Gigglebug Entertainment is an animation IP studio based in Finland. We create, develop and produce positive kids content with multi-platform distribution and global growth potential. Our company’s mission is to make fun stuff with a purpose!
Anttu Harlin is CEO and producer at Gigglebug Entertainment. He’s also co-creator and writer of Gigglebug, the company’s first hit TV series and app collection. Anttu is a dynamic entrepreneur who is passionate about high quality kids content.
Joonas Utti is creative director at Gigglebug Entertainment and co-creator, story artist, designer and director of Gigglebug. Joonas is an animation craftsman of a rare breed and an artist who combines overarching vision with meticulous attention to detail.
The studio is set up in Helsinki, Finland. At the minute we’re a team of 10-15 people, combining end-to-end skills for animation production. We are able to go from original idea to delivery in-house. It takes a tightly knit team with overlapping skill sets, keeping production fun, flexible and efficient. That said, we also work with writers, artists, studios and game companies from around the world. During 2018, we will be growing our pre-production and story artist teams. Our studio is located close to a primary school and a kindergarten, who collaborate with us on informative research and testing. We’re proud of having a unique environment for creating kids content - a friendly HQ with top professionals passionate about animation.
Everyone knows someone with a special laugh – and Gigglebug has one of the greatest laughs ever. It‘s his gift, his innate ability and the key to transforming attitudes, which ultimately shakes loose every gummed-up situation he runs across. Gigglebug is a 360-degree brand which has been launched by successful apps in 2013. Whether it is Gigglebug TV-series, Gigglebug apps, Gigglebug books or Gigglebug music, we ask ourselves: Does this experience make kids smile? Is it character driven? What is the unique strength of this platform? By answering these questions, we give ourselves tools for creating a long lasting pre-school favourite. See more at consumer site: www.gigglebug.tv
We are currently piloting a brand new animated comedy for 6-9 year olds. It is looking outrageous, abominable, very furry, yellow and quite unstoppable. Characters full of heart and humour with beautiful designs. Details are still under wraps but we just can’t wait to spill more news on this one!
Best & Bester is a “buddy comedy on steroids” about two friends who can transform themselves into whatever they want, once per day — but figuring out what’s the best thing to be can be pretty tricky when you can be anything! At heart, Best & Bester centres around kids’ freedom to express their opinion and the multitude of possibilities that exist for them in the world. Best & Bester is a multi-platform brand, the TV series consists of 78 x 7 minute episodes and it is paired with shorts, gifs and a messaging game. The IP is currently in development.
We have a number of new and exciting projects in development. All the new brands carry our own flavour of silliness, positivity and purpose. We will be present at industry events sharing more details on these gems!
Finnish animation studio Gigglebug Entertainment and London-based Eye Present have signed a co-production deal after Best & Bester set tongues wagging at the Cartoon Forum 2017. “We were very impressed with Gigglebug’s infectious sense of humour and ability to tell cross-platform stories”, says Eye Present CEO Genevieve Dexter,
One Cartoon Forum project they may have their eyes on is 78 x seven-minute, digital-first series Best & Bester (pictured), the latest original animated show from Finnish studio Gigglebug Entertainment. Set in a world where everyone gets to decide what they want to be, the series for six- to 11-year-olds follows two uber-competitive best buds who spend their time comparing the best things of all time.
Both One Hundred and One Dalmations and Dodie Smith’s original 1956 novel were cited as inspirations behind 101 Dalmation Street, which Anttu Harlin and Joonas Utti from Finnish studio Gigglebug Entertainment originally pitched.
101 Dalmatian Street takes place in 21st-century London and features eldest canine siblings Dylan and Dolly and their parents, with the other 97 pups playing a supporting role. The 48 x 11-minute series, along with two x 22-minute specials, are based on a pitch from Finland-based Gigglebug Entertainment’s Anttu Harlin and Joonas Utti.
From August 2018. Gigglebug Entertainment is recruiting a “Channel Champion” to join our Helsinki team to launch and manage the preschool property “Gigglebug” globally on YouTube and other digital platforms. The property has a wide range of media assets: 62 x 5 min TV series, 3 apps, 4 books, 1 album of music, 4 music videos, live events, browser games, GIFs, promos, trailers and more. Together with the Director of Digital and our in-house team manage & re-mix existing content as well as create new content, and above all, engage with kids and families directly via digital platforms on a daily basis. Qualities we especially look for: passion for kids, outstanding content and digital tools to bring the two together.
From August 2018. Gigglebug Entertainment is recruiting Story Artists / Storyboard Artists for two 2D animated TV projects, one short form, one 11-minute episodes. Both are comedies for children (6-9) and their families. The shows combine action and comedy. We’re looking for experienced artists that can deliver thumbnails and boards with strong posing and dynamic staging. Artists to work in-house in our Helsinki studio, although remote working is a possibility. In the Gigglebug Studio, you would be part of a small team and work in close collaboration with the director, animatic editor, and layout artist. Qualities we especially look for are: an eye for acting, skills in staging and composition, ability to pitch story solutions, ability to work collaboratively, ability to work under schedules and deadlines and a love for cartoon comedy.
Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 15,
00260 Helsinki, Finland
phone: +358 50 575 4862