Will Vinton Studios
The Nissan "Toys" spot for TBWA Chiat/Day (Ad agency), featuring an action figure driving a red Nissan sports car, was hailed by Rolling Stone as "the coolest spot of the year." TV Guide said "the stop-motion adventure, set to Van Halen's hard driving Kinks cover, 'You Really Got Me' is as entertaining as many of the programs during which it appears."
Vinton Studios (Portland, OR) was one of the foremost character animation companies in the world, seamlessly combining computer animation, stop-motion animation, cel animation and live action. Vinton Studios is the creator of the trademarked stopmotion animation technique called Claymation®. The studio had an Academy Award winning director and its projects have won eleven prime-time Emmy Awards and numerous Clio Awards.
Before a reel goes into production, a test reel is made to check for cropping, color, sharpness, etc. These reels are for internal use only or to get approval from the customer, and are not for re-sale or publication. They may be of interest to the collector when the production and the test reel have different images or when the test reel never went into final production. This, then makes the Test reel very scare.