«The things that make me different are the things that make me me.» It was no less a literary figure than A.A. Milne’s Piglet who spoke these wise words, and it’s also something that the star of our spring window displays, Leon the Chameleon, might say—you know, if he could talk.
This spring our mantra is Stop Blending In and we have employed Leon the Chameleon to embody the message. Ablaze in incandescent indigo, aqua, and coral, Leon prefers to stand out against his surroundings and be an individual. Just like Piglet.
Of course, Leon doesn’t spend all his time hanging out in our windows. He gets up to some adventures, too. We asked director and animator Lessa Millet to create a video documenting these escapades, and in so doing, introduce Leon to world. Millet, who cites the animation of Monty Python and magazines from the ’60s and ’70s as aesthetic inspiration, says she aimed to create “a short but funny piece that brought you into a surreal world while telling the story of Leon, who can’t figure out how to blend in with his surroundings.”