Winning the Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film for The Lost Thing, Passion has established roots in Long Form Animation for series, features and short films. Working with major streaming services and distributors, we have produced episodes of the Netflix Anthology Love Death & Robots, Disney+ Series and Oscar Nominated shorts like Hors Piste and Pear Cider and Cigarettes.
TV & Feature Animation
STORIES FROM THE INSIDE, Hospital Care for People in Prisons
“People in prison have poorer health and poorer access to health care services than the wider population. The closed prison environment restricts access to secondary care services external to the prison. Transfers to the hospital from prison are limited each day due to the lack of prison officers to escort patients. Prisoners can feel discriminated against when attending hospital appointments, leading to self-exclusion from health services while imprisoned. Hospitals that are informed about these issues can make simple changes to address inequalities. We aimed to influence community health professionals to design improved services through the use of an animation based on prisoner experiences of secondary care. Incarcerated patients have shared their experiences to show the need for service change, not to simply invoke empathy. We aim to produce a tool to engage and inform secondary care staff, not simply tell the prisoners’ stories. These stories will act as the vehicle for change”
Sex Education ‘Opening Titles’
Future Power Station created an animated introduction for Sex Education‘s third season on Netflix. Directed by Runyararo Mapfumo with animation direction by Yibi Hu, the sequence reimagines the characters Lily (Tanya Reynolds) and Ola (Patricia Allison) as animated alien beings, Glenoxi and Starlanza, enacting a passage of sci-fi romance fiction that opens the seventh episode of the new season.
On the verge of crushing two old cable cars, a nostalgic scrap dealer delves into his memories and imagines the life they once shared.
Love, Death & Robots: ICE
Commissioned by Netflix and created by Tim Miller and David Fincher, Love, Death & Robots returns for a second volume in the anthology of animated stories featuring dark comedy, terrifying creatures and wicked surprises. Based on the short story by Rich Larson, ICE, directed by Robert Valley is set in a future where many humans are enhanced with extraordinary strength and endurance, the “unmodded” feel left behind. This class-conflict drives a rift between two brothers who puts their lives at risk during a dangerous race.
Hors Piste Trailer
Directed by MegaComputeur, ‘Hors Piste’ (Off-Piste) is a six-minute, CG-animated comedy-adventure centred on two mountain rescue experts called Salami and Parmesan. Despite being the best at their job and ever-primed for action, their latest mission is doomed to go awry. Named as ‘Best Animation’ at the BAFTA Student Film Awards 2019, ‘Hors Piste’ beat tough competition this year which saw 550 submissions – a record – from 38 countries. The film has made selection lists for numerous international film festivals. It was nominated for the student film Annie Award this year, and recently won the student film Genie Award from the Paris Images Digital Summit.
Headspace Guide to Sleep ‘Putting Insomnia to Bed’
The Headspace Guide to Sleep is an 7 episode animated series streaming now, only on Netflix! Each episode is narrated by Eve Prieto where she explores how exercise, stress, alcohol, medication, meditation, phone screens, and more effect the quality of our sleep. Two episodes were produced by Strange Beast. Episode 6, ‘Putting Insomnia to Bed’ is directed by Tom McCarten and Greenhouse member Daniel Stankler. This episode looks at how we can deal with stresses to unpack the causes of insomnia through visualisation, music and quiet activities.
Love, Death & Robots: Zima Blue
Commissioned by Netflix and created by Tim Miller and David Fincher, Love, Death & Robots is a collection of 18 animated short stories that span the science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy genres. The production united a global animation community, calling on the talents and unique perspectives of innovative animation studios, directors and artists from around the world – and we were delighted to be involved! Zima Blue is a ten minute episode within Love, Death & Robots, directed by Robert Valley and produced by Cara Speller. Based on the original short story by Alastair Reynolds, Zima Blue is set thousands of years in the future and follows Claire Markham, a journalist invited to witness the unveiling of the artist Zima’s final piece. Zima is a colossal figure in the art world and a truly enigmatic individual – an exclusive interview is impossible to refuse. Claire accepts the invitation and discovers the origins of Zima’s existence, his journey to find his own truth, and the root of his obsession with the colour “Zima Blue”. Watch the full episode on Netflix NOW.
Just because they’re full of sugar…it doesn’t mean they’re sweet. An international cast of Donuts take their revenge in this CG-animated comedy short. Created for the Off-Courts Trouville Festival 2019.
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
The brutally honest story of Robert’s turbulent relationship with a self-destructive, yet charismatic friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver. Synopsis: Drink and smoke…that’s what Techno Stypes really like to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.
Wild Love Trailer
A teaser trailer the short film ‘Wild Love’, directed by Marya & Quentin with Léa Georges, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux, Paul Autric, telling the story of an unfortunate hiking couple who mess with the wrong groundhogs…
Anna Mantzaris’ short film showing tiny moments of lost self-control. Some are relatable and some are outrageous, all of them are hilarious.
Back to Cave One
In the far future, a caveman and his young daughter discover some cave paintings describing the lost tradition of trick or treating.
101 Dalmatian Street
Disney Channel’s latest original animation series 101 Dalmatian Street is inspired by Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel and Walt Disney’s 1961 ﬁlm 101 Dalmatians. 101 Dalmatian Street is a modern family comedy set in 21st century London, which follows the adventures of eldest Dalmatian step-siblings Dylan and Dolly, their parents Delilah and Doug, and their big barking blended family of 97 younger brothers and sisters, whose names also all begin with ‘D’. With two working parents and no human owner, there’s a lot of pressure on Dylan and Dolly to keep the home ﬁres burning, despite the fact that they’re still just kids who want to do their own thing. Chaos and comedy are unleashed as they try to balance furry fun with family duty. Oscar® and BAFTA winning Passion Animation Studios, headquartered in the UK and employing an international crew of more than fifty artists, serve as lead producers for the series, with Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver providing animation services. 101 Dalmatian Street was developed by Disney’s UK-based original animation team working with Gigglebug Entertainment in Helsinki, who provided concept development and are creating short form and digital content to accompany the series. 101 Dalmatian Street has been commissioned for 10 x 2’ shorts, 40 x 11’ episodes, and 5 x 22’ specials.
LEGO ‘City Adventures’
Set in the sprawling and diverse LEGO City, the series focuses on characters whose work helps bring the community to life. In a unique 2.5D style, the series captures the high-octane stories of ordinary citizens thrown into extraordinary adventures.
The Lost Thing
The Lost Thing is a 15 minute animated short film based on the highly acclaimed picture book by award-winning author and illustrator, Shaun Tan. The film marks the directorial debut of both Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan. From final storyboards, it took just over 3 and half years to produce, featuring over 74 individual characters and 22 computer-generated sets. In order to produce a true representation of the painterly style of the original work, textural references and actual painted textures were provided by Shaun along with detailed colour scripts. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2011.