|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Key people||Steve Gaconnier, CEO
Mike Duffy, Executive Producer
Greg Punchatz, Senior Creative Director
Janimation, Inc. is a production studio based in Dallas, Texas. It was co-founded in 1993 by CEO and Chief Creative Director, Stephen Gaconnier. A pioneer company, Janimation established itself in the early nineties when the digital animation and visual effects industry were both starting to emerge.
Steve Gaconnier and Jana Oleksinski co-founded Janimation in 1993. Throughout the late 1990s, Janimation received press for work done on animation in commercials for Universal Studios Florida. In 1998 Janimation produced its first HD cartoon short film, titled Life, which was directed by Steve Gaconnier.
In 2000, Steve Gaconnier became the sole owner of Janimation by purchasing Jana Oleksinski's stake in the company.
For Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Janimation's work on the movie's sea monster represented the company's first contribution to a feature film. The sea monster artwork was featured on the cover of both Production Reality and Post magazines and appeared in Avid's Softimage advertising at that time. The movie critic, Roger Ebert, gave his opinions on the special effects of the sea monster in his review of the movie. Janimation later re-teamed with Troublemaker Studios on their work for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over in 2003.
In 2008, Janimation moved from its Exposition Ave. office into its new and expanded 22,000 sq. ft. studio on East Side Avenue, just north of Fair Park and east of Deep Ellum in Dallas. The studio consists of a 1250 sq. ft. sound stage with a 16-feet tall cyclorama. The studio also contains editorial, audio, and color correction production suites. The current office space was renovated from a run-down warehouse into a high-end production facility. The studio is a testament to the creative diversity of the Janimation team, as its overall design and architecture was headed by Steve Gaconnier and Janimation's artists.
- Hugo (2011) - Visual Effects Company
- Green Lantern (2011) - Visual Effects Company
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) - Visual Effects Company
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) - Visual Effects Company
- The Ringer (2005) - Visual Effects Company
- Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) - Visual Effects Company
- Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) - Visual Effects Company
Janimation and its artists have contributed visual effects for feature films or title sequences to the following films: Hugo, Green Lantern, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Legend of Santa Claus, Iron Man, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Visitor, The Ant Bully, Spy Kids 2 and Spy Kids 3D, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Ringer, Lilo & Stitch, The Lion King, Brother Bear, Ace Ventura, Olive, the Other Reindeer, Lonesome Dove, Coming to America, Nightmare on Elm Street, Monkeybone, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show!, and all three Robocop films.
Janimation produces teasers, trailers, in-game cinematics, behind the scenes, and commercials for popular game titles.
|Zynga Z Tag||Zynga||Zynga||2012|
|Borderlands 2||Gearbox Software||2K Games||2011|
|Duke Nukem Forever||Gearbox Software||2K Games||2011|
|Dark Legends||Spacetime Studios||Spacetime Studios||2011|
|Swarm (2011 video game)||Hothead Games||Ignition Entertainment||2011|
|Jurassic Park||Telltale Games||Telltale Games||2011|
|Borderlands (video game)||Gearbox Software||2K Games||2010|
|Mytheon||Petroglyph Games||True Games||2010|
|Quantum of Solace (video game)||Treyarch||Activision||2008|
|Civilization Revolution||Firaxis||2K Games||2008|
|Civilization IV: Colonization||Firaxis||2K Games||2008|
|Age of Empires||Big Huge Games||Microsoft Studios||2007|
|Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword||Firaxis||2K Games||2007|
|Civilization IV: Warlords||Firaxis||2K Games||2006|
|Civilization IV||Firaxis||2K Games||2005|
|The Suffering: Ties That Bind||Midway Games||FailSafe||2005|
|Area 51 (2005 video game)||Midway Games||FailSafe||2005|
|i-Ninja||Midway Games||J.Walter Thompson||2003|
- 2009 Addy’s, Mobius, Tele, and Clio Awards
- 2008 Lone Star Emmy for Media Project's "A Fair to Remember"
- Best of E3 for John Woo's Stranglehold trailer
- 2008 Online Media, Marketing & Advertising (OMMA) Award for "Best Video Appearing in a Banner"
- Big Kahuna Award for Best CG Commercial "Harrah's Closet Space"
- Featured work at AFI, Siggraph, AICP event
- Selected for magazine cover art for
- "Thumbs Up for Janimation’s Spy Kids 2 Effects". Animation Magazine. 15 August 2002. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams ::rogerebert.com::". Chicago Sun Times. 7 August 2002. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- "TroubleMaker & Janimation Use AMD Processor-Based Systems on Spy Kids 3D". Animation World Network. 25 July 2003. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- "The Visitor (2007/I) - Company Credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
- "The Ringer (2005) - Company Credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
- "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) - Company Credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
- "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) - Company Credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
- "Janimation (US) - IMDB.com credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- "Greg Punchatz - Janimation artist". IMDb.com. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Greg Punchatz - Janimation artist". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "A Fair to Remember receives Lone Star Emmy". Media Projects, Inc. 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Gamespot's E3 2005 Editor's Choice Awards". Gamespot.com. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- "OMMA Award - Video Appearing in a Banner". Media Post Publications. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "TM Advertising/Janimation/EyeWonder - Superpages.com". Media Post Publications. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Cover Story - Running a Post House". Post Magazine. June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Cover Art - NAB 08 Ante Up". Post Magazine. April 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Cover Story - Having a Cow for Chick-Fil-A". Post Magazine. February 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Cover Story - The Kids are Alright". Post Magazine. September 2002. Retrieved 8 August 2012.