Toon Boom Animation
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Toon Boom Animation Inc. is a Canadian software company that specializes in animation production software. This animation software company was a division of Corus Entertainment, and founded in 1994 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Toon Boom develops animation and storyboarding software for film, television, web animation, games, mobile devices, and training applications. In 2005, Toon Boom was awarded a Primetime Emmy in Engineering.
Toon Boom's client base ranges from professional studios to individual animators and colleges. Prestigious customers include: Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Television Animation, Nelvana, Warner Bros. Animation, Fox, Walking the Dog, Mercury Filmworks, China Central Television, Toonz India Ltd, eMation, Rough Draft Korea, Alphanim, 2d3D Animations, Imira Entertainment, GoAnimate Feature Animation, Cartoon Network Studios, PIXAR and Enarmonia.
In 2006, the IT Federation of Quebec (FIQ) awarded an OCTAS 2006 in the Multimedia – educational and cultural sector category, for Toon Boom Studio. In 2007, FIQ awarded an OCTAS 2007 in the Technological Innovation category, for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro. In 2008, Flip Boom was granted a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and a New Canadian Media Award in the Excellence in Children’s category. In 2009, Flip Boom was selected as Editor’s Choice by the prestigious Children’s Technology Review for excellence in design. In 2010, Flip Boom All-Star was granted a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, the NAPPA Honors Award and the Tech & Learning Award of Excellence. In 2011, Toon Boom won the HSBC International Business Award in the small and medium size category. In addition, both Flip Boom Classic and Flip Boom All-Star Curricula were granted the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Art category, for K-5 and 6-8 markets by The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). The Flip Boom Classic Curriculum was also an AEP Innovation Award finalist for its excellence in educational resources. Garfield’s Comic Boom was awarded the 2011 Preferred Choice Award granted by Creative Child Magazine, the 2011 NAPPA Honors Award and the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval. Flip Boom All-Star received the 2011 Media Of The Year Award, granted by Creative Child Magazine and the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval. Toon Boom Studio received the 2011 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence. In 2012, Frost & Sullivan granted Toon Boom the 2011 Global Animation Software Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award.
- Software for students to professionals
- Toon Boom Studio - This Toon Boom software is aimed at home users and individuals rather than professional animation studios.
- Toon Boom Animate - This Toon Boom software is aimed at professional animators, boutique studios, students and educators. It contains some of the features in Toon Boom Digital Pro, but is set at a consumer price. It also has a free Personal Learning Edition.
- Toon Boom Animate Pro (formerly Toon Boom Digital Pro formerly Toon Boom Solo) - This Toon Boom software is aimed at animation studios and freelancers, described as "the most complete animation software for professionals, offering award winning state-of-the-art content creation, animation and compositing toolsets".
- Toon Boom Opus (formerly USAnimation)  - This Toon Boom software is commonly used in the traditional film/TV animation industry. This software contains all the tools required to handle traditional animation workflows from scanning to compositing and 2D/3D integration. Its centralized database system allows the sharing of assets between scenes and enables the workload to be shared efficiently across a studio or even between studios. As of April 2008, Toon Boom Opus has been discontinued.
- Toon Boom Harmony (formerly Toon Boom Symphony) - Like Opus, this software is based on a centralized database system and is used in the Film and TV animation industry. It contains all the Opus features and has additional tools that can be used for cut-out animation style. These tools include pencil lines with textures, the deformation tool, morphing, inverse kinematics, particles and 2D-3D integration. Harmony can also be used as a paperless animation solution, drawing animation directly into the software, using a Wacom tablet. Harmony is available as a network or stand-alone license.
- Utility Softwares
- Toon Boom Pencil Check Pro - A line testing software.
- Toon Boom Storyboard - This software is used to create storyboards that can be printed.
- Toon Boom Storyboard Pro - Like Storyboard, this software is used to create storyboards. In addition to the Storyboard features, the Pro version has tools to create animatics and can be integrated into a pipeline using Opus, Harmony or Animate Pro. You can export to the leading NLE as well. Release 2.1 of Storyboard Pro is now compatible with Final Draft 8 (using Tagger to export XML script).
- Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 3D - Building upon Storyboard Pro, this software is used to create storyboards combined with 3D assets from Maya. In addition to the Storyboard Pro features, the Pro 3D version has tools to import and manipulate 3D objects (supports FBX, OBJ, OSB formats), to set a 3D flying camera. You can export to FBX to import into the 3D software of your choice as well as the leading NLE as well.
- Fun Division (entry level)
- Flip Boom Cartoon - Part of Toon Boom Fun division, this is an entry level animation software made to learn animation principles (draw, add frames, playback)
- Flip Boom All-Star - Part of Toon Boom Fun division, this is an animation software for teens designed to enable them to communicate using animation (import digital images, MP3 files and upload directly to YouTube, Facebook and iTunes)
- Flipboom Lite FREE - This is the first app developed by Toon Boom for the iPad.
- Garfield's Comic Boom - Part of Toon Boom Fun division, this is an comic strip or album creation software developed with Jim Davis. The application includes built-in video tutorials by Jim Davis himself. Main features include content creation, adding sound and direct export to YouTube, Facebook and iTunes.
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
- Doug's 1st Movie (1999)
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
- The Tigger Movie (2000)
- An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
- The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)
- Recess: School's Out (2001)
- Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001)
- Return to Never Land (2002)
- Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)
- Tarzan & Jane (2002)
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
- 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (2003)
- The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
- Piglet's Big Movie (2003)
- Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003)
- Stitch! The Movie (2003)
- Teacher's Pet (2004)
- The Lion King 1½ (2004)
- Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2004)
- Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004)
- Mulan II (2005)
- Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
- Tarzan II (2005)
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)
- Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
- Kronk's New Groove (2005)
- Bambi II (2006)
- Leroy & Stitch (2006)
- Brother Bear 2 (2006)
- The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)
- Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007)
- Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams (2007)
- The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning (2008)
- Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011)
Walt Disney Animation Studios
- The Rugrats Movie (1998)
- Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
- Hey Arnold!: The Movie (2002)
- The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
- Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
Universal Animation Studios
20th Century Fox Animation
- Lucky Fred
- American Dad!
- Bob's Burgers
- The Cleveland Show
- Curious George
- Dave The Barbarian
- Di-Gata Defenders
- The Fairly OddParents
- Family Guy
- Galactik Football
- Gerald McBoing-Boing
- Geronimo Stilton
- Happy Tree Friends
- Jimmy Two-Shoes
- Kim Possible
- King of the Hill
- The Large Family
- Neighbors from Hell
- Phineas and Ferb
- Producing Parker
- Robot Boy
- Ruby Gloom
- The Simpsons
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- South Park
- Toot and Puddle
- Weird Years
- Yvon of the Yukon
- Zombie Hotel
The Toon Boom community comes from 122 countries. Working extensively in Asia and more particularly in India, China, Korea and The Philippines, Toon Boom is also developing new geographies in the Caribbean and Africa especially in South Africa and Egypt.
Several video tutorials developed by Toon Boom are available to learn Toon Boom Studio, Storyboard Pro and the Animate family. Toon Boom publishes on its web site monthly tips that make users more proficient with the different tools. In addition, several power users have developed their content to help the community develop higher quality animation. Examples can be found in the Cartooning in Toon Boom Wiki at toonboomcartooning.wetpaint.com and at ToonBoomTutorials.com. Additional tutorials can be found at Toon Boom EF Tutorial!. Another series of video tutorials are developed by Adam Phillips on YouTube Adam Phillips' Animate Tutorials and by CartoonSmart on Vimeo CartoonSmart Video Tutorials on Animate.
Tips and tricks, animation charts and FX templates are also developed on a monthly basis, and teaching aids are available to educators. Students and educators have now a dedicated section in the Toon Boom Forums.
In 1996, Toon Boom purchased the software development business of USAnimation studio. Its animation production services were initially to be merged into CST Entertainment according to a premature press release from CST. That merger never transacted, and USAnimation's studio changed its name to VirtualMagic Animation in 1996 and operated independently. Toon Boom has been continuing the development of the USAnimation software, formerly known as Toon Boom Opus, it is now called Toon Boom Harmony.
In 2006, Toon Boom acquired French company Pegs's'Co, developer of the 2D bitmap animation software called Pegs. Since the acquisition, the software has not been updated and cannot be purchased anymore (it has been replaced by Toon Boom Harmony).
- (Aug. 6, 1996). "Toon Boom Technologies enters merger transaction with USAnimation Inc" [Business Wire]. Retrieved March 17, 2008.
- (Jun. 6, 2006). "Toon Boom Animation acquires Pegs’n Co’s" [Studio Daily]. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
- (January 8, 2009)."Toon Boom Acquires Cambridge Animation" [AWN]. Retrieved January 28, 2009.