Toon Boom and The SPA Studios Sign Technology Collaboration Agreement to Push the Limits of Animation, Design and Concept Art


MONTREAL, Nov. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Toon Boom Animation announced today a technology collaboration agreement with The SPA Studios for their hybrid animated feature film currently in development and slated for theatrical release in 2019. Klaus is the latest animated feature film project by Sergio Pablos, co-creator of Despicable Me. Klaus is an animated comedy set at Christmas time and will be a heartfelt family movie for all ages.

Toon Boom will work with The SPA Studios to integrate their flagship product Toon Boom Harmony™. Harmony will give the production the visually beautiful imagery required for Klaus. Toon Boom will work with The SPA Studios to push their pipeline to new heights by building innovative tools that will enable them to execute their story vision until final production. Harmony will be the primary animation software used for the production and The SPA Studios’ creative and technical teams will work closely with Toon Boom to create the highest quality of animation design and style.

“The trailer for Klaus is already seen as a game changer for the animation industry,” states Francisco Del Cueto, CTO at Toon Boom Animation. “We are very excited to be working with The SPA Studios to build a new generation of animation tools that will help define a new benchmark for animation quality and style.”

Klaus includes many innovative techniques including complex, interactive lighting and the use of advanced texturing capabilities.

“The studio is using a hybrid technique to create visuals; we do not see this project as simply another 2D animated film. Our goal was to find solutions to overcome the technical limitations which prevented us from achieving a traditional and classic animated style,” said Pablos, Director of The SPA Studios. “We’re just getting started, but the possibilities are very exciting. And, if your intention is to put something that feels hand-crafted on the screen, there’s no shorter path than starting from a hand-crafted medium.”

Pablos will be at CTN Expo in Burbank, California on November 21, 2015. In a featured event, Pablos will provide a sneak peek into the art and techniques used in the Klaus teaser trailer. CTN Expo brings together the top professionals from both the traditional and digital worlds of animation. Now in its seventh year, CTN is a resource for education, employment, inspiration and business opportunities for anyone in the animation industry.

About The SPA Studios

Sergio Pablos founded The SPA Studios in Madrid, Spain. The studio focuses on offering the highest quality animation for clients, such as Universal, Blue Sky, Warner and Disney. They also develop original stories for feature animation movies, such as the box office hit Despicable Me. Klaus will be the first animated feature to be directed and produced by Pablos.

About Sergio Pablos

Sergio Pablos’s career includes credits as Supervising Animator for the following Disney titles: Tarzan, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, and Treasure Planet, just to name a few. Pablos’s work has led him to be nominated twice for the Annie Awards—for his character design work on Rio (Fox Pictures) and for character animation on Treasure Planet (Disney). For more information, visit:

About Toon Boom Animation

Toon Boom Animation Inc.’s award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Bento Box Entertainment, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Fox Television Animation, Mercury Filmworks, Nelvana and The Spa Studios. For more information, visit:

Copyright © 2015 Toon Boom Animation Inc., a Corus Entertainment Inc. company. All rights reserved. Toon Boom is a registered trademark and Harmony and the Toon Boom logo are trademarks of Toon Boom Animation Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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La Noria, an animated horror short film directed by Carlos Baena

La Noria is an animated horror short film directed by filmmaker/animator Carlos Baena and produced as an “online collaboration” by artists from around the world.

For the last couple of years, Carlos has been working on this project with the help of many talented people, and now they need our help to finish!

Still 10 days to support La Noria through IndieGogo. Make it possible!

Check out their campaign here:

Take a look at the work done for the boy character’s design from the early stages.

Work (in order of appearance) by:
Dei Gaztelumendi, Grangel Studios, Sergio Pablos and Jose Manuel Fernandez Oli. [Music: Johan Soderqvist].


On a day like today…“Treasure Planet”!

On a day like today, in 2002, “Treasure Planet” was first released.

It was first screened as a premiere in Paris, France, before it opened to American audiences.

Sergio Pablos was Dr. Doppler’s Animation Supervisor and we want to seize the opportunity to share with you Doppler’s animation reel.

Enjoy! Have a nice day!

The American Film Market 2015 begins!

Tomorrow, Wednesday 4th November, the American Film Market 2015 begins!

“Join 8,000+ filmmakers, producers and other industry professionals from 80+ countries at AFM 2015 this November for one week of unmatched access, networking and education.”

From the 4th to 11th of November in Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Their tip? “Develop. Package. Pitch. Finance. License. Distribute. Whatever segment of the film industry you work in, AFM is a must- attend event because… In Hollywood, one meeting can define a career.”

Don’t miss any event updates, photos & daily recaps on their Facebook page and Twitter account!

AFM 2015 Official Twitter:

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Happy World Animation Day!

Better late than never…Happy World Animation Day!

Yesterday, 28th October 2015, was the 14th International Animation Day.

This event was proclaimed in 2002 by the ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) as the main global event to celebrate the art of animation.

In recent years, the event has been observed in more than 50 different countries with more than 1000 events, on every continent, all over the world.

We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to congratulate everyone working in the world of Animation with this small tribute.

world animation day

Enjoy! Have a lovely (Post-) Animation Day!


“Klaus”, on 3D Wire

Klaus” announced on 3D Wire Magazine, under “Feature Films“.


3D Wire 2015 is a necessary manual for those interested in Animation and Videogame industry.

Apart from being an extense catalogue on current projects in the industry, it is also a professional database on Animation and Videogame Schools, Festivals and Associations all around Europe.

Check out “Klaus” and today’s latest Animation projects – Short Films, Videogames and other Feature Films at:!

Welcome to the Future!

The “Future”, as referenced in “Back To The Future Part II”, is TODAY!

Marty McFly and Emmet “Doc” Brown travel from 1985, and arrive to the future the 21st of October 2015.

To commemorate this, there are celebrations all around the globe; and in The SPA Studios, we want to make our little tribute to Zemeckis’ “Back To The Future” saga too.

Here is our small tribute to a film that trespassed frontiers of time.

back to the future

And to end up with… a message from “Doc” Brown in this futuristic day:
“Your future is whatever you make….so make it a good one!”

Have a Lovely Future!

Image by Dany Fernández Casas (Character Designer at The SPA Studios)

Just one month to go for the CTN animation eXpo 2015.

Just one month to go for the CTN animation eXpo 2015.

From Nov 20-22, 2015, The Marriott Hotel and Convention Center Burbank, Calif 91505 USA, will hold this event, where “THE TALENT” is Center Stage. ‪#‎CTNX2015‬

CTNX is the only event of its kind that year after year presents a unique opportunity that brings together the top professionals from both the traditional and digital worlds of animation.

Hosted by the Creative Talent Network, this seventh year event has captured both the industry and international community’s attention as a resource for education, employment, business opportunities and most of all FUN!

Check out Sergio Pablos’ CTN Expo profile!


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