Toon Boom Animation Inc. (“Toon Boom”) and Bento Box Entertainment (“BBE”) have combined their expertise to develop an exclusive and state-of-the-art digital animation production pipeline uniquely designed for Bento Box’s production on prime-time animated television series, among them Bob’s Burgers, Allen Gregory, and the upcoming new series Brickleberry, Out There, and The Awesomes, as well as multiple Network prime-time animation pilots. The all-digital global workflow methodology set up under the arrangement is on the industry’s cutting edge, and Toon Boom and BBE will be promoting the innovative pipeline and processes to other studios around the world that could potentially benefit from this customized methodology.
In setting up an entirely paperless workflow between Bento Box’s studios in the United States and its partner studios around the world, BBE is maximizing the digital capabilities of Toon Boom’s industry leading digital animation tools, including Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, integrated with its Harmony network animation technology. In addition, the BBE and Toon Boom digital production pipeline incorporates innovative animation tools for “Digital Timing,” “Digital Track Reading” and “Digital Lip Assignment”. Also under the BBE and Toon Boom collaboration, four traditional animation studios in Seoul, South Korea, have been upgraded with hardware, and their workforce have been trained to use the Toon Boom suite of software tools. These will be utilized within the Bento Box digital production pipeline in order to achieve the quality and fluidity of traditional key-frame animation, while gaining significant efficiencies throughout the entire production process and enabling fluid communication and production management by BBE’s operations team in the United States.
Successfully implementing the digital pipeline and paperless workflow on prime-time animation television series is an important technological development for the industry, according to Bento Box co-founders and supervising producers Joel Kuwahara and Mark McJimsey. “Toon Boom and Bento Box are forward-thinking companies with unique skill sets, and this pipeline we’ve developed together has created proven production efficiencies for Bento Box’s network and studio clients while maintaining and improving the highest quality of animation and acting expected by the creators, writers, artists and audiences,” says Kuwahara and McJimsey.