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Kickstart and Titmouse Announce Production Partnership for Animated TV & Film

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2012 at 2:59PM

Live action and animation production company Kickstart and animation studio Titmouse are pooling their resources in order to expand their artist talent pools and production capabilities as they produce animated TV and film fare.
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Live action and animation production company Kickstart and animation studio Titmouse are pooling their resources in order to expand their artist talent pools and production capabilities as they produce animated TV and film fare.

Kickstart (not to be confused with indie funding site Kickstarter) is based in both Los Angeles and Vancouver, which offers Canadian labor tax incentives and co-production treaties. The two companies have worked together for over ten years. Kickstart's recent slate includes “Voltron Force,” “Wolverine and The X-Men,” “Speed Racer” and "Wanted" (pictured, with Angelina Jolie).

Kickstart's Jason Netter says: “This collaboration will combine the top artists from both studios, making us a greater force to be reckoned with.”

Titmouse is based in Los Angeles and New York; its current series include “Metalocalypse,” “Venture Brothers,” “Superjail!,” “Motorcity,” “Black Dynamite” and more.

Titmouse's Chris Prynoski says: “In Canada they like to drink booze as much as us American animators. That’s okay in my book. It makes the picture drawing better.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.