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Toon Boom Animation

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Type  Subsidiary
Founded  1994
Industry  Software
Headquarters  Montreal, Canada
Toon Boom Animation httpslh4googleusercontentcomCCOV2PAVwGUAAA
Products  Animation and Storyboarding software
Parent organizations  Corus Entertainment, Nelvana

Toon Boom Animation Inc. is a Canadian software company that specializes in animation production and storyboarding software. Founded in 1994 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Toon Boom develops animation and storyboarding software for film, television, web animation, games, mobile devices, training applications, and education. It was acquired by Corus Entertainment in 2012.


Toon Boom software is used in over 130 countries, and was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award in 2005 and 2012, among other awards.

Notable users include Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Television Animation, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, Fox, Rough Draft Studios, Nelvana, Xilam, Mercury Filmworks, China Central Television, Toonz India Ltd, Digital eMation and Gaumont Animation.


In 1996, Toon Boom purchased the software development business of USAnimation studio. Its animation production services were to be merged into CST Entertainment according to a premature press release from CST. That merger never took place, and USAnimation's studio changed its name to VirtualMagic Animation in 1996 and operated independently. Toon Boom Animation continued the development of USAnimation software which became Toon Boom Opus. It has since become Toon Boom Harmony.

In 2006, Toon Boom acquired French company Pegs'n Co, developer of the 2D bitmap animation software called Pegs. Since the acquisition, the software has not been updated and can no longer be purchased.

In 2009, Toon Boom acquired the British company Cambridge Animation Systems, developer of Animo. Since the acquisition, the software has not been updated and can no longer be purchased.

In 2012, Toon Boom was acquired by Corus Entertainment.

Historical products

  • Toon Boom Opus (1996-2008) - formerly USAnimation, it was used in the traditional film/TV animation industry.
  • Tic Tac Toon (1996-2001) - succeeded by Toon Boom Studio.
  • Toon Boom Studio (2001-2015) - aimed at home users and individuals. Succeeded by Toon Boom Harmony Essentials.
  • Toon Boom Concerto (2004-2005)
  • Toon Boom Solo (2005-2007) - aimed at small studios.
  • Toon Boom Digital Pro (2007-2009) - succeeded by Toon Boom Animate Pro.
  • Toon Boom Pencil Check Pro (2008-2014) - a line testing software product.
  • Toon Boom Animate (2008-2015) - aimed at professional animators, boutique studios, students, and educators. Succeeded by Toon Boom Harmony Advanced.
  • Toon Boom Animate Pro (2009-2015) - aimed at animation studios and freelancers.
  • Flip Boom product line (discontinued in 2014) - entry-level animation software.
  • Garfield's Comic Boom (discontinued in 2014) - a comic strip or album creation software product developed with cartoonist Jim Davis. The application included built-in video tutorials by the cartoonist.
  • Toon Boom Harmony

    This software is used in the film and TV animation industry for its professional-quality 2D animation production capabilities. Harmony contains the tools required to handle cutout (puppet), paperless frame-by-frame and traditional animation workflows from scanning to compositing and 2D/3D integration. Its toolset includes pencil lines with textures, deformation tools, morphing, inverse kinematics, particles, built-in compositor, 3D camera and 2D-3D integration. When used as a paperless animation solution, users can draw animation directly into the software, using a graphics tablet. Harmony is available in three editions: Harmony Essentials, Harmony Advanced and Harmony Premium where each addition offers progressive functionality.

    Harmony has been in continuous development since 2005 and has been used on productions like The Simpsons, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The Congress and April and the Extraordinary World, among others.

    Toon Boom Harmony Server

    This software provides additional capabilities for teams of animators using Harmony who want to share files and manage assets from a central database that is located on a server. Its centralized database system allows the sharing of assets between scenes and enables the workload to be shared across a studio or between studios. It also includes production controls for managing rendering jobs and coordinating batch scanning of paper drawings. Harmony Server is available as an add-on for users of Harmony Advanced and Harmony Premium.

    Toon Boom Storyboard Pro

    This software is used in pre-production to create storyboards for a wide variety of project types including 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, and live action productions. Storyboard Pro contains all the tools required to create storyboards and animatics. Its toolset includes vector and bitmap drawing tools, pencils and textured brushes, a built-in camera, audio tools, a timeline for timing control, and a 3D toolset to integrate imported 3D models.

    Storyboard Pro supports Final Draft scripts, image file formats, vector graphics and sound for easier integration into an existing production pipeline. Storyboard Pro projects can be sent to Harmony for animation production, exported to popular 3D formats and sent to NLEs.


  • In 2005, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded Toon Boom Animation a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for USAnimation Opus.
  • In 2006, the IT Federation of Quebec (FIQ) awarded an OCTAS 2006 for Toon Boom Studio in the Multimedia – educational and cultural sector category.
  • In 2007, FIQ awarded an OCTAS 2007 for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro in the Technological Innovation category.
  • In 2008, Flip Boom was awarded a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and a New Canadian Media Award in the Excellence in Children’s category.
  • In 2009, Flip Boom was selected as Editor’s Choice by the Children’s Technology Review for excellence in design.
  • In 2010, Flip Boom All-Star was granted a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, the NAPPA Honors Award and the Tech & Learning Award of Excellence.
  • In 2011, Toon Boom won the HSBC International Business Award in the small and medium size category.
  • Flip Boom Classic and Flip Boom All-Star Curricula were granted the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Art category, for K-5 and 6-8 markets by The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).
  • Garfield’s Comic Boom was awarded the 2011 Preferred Choice Award granted by Creative Child Magazine, the 2011 NAPPA Honors Award and the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval.
  • Flip Boom All-Star received the 2011 Media Of The Year Award, granted by Creative Child Magazine and the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval.
  • Toon Boom Studio received the 2011 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence.
  • In 2012, Frost & Sullivan granted Toon Boom the 2011 Global Animation Software Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award.
  • In 2012, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded Toon Boom a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for Storyboard Pro, recognizing its significant impact in the industry.
  • In 2013, the International Animated Film Society awarded Toon Boom Animation an Annie Award, namely the Ub Iwerks Award for Special Achievements in Animation.
  • Nickelodeon Movies

  • The Rugrats Movie (1998)
  • Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
  • Hey Arnold!: The Movie (2002)
  • The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
  • Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
  • 20th Century Fox Animation

  • Bartok the Magnificent (1999)
  • Titan A.E. (2000)
  • The Simpsons Movie (2007)
  • The Longest Daycare (2012)
  • Universal Animation Studios

  • The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock (1998)
  • The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (2000)
  • The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (2001)
  • Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002)
  • The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water (2002)
  • The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2003)
  • Balto III: Wings of Change (2005)
  • Curious George (2006)
  • Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (2009)
  • Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle (2015)
  • Other

  • Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
  • Help! I'm a Fish (2000)
  • Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
  • The Happy Cricket (2001)
  • My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002)
  • The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
  • The Cunning Little Vixen (2003)
  • Paul McCartney: Music & Animation (2004)
  • Empress Chung (2005)
  • Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005)
  • Xuxinha e Guto contra os Monstros do Espaço (2005)
  • Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox (2007)
  • Brichos (2007)
  • Uma Aventura no Tempo (2007)
  • Go West! A Lucky Luke Adventure (2007)
  • Mia and the Migoo (2008)
  • The Secret of Kells (2009)
  • Eleanor's Secret (2009)
  • Santa's Apprentice (2010)
  • A Cat in Paris (2010)
  • Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild (2011)
  • Zarafa (2012)
  • Pinocchio (2012)
  • Brichos - A Floresta é Nossa (2012)
  • The Magic Snowflake (2013)
  • The Congress (2013)
  • April and the Extraordinary World (2015)
  • Sausage Party (2016, Great Beyond flashbacks and storyboards)
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
  • Nickelodeon

  • All Grown Up!
  • As Told By Ginger
  • Angelica and Susie's School Daze
  • ChalkZone
  • Danny Phantom
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • Fatherhood
  • Harvey Beaks (storyboards)
  • Jimmy Neutron: Beast
  • The Loud House
  • Pig Goat Banana Cricket
  • Rocket Power
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • The Wild Thornberrys
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy
  • Cartoon Network

  • Adventure Time
  • The Amazing World of Gumball (storyboards)
  • The Chuck Jones Show
  • Clarence (storyboards)
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog
  • Chowder
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • Mixels
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • Regular Show
  • Samurai Jack
  • Steven Universe (storyboards)
  • Uncle Grandpa (storyboards)
  • We Bare Bears
  • 20th Century Fox Animation

  • American Dad!
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Bordertown
  • The Cleveland Show
  • Family Guy
  • Futurama
  • King of the Hill
  • The Simpsons
  • Gaumont Animation

  • Atomic Puppet
  • Galactik Football
  • Mona the Vampire
  • Pok & Mok
  • Robotboy
  • SantApprentice
  • Zombie Hotel
  • Xilam

  • The Daltons
  • Mr. Baby
  • The New Adventures of Lucky Luke
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches
  • Zig & Sharko
  • References

    Toon Boom Animation Wikipedia