Pearn and Cameron, along with other members of the creative team, eventually came up with more than a hundred hybrid foodimals – including cucumbirds, flamangos, susheep and sasquash. Creature ideas usually started with a name.
"There's a term, portmanteau, where you mash two words together -- like smoke and fog, smog comes from that," Cameron said. "Craig Kellman, our character designer, went away one weekend and came up with about 100 of these."
Others pitched in and the design team pursued the animal/food combinations that had the most character potential. "We ran the process like a writers' room through all of the departments," Pearn said. "When you let 300 people know that you're looking for jokes, looking for puns, you get results. The shrimpanzee came from one of our storyboard artists. Once you start thinking them up, it's actually hard to stop."