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Private company
Industry Film
Founded 1993
Founder Steve Gaconnier
Headquarters Dallas, Texas, United States
Key people
Steve Gaconnier, CEO
Mike Duffy, Executive Producer
Greg Punchatz, Senior Creative Director
Products Feature films
In-Game Cinematics
Corporate video/display/web
Services CG Animation
Visual Effects
Motion Graphics
Live Action
Website www.janimation.com

Janimation, Inc. is a production studio based in Dallas, Texas.It was co-founded in 1993 by CEO and Chief Creative Director, Stephen Gaconnier. A pioneer company, Janimation has been on the leading edge of animation, VFX and visual storytelling for 24 years and is now immersed in defining new worlds of engagement in the Virtual Reality space.


Steve Gaconnier and Jana Oleksinski co-founded Janimation in 1993. Throughout the late 1990s, Janimation received press for work done on animation in commercials for Universal Studios Florida. In 1998 Janimation produced its first HD cartoon short film, titled Life, which was directed by Steve Gaconnier.

In 2000, Steve Gaconnier became the sole owner of Janimation by purchasing Jana Oleksinski's stake in the company.

For Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams,[1] Janimation's work on the movie's sea monster represented the company's first contribution to a feature film. The sea monster artwork was featured on the cover of both Production Reality and Post magazines and appeared in Avid's Softimage advertising at that time. The movie critic, Roger Ebert, gave his opinions on the special effects of the sea monster in his review of the movie.[2] Janimation later re-teamed with Troublemaker Studios on their work for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over in 2003.[3]


Janimation, Dallas. This image shows what the former warehouse building used to look like before it was transformed and reconstructed into the functional turnkey animation production studio, Janimation.

In 2008, Janimation moved from its Exposition Ave. office into its new and expanded 22,000 sq. ft. studio on East Side Avenue, just north of Fair Park and east of Deep Ellum in Dallas. The studio consists of a 1250 sq. ft. sound stage with a 16-feet tall cyclorama. The studio also contains editorial, audio, and color correction production suites. The current office space was renovated from a run-down warehouse into a high-end production facility. The studio is a testament to the creative diversity of the Janimation team, as its overall design and architecture was headed by Steve Gaconnier and Janimation's artists.


Janimation on Internet Movie Database. [8]

Janimation and its artists[9][10] have contributed visual effects for feature films or title sequences to the following films: Hugo, Green Lantern, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Legend of Santa Claus, Iron Man, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Visitor, The Ant Bully, Spy Kids 2 and Spy Kids 3D, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Ringer, Lilo & Stitch, The Lion King, Brother Bear, Ace Ventura, Olive, the Other Reindeer, Lonesome Dove, Coming to America, Nightmare on Elm Street, Monkeybone, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show!, and all three Robocop films.


In 2005, Janimation produced the award-winning video game trailer to John Woo's Stranglehold. The Stranglehold trailer received praise at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

Janimation produces teasers, trailers, in-game cinematics, behind the scenes, and commercials for popular game titles.

Title(s) Game Company Publisher/Marketing Year
Zynga Z Tag Zynga Zynga 2012
Borderlands 2 Gearbox Software 2K Games 2011
Duke Nukem Forever Gearbox Software 2K Games 2011
Dark Legends Spacetime Studios Spacetime Studios 2011
Swarm (2011 video game) Hothead Games Ignition Entertainment 2011
Jurassic Park Telltale Games Telltale Games 2011
Borderlands (video game) Gearbox Software 2K Games 2010
Mytheon Petroglyph Games True Games 2010
Quantum of Solace (video game) Treyarch Activision 2008
Civilization Revolution Firaxis 2K Games 2008
Civilization IV: Colonization Firaxis 2K Games 2008
Age of Empires Big Huge Games Microsoft Studios 2007
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Firaxis 2K Games 2007
Jumpgate Evolution NetDevil Codemasters 2007
Civilization IV: Warlords Firaxis 2K Games 2006
Civilization IV Firaxis 2K Games 2005
The Suffering: Ties That Bind Midway Games FailSafe 2005
Area 51 (2005 video game) Midway Games FailSafe 2005
i-Ninja Midway Games J.Walter Thompson 2003


  • 2017 Addy's - Bronze Award - Elements of Advertising Film & Video | Animation, Special Effects or Motion Graphics for Dinamita Luchador
  • 2016 Addy's - Silver Addy for "It can wait campaign" (AT&T) and "Get your head out of the grass" (The Southern Nevada Water Authority)
  • 2009 Addy’s, Mobius, Tele, and Clio Awards
  • 2008 Lone Star Emmy for Media Project's "A Fair to Remember"[11]
  • Best of E3 for John Woo's Stranglehold trailer[12]
  • 2008 Online Media, Marketing & Advertising (OMMA) Award for "Best Video Appearing in a Banner"[13][14]
  • Big Kahuna Award for Best CG Commercial "Harrah's Closet Space"
  • Featured work at AFI, Siggraph, AICP event

Cover art[edit]

  • Selected for magazine cover art for
    • Screen Magazine (2x, including May 29, 2006)
    • Post Magazine (5x, including June 2012,[15] April 2008,[16] February 2004,[17] and September 2002 [18])
    • Computer Graphics World (February 2004)
    • Boards Magazine
    • Millimeter (April 1997)
    • Production Reality


  1. ^ "Thumbs Up for Janimation’s Spy Kids 2 Effects". Animation Magazine. 15 August 2002. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams ::rogerebert.com::". Chicago Sun Times. 7 August 2002. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "TroubleMaker & Janimation Use AMD Processor-Based Systems on Spy Kids 3D". Animation World Network. 25 July 2003. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Visitor (2007/I) - Company Credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Ringer (2005) - Company Credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) - Company Credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) - Company Credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Janimation (US) - IMDB.com credits". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Greg Punchatz - Janimation artist". IMDb.com. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Greg Punchatz - Janimation artist". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "A Fair to Remember receives Lone Star Emmy". Media Projects, Inc. 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gamespot's E3 2005 Editor's Choice Awards". Gamespot.com. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "OMMA Award - Video Appearing in a Banner". Media Post Publications. 29 August 2008. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "TM Advertising/Janimation/EyeWonder - Superpages.com". Media Post Publications. 29 August 2008. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Cover Story - Running a Post House". Post Magazine. June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Cover Art - NAB 08 Ante Up". Post Magazine. April 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Cover Story - Having a Cow for Chick-Fil-A". Post Magazine. February 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Cover Story - The Kids are Alright". Post Magazine. September 2002. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 

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