Atkinson Film-Arts

Atkinson Film-Arts was an animation studio based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The company is best known for producing the first two Care Bears television specialsThe Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings and The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine – and the four syndicated specials that inspired The Raccoons (as well as first-season episodes of the show itself). Atkinson also produced the Christmas specials The Little Brown Burro, Tukiki and His Search for a Merry Christmas and The Trolls and the Christmas Express and the 1986–87 series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (with DIC Entertainment).[1][2][3]

Atkinson Film-Arts
FounderVic Atkinson
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
ProductsTelevision specials
Television series
Direct-to-video films
Feature films

They also worked on the 1981 science fiction anthology movie Heavy Metal and The Body Electric, an animated movie featuring music composed by the Canadian rock band Rush.[4]

The company acquired one of Canada's oldest film studios, Crawley Films (and its Graphic Films subsidiary), in 1982 for the price of just C$1.

In 1987, the company was renamed Crawleys Animation. It produced the special The Nightingale (with Shanghai Animation Film Studio) and 13 episodes of Dennis the Menace along with 11 episodes of COPS for DIC, and worked with French studio Belokapi on a series Y's the Magnificent (which was cancelled during production and never broadcast), before shutting down in 1989.

Because of debt problems, Atkinson Film-Arts was officially shut down in 1989.


Television specialsEdit

Year Title
1978 The Little Brown Burro
1979 The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane
1979 Tukiki and His Search for a Merry Christmas
1980 The Christmas Raccoons
1981 The Trolls and the Christmas Express
1981 The Raccoons on Ice
1983 The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings
1983 The Legend of Hiawatha
1983 The Raccoons and the Lost Star
1984 The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine
1985 The Body Electric
1985 Rumpelstiltskin
1985 The Velveteen Rabbit
1985 For Better or For Worse: The Bestest Present
1986 The Tin Soldier
1986 Babar and Father Christmas
1987 The Nightingale

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Notes
1985–86 The Raccoons Season 1 (11 episodes)
1986–87 The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin Seasons 1–2 (65 episodes)
1988 Dennis the Menace Season 2 (13 episodes)
1988 COPS Season 1 (11 episodes)

Direct-to-video filmsEdit

Year Title Distributor
1984 The Raccoons: Let's Dance! Embassy Home Entertainment
1987 Meerkats Ammex Productions

Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Distributor Notes
1981 Heavy Metal Columbia Pictures "Harry Canyon" and "B-17" segments

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Atkinson Film Arts [ca]". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Atkinson Film-Arts Studio Directory Cartoon Series:". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  3. ^ "The First Care Bear Film, 'The Land Without Feelings'". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  4. ^ "heavy metal film 1981". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.

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