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As you explore the imaginary world of FCS General, we’ll give you a real-world look at what it takes to develop an idea that tells a story and shares a message. You’ll get unique insight into the craft and process our talented artists use every day, regardless of the project at-hand. This is how the team at Fat Chimp Studios delivers high quality video to clients. Go behind-the-scenes of Healthy Hearts, an animated soap opera series starring a lovable cast of characters. It’s General Hospital meets Planet of the Apes.

This week’s episode picks up the story of Dr. Jane Allgood as she arrives for her first day at FCS General. What brought her here? How will she be received? Will she get along with the staff?




To create concept art for this week’s episode of Healthy Hearts, our graphic artist researched primate species to give each character its own look. Dr. Allgood is based on a species of marmoset native to South America.


Episode 1: Starting Fresh


It all starts with the script. At Fat Chimp, we use a TV-style double-column format. Descriptions of what the viewer sees are inserted into the video column; in the audio column, all voiceover/narration, dialogue and sound effects are listed. Organizing the story by elements makes it simple for artists, engineers and technicians to determine what’s needed to do their job.


See EPISODE 2: Get to Know Character Illustration with Golden Oldies! >>

About Us


FCS Medical, a division of Fat Chimp Studios based in St. Louis, MO, has produced hundreds of hours of high-quality medical video content. Since 2011, we have met our clients’ full-service video production needs to create training, product and service videos, as well as content for patient education. We’ve worked hands-on with doctors, nurses, administrators and patients in world-renowned hospitals, and we’ve also built a hospital—set, that is—in our studio. Our level of experience makes us uniquely qualified to make your project a success. View our medical demo reel below.


Our 3D chimp character has been a staple of special Fat Chimp projects for years. Modeled by our animator in a software called Maya, this same process can build logos, products and virtual sets in three dimensions. We keep asking for a fourth dimension, he keeps saying it’s not quite ready. Fortunately, the possibilities for 3D design are limitless.


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