Rainmaker Entertainment

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Rainmaker Entertainment
Industry Computer animation
Predecessor Mainframe Entertainment
Founded 1991; 26 years ago (1991) (as Mainframe)
Founders Ian Pearson
Phil Mitchell
Gavin Blair
John Grace
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Michael Hefferon, President[1]
Products Television, motion pictures, home video
Parent Wow Unlimited Media
Divisions Rainmaker British Columbia
Rainmaker Los Angeles
Website www.rainmaker.com

Rainmaker Studios (formerly Rainmaker Entertainment, and before that, Mainframe Entertainment Inc.) is a Canadian computer animation and design company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are best known for producing the world's first ever CGI animated series, ReBoot, the Transformers spin-offs, Beast Wars: Transformers and Beast Machines: Transformers, and for producing the majority of the entries in the Barbie film series for Mattel. Rainmaker has released two feature films - Escape from Planet Earth and Ratchet & Clank (based on the Playstation franchise of the same name).


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.

In 2013, Rainmaker relaunched Mainframe Entertainment as its television division, starting with a CG-animated incarnation of Bob the Builder.[2][3]

In 2016, Rainmaker acquired American-based Frederator Networks, Inc. and announced that they have consolidated its divisions (including Frederator Studios) under its new holding company WOW! Unlimited Media[4] (TSX:WOW.A). At that time, the company changed the names of its Vancouver divisions to Rainmaker Studios and Mainframe Studios.


Television series[edit]

Title Years Network
ReBoot 1994–2001 YTV
Beast Wars: Transformers 1996–1999 Syndication
Shadow Raiders 1998–1999 YTV
Weird-Oh's 1999–2002 Fox Family
Beast Machines: Transformers 1999–2000 Fox Kids
Action Man 2000–02 YTV
Fox Kids
Heavy Gear: The Animated Series 2001-2002 Syndication
Max Steel (Season 3) 2001-2002 Cartoon Network
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series 2003 MTV
Bob the Builder 2015–present Channel 5
Spy Kids: Mission Critical[5] TBA Netflix


Title Release Date Notes
as Mainframe
Casper's Haunted Christmas October 31, 2000
Barbie in the Nutcracker October 23, 2001
Barbie as Rapunzel October 1, 2002
Barbie of Swan Lake September 30, 2003
Scary Godmother (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
Barbie: Fairytopia March 8, 2005
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus September 30, 2005
Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy 2005
Max Steel: Countdown 2006
Arthur's Missing Pal 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
as Rainmaker
Barbie as the Island Princess September 18, 2007
Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow February 26, 2008
Barbie & the Diamond Castle September 9, 2008
The Nutty Professor November 25, 2008 Co-production with The Weinstein Company[6]
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 1st theatrically released film
Barbie and the Secret Door September 16, 2014
Barbie in Princess Power March 4, 2015
Barbie in Rock'n Royals August 13, 2015
Barbie: Spy Squad January 15, 2016
Open Season: Scared Silly March 8, 2016 Produced for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [7]
Ratchet & Clank April 29, 2016 2nd theatrically released film
Barbie and Her Sisters In A Puppy Chase October 18, 2016
Bob The Builder: Mega Machines The Movie April 22, 2017
Surf's Up 2: WaveMania January 17, 2017 Produced in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios
Barbie Video Game Hero January 17, 2017
Sly Cooper TBA 3rd theatrically released film

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