Creator / Nelvana

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, they having faithfully reproduced the distinctive style of the Care Bears, Babar, Little Bear, Miss Spider and Rupert, 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), Teletoon (a Canadian version of Cartoon Network, though Canada has its own Cartoon Network which is also owned by Corus) 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 and Ewoks, 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. (Corus owns a stake in that channel too.)

Animated programs/movies that Nelvana has made/dubbed:

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 ones. 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.