Hot Animation

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HOT Animation
Industry Media, Television Production & Distribution
Founded 1990; 26 years ago
Founder Jackie Cockle
Brian Little
Joe Dembinski
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Jackie Cockle
Brian Little
Joe Dembinski
Products Children's Animation, Stop motion
Total assets $1,119 mil
Owner Mattel
Number of employees
Parent Mattel Creations

HOT Animation is a United States stop motion animation studio based in Los Angeles, California, USA. It was established in 1998 by Jackie Cockle, Brian Little, and Joe Dembinski.

Worldwide success followed with Bob the Builder, a show for pre-school children about a builder and his talking machines. In 2000, the theme tune was released as a single, Can We Fix It? with an accompanying promo produced at HOT, which beat Kylie Minogue's "Please Stay", Eminem's Stan and Westlife's "What Makes a Man" to become the Christmas number-one single.

Next came Brambly Hedge, a series of 30-minute specials based on the illustrated books for children by Jill Barklem, and Rubbadubbers, a series about bath toys that come alive. Pingu, a Swiss series about a family of penguins, was recreated with great success in 2003. The company also provided the CGI for the twelfth season of Thomas & Friends.

HOT Animation is a subsidiary of HIT Entertainment, which is a subsidiary of Mattel Creations, a division of Mattel.