An Os­car her­alded the stu­dio’s ar­rival on the an­i­ma­tion scene in 2012, but there’s more to Moon­bot than movies…

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Some busi­nesses thrive on struc­ture, oth­ers thrive on joy. It’s all about bal­ance, ac­cord­ing to Moon­bot Stu­dio’s co-founder and creative part­ner, Bran­don Olden­burg. “When you have the right bal­ance, re­spect for both sides of the skill sets busi­ness and art, you’re able to do great things.”

Great things are what de­fines Moon­bot, which has just added two Em­mys to its grow­ing list of awards. Yet, with the stu­dio’s lobby re­sem­bling a pae­di­a­tri­cian’s wait­ing room, and monthly drink and draw gath­er­ings at the lo­cal mi­cro­brew­ery, you can’t ques­tion that the bal­ance is work­ing. With an ap­prox­i­mate ra­tio of 20 per cent ad­min and the rest “in­cred­i­bly tal­ented, gifted, dis­ci­plined and (tongue in cheek) ma­ture artists”, there’s an ob­vi­ous em­pha­sis on child­like joy. As Bran­don ex­plains: “We look through the eyes of our younger selves, to keep

Christina El­lis sketches with Bea­van Blocker. “I get re­ally fired up about the cul­ture of the art team, and want to fos­ter re­la­tion­ships be­tween artists, ” she says.

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