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Halloween Google Doodle carves logo from 1,000-pound pumpkins

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screen_shot_2011-10-31_at_11.44.31_am.pngGoogle is celebrating Halloween today with a cool time-lapse video that shows members of the Google doodle team & friends carving giant pumpkins that weigh more than 1,000 pounds each. When the carving stops there is a fade to black, revealing the holiday-themed logo. The video was made on location at Google's Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Music by Slavic Soul Party! and composed by Matt Moran.

Here's a portion of a post by Google's Sophia Foster-Dimino, a Doodler, on the official Google blog, describing how the team made the video. Check out the behind-the-scenes videos below as well.

"To celebrate Halloween this year, the doodle team wanted to capture that fascinating transformation that takes place when carving a pumpkin. Instead of picking up a few pumpkins from the grocery store, however, we decided to work on six giant pumpkins, specially delivered from nearby Half Moon Bay (some weighing well over 1,000 pounds). What you see is a timelapse video of the approximately eight hours we spent carving in the middle of our Mountain View, Calif. campus." ~ Sophia Foster-Dimino, Doodler

You can find an archive of Google doodles here. The first one, made to commemorate the Burning Man festival, appeared in August of 1998 and was a simple remake of the Google logo. Over time they have become more elaborate and interactive, much to the delight of those who follow and enjoy them (like me). 

[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2011 11:59am]

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