Offices: Bristol, England
Peter Lord and David Sproxton began their
animating partnership in their school days.
At first only a hobby, commercial success
came when they sold a 20-second animated
cartoon to the BBC TV program "Vision On".
The star of that brief clip was a dead-pan
superhero they called Aardman. In 1976 they
established Aardman Animations in Bristol.
Offices: Rochester, New York
Animatus Studio has been operating in 1989.
They specialize in traditional animation
for film and video, but also handle web
animation, 3D and 2D graphics, and video
editing. They use an Oxberry animation camera
for film titles and animation, but most
of our work lately has been in video and
the digital arena. To this end, they use
programs like Photoshop, After Effects,
3D Studio Max, Lightwave, and Macromedia
Offices: Van Nuys, California
Animax Entertainment creates comedic character
driven content for all screens. Winners
of the first-ever broadband Emmy Award,
Animax produces animation, viral videos,
games and websites for kids, teens and adults.
Their team of writers, artists and programmers
create original content for AOL, Disney,
ESPN, Fox, Kodak, Sesame, Starz and themselves.
They are an Adobe Solution Partner, a mentor
at the AFI Digital Content Lab and they
own a pet dragon.
Offices: Syracuse, New York
Since 1983, clients have relied on Animotion
for story and character development, animation,
backgrounds, sound production and development
of accompanying print material. Animotion’s
expertise with human and animal characters
for children and adults has brought us work
on major motion pictures, CD-ROMs for the
educational and entertainment markets, Web
Site development as well as commercials
for local and national television ad campaigns.
Through the years they have maintained their
love of animation and their commitment to
giving their customers more than their moneys
Offices: Glasgow, Scotland
Axis Animation was founded in 2000 by four leading
artists and animators to create world-class
animation. Currently, Axis has over 40 people
working in the studio—a multi-faceted, international
team whose individual career backgrounds
include art, games, television, design,
commercials and feature film. Axis likes
to be open and approachable with people—both
their staff and their clients, and believe
that fostering close relationships is the
key to their success.
Offices: Franklin, Tennessee
Most major media companies today name shareholder
value or profitability as their top priority.
At Big Idea, their priorities are: people
first, products second, profits third. Profiting
is like breathing. As humans, they must
breathe to live, but they do not live to
breathe. As a company, Big Idea must profit
to exist, but they will not exist merely
to profit. Achieving their goal of building
a top four family media brand takes a tremendous
amount of capital, but they will never sacrifice
the needs of kids or of their employees
simply to increase their wealth.
Bill Melendez Animation
Offices: Sherman Oaks, California
Since founding his own production company,
Bill Melendez Productions, in 1964, Bill's
work has continued to win awards and applause.
Alongside his commercial work, in 1964 Bill
produced his first television special, A
Charlie Brown Christmas. Despite being forced
to bring it on a short schedule and tight
budget, he managed to garner both an Emmy
Award (the first of eight) and the prestigious
George Foster Peabody Award for Outstanding
Children/Young People's program..
Offices: Ottawa, Ontario
Boomstone is a full service animation production
house developing their own properties as
well as producing episodic animation for
Canadian, European and American Producers.
A strong creative and production team heads
the firm, including Lee Williams, Rich Vanatte,
Claire Wilmut and Weldon Poapst who have
built their many years experience in all
aspects of animation production including
producing, directing, animation, design
and production management.
Blue Sky Studios
Offices: Culver City, California
Academy Award winning Blue Sky Studios became
a wholly owned unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment
in 1997 (a subsidiary of News Corporation).
The studio was founded ten years earlier
with a mission to pioneer creatively superior
photo-realistic, high-resolution, computer-generated
character animation for the feature film,
television and entertainment industries.
Throughout their history, the people at
Blue Sky Studios have maintained a single-minded
focus on creating high quality imagery,
while upholding the highest production standards.
Offices: Dallas, Texas
CAT was established in 1986 as a high-end
3-D animation facility and has grown to
become the central US’ largest premier high-end
3-D and special effects studio. Housed in
a new 11,000 square foot animation facility
including its 6,800 square foot “optical
motion capture” studio, CAT is currently
one of the largest studios in the US dedicated
to motion capture work, special effects,
3D animated films, commercials, music videos,
and full production. CAT’s facility is designed
to accommodate feature-length animation
production work, with room to house as many
as 120 animators.
Offices: Burbank, California
DIC Entertainment, a fully-integrated global
brand management company, is dedicated to
creating, developing, producing, distributing,
marketing and merchandising family-based
intellectual properties. DIC serves as the
worldwide licensor or licensing agent for
renowned brands, such as Strawberry Shortcake,
McDonald's, Madeline and Classic Trolls.
The company has also distinguished itself
by building one of the largest libraries
of animation with approximately 2,800 half-hours
Do More Animation (DMA)
Offices: New York, New York
They create animated content for television,
film, the Internet and New Media. DMA's
creative team designs and creates character
driven animation for network television
shows, national commercials and web based
content. They are best known for their award
winning work in children's television. At
DMA, they conceptualize and design the characters.
They produce the animation at their studio.
And they deliver it in any media you chose.
Offices: Burbank, California
DreamWorks Animation is devoted to producing
high-quality family entertainment through
the use of computer-generated (CG) animation.
With world-class creative talent and technological
capabilities, their goal is to release two
CG animated feature films a year that deliver
great stories, breathtaking visual imagery
and a sensibility that appeals to both children
and adults. With each film, they strive
to tell great stories that are fun and comedic,
told with a level of sophistication and
irreverence that appeals to the broadest
audience possible and captures the imaginations
of all people regardless of age.