Sparx Animation Studios

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Sparx* - A Virtuos Studio
IndustryAnimation & Digital Entertainment
  • June 23, 1995
FounderJean Christophe Bernard
Guillaume Hellouin
Fabrice Giger
Didier Montarou
Key people
Chief Executive Officer/President: Renaud Biscarrat
General Manager: Samuel Stevenin
OwnerVirtuos Holdings Pte. Ltd.
Number of employees

Sparx* is a French-Vietnamese 3D art, VFX and animation studio, with around 400 artists, animators and technical experts. The French offices closed in 2008, while the American and Vietnamese offices closed in 2010.

Since 2011, Sparx* has been a member of Virtuos Group - one of the world's largest game developers. It was reopened in Ho Chi Minh City in 2011.

For over two decades, the studio, based in Ho Chi Minh City, has been working with different digital entertainment publishers in the movie and game industries, and has also contributed to AAA video games, Hollywood movies, and TV series across the globe.


Sparx* was previously known as Sparx* Animation Studios.

Founded in 1995 and opened in 2002, by Jean-Christophe Bernard, Guillaume Hellouin and Fabrice Giger, Sparx* first made its mark co-producing TV series that were aired in multiple countries across five continents, and became well known for co-producing Rolie Polie Olie with Nelvana and Disney Channel which won a Daytime Emmy Award and another Gemini Award for 'Outstanding Special Class Animated Program'.

The company produced the fully computer-animated movie Igor, starring John Cusack and Molly Shannon which was released on September 19, 2008. Their animation department reached new milestones years later by taking part in the full-episode production for the last 3 seasons of Star Wars Rebels - the award-winning TV series from Lucasfilm.[citation needed]

Sparx* temporarily closed its French office in 2008,[1] and American and Vietnamese offices in 2010. In September 2011, assets and core team of Sparx* in Vietnam were acquired and reopened by Virtuos Holdings Pte. Ltd., one of the largest digital entertainment contents production company headquartered in Singapore with studios in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Paris, Dublin, Montreal, and Los Angeles, and offices in Montréal, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Vancouver and Tokyo.

As of 2019, Sparx* has been providing services for video game companies globally. The studio has also contributed to some of Hollywood's cinematic franchises.

Film contributions[edit]

Title Type Release Date Publisher
Pierre et le loup Shorts and Music Videos 1995 Canal+
Bob & Scott TV series 1996 -
My Life in Pink Feature Film 1997 La Sept Cinéma
Rolie Polie Olie (Seasons 1–5) TV series 1998 Nelvana
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom TV series 2009 Astley Baker Davies -
Smart Planet Advance TV series 1999-2000 TPS Animation Studios -
À deux sur la comète TV series 2000 -
Bella ciao - 2001 -
Changing Faces: The Best of Louise - 2001 -
Grégoire Moulin contre l'humanité Feature Film 2001 Centre Européen Cinématographique Rhône-Alpes
Jerry Short Film 2001 -
Le nouveau big bang Short Film 2001 -
Molly, Star-Racer TV series 2001 Sav! The World Productions
Purgatoire TV series 2001 -
R. Mertonensis TV series 2001 C.R.R.A.V
Thomas in Love Feature Film 2001 JBA Production -
Robota Short Film 2019 -
Les filles, l'âne et les boeufs TV series 2002 Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée -
Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun TV series 2002 Nelvana -
The World of Happy Planet TV series 2002-03 EnSky Studios -
Youri, the Spaceman Shorts 2002 Sparkling
Dragon Hunters Short Film 2003 -
Drawing Time with Happy Planet Video series 2003 EnSky Studios
Summer in the Golden Valley Feature Film 2003 -
Move with Mimik Video series 2003-04 EnSky Studios
Around The World with Happy Planet Video series 2003-04 EnSky Studios
Move and Learn with Happy Planet Video series 2003-04 EnSky Studios
Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot DTV Productions 2004 Nelvana
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas DTV Productions 2004 Walt Disney Pictures -
Grand Odyssey Short Film 2005 -
Zoé Kezako TV series 2006-2014 Sparkling
Argai Short Film 2006 -
Bedtime Stories Short Film 2006 -
Gazoon TV series 2007 Sparkling
Igor Animated Feature Film 2008 Exodus Productions -
The Avengers Feature Film 2012 Marvel Studios -
Elmo's Alphabet Challenge DTV Productions 2012 Sesame Workshop
Fanboy & Chum Chum TV series 2013-2014 Frederator Studios and Sony Pictures Television for the third season, "Sleepless in West Apetown", "Snowy Mart" "Escape from Camp Catastrophe", "Not So Levitation", and "Conjurer in the Rough" -
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Feature Film 2014 Paramount Pictures
Zorro: The Chronicles TV series 2014 Cyber Group Studios
Avengers: Age of Ultron Feature Film 2015 Marvel Studios
Jurassic World Feature Film 2015 Universal Pictures
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Feature Film 2015 Lucasfilm
Star Wars: Rebels (Starting from Season 2) TV series 2015–18 Lucasfilm Animation
Captain America: Civil War Feature Film 2016 Marvel Studios
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Feature Film 2016 Lucasfilm
Warcraft Feature Film 2016 Universal Pictures
Kong: Skull Island Feature Film 2017 Warner Bros. Pictures
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Feature Film 2017 Lucasfilm
Transformers: The Last Knight Feature Film 2017 Paramount Pictures
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Feature Film 2017 STXfilms
Aquaman Feature Film 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures
Avengers: Infinity War Feature Film 2018 Marvel Studios
Black Panther Feature Film 2018 Marvel Studios
Bumblebee Feature Film 2018 Paramount Pictures -
Ready Player One Feature Film 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures
Solo: A Star Wars Story Feature Film 2018 Lucasfilm -
Aladdin Feature Film 2019 Walt Disney Pictures
Captain Marvel Feature Film 2019 Marvel Studios -
The Addams Family Animated Feature Film 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Feature Film 2019 Lucasfilm
Vic & The Magic Sword Animated Feature Film 2019 Studio 100 Animation
The Mandalorian (Season 1 & 2) TV series 2019-20 Industrial Light & Magic
Alien Worlds TV series 2020 Framestore
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous TV series 2020 Netflix
Puppy Dog Pals TV series 2020 Rainbow CGI
Space Jam: A New Legacy Feature Film 2021 Warner Bros. Pictures
The Addams Family 2 Animated Feature Film 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Rumble Animated Feature Film 2021 Paramount Animation
Sing 2 Animated Feature Film 2021 Universal Pictures
Minions: The Rise of Gru Animated Feature Film 2022 Universal Pictures

Game Contributions[edit]

Title Platform(s) Release Date Developer
League of Legends PC - Riot Games
Smite PC - Hi-Rez Studios
Fallout 4 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2015 Bethesda Softworks
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2016 Eidos-Montréal
Farming Simulator PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2016 Giants Software
Killer Instinct 3 Xbox One, PC 2016 -
Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox One, PC 2017 Turn 10 Studios
NBA 2K18 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2017 2K
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2018 Treyarch
Detroit: Become Human PlayStation 4, PC 2018 Quantic Dream
The Elder Scroll Online: Summerset PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2018 Bethesda Softworks
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition PC 2019 Microsoft
Borderlands 3 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2019 2K
Planet Zoo PC 2019 Frontier Developments
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2019 Respawn Entertainment
The Outer Worlds PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch 2019 Obsidian Entertainment
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series Oculus Quest, Microsoft Windows 2019 ILMxLab
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2020 Supermassive Games
Demon's Souls PlayStation 5 2020 Japan Studio
Grounded Xbox, PC 2020 Obsidian Entertainment
Legends of Runeterra PC, Apple Store, Google Store 2020 Riot Games
Marvel's Avengers PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2020 Crystal Dynamics
Microsoft Flight Simulator PC 2020 Asobo Studio
Ride 4 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2020 Milestone
Rocket Arena PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC 2020 Final Strike Games
Star Shaman Oculus Rift 2020 Ikimasho
Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge Oculus Quest 2020 ILMxLab
Tell Me Why Xbox, PC 2020 Dontnod Entertainment
Valorant PC 2020 Riot Games


Brand Product Name Year
TF! Soccer ID 1997
France 5 Les Zouzous 1999
Eurosport Euro 2000 2000
Télétoon Télétoon Advance 2000
13th Street Reface 2001
France 3 T O 3 2002
Piwi Les Vacances de Piwi 2003
Pepsi Rapido In the hit TV Show, RATZ 2005
Pepto Bismol Eating Much Sweets 2007
Mountain Dew Baja Blast 2009
7-Up Razmo In the Hit TV Show, RATZ 2010
Snuggie Being Bored 2017


  1. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (2008-11-18). "Sparx closes Paris animation studio". Variety. Retrieved 2021-03-23.