A new Vancouver-based toon house founded by husband-and-wife team of Aly Jetha and Shabnam Rezaei, officially opened its doors in January. Located in the city’s historic Yaletown district, the studio is named Big Bad Boo and employs a great mix of top animation industry veterans.
‘We found so many good reasons to move to Canada,’ notes Jetha. ‘There is an enormous amount of animation talent in British Columbia and the tax incentives in Canada make the move very attractive. In addition, we gain a priceless amount of control by having our own animation team. When we get extra work, we can also pass these savings onto our clients and offer them a bilingual service facility that is in the same or near-same time zone and just a short plane ride away.’
Helping Jetha with the operation is animation director Glen Kennedy, who recently moved back to Canada after a long stay in Asia and has recruited top ToonBoom Harmony artists to deliver great-looking 2D animation. Kennedy was trained at Hanna-Barbera and most recently finished 26 episodes of the PBS animated astronomy show The Zula Patrol.
One of Big Bad Boo Studio’s new projects is a timely 13-episode animated series called Mixed Nutz from subsidiary production company Norooz Productions. The socially conscious and humorous toon centers on a group of nine-year-old kids who try to fit in the American melting pot, although they each have different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Randy Rogel, Alfred Gimeno and Joe Banaskiewicz are three of the Emmy-winning animation veterans who are currently working on the series. Big Bad Boo will be at the MIPTV market in April to launch the show internationally
To learn more about this exciting up-and-coming toon shop, visit www.bigbadboo.ca.