News – ToonBox Entertainment

By: Toonbox Entertainment  09-12-2011
Keywords: Animation, interactive media

Oct 31, 2011



TORONTO, ON: ToonBox Entertainment and RedRover Co. Ltd’s feature film THE NUT JOB has recently won an award at this year’s ANIMAGO AWARDS CONFERENCE in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. The award was given for the short film NUTS & ROBBERS based on the characters Surly Squirrel and Buddy the rat who will make their feature debut this time next year. The short won in the category of “Best Character Design” amongst a field of submissions from 62 countries, with a total of five final nominees for that specific category.

“We are very pleased with the award,” says Thom Chapman, VP of ToonBox Entertainment, “it is a testament to the quality of our work and the skill of our production team. This short film has been tremendously well received both domestically and internationally, and has offered great momentum leading up to the Feature Film release. We are already getting offers to spin it into a TV series from both domestic and international broadcasters.”

The Nut Job has been in production since the summer and follows the mischievous antics of Surly and his rat friend Buddy, who are banished from thesafety of their community park into the treacherous city, only to find the biggest haul of all – Maury’s not store – prime for the taking. However, unbeknownst to Surly and Buddy, the nut store is a front for four seasoned robbers plotting a bank heist of outrageous proportions – to dig a hole underground to the neighboring bank and swap the money bags for nut bags. The only trouble is that their plan doesn’t factor-in being nut-heisted themselves.

The film was written by industry veteran Lorne Cameron (Ratatouille, Over the Hedge, Brother Bear) and will be released late next year.

About the Animago AWARD:

The animago AWARD has been acknowledging the best productions in the field of 3D, visual effects and interactive media since 1997. Participants from over 80 countries register for the international competition.  Whether you’re an established VFX studio, a creative freelancer or a visionary newcomer, we invite all industry professionals and rising stars in the field of Digital Creation Content (DCC) to submit their work for consideration by our expert jury in one of the animago categories.

About ToonBox Entertainment:

ToonBox Entertainment brings to life original content for Film, TV, and interactive media with concepts derived from captivating character designs and storylines. With leading edge stereoscopic technology, ToonBox elevates its creations into the next generation of entertainment.

Located in downtown Toronto Canada, ToonBox creates original content for film, television, and interactive productions for the global market, and its first original TV production Bolts & Blip is one of the world’s first 3D stereoscopic animated series to be released.

About Redrover Co., Ltd:

REDROVER, based in Korea, has been a specialist in the field of stereoscopic 3D, developing monitors, rigs and software, for over a decade, and has expanded their business since 2007 by producing 3D animation. With Redrover’s technology, experience, strength in financing, and strong partnership with the Canadian animation studio ToonBox Entertainment, their first 3D project Bolts & Blip(26×22’) was produced and is now sold to over 60 countries including 3D broadcasting on 3Net in the US. The upcoming feature film project The Nut Job(90’), and interactive project The Beet Party(104×2’) are currently in production and being solicited worldwide for distribution and broadcast pre-sales.

For more information please contact:

Nahleena Tye                                            
Marketing Manager                                    
ToonBox Entertainment



Peter Lepeniotis, the director of the upcoming animated feature film, The Nut Job, was in Germany late last week to accept an Animago Award for Best Character Design.  The award was given for the short film NUTS & ROBBERS based on the characters Surly Squirrel and Buddy the rat who will make their feature debut this time next year.

Keywords: Animation, interactive media

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