An­niver­saries 2014

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Our an­nual tip of the hat to the com­pa­nies and char­ac­ters with some­thing to cel­e­brate.

2014 An­niver­saries In each Jan­uary is­sue, we like to ring in the New Year by putting a call out to our friends in the global an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try who will be cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone an­niver­sary in the com­ing twelve­month. This year we heard from shops in North Amer­ica, Europe and Asia ea­ger to share their good news with our read­ers.

For one U.K.-based in­de­pen­dent stu­dio, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment is a true fam­ily af­fair. Snap­per Pro­duc­tions was founded in 2009 by ac­claimed hus­band and wife chil­dren’s au­thors Nick ( Jin­gle Bells, The Whis­perer) and An­nette Butterworth ( Jake the Good Bad Dog) and their son, writer­pro­ducer Ben Butterworth. The young com­pany is al­ready col­lect­ing fans around the world for its first orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion, Q Poo­tle 5, which launched on CBeebies in July of 2013. The charm­ing CG preschool show (an­i­mated by Blue Zoo) fol­lows a friendly green alien named Poo­tle and his friends as they ex­plore the fron­tiers of space. The se­ries is based on the best-sell­ing books by Nick Butterworth.

It’s no sur­prise that the But­ter­worths say that cre­at­ing the TV ver­sion of Poo­tle was both the cra­zi­est and best thing they ever did. “To be­gin with, we didn’t ex­actly know what we were let­ting our­selves in for— but we learn quickly and it’s been well worth it,” says Ben. The highly cre­ative fam­ily say that a love of story telling, cre­at­ing imag­i­nary worlds and mak­ing peo­ple laugh are what keeps them go­ing when the high­qual­ity indie toon pro­duc­tion game gets tough. But they won’t be stop­ping with one in­trepid lit­tle space ex­plorer: top se­cret plans for a few fam­ily TV shows and films are un­der­way. And with influences as di­verse as John Las­seter, Bob Dy­lan and a slew of artists from all gen­res (and their own proven, in­born cre­ativ­ity to boot), what­ever they come up with will join Poo­tle in reach­ing for the stars. www.snap­per-films.com | www.qpoo­tle5.com

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