Initiatives

Startoon

In 2016, the Shaw Rocket Fund partnered with Wildseed Studios to launch a talent show to find Canada’s next cartoon superstar. Canadian animators, budding to experienced, are tasked with submitting character audition videos and competing in challenges that the public can vote on in order to select a winner.

2016’s winner was a character duo, Sonny & Bently, created by Andy Greiling. Andy was awarded $25,000 towards the production of a Sonny & Bently pilot. Congratulations, Andy!

2017’s live finale took place at the YouTube Space in Toronto, and Ryan MacNeil was crowned as the winner with his characters Pepper and Monterey. He also received a $25,000 development deal!

Find out more at startoon.ca.

Congratulations to Ryan MacNeil on winning Startoon 2.0 with Pepper and Monterey!

While you’re hanging around Startoon, meet Francisco.

He’s our crazy, cartoon-loving host, and with new videos being uploaded every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, kids can enjoy arts and crafts, songs, and just plain silliness.

Check out more of Francisco’s videos on YouTube, and remember to Subscribe!

These were the finalists of Startoon 2.0

Harry and Shelly

Pepper and Monterey

Hazan

Congratulations to Ryan MacNeil on winning Startoon 2.0 with Pepper and Monterey!