Ex-Disney, Warner, DreamWorks, Universal animators Create New Studio

Talented artists behind some of the biggest animated features and television shows of recent years have banded together to form CAAT Studios, a new a full-service animation facility located in North Hollywood, Calif.

The acronym CAAT, Classical Animation & Advanced Technology, conveys the new studio’s mission, which is to be a provider of traditional, CG and Flash animated product for a variety of clients. The studio is currently animating commercials for an unnamed Fortune 500 company and portions of a major film franchise for one of the world’s top entertainment brands. In addition to producing service work, the team is developing of a feature film and animated television series.

“We like to keep one paw in the past and one paw in the future,” says CAAT Studios co-founder David E. Kuhn. “We offer quality animation produced just around the corner, eliminating the need for costly shipping of art and providing our clients excellent communication and control over their work.”

Kuhn’s has worked for Warner Bros. on the TV shows Animaniacs and Taz-Mania, as well as the feature films Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. His credits also include the Disney features Pocohontas, Hercules, Fantasia 2000 and The Tigger Movie.

CAAT artistic director Toby Bluth directed The Story of Santa Claus for CBS and Babes in Toyland for MGM. His other animation credits include art director on Disney’s The Tigger Movie and Three Musketeers.

Line producer Lorri Bond was most recently VP of classic animation for Warner Bros., where she oversaw all initiatives that involved the Looney Tunes brand. Bond has served as associate producer, voice director and development exec on such TV shows as Baby Looney Tunes, Bugs ‘N Daffy and The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show. She also spearheaded the release of Looney Tunes DVD compilations and created the Warner Bros. Fine Art Program.

Supervising animator Shawn Keller joins CAAT after recently completing work on the DreamWorks hit, Shark Tale. He was one of the youngest animators ever to be hired at Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on such films as The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Atlantis and Home on the Range.

Kevin "Kexx" Singleton, educational director, earned an Emmy Award for art direction on the PBS series Clifford the Big Red Dog and has worked for Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures. He is currently creating an animated children’s science program for CAAT.