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Industry Animation
Founded 1974
Founder Jacques Pettigrew
Michel Lemire
Defunct 2009
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Key people
President & CEO
Jacques Pettigrew
Creative Director
Michel Lemire
CGI Supervisor
Christian Garcia

CinéGroupe Corporation is a Canadian animation studio based in Montreal, Quebec. Its shows and films have been seen in over 125 countries as of 2005.[1]


CinéGroupe was founded in 1974;[1] one of its earliest credits was the 1983 live-action drama, Rien qu'un jeu.[2]

In 2002, the company united with Star Records to create a home video distributor called CinéGroupe/Star. The partnership ended in January 2004.


Notable franchises from CinéGroupe include The Kids from Room 402 (aired on the former Fox Family banner, now ABC Family); the computer-animated Tripping the Rift (on the Sci-Fi Channel); and PBS' Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat. With Sony Wonder, it has produced Mega Babies (also aired on Fox Family), as well as a direct-to-video feature, Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage (a prequel to both the L. Frank Baum work, and the 1939 movie).

In the 2000s, the company produced the animation for a sequel to the 1981 cult classic Heavy Metal for Columbia TriStar Home Video titled Heavy Metal 2000,[3] shown on the Starz family of networks in the U.S. and on Teletoon in Canada from 2001 onwards. In 2004, it made Pinocchio 3000, a sci-fi retelling of the Carlo Collodi tale. Galidor, a live-action fantasy series for teenagers, has also been produced by the company. The company also cooperated with MGA Entertainment in the creation of Bratz: Starrin' and Stylin', a 2-D animated direct-to-video movie based on MGA's Bratz line of fashion dolls.

For many of CinéGroupe's animated productions, they often rely on a pre-formed crew of voice actors to do the work. The crew usually consists of Rick Jones, and Terrence Scammell, among others. They are very common actors in CinéGroupe productions.

As of 2015, the company hasn't been worked on another show since 2009. It's last work was on Guess with Jess.

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  1. ^ a b "Company information for CinéGroupe". Telefilm Canada. 2004. Archived from the original on 2005-04-17. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Noel (1984-02-02). "Quebec film explores incest". Ottawa Citizen. p. 65. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  3. ^ Nesselson, Lisa (May 30, 2000). "Heavy Metal 2000". Variety. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 

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