Flying Bark Productions Tapped To Animate New ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Film
Sydney, Australian animation studio Flying Bark Productions, a subsidiary of Belgian media company Studio 100, will animate Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation’s untitled Avatar film.
- According to Flying Bark, the new Avatar feature will “push the style and boundaries of hybrid animation.” The company will utilize traditional 2d animation with “substantial” cg elements to update the look of the 17-year-old franchise.
- Flying Bark’s recent work includes the Emmy-nominated episode of Disney+’s What If…?, “What If… Dr Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?”; Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; the short-lived Netflix series Glitch Techs; and Lego Monkie Kid.
- In June, Paramount and Nickelodeon announced they have a trio of films based upon the series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra in development. This first Avatar feature, announced in February 2021, will be directed by Lauren Montgomery, with Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino producing.
- According to the company, they’re currently expanding their 350-person staff by hiring a wide range of artists and technicians to work on the film. Open positions can be found on the company’s web site.
- Flying Bark Productions director of production Alexia Gates-Foale said in a release: “With a company full of creatives and super-fans, the Avatar feature is a dream project for the team at Flying Bark. This really is an exciting time for the Australian animation industry, and we look forward to welcoming new talent to our studio in Sydney as well as further developing our incredible team of artists.