Animex Makes First Feature with ToonBoom

Animex, one of Mexico’s top animation studios, has adopted paperless animation solution Toon Boom Harmony to produce its first feature-length film, La Leyenda de la Nahuala. With a team of forty animators located in Puebla, Leon and Mexico City, the studio has become the largest Harmony installation in Latin America as it works to complete the movie in time for its Oct. 31 release date.

La Leyenda de la Nahuala is set in 1807 in the town of Puebla de los ‘ngeles, New Spain, and revolves around a young, fearful boy named Leo San Juan. On the night of Nov. 2, Day of the Dead, Leo’s brother is kidnapped by La Nahuala, an ancient and mean spirit. Overcoming his fears, Leo embarks on a great adventure filled with strange creatures to save his brother and bring him back home. With the film, Animex aims to honor Mexico’s the rich culture, especially its art, literature and folk customs.

“Toon Boom is very pleased to be involved in such an important project for Mexico and be the technology provider to cover all aspects of this high-profile production, done completely paperless,” says Joan Vogelesang, president and CEO of Toon Boom Animation.

Toon Boom won a primetime Emmy for engineering in 2005. The company’s client base includes both independent animators and major studios such as Nelvana, Klasky Csupo, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal, Mercury Filmworks, Alphanim, LuxAnimation, Cosgrove Hall and Lanterna Magica. High-profile productions created with Toon Boom products include Sylvain Chomet’s Les Triplettes de Belleville, Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, Paramount’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and Universal’s Curious George feature. For more information, go to