Animal Logic

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Animal Logic
Industry CGI Visual Effects and Animation
Motion pictures
Founded 1991
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Number of locations
Burbank, California
Products Animated films, Visual effects

Animal Logic is an Australian animation and visual effects studio based at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia and Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA. Established in 1991, Animal Logic has produced visual effects and animation for feature films such as The Great Gatsby, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, The Matrix, 300, the Academy Award-winning Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge! and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Animal Logic also produced the animation on The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and released in February 2014. Animal Logic was recognised for its work as lead visual effects vendor on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, when it won Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects at the 3rd AACTA Awards ceremony.


In 1991, Zareh Nalbandian and Chris Godfrey formed and founded a digital studio in Crows Nest, Sydney, Australia. The company was named Animal Logic and was born out of the now defunct Video Paint Brush Company. Animal Logic moved to Fox Studios Australia in Moore Park, Sydney, in 1998.

Initially Animal Logic's core business was the design and production of high-end visual effects for commercials and television programs, and early success within these fields provided a platform for expansion into feature film work. Animal Logic went on to produce visual effects for many large budget feature film projects, including Moulin Rouge!, The Matrix, Babe: Pig in the City, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, World Trade Center, Fool's Gold, 300, Knowing, Australia, Sucker Punch and most recently The Great Gatsby.

In 2002, Animal Logic began work on its first computer-animated feature film, the Academy Award-winning Happy Feet, for director George Miller. Released in the United States on 17 November 2006, the project saw the company expand significantly, recruiting up to 300 artists and technicians from Australia and around the world. Happy Feet, which was the first computer animated feature film produced in Australia, went on to win the inaugural Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film. Their full-length feature animation, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, was released on 24 September 2010 and was Australia's first animated feature to be released in 3D stereoscopic.

In 2011, the company produced and animated LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace, a 30-minute TV special.[1] Produced for Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network,[1] the special premiered in the United States on cartoon Network and was followed by a worldwide DVD and Blu-ray release.[2]

2012 saw the release of the Animal Logic-animated "Polar Bowl" campaign, consisting of a 60-second and two 30-second commercials that aired at halftime at the Super Bowl XLVI.[3] The campaign aimed to re-launch the iconic Coca-Cola polar bear characters to a new generation. Following the success of the 3 spots, which were viewed by over 160 million people globally, the company went on to animate a 6-minute short film directed by John Stevenson to headline Coca-Cola's 2013 global campaign. The film was first released through YouTube in December 2012, followed by a worldwide international cinema release.

2012 also saw Animal Logic collaborate as Creative Partner with the Sydney Opera House to produce a two-minute short film to promote the 2012 GRAPHIC festival,[4] an animation and music festival.

Most recently the company led animation and visual effects work on BBC Earth and Evergreen Films' 3D live action feature Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.[5] Animal Logic was the animation studio for the 2014 American computer-animated adventure comedy film, The Lego Movie,[6] directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The film is based on the Lego line of construction toys.


Fuel VFX[edit]

In 2012 Animal Logic acquired the assets of fellow Australian visual effects studio Fuel VFX,[7] known for their work on feature films such as Iron Man 3, Prometheus, The Avengers, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Cowboys & Aliens, Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor.

Fuel VFX was nominated for a Visual Effects Society Award[8] and a BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects[9] for their work on Prometheus.

Trading under the name Animal Logic VFX, Fuel VFX is now part of the Animal Logic Group of Companies.



Year Award Title
2014 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film[10] The LEGO Movie
2014 AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation[11] The LEGO Movie
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature[12] The LEGO Movie
2014 BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film 2014[13] The LEGO Movie
2014 New York Film Critics Circle for Best Animated Film of the Year[14] The LEGO Movie
2013 AACTA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects[15] The Great Gatsby
2013 AEAF Award for Visual Effects[16] The Great Gatsby
2011 AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects[17] Legend of the Guardians: The Owl's of Ga'Hoole
2009 AFI Award for Best Visual Effects Australia
2008 Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects Australia
2007 Washington DC Area Film Critic Award for Best Animated Film of the Year Happy Feet
2007 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award: Best Animation Happy Feet
2007 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Happy Feet
2007 New York Film Critics Circle for Best Animated Film of the Year Happy Feet
2007 New York Film Critics Online for Best Animated Film of the Year Happy Feet
2005 Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects House of Flying Daggers
2005 AIMIA Awards, Finalist - Best Entertainment Award Category Stealth
2003 Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects Moulin Rouge!


Year Award Title
2012 Silver Award Awards for Craft in Film (Animation) SBS: Seven Billion Stories and Counting
2007 World Gold Medal for Most Innovative Music Video Telemetry Orchestra, Under the Cherry Tree
2006 AEAF Award, Best Music Video Telemetry Orchestra, Under the Cherry Tree
2005 Digital Imaging Awards for Best Print Advertising Melbourne Smirnoff, Letterbar
2005 ATV Award for Best Program Subtitle Sequence Spicks and Specks
2005 ATV Award for Best Image Promotion, HIghly Commended Cartoon Network
2005 ATV Award for Best Program Subtitle Sequence, Highly Commended Margaret and David at the Movies
2004 New York Festivals Award for Best Promotions Spot Cartoon Network


Year Award
2014 Inaugural NSW Creative Laureate[18]
2013 51st Australian Export Awards, Creative Industries Award[19]
2013 51st Australian Export Awards, Creative Industries Award[19]
2013 Premier's NSW Exporter of the Year Award[20]
2012 Australia Network Arts and Entertainment Exporter of the Year Award[21]
2012 Premier's NSW Exporter of the Year Award (Arts and Entertainment)[22]
2010 AFI Byron Kennedy Award for Outstanding Creative Enterprise[23]


Year Production Credit Ref.
TBA Betty Boop Production Company [24]
Last Family Production Company [25]
Nemesis Production Company [25]
Bone Production Company [25][26]
2016 Ninjago Production Company [27]
2015 Monk Comes Down the Mountain Visual Effects [28]
Avengers: Age of Ultron Visual Effects [29]
Insurgent Visual Effects [30]
2014 Unbroken Visual Effects
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Visual Effects
The Rover Visual Effects [31]
The Lego Movie Animation Studio
X-Men: Days of Future Past Visual Effects [32]
2013 Walking with Dinosaurs 3D Animation Studio
The Great Gatsby Visual Effects
2012 The Polar Bears Production Company/Animation Studio [33]
2011 Happy Feet Two Opening "Doomberg" Visual Effects
Sucker Punch Visual Effects
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace Production Company
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Animation Studio
2009 Knowing Visual Effects
2008 Australia Visual Effects
The Black Balloon Visual Effects
Fool's Gold Visual Effects
2007 28 Weeks Later Digital Visual Effects
Clubland Front Title Design
Crocodile Dreaming Special Effects Company
300 Visual Effects
2006 Charlotte's Web Film Scanning
Happy Feet Animation Studio
David Tench Tonight Animation
World Trade Center Additional Visual Effects
The Silence Visual Effects
Aquamarine Visual Effects
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Visual Effects
The Cave Additional Previsualization
The Great Raid Visual Effects
Stealth Visual Effects
Little Fish Visual Effects
2004 Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Visual Effects
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Opening Titles
My Sister Digital Film Transfer
House of Flying Daggers Visual Effects
2003 XMA: Xtreme Martial Arts Special Effects Company
In the Cut Visual Effects
Danny Deckchair Titles and Opticals
The Matrix Reloaded Visual Effects
Swimming Upstream Special Effects Company
Darkness Falls Special Effects Company
2002 Ang agimat: Anting-anting ni Lolo Digital Tape to Film Transfer
Hero Special Effects Company
Garage Days Special Effects Company
The Quiet American Special Effects Company
Mono po Digital Tape To Film Transfer
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course VFX and CGI
Rabbit-Proof Fence Visual Effects
2001 Charlotte Gray Special Effects Company
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Effects
Planet of the Apes Special Effects Company
Moulin Rouge! Special Effects Company
South Pacific Visual Effects
2000 Chopper Special Effects Company
Devi Putrudu Scanning
Mr. Accident Visual Effects
1999 Me Myself I Visual Effects and CGI
Holy Smokes Special Effects Company
The Incredible Genie Digital Effects
Strange Planet Title Design And Production, Visual Effects
The Matrix Special Effects Company
Farscape Visual Effects
1998 The Thin Red Line Special Effects Company
Babe: Pig in the City Special Effects Company
In the Winter Dark Special Effects Company
1997 Mousehunt Additional Visual Effects
Heaven's Burning Digital Opticals
Thank God He Met Lizzie Title Design
Face/Off Additional Visual Effects, Titles
Blackrock Special Effects Company
1996 Babe Special Effects Company
1994 Little Women Title Design


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  22. ^ Australian Export Award
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  26. ^ "'Greek' Creator Takes on Warner Bros. Comic Book Movie 'Bone'; P.J. Hogan to Direct (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  27. ^ Patrick Frater. "Australia’s Animal Logic Poised to Produce Next Three ‘Lego’ Movies". Variety. 
  28. ^ "Columbia Pictures Boards Chinese Martial Arts Feature The Monk". 
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