Animal Logic, the animation studio responsible for The Lego Movie, announced an ambitious expansion plan Wednesday, resulting from a new three-picture deal the studio signed with Warner Bros.
The Sydney, Australia-headquartered company will open a 300-person studio in Vancouver, Canada this September. The new outpost, Animal Logic Vancouver, will initially be used to produce three animated features for Warner Bros., the first being The Lego Movie Sequel, which begins production in January 2016, with plans to keep the studio operational afterward by continuing its relationship with Warner Bros. The Vancouver operation, which will focus purely on animated projects and not visual effects, will be based in a 45,000-square-feet space in the city’s Yaletown neighborhood, according to Vancity Buzz.
In addition to Lego Movie, Animal Logic created the 2006 film Happy Feet and has contributed visual effects to films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Insurgent, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. More recently the company has pushed to create projects of its own from the ground-up, acquiring the feature film rights to the characters Betty Boop and Astro Boy, and negotiating with Neil Gaiman about a feature project.