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

CinéGroupe was a Canadian animation studio based in Montreal, Quebec. The company was founded in 1974.[1] Its shows and films have been seen in over 125 countries as of 2005.[1]

Notable franchises from CinéGroupe include, The Kids from Room 402 (aired on the former Fox Family banner, now Freeform); 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,[2] 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.

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

For many of CinéGroupe's animated productions, the company often relies on a pre-formed crew of voice actors to do the work. The crew usually consists of Rick Jones and Terrence Scammell, among others.

As of 2011, the company's former website is no longer active,[3][4] although a series catalogue is still available.[5] Many of the shows produced by CinéGroupe are now distributed by HG (Henry Gagnon) Distribution Inc.[6]


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