Kong’s ‘Long Story Short’ Series starts with punchy ‘Two Ton Tony’ story

Member News  |  14 May 2021

Kong Studio has developed its first original animated content series ‘Long Story Short’, on the story of heavyweight boxer ‘Two Ton’ Tony Galento.

London based design-led animation studio Kong likes to weave a good tale while also championing the underdog, which is why they’ve based their first original content series ‘Long Story Short’, on the story of heavyweight boxer ‘Two Ton’ Tony Galento.

Domenico Antonio ‘Two-Ton’ Galento, was a boxing hero of his time, at a modest 5’9” and limited athletic ability, with a heavyweight status derived mainly from his appetite.

The short is part of a series of original content covered under the title ‘Long Story Short’, in which Kong challenged themselves to tell a story in under 60 seconds. The script was written by Kong Co-Founder Bill Elliott, who worked hard to keep the story light, but still packing a punch.

Kong Co-founder Bill Elliott said of the creative process – “I came across an anecdote about an overweight vertically challenged heavyweight whilst procrastinating online. I was drawn to the story because Two Ton is short and punchy, like our storytelling.

We try to make our work as streamlined as possible. Can we make the narrative more efficient? Is there any baggage, or shots we could lose? I had been toying with an idea for a while to take this to the extreme. How quickly could we tell a story? In an age of decreasing attention span (of which I’m certainly guilty), could we tell it in the space of sixty seconds? These parameters not only posed a creative challenge but could set the rules for Two-Ton Tony.

This is the challenge for our series Long Story Short. Can we (or you?) offer up a fascinating true-life tale at a blistering pace? All short films should be entertaining, but if you can educate at the same time, you’re onto an absolute winner. Now try to do it in a minute!”

A special feature of this animation short is the voiceover provided by a New Jersey native resident and friend of Kong Studio, Eric Daviou.

“Being from the tri-state area in the northeast of the United States, I’ve definitely come across my fair share of accents. I tried taking some strong Italian American accents I’ve heard around me and added an old-timey 1920’s/30’s twang on top. Being a big Boardwalk Empire fan helped with trying to figure out the right sound for Two Ton Tony.”

Eric Daviou, Voice Over Artist

‘Two Ton Tony’ is available to watch now on Vimeo.

To watch the rest of the ‘Long Story Short’ series visit here.

A Kong Studio Production
Sound Samples from freesounds.org
Voice Over by Eric Daviou
Produced by Emma Burch