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Mercury Filmworks

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There are multiple animation studios in Canada that live their legacy, and this is one of them. Straight from the wild!
Founded: 1997
Founder: Clint Eland
Headquarters: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Key people: Clint Eland (CEO)
Divisions: Lighthouse Studios (50%)
Notable works: Gerald McBoing-Boing (TV series)
Atomic Puppet
Kid Cosmic
Mickey Mouse
The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse
The Ghost and Molly McGee
The Loud House movie

Mercury Filmworks is a Canadian independent animation studio founded in 1997 by Clint Eland, who also serves as the CEO. They are notable for providing animation services mostly for Disney, Nelvana, and Studio B Productions (now part of WildBrain Studio).

Why They Rock

  1. They are experienced in very fluid animation in a majority of the shows they worked on.
  2. They succeeded in digital animation in their purest quality, with the notable example being Nick Jr.'s Toot & Puddle.
  3. Their work also pushes to the limits of blending 2D and 3D animation, with Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil being a famous landmark.
  4. The logo was wholesome, as it consisted of a boy pretending to fly a paper airplane. Their former logo was also beautiful with a planet and a moon.
  5. Their rigging techniques are phenomenal. Their shows like Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Centaurworld exemplify this, as the character animations are very fluid and call a mind to Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  6. Like Rough Draft Studios, their work can often bump up the positives of a certain negative-received series like Wayside and Fish Hooks.
  7. They were responsible for having animated most of the shows from Disney Television Animation.
  8. They set the bars high for Mickey Mouse, making the animation look very indistinguishable from hand-drawn animation.
  9. Their division Lighthouse Studios excels in really good animation work as well.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of their work tend to consist of animation errors and look cheap, specifically the shows co-produced with Studio B.
  2. Because of their relationship with Disney Television Animation, their animation style can get tiring for some time.
  3. They've worked on some not so great shows such as Mega Babies, the aforementioned Wayside & Fish Hooks and Pickle and Peanut (ep. 1 only).
    • While their animation is decent in Pickle and Peanut and Fish Hooks, because of their use of stock images, it causes the shows' qualities to deteriorate a little.
    • On top of that, their animation for Little Ellen is a massive step-down from the other works they did since it looks stilted and stiff most of the time.
  4. Their recent logo, while OK, isn't as memorable as the former two as it feels like the company is mistaken for a luxury brand instead of an animation studio.