A father launched his four-year-old son’s favourite toy train (called Stanley) into space. The whole creative part of it is a rather sweet thing to do with and for his little boy.
So, how it happened: Father and son drive off somewhere and set up. Dad starts working his magic.
He attaches something to a white weather balloon and attaches Stanley the toy train to a bright orange box. The balloon also has a camera attached to it as well as an old mobile phone (which was used for GPS purposes).
Dad releases the balloon. What you next see is the balloon’s different facial expressions (with the aid of animation, of course) as it goes up and up into the sky. Stanley travelled as far as 18 miles up before the balloon burst and he made his descent, making a safe landing in a corn field.
With the aid of the GPS, they were able to find Stanley who was reunited with his happy little owner.
The music and toy train’s facial expressions were added afterwards using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.
(p.s.: it’s had over 3 million hits on YouTube so far.)