Hot Animation

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HOT Animation
Type Subsidiary
Industry Media, Television Production & Distribution
Founded 1998
Founders Jackie Cockle
Brian Little
Joe Dembinski
Headquarters Broadheath, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Key people Jackie Cockle
Brian Little
Joe Dembinski
Products Children's Animation, Stop motion
Total assets $1,119 mil
Owners Mattel
Employees 188+
Parent HIT Entertainment
Website http://www.hotanimation.com/[dead link]

HOT Animation is a British stop motion animation studio based in Broadheath, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England. It was established in 1998 by Jackie Cockle, Brian Little and Joe Dembinski.

Worldwide success followed with Bob the Builder, a show for pre-school children about a builder and his talking machines. In 2000, the theme tune was released as a single, Can We Fix It? with an accompanying promo produced at HOT, which beat Kylie Minogue's "Please Stay", Eminem's Stan and Westlife's "What Makes a Man" to become the Christmas number-one single.

Next came Brambly Hedge, a series of 30-minute specials based on the illustrated books for children by Jill Barklem, and Rubbadubbers, a series about bath toys that come alive. Pingu, a Swiss series about a family of penguins, was recreated with great success in 2004.

After the Company was taken over by a venture capitalist firm, job cuts inevitably ensued, leaving the company with a fraction of its previous workforce.[citation needed]

HOT Animation is a subsidiary of HIT Entertainment.

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