The People's Republic of Animation

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The People's Republic of Animation
Type Private
Industry Animation
Founded 2003
Headquarters Adelaide, Australia
Key people

Eddie White (Creative Director)
Sam White (Managing Director)
Hugh Nguyen (Head of Development)
James Calvert (Head of Production)

Brodie McCrossin (Animation Director)

The People's Republic of Animation (PRA) is an animation studio based in Adelaide, Australia. Since starting out on music videos for Australian bands in 2003, The People’s Republic of Animation (PRA) has grown into a highly prolific studio creating international award-winning short films, TV commercials and developing feature films.


As 14-year-olds, in 1996, PRA founders Eddie White, James Calvert & Hugh Nguyen began experimenting with a super 8 camera under the name of ‘Dabble Animation’. Their first short film, Natural Born Animators (1998) was made two years later and achieved some national and international festival success on the student film circuit including a selection at the Student Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada. In 2000 Eddie White renamed the team 'The People's Republic of Animation', a name coined after he flipped through an old Funk & Wagnall's encyclopedia looking for titles and saw the heading 'The People's Republic of China' and liked the empire-like and grand connotations it had. With the addition of animator/sculptor Brodie McCrossin in 2000 and producer Sam White in 2002, The People’s Republic of Animation was officially formed as a company in 2003. It wasn’t long before the young crew succeeded in gaining their first government grant for a stop-motion TV pilot and cg animation for a music video in the same year.

Notable works[edit]

The PRA has produced two recent AFI (Australian Film Institute) nominated short films, Fritz gets Rich (2005) and Carnivore Reflux (2006). Carnivore Reflux was also voted best animated film by Australian audiences at the IF (inside Film) awards in 2006.[1] Other notable productions include the international short film co-production with The Shanghai Animation Film Studio of China, Sweet & Sour. Internationally, PRA continues to win accolades for its work at major animation festivals around the world including Annecy, Stuttgart and Zagreb.

Recent work[edit]

Having produced the first official Australian-Chinese animated co-production, Sweet & Sour (2007), The PRA studio is currently co-developing a feature film project with the Shanghai Animation Film Studio.

Eddie White and James Calvert have just directed the first of the Mitsubishi Lancer/Sony Tropfest 'supershort' films titled 'Safer in a wild world', a one minute short that blends 2d animation and 3d animation in a pop-up storybook style. Eddie White & Ari Gibson of the PRA recently directed the short film ' The Cat Piano, featuring the narration by Australian music legend, Nick Cave. The film was officially selected in competition at Annecy Animated Film Festival in 2009 and has gone on to be nominated for an AFI award for best short animation.

Recently The PRA made two shorts; 'I Was A Teenage Butterfly' and 'The Ghastly Gourmet Cooking Show' were also broadcast on Nickelodeon's Sarvo program in 2008.


  • Benjamin Speed - Composer / Musical Direction
  • Deane Taylor - Art Director
  • Greg Holfeld - 2D Animation Director
  • Barry Plews & Hu He - Reckless Moments - Co-production partner
  • Shanghai Animation Film Studio - Co-production partner
  • Jessica Brentnall - Magic Films - Producer


Short Films[edit]

  • 2009 - The Cat Piano - 8:00 - Directed by Eddie White & Ari Gibson, Narrated by Nick Cave, Poem written by Eddie White
  • 2007 - Sweet & Sour - Co-production with Shanghai Animation Film Studio and Reckless Moments – 17:00 - Written & Directed by Eddie White
  • 2006 - Carnivore Reflux – 7:00 - Directed by Eddie White & James Calvert, written by Eddie White
  • 2005 - Fritz Gets Rich – 12:05 - Directed by Eddie White & James Calvert, written by Eddie White

TV Specials/Interstitials[edit]

  • 2008 - I Was a Teenage Butterfly 'Battle of the Bug Bands' - Directed by Eddie White & Ari Gibson, written by Eddie White
  • 2008 - The Ghastly Gourmet Cooking Show 'Meat, Meat, Meat' - Directed by James Calvert & Eddie White, written by Eddie White
  • 2006 - Dust Echoes "Whirlpool" - Directed by James Calvert
  • 2006 - Dust Echoes "Mermaid Story" - Directed by James Calvert
  • 2006 - Errorism: A Comedy of Terrors - Directed by Eddie White

Music videos[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

The Cat Piano

  • Winner IF (Inside Film) Award for Best Animation 2009
  • Yoram Gross Award for best short animation - Dendy Awards - Sydney Film Festival 2009
  • Winner Best Animation Short - Melbourne International Film Festival 2009
  • Winner Best Animation - IF (Inside Film Awards) 2009
  • Audience choice award for Best Short Film - Adelaide Film Festival 2009
  • Official Selection - Short Film Competition - Annecy International Festival of Animated films 2009
  • AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards - Nominated for Best Short Animation
  • Jury Prize for animation & Audience Award for Best Short Film - 15 Short Film Festival 2009

Sweet & Sour

  • Golden Monkey award for Best International Co-production - China Cartoon & Animation Festival - 2008
  • Yoram Gross Award for best short animation - Dendy Awards - Sydney Film Festival 2007
  • SBS Television Award - St. Kilda Film Festival 2007
  • Winner - Best Animation - ATOM - Australian Teachers of Media Awards - 2007
  • Bronze Shorts Award (3rd prize) - Shorts Film Festival, South Australia, 2008

Carnivore Reflux

  • Istanbul Animation Festival 2006 - Jury Prize
  • Holland Animation Festival 2006 - Movie Squad Award
  • Inside Film Awards Best Short Animation (winner) 2006
  • St Kilda Film Festival 2006 - Best Original Score (winner)
  • Shorts Film Festival 2006 - Best Under 25 years
  • Honourable mention - Zebra Poetry Film Awards, Germany 2006
  • Top 16 Finalist - Sony Tropfest, Sydney, 2006

Mermaid Story

  • Kalamazoo Animation Festival 2007 (USA) - Jury Award for excellence in visual storytelling

Fritz Gets Rich

  • Best Film For Children - Bradford Animation Festival, UK 2005

The Bomb (Sixxx Legs)

  • Best Visual Effects Award - Belowground Music Video Festival 2004


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  1. "Kenny Cleans Up At The 2006 Hisense Inside Film Awards". IFA. IFA. 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 

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