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Rainmaker Studios
Mainframe Entertainment (1991–January 31, 2007)
Rainmaker Entertainment (January 31, 2007–October 25, 2016)
Industry Computer animation
Founded 1991; 27 years ago (1991)
Founders Ian Pearson
Phil Mitchell
Gavin Blair
John Grace
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Number of locations
3 (2016)
Key people
Michael Hefferon, President[1]
Products Television, Motion pictures, home video
Parent Independent (1991–2016)
WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (2016-present)
Divisions Rainmaker British Columbia
Rainmaker Los Angeles
Rainmaker Digital Pictures
Mainframe Studios
Website www.rainmaker.com
Mainframe Studios
Industry Television Production
Founded October 7, 2013; 4 years ago (2013-10-07) (revived)
Owner WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.
Parent Rainmaker Studios
Website www.rainmaker.com

Rainmaker Studios alongside its television production division Mainframe Studios, previously known as 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 world's first ever entirely-CGI animated TV 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 Inc.[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 Co-production with Notes
as Mainframe Entertainment
ReBoot 1994–2001 YTV
Alliance Communications (seasons 1–2)
Shaw Communications (season 3)
BLT Productions
ReBoot Productions
Claster Television
Zondag Productions
Beast Wars: Transformers 1996–1999 Syndication
Alliance Communications
Claster Television
BLT Productions
Based on the Hasbro toyline.
Shadow Raiders 1998–1999 YTV
Alliance Atlantis
Weird-Oh's 1999–2002 Fox Family
Decode Entertainment
Based on a toyline.
Beast Machines: Transformers 1999–2000 Fox Kids
Hasbro Based on the Hasbro toyline.
Action Man 2000–02 Based on the Hasbro toyline.
Heavy Gear: The Animated Series 2001–2002 Syndication Paradox Entertainment
Dream Pod 9
Adelaide Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Based on the video game published by Dream Pod 9 licensed by Paradox Entertainment.
Max Steel Cartoon Network Adelaide Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Season 3 only. Based on the Mattel toyline.
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series 2003 MTV Marvel Entertainment
Adelaide Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Based on the characters by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Hot Wheels: World Race Cartoon Network Mattel Entertainment Based on the Mattel toyline.
Zixx 2005-2009 YTV The Nightingale Company
Thunderbird Entertainment
Season 2 and 3 only.
as Rainmaker Studios and Mainframe Studios
Bob the Builder (2015 TV series) 2015 Channel 5 N/A Series 15 only. Produced as Mainframe Entertainment (later Mainframe Studios) for TV series from this series onward.
ReBoot: The Guardian Code 2018–present Netflix
ReBoot 1 Productions Inc. Reimagined series based on ReBoot.
Spy Kids: Mission Critical[5] Netflix Dimension Television Based on the Spy Kids franchise.
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures 2018 Mattel Creations Based on the Mattel toyline. First Barbie TV series from Mainframe Studios.
The Anybodies TBA TBA TBA


Title Release Date Notes
as Mainframe
Casper's Haunted Christmas October 31, 2000 Direct-to-video.
Barbie in the Nutcracker October 23, 2001 Direct-to-video.
Barbie as Rapunzel October 1, 2002 Direct-to-video.
Barbie of Swan Lake September 30, 2003 Direct-to-video.
Scary Godmother 2003 TV movie.
Max Steel: Endangered Species 2004 Direct-to-video.
Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper September 28, 2004 Direct-to-video.
Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy November 9, 2004 TV movie.
Max Steel: Forces of Nature 2005 Direct-to-video.
Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – Ignition January 8, 2005 TV movie.
Barbie: Fairytopia March 8, 2005 Direct-to-video.
Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – The Speed of Silence March 19, 2005 TV movie.
Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – Breaking Point June 25, 2005 TV movie.
Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever September 6, 2005 Direct-to-video produced in collaboation with DIC Entertainment.
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus September 30, 2005 Direct-to-video.
Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers – The Ultimate Race October 1, 2005 TV movie.
Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy 2005 TV movie.
Max Steel: Countdown 2006 Direct-to-video.
Arthur's Missing Pal 2006
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild February 21, 2006 Direct-to-video.
Barbie: Mermaidia March 14, 2006 Direct-to-video.
Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage September 12, 2006 Direct-to-video
Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses September 19, 2006 Direct-to-video.
Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow March 24, 2007
as Rainmaker
Barbie as the Island Princess September 18, 2007 Direct-to-video.
Barbie: Mariposa & Her Butterfly Fairy Friends February 26, 2008 Direct-to-video.
Barbie & the Diamond Castle September 9, 2008 Direct-to-video.
Barbie in A Christmas Carol November 4, 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 Direct-to-video.
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale March 9, 2010 Direct-to-video.
Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale September 14, 2010 Direct-to-video.
Barbie: A Fairy Secret March 15, 2011 Direct-to-video
Barbie: Princess Charm School September 13, 2011 Direct-to-video
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 March 6, 2012 Direct-to-video.
Barbie: The Princess and the Popstar September 11, 2012 Direct-to-video.
Escape from Planet Earth February 15, 2013 First theatrically released film.
Barbie: Mariposa & The Fairy Princess August 27, 2013
Barbie: The Pearl Princess March 11, 2014
Barbie and the Secret Door September 16, 2014 Direct-to-video.
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 Direct-to-video film produced for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[7]
Ratchet & Clank April 29, 2016 Second theatrically released film.
Barbie and Her Sisters In A Puppy Chase October 18, 2016 Additional animation and post-production.
Barbie: Video Game Hero January 17, 2017 The last film under the name of Rainmaker Entertainment
Surf's Up 2: WaveMania January 17, 2017 Direct-to-video produced in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios.
Bob The Builder: Mega Machines The Movie April 22, 2017 Produced in collaboration with Mattel Creations.
Barbie: Dolphin Magic September 17, 2017 Released on Netflix
The first film under the current name of Rainmaker Studios.

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