Animation studio Blue Zoo has announced the opening of a dedicated 2D animation facility, located just across the road from its central London head office. Over 60 new roles will be created to help fulfil Blue Zoo’s long-term ambition to diversify into a fully-fledged 2D studio.
The studio will use a ToonBoom Harmony pipeline to create episodic TV series for major broadcasters around the world, as well as building on the studio’s own catalogue of IPs. With this expansion, Blue Zoo is set to become the biggest independent 2D and 3D animation studio in the UK.
Adam Shaw, co-founder and director of Blue Zoo says: “We’re really excited, not only because the Blue Zoo family is growing, but also to be developing our offering and expertise in all areas of character animation. 2D animation is making a big comeback and we’re seeing a greater demand for it more than ever, particularly for older kids.”
The studio’s first project will be a 2D animated buddy comedy aimed at 8-10 year olds, directed and conceived by renowned animator Ant Blades. 20 half-hour episodes are set to be produced for an international broadcaster.
“Our passion is for great storytelling with great characters, and it’s been a long-term ambition to diversify into a fully-fledged 2D studio. Blue Zoo is already internationally recognised for 3D animation and having even more freedom to animate in whichever medium is best suited suddenly creates many more exciting opportunities for projects, and for attracting the best and brightest 2D talent. We love the idea of combining our amazing pipelines to make a hybrid show playing to the strengths of 2D and 3D, so watch this space,” adds Shaw.
The new studio opens in 2019 and Blue Zoo is currently recruiting for a variety of roles at different levels. Details of all opportunities can be found at jobs.blue-zoo.co.uk.