Animated Short Film
A short stop motion film telling
the story of an infamous ape.

Hairy Houdini

Client | Kong Studio

Kong Studio’s ‘Long Story Short’ series is about showing, in one minute, how in life truth can be stranger than fiction. The latest episode tells the story of an ape called Ken Allen, A.K.A Hairy Houdini escaping captivity. The film was fully stop motion and directed by Trevor Hardy who has over twenty years’ of experience working in advertising, music videos and children’s television and feature films. Fonic provided post production sound.

Ken Allen was born in 1971 in San Diego Zoo. He gained worldwide attention for a series of enclosure escapes and ability to outwit his keepers. Staff would spy on his enclosure to try to catch him in the act, only to find that he seemed to be aware that he was under surveillance. This forced zookeepers to go ‘undercover’ by posing as tourists to learn Ken Allen’s escape route. The zoo spent over $40,000 making his enclosure ‘escape proof’, and yet Ken escaped again, on several occasions and proved to be a bad influence on other incarcerated animals who followed suit. He had his own fan club named The Orang-Gang, was the subject of t-shirts and bumper stickers reading “Free Ken Allen”, and had a song penned in his honour titled – “The Ballad of Ken Allen”.

Hairy Houdini is available to watch along with the rest of the ‘Long Story Short’ series visit here.

Services
  • Mixing / Dubbing
  • Sound design
  • Sound editing & restoration

Kong Studio’s ‘Long Story Short’ series is about showing, in one minute, how in life truth can be stranger than fiction. The latest episode tells the story of an ape called Ken Allen, A.K.A Hairy Houdini escaping captivity. The film was fully stop motion and directed by Trevor Hardy who has over twenty years’ of experience working in advertising, music videos and children’s television and feature films. Fonic provided post production sound.

Ken Allen was born in 1971 in San Diego Zoo. He gained worldwide attention for a series of enclosure escapes and ability to outwit his keepers. Staff would spy on his enclosure to try to catch him in the act, only to find that he seemed to be aware that he was under surveillance. This forced zookeepers to go ‘undercover’ by posing as tourists to learn Ken Allen’s escape route. The zoo spent over $40,000 making his enclosure ‘escape proof’, and yet Ken escaped again, on several occasions and proved to be a bad influence on other incarcerated animals who followed suit. He had his own fan club named The Orang-Gang, was the subject of t-shirts and bumper stickers reading “Free Ken Allen”, and had a song penned in his honour titled – “The Ballad of Ken Allen”.

Hairy Houdini is available to watch along with the rest of the ‘Long Story Short’ series visit here.

Trivia

Nominated in the Wildcard category at the 2024 British Animation Awards