This cute commercial for Australia involved creating 3D mouth replacements for live-action dogs.

[SIDE NOTE: Yes, the dogs had names. Jack is the main dog (Boston Terrier), Frank was the hairy one and Harris is the boxer.]

I animated the mouths of the dogs over four shots from 00:23-00:30. We used some facial capture initially but ended up using mostly keyframe animation to nail the lip sync from Lou Reed’s iconic song ‘Walk on the Wild Side’.

Be aware that when you watch it once, the song will be stuck in your head. We sang it around the studio for weeks.