A teenage boy named Aiden goes to his grandmother Pearl’s house for the day. When he’s repeatedly rude and ignores Pearl, her knit cats decide to take matters into their own paws and teach the boy a lesson.

I’m Becky, and I am a 21 year old from Pennsylvania. My mother is a graphic designer and she has always brought art into my home. I did a lot of performing and I realized that I could harness that into the art of animation. I decided to come to Ringling because of the standard of senior films that the school produced. Compared to many of the fine art films coming from other schools, I was very attracted to the strong storytelling and style of the Ringling thesis. I have met so many wonderful people at this school and I have formed irreplaceable friendships throughout the years. I hope that in the future I can continue to do meaningful work with friendly people.

I’m Ida Zhu, a 22-year old from New Jersey. Growing up, I always watched cartoons on TV before my parents came home from work, and quickly fell in love with them. The day I realized there are people who make cartoons and get paid for it was game changing for little me. After giving myself a sneaky, self-guided tour around campus, a Computer Animation faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design caught me and handed me a CD containing past senior thesis films. I remember watching this CD over and over again. The quality of the films on that CD made Ringling really stand out. The jump to computer animation was pretty interesting since I come from a very traditional art background creating photo-realistic oil paintings and charcoal drawings. For the future, I hope that I’m able to continue to push my artistic boundaries and explore more challenges.

My name is Allison, I’m 22 and grew up in Delaware. My biggest influence in wanting to become an artist is growing up drawing all the time and going online and surrounding myself with other artists. Games and films that are being produced now that make me go “Wow! How did they do that? I want to do that!”, push me to make more artwork. Ringling College of Art and Design was so centralized, and I could tell the facilities and faculty really provide you with some of the best education to get a job in the field. Ringling pushed me to do better, and the feedback from people who worked in the industry was really helpful in improving myself. After graduation, I’m heading off to Baltimore for an internship and hopefully that will lead to a future in the game or film industry.


2019 NBR Student Grant


Type of Project





Ringling College of Art + Design

Producers, Writers, and Editors

Allison Rossi, Ida Zhu, Becky Seamans


Allison’s site
Ida’s site
Film’s instagram