Animal Logic, the Australian animation studio responsible for The Lego Movie, officially opened its Vancouver, Canada satellite studio this week. The 45,000-square -foot studio located in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood will produce three of the company’s five LEGO-related movies currently on the slate.
Animal Logic Vancouver’s first project will be The LEGO Movie Sequel, starting production in January 2016, followed by two other as-yet-unannounced LEGO films. Meanwhile Animal Logic’s Sydney homebase will continue production on LEGO Batman and another LEGO spinoff, Ninjago. Prior to the LEGO frenzy, the studio had produced non-LEGO films for Warner Bros. such as Happy Feet and Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.
The new Vancouver outfit, which could eventually house up to 300 staffers, will be led by Animal Logic’s group head of production Sharon Taylor, whose new title will be executive vice president and general manager of the Vancouver studio.
“Sharon has been a key driver in the growth and success of Animal Logic over the last ten years,” said Zareh Nalbandian, chairman and CEO of Animal Logic. “I’m confident that her deep knowledge of our company and its culture, coupled with her collaborative leadership style and amazing energy, will ensure the success of our new Vancouver studio.”