Mainframe Studios Celebrates 30 Years of Animation

Mainframe Studios celebrates its 30th anniversary this yr.  The trade pioneer has grown into a world animation powerhouse, producing each premium unique content material and high-quality exhibits for most of the trade’s greatest names, together with Mattel; Sony Photos; Spin Grasp; Hasbro; DreamWorks; Netflix; and YouTube.

Based in 1993, Mainframe created and produced the primary fully-CG TV collection, ReBoot in 1994, after which produced Spider-Man: The New Animated Collection for MTV, the primary large-scale, toon-shaded CG collection. In 2001, Mainframe Studios was the primary to make use of motion-capture know-how for animation and constructed their very own state-of-the-art mocap theater.  Mainframe additionally produced ReBoot: The Guardian Code, the studio’s first dwell motion manufacturing and one of many first TV collection rendered utilizing Unreal Engine, delivering in 4K. 

In whole, the Vancouver-based studio has produced properly over 1,000 tv half hour episodes, 70+ lengthy kind initiatives that embody three theatrical function movies, together with content material for giant manufacturers akin to Octonauts, Madagascar, and CoComelon. Over Mainframe’s almost 25-year relationship (60+ initiatives) with Mattel, the studio has delivered quite a few Barbie titles, together with films, collection, shorts, and the Barbie Vlog, in addition to the primary interactive journey, Barbie: Epic Street Journey.

Mainframe’s different notable accomplishments embody its addition to the Smithsonian’s Innovation Assortment for creating the primary CG animated TV collection; producing the primary non-theatrical animated function, Casper’s Haunted Christmas; launching a relationship with Silvergate Media (now Sony Photos Tv  Youngsters) with three feature-length productions: Octonauts and the Caves of Sac Actun, Octonauts & the Nice Barrier Reef, and Octonauts & The Ring of Fireplace; together with producing the Madagascar: A Little Wild collection for DreamWorks Animation and Workforce Zenko Go, the studio’s first co-production with DreamWorks Animation.

The studio, based by itself IP ReBoot (1994), continues to provide unique content material. In 2012 the corporate produced Escape From Planet Earth, a theatrical function movie developed in-house that went earned $75 million in worldwide field workplace, and adopted that success with the Ratchet & Clank function movie launched in 2016. The studio lately launched its first 2D unique collection, The Guava Juice Present, produced with YouTube Originals. Mainframe is at present producing The EggVenturers in partnership with GoldieBlox for YouTube, together with Coyote & The WildAways, working with Coyote Peterson whose Courageous Wilderness YouTube channel has 20M subscribers.

“With our 30-year monitor report of Mainframe Studios producing a number of the most iconic animated properties, we method day by day like a startup – difficult ourselves to ship new and thrilling artistic innovation to each challenge we undertake,” says Michael Hefferon, President/Chief Inventive Officer.

Kim Dent Wilder, Govt Vice President, stated, “As we rejoice our thirtieth anniversary, we’re happy with the impression that Mainframe Studios has had on serving to to form the animation trade, together with being a catalyst for a lot of studios began through the years whose founders are Mainframe alumni.”

“Collaborating with Mainframe through the years to offer followers of the long-lasting Barbie model with extremely entertaining, animated content material has been a real pleasure,” stated Christopher Keenan, SVP Inventive & Govt Producer at Mattel Tv. “With a number of of our newest initiatives, together with Barbie: Epic Street Journey and Barbie Mermaid Energy rating impressively on world streaming platforms, we’re proud to be working with Mainframe and to be celebrating our relationship of almost thirty years.”

Joe D’Ambrosia, EVP & Common Supervisor, Sony Photos Tv-Youngsters said, “Our relationship with Mainframe has spanned a number of collection and specials over 5+ years.  They proceed to be collaborative companions in producing high-quality animation and serving to to construct our manufacturers.  We sit up for our continued work collectively.” 

“In a enterprise the place belief is constructed over time, Mainframe’s longevity is a testomony to the studio’s high quality of labor and its partnership method with purchasers,” said Andy Heyward, Chairman & CEO Genius Manufacturers Worldwide. 

Supply: Mainframe Studios

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Whitney is a contract author specializing in VFX-driven fantasy movie & TV in addition to preschool animation.