Spanish Safari takes place in the western plains of Africa. This semitropical biome is characterized by open grasslands with a smattering of trees and is home to some of the most beloved animals in the world. Lions, zebras, monkeys, rhinos, antelopes, and giraffes are just a few of the animals that call the African Savanna home. There are two seasons in the savanna; the rainy and the dry season. The animals and plants of the savanna have adapted extremely well to these periods of rainfall and drought.
We wanted to make sure we could create a beautiful and functional game world to enchant and entertain children, while making it conducive to learning. We hope you enjoy!
The acacia tree is one of the most iconic trees of the savanna and it was in one of these trees where we chose to make Arturo’s home.
Arturo at the bottom of the Monkey Tree playing games.
The Zebra Plains.
The river by the human village.
We started this project with two ideas in mind: we wanted to teach Spanish to young children and we wanted to center the project around the idea of going on a safari. Safari is the Swahili word for journey and our goal is to take children on a journey in which they can become more familiar with the Spanish language.
One of our first thoughts was that when going on Safari you would need a guide and we found the perfect guide in Arturo. Arturo is a young monkey (a Vervet monkey to be exact) who lives in the African Savanna. Arturo is friendly, brave, intelligent, and willing to do anything for his friends and family.
In our initial discussions regarding Arturo we knew what his personality would be like. However, we didn’t really know what he would look like. He has gone through a few design changes and evolved from a really goofy looking guy to a cute character we have come to love.
We thought Arturo should have big eyes and ears to make him cute. But, how big is too big?
This Arturo was a little goofy looking to us!
This little guy seemed more like Arturo’s little brother (more on him later) than Arturo himself. So we kept him on the back burner. We made a few changes to this guy, and we finally had Arturo!
Now Thomas, our amazing 3D animator, is working on bringing Arturo to life. Check out the video below to see him in action.
We really love Arturo and we hope that kids and parents will love him to. In order to finish bringing him to life, however, we need to find Arturo’s perfect voice. We’re still on the hunt, but we will make sure to keep you guys updated.
See you guys in the savanna!
-Learn Safari Team