Household favourites including Rolf Harris and Richard E Grant are backing animated television programmes for children despite the lack of government support for the UK animation industry. Creation Studio Productions, an Essex based animation studio, are currently working on three animated television series aimed at British youngsters, bucking a trend which has seen the production of many animation series, including Noddy and Thomas the Tank Engine, move to overseas animation houses.
“UK animators have been responsible for international favourites including Bob the Builder, Wallace and Gromit and Thomas the Tank Engine yet the industry has halved in the last five years due to incentives and tax breaks being removed by parliament and the closure of Iconic studios like Cosgrove Hall” says Tony Nottage, Managing Director of Creations Studio Productions. “Due to the great tax incentives and support offered by their governments, It is more cost effective to have animations produced in France, Canada and the Far East, even the Olympic mascots were produced in China! We are continuing to fight and produce our animations within the UK.”
The animation industry worldwide is worth around Â£200bn, whereas the UK industry is only worth around Â£120 million.Â Creation Studio Productions believes the government needs to look at ways to enhance the animation industry within the UK.Â Approximately Â 50% of the people working within the animation industry are under 35 and now a lot of this skilled labour is having to move away from the UK to work on projects overseas.