Animated by Nelvana.note
A Canadian entertainment company founded in 1971, mainly known for its world-renowned animation studio. If you've watched Canadian animation, especially for young children, there's a major chance Nelvana had something to do with it.
For many years, storybook-to-screen transitions
were the studio's stock-in-trade, the studio having faithfully reproduced the distinctive style of the Care Bears
, Little Bear
, Miss Spider
, among many others.
Nelvana's corporate overlord is Corus Entertainment, which acquired the company in 2000. Corus also owns a number of other media companies in Canada, including Treehouse TV
(essentially a Canadian version of Nick Jr.
airing a large number of Nelvana programs, though Canada does have its own Nickelodeon
with a Nick Jr. block. - which is owned by... surprise! Corus Entertainment), YTV
(aimed more towards the preteen market) and Kids Can Press (publisher of the Franklin
books, which was itself acquired by Nelvana in 1998)
Gets a Shout-Out
in Star Trek: The Next Generation
when a secret Romulan base is supposedly located on the planet "Nelvana III"; and for their work on the kiddie series Droids
, they also got a Star Wars
species named after them: the Nelvaanians
A fair number of Nelvana series are currently being rerun in the U.S. on Qubo
Animated programs/movies that Nelvana has made/dubbed:
- Ace Ventura - The Animated Adaptation
- The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police - The Animated Adaptation
- Babar - The Animated Adaptation
- The Backyardigans - Co-Production with Nick Jr.
- Bakugan - The English Dub
- Beetlejuice - The Animated Adaptation, Co-Production with Warner Bros. and Geffen Pictures
- Being Ian
- The Berenstain Bears - The 2003 Animated Adaptation
- BeyBlade - The English Dub
- Birdz - Co-Produced with CBS, and STV of Scotland
- Blaster's Universe - The Animated Adaptation, Co-Produced with CBS and STV
- Blazing Dragons
- Bob And Margaret
- Braceface - Co-Production with Jade Animation.
- Bubble Guppies - Co-Production with Nick Jr.
- The Bum Trilogy - The upcoming Animated Adaptation
- Cardcaptors - The English Dub
- Care Bears
- Class of the Titans
- Clifford the Big Red Dog (the 80s videos)
- Clone High - Co-Production with MTV and Touchstone Television
- A Cosmic Christmas - TV special, Nelvana's first production
- Cyberchase - Co-Production with PBS member station WNET-13 in New York City
- Danny Phantom (non-USA distribution)
- Delta State
- Western Animation/Detentionaire
- The Devil And Daniel Mouse
- Di-Gata Defenders
- Dog City - The Animated Adaptation, Co-Production with The Jim Henson Company (who provided puppetry segments)
- Donkey Kong Country - The Animated Adaptation
- Eek The Cat - Co-Produced Eek! and The Terrible Thunderlizards segments with Savage Studios and Fox Kids; Klutter segments were co-produced by Film Roman instead; all rights to series now belong to Disney-ABC Domestic Television)
- The Fairly OddParents (with Nickelodeon, non-USA distribution)
- Flying Rhino Junior High - Co-Produced with CBS and STV
- Franklin - The Animated Adaptation
- Free Willy - The Animated Adaptation, Co-Produced with Regency and Warner Bros.
- The Future Is Wild - The Animated Adaptation
- George Shrinks (with Jade Animation China)
- Guess With Jess (with The BBC and Classic Media)
- The Hardy Boys - The Live Action Adaptation
- Hot Wheels Battle Force 5
- Inspector Gadget (With DIC, TMS, Field Communications and Wang) (first season only; Field dropped out as well after this)
- Intergalactic Thanksgiving (a.k.a. Please Don't Eat the Planet) - TV special
- Jane and the Dragon - The Animated Adaptation; Co-production with WETA.
- Jacob Two-Two - The Animated Adaptation
- John Callahan's Quads!
- Little Bear - The Animated Adaptation
- Madballs: Escape from Orb! (straight to video special produced to promote the toy line)
- The Magic School Bus - The Animated Adaptation, Co-Production with Scholastic and PBS (through member station South Carolina ETV)
- Marvin The Tap Dancing Horse - The Animated Adaptation
- Medabots - The English Dub
- Metal Fight Beyblade - The English Dub
- Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends - The Animated Adaptation
- My Dad The Rock Star
- My Pet Monster - The Animated Adaptation
- Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend - Co-Production with CBS and STV
- Nancy Drew - The Live Action Adaptation
- Ned's Newt
- The Neverending Story - The Animated Adaptation
- Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion
- Pippi Longstocking - The Animated Adaptation
- Redwall - The Animated Adaptation
- Rock and Rule - Nelvana's first theatrical feature
- Rolie Polie Olie
- Romie-0 and Julie-8 (Runaway Robots) - TV special
- Rotting Hills
- Ruby Gloom - The Animated Adaptation
- Rupert - The Animated Adaptation
- Scaredy Squirrel
- Seven Little Monsters - The Animated Adaptation, Co-Production with Hong Ying.
- The Star Wars Holiday Special - Specifically, the animated short in the middle. Considered the best part of the special, for what it's worth.
- Stickin' Around
- Tales from the Crypt Keeper - They also did the last episode of Tales from the Crypt "The Third Pig"
- Timothy Goes to School - The Animated Adaptation
- The Adventures of Tintin - The Animated Adaptation
- Tuff Puppy (non-USA distribution)
- Wayside - The Animated Adaptation
- Xenozoic Tales - The Animated Adaptation
The work of Nelvana provides examples of:
- Animated Adaptation: They have probably done more series based on children's books and live-action shows than original ideas. They also came close to doing an animated version of Doctor Who during the live-action series's 1980s hiatus: a number of concept images can easily be found online, showing a Doctor with a strong resemblance to Christopher Lloyd, but with a costume similar to Tom Baker's, a Flying Car Bessie, and a K-9 who could transform into a Gladstone bag.
- Canada, Eh?: Often used in the form of such things as characters sporting clothing with maple leaves or playing sports such as hockey. Also that most of the voice actors have a Canadian accent.
- No Export for You: Unless you manage to find a helpful Canadian friend or access on the Internet, just forget about seeing certain series, or in some cases, certain episodes of some series. For example, Nick Jr. still does not carry every episode of Franklin and only rarely airs certain episodes of Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends and/or took a long time to import them.
- Only So Many Canadian Actors: There's surprisingly very little crossover between Nelvana's VAs and the Family Channel/Degrassi pool of Canadian youth actors.
- Qubo airs a lot of Nelvana shows, as the company is a shareholder in the service.