Welcome to Cloth Cat Animation, a skilled and experienced animation studio with expertise in the development, design and technical execution of content for broadcast series, commercials, games and web.

Cloth Cat Animation is a Cardiff-based studio and the largest animation production company in Wales. Our multi-skilled and experienced team of directors, producers, artists and technicians have come together to share their passion for great design and engaging storytelling. We specialise in creative, inventive, design-rich projects with a strong technical grounding for all audiences via broadcast series, film, commercials, games and web content.

We have the ability to take a project from concept and early development through to broadcast online delivery, all within the same building thanks to our collaboration with post production partner Gorilla. Cloth Cat has an excellent and long standing relationship with Welsh broadcaster S4C and Welsh Government on a number of projects, including obtaining funding based on Welsh spend.

Cloth Cat are renowned co-production partners and our recent work can be seen on CBeebies, Disney, Cartoon Network, Sprout, Netflix, S4C, RTÉjr, ABC Australia and many more channels worldwide. With the ability to come onboard a project at any stage, we offer the opportunity to work with a highly experienced and reliable production studio that has worked with and delivered to clients and broadcasters around the world.

Studio

Gloworks building Cardiff

Cloth Cat is based in the new flagship Welsh Government creative industries and media centre the GloWorks in Cardiff Bay, alongside our sister companies Bait Studio and Thud Media. Situated opposite the BBC Drama’s Roath Lock Studios, we are ideally placed in the upcoming creative hub forming in Cardiff Bay and a short journey from Cardiff Central Train station and city centre.

Services

We are very proud to boast a strong and multi-skilled core team able to turn their hand to all styles and mediums, which is evident in our diverse development and production work. We are expert problem solvers, always looking for solutions for creative and technical challenges.

Services Infographic

Our software agnostic approach to production means we use the best tool for the job. Whether it is pushing the boundaries of 2D or producing a top quality CG animated series, we don’t shy away from sticking to the one method or style. We are highly experienced in the use of CelAction, ToonBoom, Flash, TVPaint, Maya, Modo and After Effects. Underlying all of this, our ftrack production management and workflow software has integrated The Foundry’s HIERO and Thinkbox Software’s Deadline to build an advanced edit reviewing and automated rendering process workflow, allowing us to collaborate and communicate anywhere in the world.

Cloth Cat boast high end custom work stations and multi-site storage to ensure security of data. Our render farm has the largest base of CelAction licenses in the world and is designed to handle all animation software we use. Renders are automatically uploaded by ftrack and dropped back into the Hiero edit so we’re always reviewing the latest version of a shot or episode. Our sister companies Bait Studio and Thud Media provide wider support to the broadcast industry. Bait Studio produces high end visual effects and motion graphics for feature films, broadcast drama and commercials, which allows Cloth Cat the expertise to work on live action mix series and photorealistic rendering.

Thud Media is our interactive publisher and developer and has collaborated with Cloth Cat to produce apps and games for a number of our animation series. In addition, Thud provides website and social media support across a wide range of projects, including channel branding. Gorilla is an approved post production supplier to BBC Worldwide and have produced the onlines and dubs for many of the shows we’ve been a part of. They have successfully completed the DPP file based delivery on-boarding process for BBC Network and BBC Wales as well as Turner, Disney, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Outreach

Events

Events —

We co-organise the bi-monthly Cardiff Animation Nights screening and networking events and also the animation strand of the Cardiff Independent Film Festival.

Education

Education —

With renowned animation courses being run at several local universities we are actively involved with reviewing the curriculum and striving to further strengthen a sustainable local animation industry.

Training

Training —

We have also run a number of successful internal and external training courses, upskilling our staff and broadening and enhancing the skills of the UK animation community.

People

Jon Rennie, Managing Director

JON RENNIE
Managing Director

Adam Bailey, Head of Animation Development

ADAM BAILEY
Head of Animation
Development

Ben Cawthorne, Creative Producer

BEN CAWTHORNE
Creative Producer

Jonathan Edwards, Head of Animation, Production

JONATHAN EDWARDS
Head of Animation
Production