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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Key Credits

  • RELEASED: 2014
  • STUDIO: Walt Disney Pictures
  • DIRECTOR: Miguel Arteta
  • PRODUCERS: Lisa Henson, Daniel S. Levine, Shawn Levy
  • VFX SUPERVISOR: Patrick McClung
  • VFX PRODUCER: Joseph Bell, Amol Parulekar, Jason Sanford
  • VFX SUPERVISOR: Emmanuel Blasset
  • VFX PRODUCER: Jason Bath

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – is an adaptation of Judith Viorst's award-winning 1972 children’s book.

Directed by Miguel Arteta, the comedy takes us on the unfortunate journey of young Alexander Cooper on his 12th birthday.

Animal logic was involved in sequence with Steve Carell playing Alexander’s father, chasing a kangaroo through a peaceful suburban street.

Due to difficult performance requirements and taking into consideration, the safety of the actor, VFX supervisor Pat McClung contacted us to create a digital photorealistic kangaroo across 10 shots.



Various photographic references from Taronga Zoo were used for close up details of the face, paws and feet.


Animal Logic’s proprietary tools such as the muscle system (Steroid), fur (ALFRO), physically plausible lighting and shading techniques were key to achieving the required level of realism.

We very much enjoyed working with both Miguel and Pat, and thank them in having us play a small part in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.