Pogo Sticks is the second track on Animusic 2. It features the return of Mr. Stick, the popular robotic bass from "Stick Figures" on Animusic 1 . This time he has been reformatted to include wheels, a second string, and the capabilities of motion. He also brings along "friends" and "cousins" in the form of similar instruments.
In order of appearance:
- Two hammered guitars (one lead, one backup)
- Hammered bass guitar (an updated version from 'Stick Figures: it now has two wheels and his motored')
- A two-part drum kit, including:
- A bass drum, 2 toms and a snare
- 2 cymbals, 3 hi-hats and a cowbell
- Lead Guitar: D2-A4
- Bass: A1-G3
- Backup Guitar: E2-E4
- Marimba: D#3-E5
- Vibraphone: F#3-D5
- Wayne Lytle has said that the stick bass has "cousins," which are the hammered guitars. His "friends" are the drum kit playing sticks and the two stick xylophones, one as a marimba and another as a metallophone. They also have green lights that glow when they go through tunnels. Throughout the performance, they travel around the wooden course at sunset, stopping at stages intermittently.
- Wayne also mentions, in the commentary, that the Animusic staff are immense fans of fellow animation company Pixar, and both Starship Groove and Pogo Sticks are the closest example that they have almost become character animators. Though Wayne mentions the positive reception to these facts, stating that the return of "fan-favorite" Mr. Stick, and that the new instruments now have a bit of attitude, play with enthusiasm, and have been given human qualities have made Pogo Sticks a favorite piece of many watchers.
- Humorously, the instruments become lit in green and play bridges of the piece as they roll under actual bridges. This may or may not have been intentional.
- Wayne mentions, in the commentary, that the sky that lights the wooden city where the instruments "live" was done by renowned background artist Eric Shauvin. Eric had actually called Animusic to ask if they needed help with backgrounds and was accepted. The sky was created when Eric shot about 8 pictures of the real sky where he lived, used Photoshop to fuse the photos into a panorama, and recolored it so that it would light the wooden environment in the same way.
- Bonus Feature: Rehearsal: All 7 performers run through the piece, not on wooden trails under an orange and purple sky, but in a plain room with a simple floor and walls. The performers also do not roll as much, yet they do bounce around more. Every performer is also there from the start, so they do not have to come out from the stage walls. The piece also ends a few seconds later than the actual animation, and instead of the instruments rolling off into the distance, they just flail around a little more and simply fade out.
- An earlier version of "Pogo Sticks" was used as filler music during Future Retro's "Stage Construction" feature from the first DVD. This piece used church organ instruments instead of the current bass string instruments.
- A synth player with keys that resembled those of the marimba and vibraphone players.