Rainmaker Entertainment

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Rainmaker Entertainment
Public (TSXRNK)
Industry Computer animation
Predecessor Mainframe Entertainment
Founded 1991; 25 years ago (1991) (as Mainframe)
2007; 9 years ago (2007) (as Rainmaker)
Founders Ian Pearson
Phil Mitchell
Gavin Blair
John Grace
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Craig Graham, CEO[1]
Michael Hefferon, President[1]
Products Television, motion pictures, home video
Divisions Rainmaker British Columbia
Rainmaker Los Angeles
Website www.rainmaker.com

Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc. (formerly Mainframe Entertainment Inc.) is a Canadian computer animation and design company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are best known for producing the first ever CGI animated series ReBoot, as well as the Transformers spin-off Beast Wars: Transformers and Transformers: Beast Machines. In recent years they have also become known for producing most of the Barbie film series for Mattel. They are also known for the music video for Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing", which was also referenced in ReBoot.

Rainmaker Income Fund announced on August 29, 2006, that RNK Capital Limited Partnership would acquire the 38% of shares it didn't own by merging with Rainmaker Income Fund. After the merger, Rainmaker announced on January 31, 2007 that Mainframe Entertainment's name would be changed to Rainmaker Entertainment. On November 29, 2007, Rainmaker Income Fund announced the sale of Rainmaker Visual Effects and Rainmaker Post to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, leaving only the animation business.

The current Rainmaker name and insignia was adopted from an older division, the DVD encoding company Rainmaker Digital Pictures, which encoded DVDs as early as 1997.


Mainframe era[edit]

Title Release Date
Casper's Haunted Christmas October 31, 2000
Barbie in the Nutcracker October 23, 2001
Max Steel (2000 TV series) 2002
Barbie as Rapunzel October 1, 2002
Barbie of Swan Lake September 30, 2003
Hot Wheels World Race December 2, 2003
Max Steel: Endangered Species 2004
Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper September 28, 2004
Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy November 9, 2004
Max Steel: Forces of Nature 2005
Hot Wheels AcceleRacers January 8, 2005
Max Steel: Countdown 2006
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild February 21, 2006
Barbie: Mermaidia March 14, 2006
Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage September 12, 2006
Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses September 19, 2006


Rainmaker era[edit]

Title Release Date Notes
Barbie as the Island Princess September 18, 2007 Animated by former Mainframe animators but under the name of Rainmaker Animation
Barbie Mariposa February 26, 2008
Barbie & the Diamond Castle September 9, 2008
The Nutty Professor November 25, 2008 [7]
Barbie Thumbelina March 17, 2009
Barbie and the Three Musketeers September 15, 2009
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale March 9, 2010
Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale September 14, 2010
Barbie: A Fairy Secret March 15, 2011
Barbie: Princess Charm School September 13, 2011
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 March 6, 2012
Barbie: The Princess and the Popstar September 11, 2012
Escape from Planet Earth February 15, 2013 First theatrically released film
Open Season: Scared Silly March 8, 2016 Produced for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [8]
Ratchet & Clank April 29, 2016 Video game-to-film adaptation
Sly Cooper TBA Video game-to-film adaptation
Bob the Builder 2015–present
ReBoot: The Guardian Code 2017 Sequel series to ReBoot


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