Founded in 2012, Cloth Cat Animation is now one of the leading animation companies in the UK and we’re based in the heart of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. We’ve worked on a wide range of 2D and 3D projects for clients all over the world, and our focus in on creating high quality character animation for all age groups.
Our projects include Luo Bao Bei (International Emmy nomination 2019), Shane the Chef, Olobob Top, The Rubbish World of Dave Spud, Toot the Tiny Tugboat and the award-winning Ethel & Ernest which was released in cinemas in 2016. We’ve collaborated on multiple projects with international partners and are one of the few studios able to handle a series from development all the way to platform delivery. We take a great pride in our creative ideas and our technical wizardry, bringing both together to provide unique solutions for our clients and making the best animation we possibly can.
Cloth Cat is a proud supporter of the animation community and regularly contributes to Animation UK, The Children’s Media Foundation, PACT, ScreenSkills, and a large number of local and national universities. We also sponsor the local Cardiff Animation Nights and were major contributors to the Cardiff Animation Festival, which celebrated its return in 2018. Cardiff has a notable history of animation production and Cloth Cat are delighted to continue this legacy for both Wales and the UK.
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.
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.
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.