Toon Boom Animation

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Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Industry Software
Founded 1994; 22 years ago (1994)
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Products animation and storyboarding software
Parent Corus Entertainment

Toon Boom Animation Inc. is a Canadian software company that specializes in animation production and storyboarding software. This animation software company is a division of Corus Entertainment, 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. In 2005, Toon Boom was awarded a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award. In 2012, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded Toon Boom a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award for Storyboard Pro, recognizing its significant impact in the industry.


For Professionals and Students[edit]

  • Toon Boom Harmony (formerly Toon Boom Symphony) - Like Opus, this software is based on a centralized database system and is used in the Film and TV animation industry. It contains all the Opus features and has additional tools that can be used for cut-out animation style. These tools include pencil lines with textures, the deformation tool, morphing, inverse kinematics, particles, built-in compositor and 2D-3D integration. Harmony can also be used as a paperless animation solution, drawing animation directly into the software, using a Wacom tablet. In April 2015, Harmony 12 was made available in 3 editions and also via desktop subscription.
  • Toon Boom Studio - This Toon Boom software is aimed at home users and individuals rather than professional animation studios. As of October 16, 2015, Toon Boom Studio has been discontinued.
  • Toon Boom Animate - This Toon Boom software is aimed at professional animators, boutique studios, students and educators. It contains some of the features in Toon Boom Digital Pro, but is set at a consumer price. It also has a free Personal Learning Edition. As of October 16, 2015, Toon Boom Animate has been discontinued.
  • Toon Boom Animate Pro (formerly Toon Boom Digital Pro and Toon Boom Solo) - This Toon Boom software is aimed at animation studios and freelancers, described as "the most complete animation software for professionals, offering award winning state-of-the-art content creation, animation and compositing toolsets". As of October 16, 2015, Toon Boom Animate Pro has been discontinued.
  • Toon Boom Opus (formerly USAnimation) [1] - This Toon Boom software is commonly used in the traditional film/TV animation industry. This software contains all the tools required to handle traditional animation workflows from scanning to compositing and 2D/3D integration. Its centralized database system allows the sharing of assets between scenes and enables the workload to be shared efficiently across a studio or even between studios. As of April 2008, Toon Boom Opus has been discontinued.

For Utility[edit]

  • Toon Boom Pencil Check Pro - A line testing software product.
  • Toon Boom Storyboard - This software is used to create storyboards that can be printed.
  • Toon Boom Storyboard Pro - Like Storyboard, this software is used to create storyboards. In addition to the Storyboard features, the Pro version has tools to create animatics and can be integrated into a pipeline using Opus, Harmony or Animate Pro. You can export to the leading NLE as well. Release 2.1 of Storyboard Pro is now compatible with Final Draft 8 (using Tagger to export XML script).

For Fun[edit]

NOTE: One or more of these products are now retired

  • Flip Boom Cartoon - An entry level animation software product for learning animation principles (draw, add frames, playback).
  • Flip Boom All-Star - An animation software product for teens designed to enable them to communicate using animation (import digital images, MP3 files and upload directly to YouTube, Facebook and iTunes).
  • Flipboom Lite FREE - The first application developed by Toon Boom for the iPad.
  • Garfield's Comic Boom - A comic strip or album creation software product developed with Jim Davis. The application includes built-in video tutorials by cartoonist Jim Davis. Features include content creation, adding sound and direct export to YouTube, Facebook and iTunes.


Walt Disney Studios[edit]

Nickelodeon Movies[edit]

Sunwoo Entertainment[edit]

Universal Animation Studios[edit]

Warner Bros. Animation[edit]

20th Century Fox Animation[edit]

TV series[edit]

International presence[edit]

The Toon Boom community comes from 122 countries. Working extensively in Asia and more particularly in India, Japan, China, Korea and The Philippines, Toon Boom is also developing new geographies in the Caribbean and Africa especially in South Africa and Egypt.

eLearning material[edit]

Several video tutorials developed by Toon Boom are available to learn Toon Boom Studio, Storyboard Pro and the Animate family. Toon Boom publishes on its web site monthly tips that make users more proficient with the different tools. In addition, several power users have developed their content to help the community develop higher quality animation. Examples can be found in the Cartooning in Toon Boom Wiki at and at Additional tutorials can be found at Toon Boom EF Tutorial!. Another series of video tutorials are developed by Adam Phillips on YouTube Adam Phillips' Animate Tutorials and by CartoonSmart on Vimeo CartoonSmart Video Tutorials on Animate.

Tips and tricks, animation charts and FX templates are also developed on a monthly basis, and teaching aids are available to educators. Students and educators have now a dedicated section in the Toon Boom Forums.


In 1996, Toon Boom purchased the software development business of USAnimation studio. Its animation production services were initially to be merged into CST Entertainment according to a premature press release from CST. That merger never transacted, and USAnimation's studio changed its name to VirtualMagic Animation in 1996 and operated independently. Toon Boom has been continuing the development of the USAnimation software; formerly known as Toon Boom Opus, it is now called Toon Boom Harmony.

In 2006, Toon Boom acquired French company Pegs's'Co,[2] developer of the 2D bitmap animation software called Pegs. Since the acquisition, the software has not been updated and cannot be purchased anymore (it has been replaced by Toon Boom Harmony).

In 2009, Toon Boom acquired English company Cambridge Animation System, developer of Animo.[3]

In 2012, Toon Boom was acquired by Corus Entertainment.[4]


Toon Boom's client base ranges from professional studios to individual animators and colleges. Prestigious customers include: Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Television Animation, Nelvana, Warner Bros. Animation, Fox, Walking the Dog, Xilam, Mercury Filmworks, China Central Television, Toonz India Ltd, eMation, Rough Draft Korea, Alphanim, 2d3D Animations, Imira Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, PIXAR and Enarmonia.

In 2006, the IT Federation of Quebec (FIQ) awarded an OCTAS 2006 in the Multimedia – educational and cultural sector category, for Toon Boom Studio. In 2007, FIQ awarded an OCTAS 2007 in the Technological Innovation category, for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro. In 2008, Flip Boom was granted 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 prestigious 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. In addition, both 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). The Flip Boom Classic Curriculum was also an AEP Innovation Award finalist for its excellence in educational resources. 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 Engineering Award for Storyboard Pro, recognizing its significant impact in the industry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (Aug. 6, 1996). "Toon Boom Technologies enters merger transaction with USAnimation Inc" [Business Wire]. Retrieved March 17, 2008.
  2. ^ (Jun. 6, 2006). "Toon Boom Animation acquires Pegs’n Co’s" [Studio Daily]. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  3. ^ (January 8, 2009)."Toon Boom Acquires Cambridge Animation" [AWN]. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  4. ^ "[1]" [PDF]. Retrieved August 18, 2013.

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