ASPR Client Makes Oscar News

Mike Capbarat, a senior producer with creative content studio Duke & Duck in Washington, D.C., will soon learn if he’ll be taking home an Oscar®.

Capbarat produced “Burrow,” a Disney and Pixar production that’s been nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category; the 93rd Academy Awards® will be held Sunday, April 25.

“Burrow” is the story of a young rabbit that embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there’s no shame in asking for help.

Capbarat says, “It was a true honor making this movie with such a wonderfully kind and talented crew. To have our short film receive this huge nomination is beyond exciting. One of our earliest goals was to create something warm and cozy that would inspire kids and families to cuddle up and watch. And we’re so glad that this nomination has given our little rabbit a second wind, bringing an even wider audience a sense of comfort and connection during this unbelievably tough year.”

Capbarat will be going to the Oscar ceremony; he says, “I’ve dreamed of this since I was a kid and it’s hard to believe it’s actually happening. I couldn’t be prouder to be representing our amazing crew, my family and friends, and my wonderful colleagues here in D.C.”

Alex Herder, founder and creative director of Duke & Duck, says, “We’re proud of Mike and all he contributes to each team and production. Stories are at the core of our humanity and, through animation and motion graphics, we work hard to reach the hearts and eyes of key audiences. Mike really exemplifies this philosophy and we’re all hoping he wins!”

At Duke & Duck, Capbarat has lent his Pixar-honed storytelling skills to the “Prepare with Pedro” cartoon series for the American Red Cross, to an award-winning ad series for Nestlé USA and more. These and other examples of the firm’s productions for clients such as Patagonia, Axios, the Biden-Harris presidential campaign and National Geographic can be found at