And Smile’s panda to play and gave him ice cream – we couldn’t turn that frown upside down! Though, the Woodsman obviously knows the trick to cheer up Grumpy Pygmy Bears. This is a question we often ask ourselves here at Pygmy Cloud HQ “How do you make Grumpy Pygmy Bear smile?” Whilst looking through our photoshoot images, here is what we discovered the Woodsman had secretly captured on the camera…

Here are a few behind the scenes snaps from the Christmas photoshoot and the making of the stop frame animation:

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Creating the festive woodland Pygmy Cloud habit out of paper.

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Behind the scenes of the shoot – before we got crazy with the snow!

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Bringing the plush toys to life in post production.

Visit Pygmy Cloud online here.

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