Now that the “Age of the Giant Cardboard Animals” has passed, a new age has dawned. The “Age of the Dioramas” is upon us. In response to growing anticipation, Carrie and I unveiled the first three “beta” dioramas. We’ve got a little ways to go to get these up to the quality of the cardboard animals, but you have to start somewhere.

We decided to go with Dioramas for several reasons:

  • We wanted something with a little more room to be creative than the cardboard animals allowed. We wanted to expand into vegetables and minerals as well.
  • Camels and zebras, even cardboard ones, are not known for their portablility. The dioramas can be worked on at home (at least partially) to put an end to late night animal building binges.
  • We wanted something smaller because our crowded office space was getting even more cramped. This made for some interesting office politics (why does the giraffe get more space than the VP?).
  • And finally, we needed something different because some potential corporate investors just don’t see the humor in giant cardboard animals (not naming names).

The first dioramas are of a confused camel (?) in the desert, a hockey game using a turtle for the puck, and a crazy monkey eating a Dairy Queen banana split in the middle of the jungle. Astute observers of cardboard animal history will notice a pattern here. Those coworkers who were fortunate enough to receive cardboard animals last year will have that animal included in their dioramas this year. Next year, all bets are off.