The best of animation in Scotland

The best of animation in Scotland

It’s time to get animated, with June promising the UK premiere of the latest venture from Sylvain Belleville Rendez-vous Chomet in the form of The Illusionist, which provides the opening gala at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. As well as being set in Edinburgh, much of the production was done in Scotland via Chomet’s Edinburgh-based Django Films and Dundee’s Digital Ink, proving that today’s animation need no longer be based in Burbank or Japan.

So this PlayList offers a glimpse into the rising cream of the current Scottish animation crop. Edinburgh based company Binary Fable have picked up multiple BAFTA nominations for their cinematic and highly enjoyable The Lost Book project, in which public submissions were used to form the plot of a six episode story following the crime-solving activities of investigative journalist Aileen and her pet pooch Watson (

On a more scatological level, you can have your worst water-closet nightmares realised through Ania Leszczynska’s Monster in the Toilet, which draws on the supernatural qualities of that most terrifying of locations, the third floor toilets of the Edinburgh College of Art. ( Alternatively, spruce yourself up and check out David Shrigley’s trenchant promotional animation for Pringle knitwear ( And no round-up would be complete without beating a path to the website of Red Kite Animation, where there’s a selection of their work (, complete with the full versions of acclaimed shorts The Green Man of Knowledge and The Witches.

Connoisseurs of digital media will already be familiar with the speed with which today’s animation sensations translate to the mainstream including French artist Patrick Jean’s delightful Pixels (, which has already been picked up by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison productions and is likely to take it’s nostalgia for 80’s video games to a big screen near you very soon. Who is to say that the same won’t happen to the Scottish Ninjas, who have parlayed their own short into a whole YouTube channel at ( ‘They’re proud, they’re strong, and they’re Scottish!’ say the opening titles, summing up the current state of our country’s growing animation industry.

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