Finland’s Aurora Studios now owns 40% of Helsinki-based animation studio Anima Vitae, whose credits include Gutsy Animation’s Moominvalley, Ubisoft’s Rabbids Invasion, and Rovio’s Angry Birds: Stella.
Anima Vitae was founded in 2000, and has since opened a base in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Co-founders Antti Haikala, Jani Kuronen, and Olli Rajala retain ownership of the remaining 60%.
Alongside service work, Anima Vitae also produces original features. They include the 2008 holiday movie Niko & The Way to the Stars (which was released as an abridged tv movie in the U.S. as The Flight Before Christmas) and its 2012 sequel, which together grossed almost USD$46 million worldwide — strong performances for European animated features.