I hired Karl Pontau to create an animation that I could use on my website and YouTube to introduce
myself and my business to potential clients. Working with Karl was a great experience. Karl is a good
listener and genuinely cared about conveying my message. His attention to details is unparalleled. He
happily made numerous edits and tweeks working to make the final product excellent. He exceeded my
expectations regarding his availability to me, and his response time to my questions, at all hours of the
day and weekends. In the end, he gave me a product that I am very pleased with. I highly recommend
Karl to business owners that want to create animation videos for their businesses.

Bill Evans

Bill Evans Insurance

Our company landed a large eLearning animation project from one of our clients involving a lot of character animation with multiple videos. The project had many complexities as well as a tight schedule during the holidays. We brought on Karl and his company Squash and Stretch Productions. They not only stuck with us through some of the project's twists and turns, but also did a stellar job turning over quality work quickly. Our client and our shop was thrilled with Squash and Stretch under Karl's leadership and animating talents. Anyone in need of animation - character or otherwise need look no further than here.

Brandon Wasserburger

Owner, FireTribe Inc.

To be honest, I was anxious before hiring Karl to create an explainer animation for my company, Cage & Aquarium. I had never used motion graphics to promote my business, and didn’t know what to expect. Karl sat down with me to plan out my animation, which not only put my fears to rest, but got me excited to see the finished project. He answered all my questions and explained what the production process would be like. Working with Karl was a great experience. He was very flexible with my time constraints, gave me ample opportunities to give feedback, and checked in regularly to make sure I knew what was going on at all times. The final animation is amazing, and exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t wait to show it off and use it to promote my business! If you’re looking for a way to help your business stand out, talk to Karl.

Tyler Huffman

Founder, Cage & Aquarium

I hired, managed, and trained Karl during this year's busy season at Guidespark. Our ramp up time was cut short as the work was piling up on us, and so Karl stepped in immediately and made an impact. He's a hard working, diligent designer who knows his way in After Effects. He's dedicated to his craft, and shows stewardship and care for his projects. Another great attribute to Karl is his sense to communicate and to seek improvement to just not better himself, but to also better the product and the production process. He is a team player, and works well in a design team!

Guide Spark

I’d like to share a quick note about my experience working with Squash and Stretch Productions. Karl Pontau did a really good job putting the videos together that I commissioned . I’m glad I decided to work with him. It’s really great how easy the process was from start to finish. Karl was responsive and had really great creative ideas to share.

I didn’t know what to expect when we started the process of creating the videos but I am very pleased with the results. My videos are short, to the point, and interesting. The messages they impart will be a great help in getting potential clients to act, and contact us.

Thanks, Karl!

Homewatch Caregivers

Karl worked quickly to complete the projects I contracted him for. He was able to skillfully put them together with short notice, and took direction to implement changes while still meeting deadlines. I would definitely work with him again!

Food Guru

Karl has done a great job capturing the essence of the Oasis venture in 7 animations that are included on our website.

Karl is very professional, creative, and focused. He met or exceeded all project milestones with high quality results.

A pleasure to work with, Karl will be invited back to help with the telling of our story again and again as our story evolves.


Karl is a true artist in his field! His work on a key addition to my website was beautifully done, with efficiency and professionalism. He listened to my needs and concerns, and described the value of idea so that I could visualize and understand it. I know his work will add marketing value to my website, and am so appreciative. I also learned a lot about graphics and sound.

Thank you, Karl!

Donna Bratton-Kearns, MPH, JD

Mediator & Trainer

"Karl and Squash and Stretch worked tirelessly animating five separate scenes for our clients' eLearning course. His work brings a lot of value to the project and the overall experience for the learners embarking on the course. The client is very pleased, and we are as well! Squash and Stretch can turn around good animations in a tight time frame. Definitely appreciate everything they've done to help us serve our clients."

Brandon Wasserburger

Creative Director, Fire Tribe, inc.

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