Healthy smiles animation launched

16 February, 2022 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

An animation promoting good oral health and healthy eating for young children was unveiled by the Lanarkshire Chinese Association (LCA) ahead of the Chinese New Year.

New College Lanarkshire graduate Ruben Fernandez created the film designed to encourage regular toothbrushing and healthy eating choices. He was commissioned by the LCA while a student of HND 3D Computer Animation at the College’s Motherwell Campus.

The three-minute-long animation had its debut at the bowling pavilion of Hamilton Palace Sports Ground as part of the LCA’s Annual General Meeting and Chinese New Year celebrations.

The film features a tiger cub character conceptualised by Ruben to reflect the fact that 2022 is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac.

Ruben, who is originally from Spain and now lives in Blantyre, said: “I felt so good when I finished the project and seeing that the Association love the final product is a bonus point!

“I really enjoyed animating the character – this is the stage when you give it life and imagine his personality, how he speaks, and how he acts.”

Scott McKenzie, lecturer and HND 3D Computer Animation Course Leader, said: “Ruben Fernandez’s stunningly-professional animated short will help to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of children of Lanarkshire’s Chinese community.

“Ruben’s educational animation promotes oral health and hygiene in a manner that is humorous, attractive to a young audience, and beautifully executed.”

The Healthy Smiles project is funded by the Scottish Government through its Oral Health Community Challenge Fund, which is providing £35,810 over three years to improve oral health amongst infants and families in the Chinese community in Lanarkshire.

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