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Podcast: Mike Barth & Craig Young of Jam Filled animation studio

By Josh Lemoine on September 26, 2018

When most people think of the animation scene in Ottawa, they point to the annual Ottawa International Animation Festival, and then most will draw a blank.

Ottawa actually has a proud history in animation. Those of a certain age will remember The Raccoons and Care Bears, both of which had episodes animated here in Ottawa by the now-defunct Atkinson Film-Arts.

The tradition continues today, with many of your (or your kids) favourite animated shows getting produced right here in Ottawa. One of the animation studios in Ottawa producing top content is Jam Filled. Founded in a small attic in Manotick with a staff of two, Jam Filled now has large studios in both Ottawa and Toronto employing hundreds of animators, and producing content for some of the world’s biggest media companies.

Cartoons that Jam Filled works on, among others, are Numb Chucks, Thomas & Friends and The Loud House.

Jam Filled was recently enlisted to work on Final Space for American channel TBS (now on Netflix). It’s their first foray into content geared more towards a primetime adult audience. After successful first season with 10 episodes, it was recently renewed for a 13-episode second season.

We spoke with Mike Barth and Craig Young of Jam Filled to find more about the animation scene in Ottawa, how a show like Final Space gets produced, and what young animators need to know if they want to succeed in the industry.

This interview originally aired on CHUO 89.1fm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.