Atkinson Film-Arts

Atkinson Film-Arts
Industry Animation, Children's Entertainment
Fate Bankruptcy
Founded 1978
Defunct 1989
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Products Children's animation

Atkinson Film-Arts was an animation studio based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The company is best known for the first two Care Bears television specials, The Land Without Feelings and The Freeze Machine, and the four syndicated specials that inspired The Raccoons (as well as first season episodes of the show itself). Atkinson also produced the Christmas specials The Little Brown Burro, Tukiki and His Search for a Merry Christmas and The Trolls and the Christmas Express and the 1987-88 series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (with DIC Enterprises).[1][2][3]

They also worked on the 1981 science fiction anthology movie Heavy Metal and The Body Electric, an animated movie featuring music composed by the Canadian rock band Rush.[4]

The company acquired one of Canada's oldest film studios, Crawley Films (and its Graphic Films subsidiary), in 1982 for the price of just C$1.

In 1987, the company was renamed Crawleys Animation. It produced the special The Nightingale (with Shanghai Animation Film Studio) and 13 episodes of Dennis the Menace along with 11 episodes of COPS for DIC, and worked with French studio Belokapi on a series Ys the Magnificent (which was cancelled during production and never broadcast), before shutting down in 1989.

Because of debt problems, Atkinson Film-Arts was officially shut down in 1989.


Television specials

Television series

See also


  1. "Atkinson Film Arts [ca]". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  2. "Atkinson Film-Arts Studio Directory Cartoon Series:". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  3. "The First Care Bear Film, 'The Land Without Feelings'". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  4. "heavy metal film 1981". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.

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