A twisty, futuristic adventure, Power Hungry is a Benjy Brooke film about a road-tripper whose self-driving car runs out of batteries. The characters we encounter in this world are strange, self-sufficient mavericks who battle it out for energy sources in a post-apocalyptic world. Benjy was approached by Super Deluxe to expand upon the sci-fi web comics he'd already been posting to his Tumblr. Originally, the web comics were stream of conscious stuff with no real plot, but with this film, Benjy narrowed in on a narrative that thrived because of its linear quality. It utilizes a somewhat literal interpretation of the typical story arc—that of a long road filled with obstacles until final resolution—yet puts a unique and unexpected spin on it. And the character design and immensely impressive animation along the way are both extraordinary and classic Benjy.
Benjy started animating at the age of 11 with a Lego stop motion kit. Fast forward nearly 20 years, and he has established himself as one of the leading voices in traditional indie animation. Bold design, fluid motion, and unique characters are the hallmarks of Benjy's work—and all of these elements are on display in his 2016 short Power Hungry, which garnered a Vimeo Staff Pick and has screened to international acclaim.
Fusing his study of animation history at the University of Pennsylvania with a life-long love of Saturday morning cartoons, indie comics, and the Tumblr ecosystem, Benjy has worked to create an aesthetic that's wildly new, yet deeply rooted in the foundations of classic animation.
The same dynamic, craft-driven approach to motion and design can be found across all of Benjy's work, from his live concert visuals for Major Lazer to his idents for the Powerpuff Girls, along with acclaimed work for Converse, Disney, and Adult Swim. Most recently, Benjy wrapped up all of his skills to bear his new spot for Cartoon Network's 25th Anniversary celebration.