|Cuppa Coffee Animation (1992-2006)
|December 1992Toronto, Ontarioin
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cuppa Coffee Studios (formerly known as Cuppa Coffee Animation) is a Canadian production company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Cuppa Coffee was founded by Adam Shaheen in 1992. It specializes in both stop-motion animation and 2D animation, winning over 150 international awards. Cuppa Coffee is currently developing live-action content through Cuppa Coffee USA.
By late 1992, Adam Shaheen had worked on several editorial assignments, book jackets and CD covers, but he wanted to create a unique animation style mixing photographic, collage and illustration techniques. In December, he founded Cuppa Coffee Animation with Bruce Alcock, and Steve Hillman joined the company shortly after. Cuppa Coffee's first projects were network IDs and show opens for MuchMusic and a commercial for Fruity Pebbles. In March 1993, Cuppa Coffee was featured on Citytv's MediaTelevision program; the interview expanded a campaign for Molson's Black Ice which exhibited their unique mixed-media animation. Bruce Alcock moved to Chicago in 1995 to start Tricky Pictures, Backyard Productions' animation subsidiary. In February 1996, Cuppa Coffee began producing live-action, starting with three spots for Molson Ultra. In 1997, Cuppa Coffee launched Sargent York, a short-lived arm of the company that would work on longer-form content like "The Adventures of Sam Digital in the 21st Century", an award-winning short film for Nickelodeon. In the late 1990s, Cuppa Coffee produced the HBO Family series Crashbox and other shorter projects for the network, the CBS Christmas special Snowden's Christmas, and pilots for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
In 2001, Cuppa Coffee Animation started development on three series for children: Cinema Sue, Ted's Bed and Gordon Giraffe. The following year, Broadway Video Enterprises agreed to distribute the three series, but none of them went into production. In 2004, Cuppa Coffee launched Decaf Distribution as it started producing its own content. In 2005, the short series Bruno aired on Noggin and international Nickelodeon channels, and AWOL Animation agreed to distribute the short series Tigga and Togga and Bruno and the Banana Bunch, a long-form series based on the Bruno interstitials. Cuppa Coffee was also going to co-produce Captain Mack with Kickback Media, but the completed series was produced by Fireback Entertainment instead.
In September 2009, Gordon Ramsay signed a prime time animation deal with Cuppa Coffee Studios, who began working on the series Gordon Ramsay, At Your Service, which was never completed. In 2010, Cuppa Coffee Studios added 30 stages and 30,000 square feet to its Toronto studios. Cuppa Coffee launched Saucer Sound that year and Lemon Squeezy Interactive in 2011. After Cuppa Coffee developed other animated projects throughout the 2010s that never went into production, including a show based on Polybank Designs' Pets Rock licensing brand in 2017. The studio opened Cuppa Coffee USA in 2018 and is developing live action dramas.
|Short Films by Short People
|"The Adventures of Sam Digital in the 21st Century"
|HBO Family 411
|I Am Poem
|opening and bumpers
|Nick Jr. Productions
|This Week in Baseball
|three "Mini Mel" interstitials
|Major League Baseball
|I Was a Rat
|Artists Independent Network
|True Outdoor Adventures
|Zeyda and the Hitman
|R30: 30th Anniversary Tour
|"Darn That Dragon" segment
|"Learning to Fly"
|Lewis Black's Root of All Evil
|Less Than Kind
|opening, bumpers, and show elements
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
|"A Very Sunny Christmas"
|From Spain with Love with Annie Sibonney
|animation and graphics
|A Dangerous Method
|Recorded Picture Company
|sequences in "4303", "4305", "4306", "4315",
"4401", "4408" and "4501"
|Maps to the Stars
|Temple Street Productions
|Jane the Virgin
|"Chapter Forty-Seven" (animated sequence)
|CBS Television Studios
|Amphibia: Dimension Defenders
|Disney Television Animation