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Founded in 2002 as 9 Story Entertainment, 9 Story Media Group is a Canadian animation studio turned entertainment and distribution company. They are best known for their work on shows for PBS Kids, including Wild Kratts and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, as well as Peep and the Big Wide World (co-produced with PBS affiliate WGBH Boston). They've also created some shows of their own, like Almost Naked Animals and Camp Lakebottom. Although the majority of their output is animated, they've produced quite a few live-action shows as well.

In 2013, 9 Story acquired the family catalog of CCI Entertainment, which includes Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, Erky Perky, Eckhart, Turbo Dogs, and Extreme Babysitting. In 2014, the company rebranded to its current name, after media entrepreneur Neil Court and Zelnick Media Capital became equity investigators. In 2015, 9 Story acquired the Irish studio Brown Bag Films, who is known for their work on shows like Doc McStuffins, Henry Hugglemonster, The Octonauts, Peter Rabbit, and others. Two years later, 9 Story rebranded their Toronto studio under the Brown Bag Films banner.

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In 2018, 9 Story acquired the New York-based Out of the Blue Enterprises, their partners on Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Creative Galaxy (and rebranded it to 9 Story USA a few months later), as well as the kids and family library of Breakthrough Entertainment, which includes Captain Flamingo, Jimmy Two-Shoes, Rocket Monkeys, and Max & Shred, among other live-action and animated productions. In-between these acquisitions, the company adopted a new logo to reflect its growing content library. In 2019, 9 Story acquired the Indonesian studio BASE.

Many of 9 Story's productions have aired domestically on Corus Entertainment's kids networks, CBC Television, TVOntario, Knowledge Network, and Family Channel and its siblings. Their content has also been seen in the United States on outlets such as PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Qubo, among many other channels in different countries, as well as streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.

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9 Story has produced, animated, and/or distributed the following works:


Tropes associated with 9 Story:

  • Animation Bump: Some of their shows have better animation than others. Shows like Xavier Riddle, Blues Clues & You! and Let's Go Luna! in particular have very nice animation and art.
  • Creator's Oddball:
    • Most of 9 Story's cartoons are aimed at children. Fugget About It, on the other hand, is not one of them.
    • Skyland qualifies too, being a CGI-animated action/drama-focused series rather than a 2D Flash-animated kids' comedy or Preschool Show like most of their other works are.
  • Domestic-Only Cartoon: Most of their original productions (Camp Lakebottom, 3 Amigonauts, Best Ed, etc.) are animated in-house or by other Canadian studios. They've also done some animation on cartoons by other Canadian studios, most notably Nelvana productions Spliced and Jacob Two-Two.
  • Limited Animation / Off-Model: Happens quite a bit. Their work on Arthur is arguably one of the most notorious examples. The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Daniel Tiger, the 2019 Clifford reboot, and their HD reanimated intro for Garfield and Friends are also pretty suspect in terms of quality. This isn't always the case though, as noted in Animation Bump above.
  • Production Posse: 9 Story appears to have strong ties with PBS Kids as of late, as a good chunk of their shows from The New '10s (Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, seasons 16-19 of Arthur, Peg + Cat, Nature Cat, Let's Go Luna!, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum and the Clifford the Big Red Dog reboot) are produced or distributed by the company. Their marriage to PBS was solidified when they announced that they got the distributing rights to Donkey Hodie.

 
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