Animals have evolved over millennia to become the perfect shapes to survive in their environments, which is why you don't see many of them that are completely round. Because as these amusing animations from Kyra Buschor and Constantin Päplow show, it's not very practical.
For the shorts series called Rollin' Wild, which were initially made as trailers for the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film back in 2013, the pair used digital animation to create spherical animals.
Animals that act like they've been inflated like a balloon. "If all animals became round overnight, would their daily life still run that smoothly?" was the question they asked themselves.
The results see the animals rolling around unable to control their motion and went on to win the pair the award for Best Student Project at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival 2013.
Buschor and Päplow created the shorts in six months as part of their final year project when they were students at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany. To create the comical animals they designed, modelled, and rendered them using Maya animation software.
You can check out the meerkats versions above. And below are the other parts of the series.