Beakus Animation Studio News


We recently completed a set of three animated films for English Heritage's digital platforms. They form part of their theme for 2017: ‘Ingenious! The Making of England’, which looks at the ways technology and innovation have shaped our history and buildings over the last 5000 years. We look at the methods used in Medieval warfare, including explosive devices fashioned from pig fat, the building of Hadrian's Wall, which involved the whole of the Roman Army of Britain and we explore the mysteries of Stonehenge and how it came to be.

Directed by Spin Kick Bros with sound design by Marian Mentrup.

Pirate Giraffes and Alien Superheroes!

Disney commissioned us to make these four fun videos for Snazaroo Face Paint. Each one shows the magical transformation you can expect when painted as your favourite imaginary character! From a Skeleton Dog to a Dragon King! Currently being shown on Disney Junior, these bumpers were designed and directed by Rory WT.

Olobob Top launching on CBeebies

We've been a little bit secretive about a new show we've been creating for CBeebies, called Olobob Top. It's an animated pre-school show of 52 x 5-mins devised by Steve Smith and Leigh Hodgkinson, that features three lovely little characters called Tib, Lalloo and Bobble. They live in a huge tree in an even huger forest, and play with their friends Crunch, Deeno, Norbet, Lemon, Gurdy, Big Fish, and Groan Up... The series is all about Creative Play, and encouraging children to explore their creative imaginations, with loads of humour, silliness and pathos along the way.

Stephen Mangan provides the voices of our Narrator as well as 52 (yes, fifty-two) characters the Olobobs create. We've also had fabulous sound design from the team behind Peppa Pig, Fonic, and beautiful music composed by Emmy-award-winning David Schweitzer.

The series is associate produced by Cloth Cat Animation, and is being distributed worldwide by Cake.

We're very VERY excited to share this with you, and encourage you to find it on CBeebies every weekday from Monday 17th July, at 9.25am and 1.25pm. After which it'll pop on to iPlayer to watch anytime. Please let us know what you think!

We have active social media channels on Twitter, FB and Instagram, or write to Plus of course we have a website where you'll find background info, games and activities!

A Little Grey wins at Manchester

We're delighted to announce that A Little Grey has scooped the prize for Best Animation at Manchester Film Festival! The short film, co-directed by Simon Hewitt and Steve Smith, has been touring festivals and getting some lovely reaction, topped by this rather nice gong. Big shout out to Mighty and our Laura Thomas who worked so hard on the production.

Lifebabble Returns!

Lifebabble is back for another series and once again we worked hard at creating 42 individual animated clips for the show. With Rory WT directing overall, we also brought in 7 additional Beakus directors, ensuring that all of the animated segments within each episode had a unique design style. You can watch the show on CBBC Monday to Friday at 4.25pm, or catch it online here:

Mr Madila online!

Rory WT's multi-award-winning short 'Mr Madila' is finally released to the world today. If you're up for a bit of hilarity, what with the world teetering on the brink thanks to our American cousins, then this film is for you. Take a look - you won't be disappointed!

Semi finalist Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
Winner Fantoche
Winner British Shorts Berlin
Winner Anny Best of Fest
Winner Flickerfest
Winner Premier Plans Angers
Winner Manchester Animation Festival
Winner RTS Student Awards.

Art Ninja Series 3

Art Ninja has returned for a third series and once again Beakus were involved in creating the animated sections of the show, depicting various different artists on inanimate objects. The show is currently on air on Saturday's at 9am on CBBC. You can check out a compilation of some of the artists below.

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Beakus at No.10 Downing Street

Last week Beakus founder Steve Smith was invited to the Prime Minister's residence at No.10 Downing Street - we kid you not - for a shindig in support of the UK animation industry and the oodles of cash it brings the Treasury every year (not to mention the thousands of jobs for UK and EU citizens alike). We are the backbone of the creative ecosystem that runs through the veins of this country, and we wanted to show the powers-that-be what we're made of, and how we can drink more wine than anyone else. In many ways the night was a success... Steve met the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, and tried his best to big up the work of Beakus, and our partners.

It was a surreal experience going through security, supping wine and eating limp canapes inside No.10, topped off by a mass orgy of selfies outside the eponymous blackened door. One for the CV, photo album, and maybe a political memoir...?

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A Little Grey UK Premiere at LIAF

We had a great time at London's Barbican last night for the launch of the London International Animation Festival (LIAF), and for the UK Premiere of our short A Little Grey. Directed by Steve Smith and Simon Hewitt, and animated by our directors Mighty, the film was well received by the large audience not once, but twice! We were fortunate enough to have A Little Grey go out as the first film screened of the festival, and then again in the British Showcase strand. Festival director Nag Vladermersky explained how LIAF receives over 2000 submissions, so to be first to screen for the whole event was something special! What we've neglected to mention is that it also had it's World Premiere at the amazing Anilogue Festival in Budapest on 23rd November. Sadly we couldn't get there, but many thanks for the fest for hosting!

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Crowdsourcing Psychology

We are happy to announce that the three explainer videos we have been working on for the VOLCROWE research team at Portsmouth University are now live! They communicate the psychologies and science behind volunteering and Crowdsourcing and the main motivations that lead people to contribute.

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