Kids Animate for TELETOON

As part of the summer Camp TELETOON program, a dozen kids ages 9-12 have begun animating public service announcements in a series of hands-on workshops at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. The young animators will develop three broadcast-quality PSAs covering issues important to them for air on Canada’s TELETOON in early December.

This is the second year for the community-based initiative, a partnership of TELETOON, Arts Umbrella and Vancouver’s Studio B Prods. Last year saw participants animate PSAs informing viewers about the environment and bullying. Candidates for the program are children who previously attended animation courses at Arts Umbrella, a visual and performing arts institute for young people ages 2-19.

The 13-day curriculum has students work in three groups to create the animated spots. Under the guidance of program coordinators, these aspiring cartoonists use cutouts, clay animation and hand-drawn special effects to get their points across. Sound elements are added at Dick & Rogers Sound Studio and editing is completed at Studio B. This year’s Camp TELETOON program runs through Aug. 24.