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Bardel Entertainment, Inc. is a Canadian animation studio founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1987. The word "Bardel" comes from the names of its founders, Barry Ward and Delna Bhesania, who are a married couple.[2] It is involved in the acquisition, development, production and distribution of animated programming.[3] It is led by CEO Rick Mischel, previously a producer at Sony Pictures Animation.

Bardel Entertainment, Inc.
FoundedJune 19, 1987; 32 years ago (1987-06-19)
FounderBarry Ward
Delna Bhesania
Key people
Rick Mischel (CEO)[1]
ProductsRick and Morty
Teen Titans Go!
44 Cats
The Adventures of Puss in Boots
All Hail King Julien
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
OwnerRainbow S.p.A.
(Viacom [30%])
ParentRainbow S.p.A.

Bardel is a full-service animation studio concurrently providing animation services for a diverse slate of U.S. blue-chip partners: Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Funrise and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. Bardel has a rolling slate of projects in production. The current roster includes the new Netflix Original Series, The Dragon Prince (Wonderstorm), Teen Titans Go! (Warner Bros.), 44 Cats (Rainbow S.p.A) and Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty (Funrise).

Later recent work includes award-winning series such as Angry Birds Blues, All Hail King Julien, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, Rick and Morty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, HarmonQuest and Teen Titans Go!. In 2015, Bardel won an Emmy Award for King Julien for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, and in 2016, Bardel won an Emmy Award for Dinotrux for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Juried Award). In 2018, Rick and Morty received the Critics' Choice award for animation and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Older animation projects include the Viva Piñata television series, Mack & Moxy,[4] Chaotic, Edgar & Ellen and ¡Mucha Lucha!.,[5] a thirteen-part series based on Silverwing and two direct-to-video films based on Mega Bloks Dragons. Another Bardel-produced show, Zeke's Pad,[6] which has been broadcast in countries such as Australia and Germany, made its Canadian premiere on YTV on January 9, 2010.[7]

Bardel has 500 employees, with a studio in Vancouver and Kelowna. The entertainment company has done animation for many organizations such as the Fox Broadcasting Company, DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Disney and Cartoon Network.[8] On October 5, 2015, Italian animation studio Rainbow S.r.l. acquired Bardel Entertainment.[9]


Produced worksEdit


Show Year(s) Co-production(s) Notes
The Raccoons 1990 Evergreen Raccoons Television Production "Black Belt Bentley!" (camera, xeroxing, and opaquing)
The Ren & Stimpy Show Nickelodeon "Big House Blues"
Britannica's Tales Around the World 1991 Encyclopædia Britannica "The Maiden, the Frog, and the Chief's Son" (xeroxing)
Fish Police 1992 Hanna-Barbera
Fievel's American Tails Universal Cartoon Studios additional production facility
The Pink Panther 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation additional pre-production
Tales from the Cryptkeeper 1993–1994 Nelvana production facility
Dog City 1993 The Jim Henson Company additional production facility
Problem Child 1994 Universal Cartoon Studios storyboards (season 2)
The Magic School Bus 1994–1997 Scholastic pre-production
Phantom 2040 Hearst Entertainment pre-production
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1995–1997 Klasky Csupo storyboards
The Savage Dragon 1995 Universal Cartoon Studios
Stickin' Around 1996–1997 Nelvana storyboards (season 1), animation (season 2)
Flash Gordon Hearst Entertainment storyboards and sheet direction
The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo 1996 pre-production
The Oz Kids Hyperion Pictures storyboards
Bruno the Kid 1996–1997 Film Roman pre-production
Jumanji: The Series 1996–1999 Adelaide Productions
Project G.e.e.K.e.R. 1996
Prince of Atlantis 1997 Pixibox
Ivanhoe The King's Knight CINAR
Rugrats Klasky Csupo storyboards
Cartoon Sushi MTV Animation "Howl", "Man's Best Friend"
Flying Rhino Junior High 1998–2000 Nelvana additional production facility
George and Martha 1999–2000
Milo's Bug Quest 2000 Sunwoo Entertainment pre-production
Marsupilami Marathon Media storyboards
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Williams Street
Zoog Disney 2001–2002 Disney Channel
Seven Little Monsters Nelvana additional production facility
¡Mucha Lucha! 2002–2005 Warner Bros. Animation
The Mr. Dink Show 2002
Silverwing 2003
The Buzz on Maggie 2005 Walt Disney Television Animation
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera 2006 Nickelodeon Animation Studios pilot
Viva Piñata 2006–2009 4Kids Entertainment
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! 2006–2010 Starz Media
Where My Dogs At? 2006 MTV/MTV2 Music Group
Chaotic 2006–2008 4Kids Entertainment season 1
Edgar & Ellen 2007–2008 Star Farm Productions
Zeke's Pad 2008–2009 Flying Bark Productions
Pearlie 2009–2010 Nelvana
Neighbors from Hell 2010 MoonBoy Animation
Planet Sheen 2010–2011 Nickelodeon Animation Studios additional animation
Fanboy & Chum Chum 2011–2012 season 2
Bob's Burgers 2011 Bento Box Entertainment season 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012–2017 Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Monsters vs. Aliens 2013–2014 Nickelodeon
Teen Titans Go! 2013–present Warner Bros. Animation
Mother Up! 2013–2014 Breakthrough Entertainment
Rick and Morty 2013–present Williams Street
Lah-Lah's Adventures 2014 Stella Projects
VeggieTales in the House 2014–2016 DreamWorks Animation
All Hail King Julien 2014–2017
The Adventures of Puss in Boots 2015–2018
The Simpsons 2015 20th Century Fox Television "Mathlete's Feat" (couch gag)
Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates 2015–2016 Walt Disney Television Animation season 4
Dinotrux 2015–present DreamWorks Animation
DC Super Hero Girls Warner Bros. Animation
Dawn of the Croods 2015 DreamWorks Animation "The Mean Warts", "School of Hard Rocks", "Garden of Eaten"
Mack & Moxy 2016 Georgia Public Broadcasting
HarmonQuest 2016–present Starburns Industries
VeggieTales in the City 2017 DreamWorks Animation
Angry Birds Blues 2017–present Rovio Entertainment
44 Cats Rainbow S.r.l.
The Dragon Prince 2018 Wonderstorm
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny DreamWorks Animation
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty 2019 Funrise


Show Year(s) Co-production(s) Notes
The Nutcracker Prince 1990 Lacewood Productions additional opaquing services
Rover Dangerfield 1991 Hyperion Pictures additional animation services
Bébé's Kids 1992
The New Adventures of Little Toot Strand Home Video pre-production art services
Once Upon a Forest 1993 Hanna-Barbera animation
Balto 1995 Amblimation animation, uncredited
Space Jam 1996 Warner Bros. Animation animation
Anastasia 1997 Fox Animation Studios animation
The Prince of Egypt 1998 DreamWorks Animation animation services
The Road to El Dorado 2000 additional final line services and special effects
Joseph: King of Dreams animation
Titan A.E. Fox Animation Studios animation, uncredited
Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu 2001 The Tooniversal Company additional animation production
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 DreamWorks Animation additional final line services
Eight Crazy Nights Columbia Pictures additional animation
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 DreamWorks Animation additional final line services
Dragons: Fire and Ice 2004 Mega Bloks animation
¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico 2005 Warner Bros. Animation additional animation
Dragons II: The Metal Ages Mega Bloks animation
Happily N'Ever After 2006 Vanguard Animation additional animation
Wubbzy's Big Movie! 2008 Starz Media additional animation
The Prophet 2014 Participant Media CGI animation


Show Year(s) Co-production(s) Notes
The Wish That Changed Christmas 1991 McDonald's assistant animation
Itsy Bitsy Spider 1992 Hyperion Pictures additional animation services
Wanna Be a Dino Finder 1995 Cloud 9 Interactive video game; animation
But Where Does It Come From? 1996 Playhouse Pictures
Gregory and Me Kideo
The Christmas Orange 2002
Def Jam Vendetta 2003 EA Canada video game; additional animation
SuperFuckers 2012–2013 Frederator Studios
Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program 2013–2016 Nickelodeon "Earmouse and Bottle", "Space Mission: Danger"
Albert 2016 Nickelodeon Animation Studios animation
Rick and Morty: Rick and Morty Exquisite Corpse 2017 Titmouse, Inc./Williams Street
Monster High: The Adventures of The Ghoul Squad Mattel Creations


  1. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (July 11, 2018). "Rainbow Appoints Entertainment Vet Rick Mischel as CEO of Bardel". Animation Magazine. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  2. ^ Hetherington, Janet (February 18, 2004). "Bardel Entertainment: Success Painted in Broad Strokes | AWN | Animation World Network". Animation World Network. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Company - Bardel Entertainment". Archived from the original on 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  4. ^ Group, Evoda. "Bardel Entertainment Inc. Animates "Mack & Moxy" - Bardel Entertainment". Bardel Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  5. ^ "CREATIVE SERVICES - Bardel Entertainment". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  6. ^ "Properties - Bardel Entertainment". Archived from the original on 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  7. ^ "Press Release - CORUS KIDS JANUARY 2010 HIGHLIGHTS". 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  8. ^ Mercedes Milligan (2013-02-05). "Bardel Collaborating with Frank Saperstein". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  9. ^ Getzler, Wendey (October 5, 2015). "Rainbow buys Canadian animation studio Bardel". Retrieved October 6, 2015.

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