Animation Collective
TypeFormerly: Subsidiary of HandMade Films
PredecessorRumpus Toys
FounderLarry Schwarz
Area served
Key people
Larry Schwarz
Sean Lahey
Christopher Fauci
ProductsDragon Ball GT
Kappa Mikey
Dancing Sushi
Thumb Wrestling Federation
Leader Dog
Tortellini Western
Three Delivery
Speed Racer: The Next Generation
Ellen's Acres
Princess Natasha
Production output
Total assetsAnimation Collective Software
OwnerLarry Schwarz
Number of employees
168 (2008)
ParentHandmade Films (2009-2011)
FremantleMedia (2011-2017)
Cake Entertainment (2018-present)

Animation Collective was an American internet and television animation studio based in New York City, best known for its internet and television series using Adobe Flash, Maya and other software. Founded and owned by Larry Schwarz in 2003, Animation Collective produced Kappa Mikey (and its spin-off Dancing Sushi), Thumb Wrestling Federation, Leader Dog, Tortellini Western, Three Delivery, and Speed Racer: The Next Generation for Nicktoons Network and Ellen's Acres, HTDT, and Princess Natasha for Cartoon Network. In addition, Schwarz served as producer of Wulin Warriors for Cartoon Network and the first season of The Incredible Crash Dummies for the Fox Box. Animation Collective was also the leading multi-platform content provider for kids and teens to America Online.

In October 2009, the studio was bought out by HandMade Films, the company that produced Monty Python's Life of Brian and Planet 51. It continued to produce content under their company.[1] They were offering bids for the proposed series Jolly Rabbit and HTDT.

In September 2011, FremantleMedia acquired the worldwide sales and distribution rights to Animation Collective's library.[2] In October 2017, Schwarz bought Animation Collective back from HandMade Films.[3] In September 2018, CAKE acquired the distribution rights to Animation Collective.[4]

The following year, Schwarz and others in the administrative office changed the studio's name to Larry Schwarz And His Band, as a way to start fresh. This effectively ended Animation Collective's run by name, although all the same employees still worked in the same office. The rights for the pitches and pilots for Jolly Rabbit and HTDT were transferred under the new title, as well as new shows Team Toon and Alien Dawn. HTDT was later sold to Toonz Entertainment, who delivered the series in 2015.

Original series

Commissioned series


Under Larry Schwarz and His Band


  1. ^ Animation Magazine headline the Animation Collective/Handmade Films Deal
  2. ^ FME bolsters kids and teen programming slate
  3. ^ Larry Schwarz buys back Animation Collective
  4. ^ "CAKE Acquires Animation Collective Library". 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ Animation Magazine headline for Eloise