We are excited to start the new year with a fun collaboration with ELF Learning, a language school, Youtube channel, and publisher of teaching materials for children, based in Japan. Together with Eric, the founder of ELF Learning, we arranged and created a new video featuring the classic nursery rhyme “Rain, Rain, Go Away”.
The music was a true online collaboration! Eric sent us his vocals and musical arrangements of the song, which we took to the studio to mix in our kids voices and instruments. We love Eric’s original chorus part, and we did our best to bring out the bouncy energy by adding our own little touch.
Then it was time to illustrate and animate the video.
When creating educational english videos for preschoolers, we find it important to make the visuals fun and engaging, but not too distracting. Too many items, colors, and movements on the screen make it difficult for children to focus on what the song is about. And so we created whimsical scenes for our characters, but kept the verses in black and white. Only the characters and the rain are still kept in color, which will really focus the children’s attention to the main theme of the song.
Here are some of the screenshots – hope you like them!