Top Vancouver animation studio Bardel secures Angry Birds Blues TV contract

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      The list of companies local animation studio Bardel has collaborated with is a highlight reel of the entertainment industry. Counting Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Disney, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network-Adult Swim as clients, Bardel is responsible for bringing shows such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rick & Morty, and Puss in Boots to life.

      The studio’s latest high-profile contract, then, comes as little surprise.

      Partnering with Rovio Entertainment, Bardel has been selected to produce the Angry Birds Blues television series—the eagerly anticipated spin-off from the Angry Birds Movie, which grossed nearly $350 million at the global box office last year.

      The story follows the escapades of three excitable bluebird siblings, who live a boisterous life on Bird Island. Full of big plans destined to either wildly succeed or disastrously fail, the triplets’ ideas are often foiled by a cute cast of naïve hatchlings.

      Each episode runs from two to three minutes in length, and 30 have already been produced.

      Pushing the boundaries of TV quality, Bardel focused on rendering first-class assets, such as dense grass, in a large-scale environment. They also created a 360 degree rotational lighting system to mirror effects common in high-budget movies, and generated a tool that prevented artists from undertaking repetitive tasks by sharing technical settings.

      The series debuted on March 10 on Rovio’s kid-focused channel, ToonsTV.