KK Los Angeles Gets Animated with ‘Mythical Creatures’

By Jordan Teicher 

The Los Angeles outpost of agency/content studio KesselsKramer, which opened up shop in Chinatown last year, is part of the creative team behind “Mythical Creatures,” a new documentary about artist Gary Baseman uncovering the story of how his parents survived the Holocaust in Ukraine. The film’s mixture of art and history also benefits from a score by South African duo, Die Antwoord.

The press release characterizes the project as “a whimsical story of survival and hope.” Using whimsical to describe a Holocaust story can be cringe-inducing, but after watching Baseman discuss his familial roots in his art studio, the description seems to make sense. Baseman’s artistic style has been described as “adorably perverse” by the Los Angeles Times, and that sort of imaginative approach to a story about Holocaust survivors could help the movie stand out creatively.


David Charles, ECD/partner at KK Los Angeles who wrote and directed the film tells us that his shop hopes to release the film in October, and to secure more funding. And not to worry, KK LA plan to start a second wave of Kickstarter donations later in a couple of days (we’ll update with link).

Credits after the jump.

A film by KesselsKramer Los Angeles

Story and Characters by Gary Baseman

Written for the screen and Directed by David Charles

Music “Never Le Nkemise1” by Die Antwoord
Courtesy of Zef Records

Animation Director: Peter Markowski

Editor: John Squire

Art Director: Melinda Gorham

Producers: Francis Pollara and Megan Percell 

Executive Producers: Eric Barrett and Lanette Phillips