Who we are:
Elliott Animation is an artist-led, full-service 3D, 2D animation studio located in the heart of Toronto’s Junction Triangle. Established in 2000 and led by President and Creative Director George Elliott, we are driven by creativity and obsessed with telling great stories, collaborating with interesting people, and bringing great ideas to life.
Together with our sister company Fresh TV Inc., Elliott Animation creates, develops, and produces several internationally acclaimed series.
Our Studio Culture:
At Elliott Animation we strive to maintain a professional and courteous environment. In our deadline-driven industry, we endeavor to keep unnecessary stress at a minimum by being highly organized and solving problems as a team. We admire the creativity and respect the creative people who enable us to do what we do and our culture reflects that. Elliott Animation is a studio where artists and creatives can feel welcome.
A brief history of Elliott Animation
1985 – George Elliott starts his animation career at Nelvana, where he works as a designer on the Droids animation series.
1988 – George builds a basement studio in his home in Brampton, Ontario. Begins expanding his clientele. Works for Nelvana, Phoenix Animation, MGM, Hanna Barbera, Universal Studios, Sony Columbia Tristar, Epoch Animation, and DIC Entertainment.
1995 – George opens a studio in Toronto to meet the demand for his services – and to free up space in his house! Tries to balance artistic and business directives.
2000 – George partners with producer Brian Irving. Their company Elliott Animation is awarded the contract for Sitting Ducks – a 3D animated series for Universal Studios. Elliott Animation took the big leap into digital animation and became the first studio in the world to use 3D Studio Max in a series production. Full production commences using Alpha software!
2002 – Elliott Animation produces Zixx Level One – an innovative live-action and 3D animated series – using the Lithtech game engine as the production software. Elliott Animation becomes one of the first studios in the world to use a video game engine as the main production software in a long-format broadcast series.
2004 – Elliott Animation wins contract for 65 episodes of Yin Yang Yo – a Flash animated series for Jetix/Disney. It is Elliott Animation’s first 2.5D digital animated series.
2005 – George Elliott, Brian Irving, Tom McGillis, and Jennifer Pertsch launch Fresh TV Inc. Fresh TV and Elliott Animation become sister companies with Fresh TV focused on proprietary development, financing, and distribution and Elliott Animation focused on production and visual development. Total Drama Island becomes the studio’s first proprietary series of many.
2007 – Elliott Animation begins production on Rollbots – a CG animated series for Amberwood Entertainment. Elliott uses an innovative prototype handheld 3D camera system called the Gamecaster, which enables real-world camera control within a virtual environment.
2008 – Elliott Animation breaks into live-action when it begins VFX work on the proprietary Fresh TV Inc. live-action series, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, for Disney, Teletoon, and Freemantle. George works as an on-set VFX supervisor for two seasons.
2009 – Elliott Animation and Fresh TV Inc. purchase a building and move their studio to the Junction Triangle in Toronto.
2015 – Having done only original productions since 2009, Elliott Animation dives back into service work with Fairly Oddparents, and Bunsen is a Beast for Nickelodeon. Why? Because George is an animation nerd and wanted to work with Butch Hartman and Nickelodeon.
2016 – Elliott Animation and Fresh TV buy another building in the Junction Triangle, really close to the first one. They need more space!
2017 – Elliott Animation begins working with Ubisoft, doing development, storyboards, and cut scene motion graphics. Why? Because of video games, that’s why!
2018 – Fresh TV acquires rights to Lucas the Spider – that adorable 8-legged internet sensation and its Youtube Channel.
2018 – Elliott Animation starts production on Total Dramarama. Where several of the original `Total Drama’ characters are in an alternate universe where they are aged down from teenagers to toddlers, being taken care of by Chef Hatchet.
2019 – Elliott Animation starts production on Lucas the Spider 3D Shorts for the Lucas the Spider Youtube Channel.
2020 – Elliott Animation starts production on the 3D live-action CGI animated hybrid series Lucas the Spider for Cartoonito and HBOMax.
2021 – Elliott Animation starts production on their Total Drama Island relaunch for Cartoon Network and HBO Max.