Meant To Be

Client: JJ Heller


Here’s one for the kids. And the grown-up kids.

A music video for JJ Heller's song "Meant To Be". Two squirrels (Miles and Claudia) embark on an adventure into space, then back home for a nice cup of ‘squoffee’ before bed.

Meant To Be

The brief

JJ and her husband Dave got in touch as they wanted a music video made in time for the release of their new album. The opening request was “The words that we’d love associated with the video are charming, clever and adorable. We’d love it to: 1) Be the kind of video that is hard to turn away from because it’s so much fun to keep watching. 2) Insert humour as much as we can. 3) For children to enjoy watching as much as adults.”

Meant To Be

The idea

JJ and Dave had a pre-prepared script and were eager to chat through ideas. Initially they had written a story about two foxes but after a chat we discussed using squirrels instead, and agreed that the idea of these characters living in a giant tree house would be super fun!

After a few minor tweaks to the script, Katy began designing the characters and playing with colour choices. The animation was hand-drawn, pen on paper, and cleaned and coloured digitally. There are 1150 individual illustrations in total (let alone layered Photoshop files!).


Director: Katy Davis
Audio: JJ Heller
Design: Katy Davis
Animation: Katy Davis

Awards & goodstuff

  • Official selection: Anim’est Film Festival 2015