We're delighted to announce that we're opening a BRAND NEW dedicated 2D animation studio across the road from our current home, creating over 60 new jobs in the process!
We're so excited that our long-term ambition to diversify into a fully fledged 2D studio is being realised, and we're able to support the growing demand for 2D animation.
The studio will be based around a ToonBoom Harmony pipeline, creating episodic TV series for major broadcasters across the world, as well as building on our own IP catalogue. With this expansion, we're set to become the biggest independent 2D and 3D animation studio in the UK.
This is a hugely important milestone for us, adding another string to our animation bow and maintaining that versatility that keeps us at the forefront of the industry (and on our toes!). Thanks to a comeback in traditional animation particularly among older children, we're seeing a growing demand for 2D animation.
Production starts on new 2D comedy, directed by Ant Blades
We're also bursting to announce that the first project for the new studio will be Pony, a new 2D animated comedy for an international broadcaster conceived by super-talent Ant Blades. Pony follows the story of an average girl, Annie, her (almost) average family and her excitable, loveable pony who comes to live with them in their city apartment. Ant will be directing the 20 half-hour episodes, and the characters and stories are already coming to life in his unmistakable and charming animation style.
“BZ is a great home for Annie and Pony and it’s incredibly exciting to see the show develop. There’s such a wealth of enthusiasm and talent surrounding the project it can only be fantastic.” Ant Blades, Director.
The new studio opens in 2019 and there are LOADS of great roles up for grabs at different levels. Details of all opportunities can be found on our jobs website at jobs.blue-zoo.co.uk.
“Our passion is for great storytelling with great characters, and it's been a long-term ambition to diversify into a fully fledged 2D studio. Blue Zoo is already internationally recognised for 3D animation and having even more freedom to animate in whichever medium is best suited suddenly creates many more exciting opportunities - for projects and for attracting the best and brightest 2D talent. We love the idea of combining our amazing pipelines to make a hybrid show playing to the strengths of 2D and 3D - so watch this space!” Adam Shaw, Co-founder & Director