Toon Boom Animation
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Toon Boom Animation Inc. is a Canadian software company that specializes in animation production and storyboarding software. Founded in 1994 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Toon Boom develops animation and storyboarding software for film, television, web animation, games, mobile devices, training applications, and education. It was acquired by Corus Entertainment in 2012.
Notable users include Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Television Animation, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, Fox, Rough Draft Studios, Nelvana, Xilam, Mercury Filmworks, China Central Television, Toonz India Ltd, Digital eMation and Gaumont Animation.
- 1 History
- 2 Products
- 3 Awards
- 4 Films
- 5 TV series
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In 1996, Toon Boom purchased the software development business of USAnimation studio. Its animation production services were to be merged into CST Entertainment according to a premature press release from CST. That merger never took place, and USAnimation's studio changed its name to VirtualMagic Animation in 1996 and operated independently. Toon Boom Animation continued the development of USAnimation software which became Toon Boom Opus. It has since become Toon Boom Harmony.
In 2006, Toon Boom acquired French company Pegs'n Co, developer of the 2D bitmap animation software called Pegs. Since the acquisition, the software has not been updated and can no longer be purchased.
In 2012, Toon Boom was acquired by Corus Entertainment. On March 9, 2016, Toon Boom acquired all the related IP for the TACTIC Studio product, an asset management, production tracking and review tool from Toronto-based Southpaw Technology Inc. and planned to re-launch the product as Toon Boom Producer. On June 13, 2017, Toon Boom re-branded and launched Producer.
- Toon Boom Opus (1996-2008) - formerly USAnimation, it was used in the traditional film/TV animation industry.
- Tic Tac Toon (1996-2001) - succeeded by Toon Boom Studio.
- Toon Boom Studio (2001-2015) - aimed at home users and individuals. Succeeded by Toon Boom Harmony Essentials.
- Toon Boom Concerto (2004-2005)
- Toon Boom Solo (2005-2007) - aimed at small studios. Succeeded by Toon Boom Digital Pro.
- Toon Boom Digital Pro (2007-2009) - succeeded by Toon Boom Animate Pro.
- Toon Boom Pencil Check Pro (2008-2014) - a line testing software product.
- Toon Boom Animate (2008-2015) - aimed at professional animators, boutique studios, students, and educators. Succeeded by Toon Boom Harmony Advanced.
- Toon Boom Manager (2009-2014) - a production tracking system for the entertainment industry.
- Toon Boom Animate Pro (2009-2015) - aimed at animation studios and freelancers.
- Flip Boom product line (discontinued in 2014) - entry-level animation software.
- Garfield's Comic Boom (discontinued in 2014) - a comic strip or album creation software product developed with cartoonist Jim Davis. The application included built-in video tutorials by the cartoonist.
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This software is used in the film and TV animation industry for its professional-quality 2D animation production capabilities. Harmony contains the tools required to handle cutout (puppet), paperless frame-by-frame and traditional animation workflows from scanning to compositing and 2D/3D integration. Its toolset includes pencil lines with textures, deformation tools, morphing, inverse kinematics, particles, built-in compositor, 3D camera and 2D-3D integration. When used as a paperless animation solution, users can draw animation directly into the software, using a graphics tablet. Harmony is available in three editions: Harmony Essentials, Harmony Advanced and Harmony Premium where each addition offers progressive functionality.
Harmony has been in continuous development since 2005 and has been used on productions like The Simpsons, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The Congress and April and the Extraordinary World, among others.
This software provides additional capabilities for teams of animators using Harmony who want to share files and manage assets from a central database that is located on a server. Its centralized database system allows the sharing of assets between scenes and enables the workload to be shared across a studio or between studios. It also includes production controls for managing rendering jobs and coordinating batch scanning of paper drawings. Harmony Server is available as an add-on for users of Harmony Advanced and Harmony Premium.
This software is used in pre-production to create storyboards for a wide variety of project types including 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, and live action productions. Storyboard Pro contains all the tools required to create storyboards and animatics. Its toolset includes vector and bitmap drawing tools, pencils and textured brushes, a built-in camera, audio tools, a timeline for timing control, and a 3D toolset to integrate imported 3D models.
Storyboard Pro supports Final Draft scripts, image file formats, vector graphics and sound for easier integration into an existing production pipeline. Storyboard Pro projects can be sent to Harmony for animation production, exported to popular 3D formats and sent to NLEs.
Producer is a web-based production tracking and digital asset management tool which dramatically improves workflow and communication throughout the animation pipeline. Producer seamlessly integrates with Harmony and Storyboard Pro and fits into all types of animation production pipelines.
- In 2005, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded Toon Boom Animation a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for USAnimation Opus.
- In 2006, the IT Federation of Quebec (FIQ) awarded an OCTAS 2006 for Toon Boom Studio in the Multimedia – educational and cultural sector category.
- In 2007, FIQ awarded an OCTAS 2007 for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro in the Technological Innovation category.
- In 2008, Flip Boom was awarded a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and a New Canadian Media Award in the Excellence in Children’s category.
- In 2009, Flip Boom was selected as Editor’s Choice by the Children’s Technology Review for excellence in design.
- In 2010, Flip Boom All-Star was granted a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, the NAPPA Honors Award and the Tech & Learning Award of Excellence.
- In 2011, Toon Boom won the HSBC International Business Award in the small and medium size category.
- Flip Boom Classic and Flip Boom All-Star Curricula were granted the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Art category, for K-5 and 6-8 markets by The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).
- Garfield’s Comic Boom was awarded the 2011 Preferred Choice Award granted by Creative Child Magazine, the 2011 NAPPA Honors Award and the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval.
- Flip Boom All-Star received the 2011 Media Of The Year Award, granted by Creative Child Magazine and the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval.
- Toon Boom Studio received the 2011 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence.
- In 2012, Frost & Sullivan granted Toon Boom the 2011 Global Animation Software Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award.
- In 2012, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded Toon Boom a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for Storyboard Pro, recognizing its significant impact in the industry.
- In 2013, the International Animated Film Society awarded Toon Boom Animation an Annie Award, namely the Ub Iwerks Award for Special Achievements in Animation.
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Walt Disney Studios
- Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
- Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998)
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
- The Tigger Movie (2000)
- An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000)
- The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)
- Recess: School's Out (2001)
- Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001)
- Return to Never Land (2002)
- Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)
- Tarzan & Jane (2002)
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
- 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (2003)
- The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
- Piglet's Big Movie (2003)
- Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003)
- Stitch! The Movie (2003)
- Teacher's Pet (2004)
- The Lion King 1½ (2004)
- Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2004)
- Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004)
- Mulan II (2005)
- Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
- Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama (2005)
- Tarzan II (2005)
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)
- Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
- Kronk's New Groove (2005)
- Bambi II (2006)
- Leroy & Stitch (2006)
- Brother Bear 2 (2006)
- The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)
- Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007)
- How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007)
- Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams (2007)
- Your Friend the Rat (2007)
- The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning (2008)
- The Princess and the Frog (2009)
- Chico and Rita (2011)
- Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011)
- The Ballad of Nessie (2011)
- Winnie the Pooh (2011)
- Get a Horse! (2013)
- Zootopia (2016, storyboards and deleted scenes)
- Moana (2016, storyboards)
Warner Bros. Animation
- Cats Don't Dance (1997)
- The Iron Giant (1999)
- Osmosis Jones (2001)
- The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002)
- Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire (2003)
- Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico (2003)
- Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
- Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster (2004)
- Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! (2004)
- Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars (2004)
- Aloha, Scooby-Doo! (2005)
- Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry (2005)
- Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? (2005)
- Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2006)
- Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006)
- Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure (2007)
- Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! (2007)
- Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (2007)
- Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King (2008)
- Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword (2009)
- Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo (2010)
- Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010)
- Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010)
- Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz (2011)
- Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur (2011)
- Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire (2012)
- Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse (2012)
- Big Top Scooby-Doo! (2012)
- Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon (2013)
- Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright (2013)
- Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure (2013)
- Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014)
- The Rugrats Movie (1998)
- Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
- Hey Arnold!: The Movie (2002)
- The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
- Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
20th Century Fox Animation
- Bartok the Magnificent (1999)
- Titan A.E. (2000)
- The Simpsons Movie (2007)
- The Longest Daycare (2012)
Universal Animation Studios
- The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock (1998)
- The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (2000)
- The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (2001)
- Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002)
- The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water (2002)
- The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2003)
- Van Helsing: The London Assignment (2004)
- Balto III: Wings of Change (2005)
- Curious George (2006)
- Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (2009)
- Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle (2015)
- Pokémon: The First Movie (1998)
- Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
- Help! I'm a Fish (2000)
- Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
- The Happy Cricket (2001)
- My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002)
- The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
- The Cunning Little Vixen (2003)
- Paul McCartney: Music & Animation (2004)
- Empress Chung (2005)
- The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)
- Xuxinha e Guto contra os Monstros do Espaço (2005)
- Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox (2007)
- Brichos (2007)
- Uma Aventura no Tempo (2007)
- Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure (2007)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
- Mia and the Migoo (2008)
- The Secret of Kells (2009)
- Eleanor's Secret (2009)
- Santa's Apprentice (2010)
- A Cat in Paris (2010)
- Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild (2011)
- Zarafa (2012)
- Pinocchio (2012)
- Brichos - A Floresta é Nossa (2012)
- Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (2013)
- The Congress (2013)
- The Magic Snowflake (2013)
- Até que a Sbórnia nos Separe (2014)
- April and the Extraordinary World (2015)
- Sausage Party (2016, Great Beyond flashbacks and storyboards)
- My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
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- American Dragon: Jake Long
- Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer
- Brandy & Mr. Whiskers
- The Buzz on Maggie
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
- Dave the Barbarian
- The Emperor's New School
- Fish Hooks
- Gravity Falls
- House of Mouse
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates
- Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
- Kim Possible
- The Legend of Tarzan
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series
- The Lion Guard
- Lloyd in Space
- Mickey Mouse Shorts
- Mickey Mouse Works
- Milo Murphy's Law
- Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero
- Pepper Ann (seasons 2-4)
- Phineas and Ferb
- The Proud Family
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil
- Tangled: The Series
- Teacher's Pet
- Teamo Supremo
- Tron: Uprising
- Wander Over Yonder
- The Weekenders
- All Grown Up!
- As Told By Ginger
- Angelica and Susie's School Daze
- Danny Phantom
- The Fairly OddParents
- Harvey Beaks
- The Loud House
- Pig Goat Banana Cricket
- Rocket Power
- Sanjay and Craig
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- The Wild Thornberrys
- T.U.F.F. Puppy
- Adventure Time (storyboards)
- The Amazing World of Gumball (storyboards)
- Apple & Onion
- The Chuck Jones Show
- Courage the Cowardly Dog
- Ed, Edd n Eddy
- Exchange Student Zero (series)
- Mighty Magiswords
- The Powerpuff Girls
- Samurai Jack
- Steven Universe (storyboards)
- Uncle Grandpa (storyboards)
- We Bare Bears
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- American Dad!
- Bob's Burgers
- The Cleveland Show
- Family Guy
- Futurama (storyboards)
- King of the Hill
- The Simpsons
- Being Ian
- The Day My Butt Went Psycho!
- Di-Gata Defenders
- George Shrinks
- Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series
- The Kid (2001 film)
- Little Charmers
- Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
- Ned's Newt
- Ranger Rob (storyboards)
- Rescue Heroes (seasons 2 and 3)
- Ruby Gloom
- Scaredy Squirrel
- Willa's Wild Life
- The ZhuZhus
- Atomic Puppet
- Dude, That's My Ghost!
- F Is for Family
- Galactik Football
- Mona the Vampire
- Pok & Mok
- Zombie Hotel
- The Daltons
- Mr. Baby
- The New Adventures of Lucky Luke
- Oggy and the Cockroaches
- Space Goofs
- Zig & Sharko
- 1001 Nights
- The Adventures of Paddington Bear
- Altair in Starland
- Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series
- Astro Boy
- The Awesomes
- The Bear and the Hare
- Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
- BoJack Horseman
- Boo & Me
- Caillou (since season 5)
- Camp Lakebottom
- Carrapatos e Catapultas
- Chop Chop Ninja
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
- Curious George
- D'Myna Leagues
- Danger Mouse
- Dark Oracle
- The Deerskins
- Doggy Day School
- Dragon Ball Super
- Dragon Hunters
- Earth to Luna!
- Ebb and Flo
- Ever After High
- Fudêncio e Seus Amigos
- Funky Cops
- Gemini 8
- George of the Jungle
- Gerald McBoing-Boing
- Geronimo Stilton
- The Gnarfs
- Grenadine & Peppermint
- Hannibal (storyboards)
- Harold & Kumar
- Haunted Tales for Wicked Kids
- Hoze Houndz
- The Inner World
- Inspector Gadget
- Jimmy Two-Shoes (season 1)
- Johnny Test (season 1)
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
- Jorel's Brother
- The Jorges
- Knights of Sidonia (storyboards)
- The Large Family
- Le petit Cédric
- The Legend of Condor Hero
- Legend Quest
- Legends of Chamberlain Heights
- Les Grandes Gueules
- Life on the Block
- Lifeboat Luke
- Loonatics Unleashed
- The Looney Tunes Show
- Lucky Fred
- The Magic Hockey Skates
- Mão de Vaca Show (Itaú - TV Vida Real)
- Martha Speaks
- Marvellous Milly
- Mega Babies
- Megaliga MTV de VJs Paladinos
- Mirette Investigates
- MIRU MIRU
- Mike Tyson Mysteries
- Mischief City
- Missy Mila
- Mixed Nutz
- Modern Activity
- Monster High
- Monster in the Closet
- Mr. Pickles
- ¡Mucha Lucha!
- My Big Big Friend
- My Life Me
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Nature Cat
- Nelly and Caesar
- The New Woody Woodpecker Show
- The Oblongs
- One Piece
- One-Punch Man
- Out There
- Ozzy and Drix
- Packages from Planet X
- Pink Panther and Pals
- Producing Parker
- Pérusse Cité
- Rainbow Fish
- Rick and Morty
- Rockstar Ghost
- The Ranch
- School for Vampires
- The Secret World of Benjamin Bear
- Sítio do Picapau Amarelo
- South Park (storyboards)
- Spirou et Fantasio
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Static Shock
- Stella and Sam
- The Tom & Jerry Show (season 2)
- Toot & Puddle
- Transformers Prime
- Transformers: Rescue Bots (season 1)
- The Triplets
- Trunk Train
- Tumble Leaf
- Ugly Americans
- Untalkative Bunny
- Vai dar Samba
- Vale do Lixo
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- Watership Down
- Weird Years
- What About Mimi?
- Wild Kratts
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
- Wunderkind Little Amadeus
- Yin Yang Yo!
- Yo-Kai Watch
- Yvon of the Yukon
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