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Today’s post features the Next Day Animations mascot, Chicken Knight. (Yes, we are gifted in mascot-naming and those services can be added to your project at no additional cost.)

“What’s the story with your mascot?”

Back in 2014, we experimented with creating illustrations we might need in the future. Maybe some farm animals? How about some robots and… school supplies… and a ladybug? Unfortunately, we’re not psychic and many of these images never made it into a project. But the chicken and knight (and hundreds of other awesome drawings) were created by our incredible Lead Illustrator Dayna… just sitting around waiting to be needed… (the drawings, not Dayna). 

A year later: We were prepping our own exhibit booth and needed some signage! And that’s how Chicken Knight accidentally started- technically as the chicken and the knight on separate banners: 

Also pictured is our sister brand Simplicity Metrics’ banner and Jesse’s amazing scooter that lived in the Baltimore office at that time.

The chicken + knight combo were a hit. They made it onto the same surface for the first time with that year’s staff sweatshirt: 

Dayna, her sweatshirt, and her backyard Canadian Narnia-like woods

And then, rather than facing off, they made their peace and Knight first rode Chicken for a Next Day Animations marketing video that year…

“Together at last!”

And an icon was born.

Now Chicken Knight is on our current staff sweatshirts:

Jacquie and 2018 staff sweatshirt outside our Minneapolis Animation Discotheque.

And baseball tees:

And all over our laptops:

Corwin biked to work once and won that green sticker!

And the best part?

Chicken Knight actually accidentally super-intentionally embodies our core values of Partnership, Inventiveness, Clarity (cutting to the heart of the matter with a sword!) and Authenticity (because as our Productions Manager, Sage, points out, “Chicken Knight doesn’t cave to pressures to be a more conventional chicken or knight, it is living it’s Chicken Knight truth boldly.”)

Where will you see Chicken Knight next? Custom chess sets? Mandatory staff tattoos? Crossing the street? Only time will tell…