I found this youtube video on twitter the other day created by Asics’ Onitsuka Tiger’s brand that delivers a clever animation of the origin of chinese zodiacs with a subtle marketing plug at the end called Onitsuka Tiger- Zodiac Race.

At Urban Geko, our Orange County Web Design team also specializes in multimedia and animation. We believe that motion graphics can add a creative spin to a project in a way that infuses it with dynamism and energy.

And the race begins!

Legend has it that 13 animals (the cat, ox, rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) set off on a race to decide which animals were to report to the Jade Emperor. The thirteen animals struggle through a race in which they must cross a river, all using their unique talents and mental faculties. In the end, the cat comes in last place which explains why it is not part of the Chinese zodiac calendar and forever loathes rats and water.

The monkey brainstorms how to get across the river.

 

The rabbit (my zodiac sign!) nearly drowns after its raft is capsized by the cat.

 

The twelve zodiac animals stand at their podiums while the cat stands in last place.

What’s your Chinese zodiac?

Rat 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996
Ox 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997
Tiger 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998
Rabbit 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999
Dragon 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000
Snake 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001
Horse 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002
Sheep 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003
Monkey 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004
Rooster 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005
Dog 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006
Boar 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007

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