Top 10 Melbourne Animation Studios and Animation Companies in 2021

Find Melbourne’s best animation studios and animation production companies to create amazing 2D and 3D videos for your brand, social campaigns and TVC’s.

All across Melbourne there are incredible and hardworking animation companies ready to help take your brand to the next level by creating amazing 2D and 3D animations and animated videos.

The real question is…where do I start?

Each company is different in regards to the types of animations they specialise in to the kinds of clients they provide services for.

Whether you’re looking for 2D animated explainers or 3D rendered TVC’s or short films. We’ve compiled a list of Melbourne’s best animated video production specialists and animation studios. It should supply you with everything you’ll need when it comes to finding a great animation studio or animation video production company that’s based in Melbourne, Australia.

1. Monster & Bear Animation Studios

Can you say incredible 2D and 3D animations, cost effective, friendly team and efficient workflows?

Monster & Bear top our list of Melbourne based animation studios based on their facility to be able service clients with both higher and lower budgets. They are an end to end production company using 2D and 3D animation to create compelling, informative and entertaining branded video content, social media campaigns, TV Commercials, unique corporate video content, promotional and educational animated films.

Location:
13-19 Leslie St, Brunswick VIC 305

Specialising in:

  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Animation
  • Animated Social Campaign Content
  • Animated Television Commercials

Perfect For: brands, agencies, television commercials, animated training videos, motion graphics, branded web videos, video game cinematics, 3D titles & logos, character animations, educational videos

Take a look at their animation reel below to get better understanding of the kinds of 2D and 3D animations they can make for you. They also have a cute “how to animate with us video” that can be seen here.

2. Studio Moshi

At Studio Moshi, producing animated content from ground up is their ultimate and favourite way to create. Boasting a “diverse, inclusive and progressive team of wizards that cover every area of high-quality service animation, co-productions and original series,” Studio Moshi have done their share of work for heavy hitters Disney Australia, Cartoon Network, ABC and Nickelodeon.

Location:

Level 1, 104 Dover Street Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Specialising in:

  • Original Series Production

Perfect For: creating animated content for commercial release and distribution on tv and streaming platforms.

3. Break Pixel

The only freelancer to break into our best 10 (now 11) in Melbourne!

Melbourne based Break Pixel is Drew Clarke, a former Senior Motion Designer (previously of Studio Moshi – see above!). Drewe’s making a name for himself on the Melbourne animation scene as one of the most hard working, creative and capable animators out there that can really help larger companies in a pinch or take on new clients as an end-to-end provider of animated content.

Location:

Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Specialising in:

  • 3D Animation, 2D animation and Motion Graphics

Perfect For: taking on overflow work from busy agencies or end-to-end animation production for those that have references of what they’re looking for.

4. Reel Pictures

Reel Pictures has been dedicated to producing high quality animation and video graphics since 1993.

Creating content for a variety of end uses, specialising in television commercials, character animation, medical visualisation, logo design/animation, architectural simulation and motion graphics for corporate presentations.

Reel Pictures was founded by Alf Kuhlmann. Alf has a long history in 3D animation, a professional who has used 3DS Max since the 2nd release of 3D Studio.

Location:

Docklands Cotton Mills Studio 60, 91 Moreland St, Footscray Vic 3011, Australia

Specialising in:

  • Pixel Mapping (Projection Mapping)
  • 3D Animation
  • Virtual Reality
  • Installations
  • Motion Graphics
  • Interactive 3D 
  • Fluid Animations

Perfect For: Installations work requiring 3D animation, Virtual Reality and Projection Mapping. Animated videos and animated advertisements

Take a look at their animation reel below to get better understanding of the kinds of 2D and 3D animations they can make for you.

5. Jumbla

Jumbla are a team of over 40 full-time designers, illustrators, 2D/3D animators and motion graphics artists, producers and copywriters with studios in London and Melbourne. Combined they have over 250 years of animation and motion graphics experience.

Jumbla produce the kind of animation work that smaller production teams can only dream of being able to tackle. Jumbla means big clients and this means big budgets to feed a full time team of 40. But really, look at their work…wow!

Location:

34 Park Street South Melbourne, VIC 3205, Australia

Specialising in (add high end in front of everything):

  • 3D animation
  • 2D Animation
  • Animated motion design

Perfect For: brands, agencies, advertising, branded web content broadcast design and animation for games.

Take a look at their animation reel below to get better understanding of the kinds of 2D and 3D animations they can make for you.

6. Indimax

Indimax are a Melbourne based video production company with a diverse portfolio including animation videos. They have covered plenty of ground when it comes to creating 2D animations for explainer and educational video content.

For those with lower budgets looking for superb communication and highly effective animated content.

Location:

6/31 Sabre Drive, Port Melbourne

Specialising in:

  • 2D animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Whiteboard Animation and explainers.

Perfect For: animated training videos, animated how-to’s, 

Take a look at their animation reel below to get better understanding of the kinds of 2D and 3D animations they can make for you.

7. Yukfoo Animation

Yukfoo has been producing bespoke animated content for over 15 years and, during that time, has established a reputation as being an innovative, original and creatively adventurous studio.

The Yukfoo studio produces TV commercials (TVC’s), short and feature films, music videos, series, original IP, interactive and game content for screens of all sizes and for clients across the globe. 

Location:

acmiX, 4/2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank 3006, Victoria, Australia

Specialising in:

  • Live action and animation integrated content
  • Animation Design
  • High-end animation for global brands

Perfect For: Agencies

Take a look at this piece they created for Nike below to get better understanding of the kinds of 3D animations they can make for you.

8. Big & Small Productions

Big and Small Productions do exactly what their name suggests. They work with companies of all sizes to create incredible animations.

Their client base includes brands from across the globe. From corporate and promotional video production, training & educational content, through to animation and motion graphics, their focus has always been on developing high-quality, unique and creative media content, that engages viewers, while effectively communicating brand messaging.

Location:

805/220 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Specialising in:

  • 2D animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Whiteboard Animation and explainers.

Perfect For: animated training videos, animated how-to’s, SME’s

9. Dream Engine Animation Videos

Dream Engine have been creating video content for over 18 years in Melbourne. They know the market they serve for animated videos keeping the process easy to understand and simple for brands, businesses and SME’s to get great looking animated content quickly and on budget.

Location:

40 Porter St, Prahran VIC 3181

Specialising in:

  • 2D animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Whiteboard Animation and explainers videos

Perfect For: animated training videos, animated how-to’s, 

Take a look at their animation reel below to get better understanding of the kinds of 2D and 3D animations they can make for you.

10. Creativa

Brand pieces, corporate videos, commercials and explainers, motion graphics, 2D or 3D animation – take your pick. Creativa has an in-house team of design, illustration, visual effects artists and animation specialists to tell your story like never before. 

Location:

 527 Spencer St, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Specialising in:

  • 2D animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Whiteboard Animation and explainers.

Perfect For: animated training videos, animated how-to’s, 

Take a look at their animation reel below to get better understanding of the kinds of 2D and 3D animations they can make for you.

11. Method Studios

Are you planning a feature length film that requires specialty VFX and 3D animations? Did you like the look of the most recent Marvel feature and want something similar? (seriously, they worked on Spiderman and Loki…)

Method Studios is an international player with Melbourne offices where they create worlds, characters and experiences. 

Location:

Level 4, 476 St Kilda Road Melbourne, VIC, 3004

Specialising in (Global):

  • Brand Animations
  • Games
  • Advertisements
  • Special Effects for TV series and Features

Perfect For: animated training videos, animated how-to’s, 

Take a look at their animation breakdown below to get better understanding of the kinds of 2D and 3D animations they can make for you.

Honourable mentions and Melbourne based animation freelancers we will be adding into the future include:

Toby Garrow

https://garrow.work/

(+61) 458 345 365 l toby@garrow.work

Northey & Northey

info@northeyandnorthey.com
Shane – 0420 991 508
Chris – 0450 142 241

JAM Animation – Jimmy Manton


+61 (0)413 918 641 | hello@jamanimation.com.au

Aaron Reardon

info@aranimation.com.au

Josh Trot

josh.trotter.animation@gmail.com

Conclusion

Melbourne hosts an amazing wealth of animation studios, animation production companies and freelancers that can create incredible animated videos and content for you. Choosing the right animation studio or animation production company is going to come down to 2 questions:

  1. What are you looking to make?
  2. What is your budget?

Should I hire a freelancer?

If you know how to properly manage projects such as video production, website development etc then sure. There should be no reason using a freelancer should be a bad experience. Having said that, not all people are familiar with utilising freelancers or understand how to negotiate timelines and manage their own expectations of using freelancers.

As with any industry where freelancers are used there are gains a pitfalls including:

  • Potentially cheaper than using an animation studio or animation production company.
  • Communication can be an unknown until well into a project. This will affect your timelines, updates etc throughout the animation project.
  • Easy to hire and negotiate costs.
  • Estimated costs are approximately $100 per minute of completed animation footage (likely to be 2D animation).

If you are comfortable using freelancers go for it. However, just because they have a great looking show reel does not mean that they will offer great service, meet deadlines or communicate well with you.

Should I hire an animation studio or animation production company?

If your time is better spent managing multiple projects or if you require end-to-end service to complete your animation project then we recommend that you enlist the services of an animatio studio or an animation video production company in Melbourne.

By using a animation studio you will: 

  • Be able to establish whether you are happy with their level of communication early into your animation project.
  • Have a location to visit and a person to allocated to your account, someone that will communicate with you in your time-zone.
  • Have a support team that understands your project timeline, goals, expectations on creative outputs etc
  • Be charged more than a freelancer due to the ongoing costs that come with managing a bricks and mortar business.
  • Have a greater likelihood of having your project completed in a timely manner and have less of your time tied to the day-to-day of the project.

Video Outcomes is a Melbourne based video production company specialising in corporate video production, video based digital marketing and corporate and social videography.

Christopher Lichti

Christopher Lichti

Christopher Lichti is the founder and lead content strategist at Video Outcomes, a video marketing, corporate video production and corporate videography company based in Melbourne, Australia founded in 2017.

Christopher's background in developing video content for ppc campaigns on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn started in 2014. On the days he is not making videos he is making music and playing with his kids.

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