Jellyfish Pictures

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Jellyfish Pictures
IndustryVisual effects, Computer-generated imagery, Feature animation
Founded 📆2001; 21 years ago (2001)
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️,
Number of locations
Area served 🗺️
Bristol, Sheffield
Key people
Phil Dobree (CEO/Founder)
Luke Dodd (COO)
Ben Leaver (Founder)
Barry Evans (Founder)
Members350 (2021)[1]
Number of employees
DivisionsJellyfish Originals
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Jellyfish Pictures is a British VFX company specializing in the creation of digital visual effects and animation.


The studio opened up in 2001 with a team of three artists and one producer, opening up their first studio around 2003 in Poland Street, Soho. In 2005, they started their first long form TV series on the Story of One with Monty Python’s Terry Jones. In 2017, Jellyfish expanded their studio by making Jellyfish Originals on producing various original shows like Ivy and the Inklings and Hughman. One year later, Jellyfish also announced their collab with Jollywise to produce an animated series call Stan & Gran.[2][3]

In 2020, a studio division in Sheffield was opened up and overseen by animation director Kevin Spruce with an animated film in production, possibly Spirit Untamed.[4] Due to the COVID pandemic however, workers have to animated at home following this experience.[5] During the same year, they made the animation for DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming and won an Annie award for Best Animated Special Production and nominated for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production and Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production.

In 2021, Jellyfish Pictures has produced two DreamWorks films which while their main production was Spirit Untamed[6], they were also in charge of Production Assist support for The Boss Baby: Family Business, which the animation was only produced from DWA Glendale.


TV series[edit]

Title Release date Studio(s) Ref(s) Notes
The Story of 1 2005 BBC Documentary
Fight for Life July 9, 2007 BBC One TV Series
Planet Dinosaur September 14, 2011 BBC
Discovery Channel
[7] TV Animated Series
Doctor Who November 23, 2013 BBC One
BBC Wales
TV Series
Day of the Doctor Special
Addiational VFX
Your Inner Fish 2014 Tangled Bank Studios
[8] TV Animated Series
Floogals January 15, 2016 Nevision Studios
Zodiak Kids Studios
Banijay Group
[9][10] TV Animated Series
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! November 6, 2017 Beano Studios
Bitz & Bob March 12, 2018 BBC Children's Productions[11]
FremantleMedia Kids & Family
Boat Rocker Rights
The Innocents August 24, 2018 Netflix
New Pictures
[12] TV Series
Watchmen October 20, 2019 HBO
White Rabbit
Paramount Television
DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television
TV Series
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming December 3, 2019 DreamWorks Animation
[13] TV Animation Special
Production Services
Gangs of London April 23, 2020 Sky Atlantic
Pulse Films
Sister Pictures
Sky Studios
NBCUniversal Global Distribution
TV Series
Series Finale Only
White Lines May 15, 2020 Netflix
Left Bank Pictures
Vancouver Media
Sony Pictures Television
TV Series
Hanna July 3, 2020 NBCUniversal International Studios
Tomorrow Studios
Working Title Television
Focus Features
Amazon Studios
TV Series
Season 2 only
Sex Education September 17, 2021 Netflix
Eleven Film
TV Series
Season 3 only
The Book of Boba Fett December 29, 2021 Disney+
TV Series
Stranger Things 2022 Netflix
21 Laps Entertainment
Monkey Massacre
TV Series
Season 4 only
Ivy and the Inklings TBA Bomanbridge Media [14] TV Animated Series
Stan & Gran Jollywise [15]
Battle of the Bugs Alpha Group [16]
Matilda Netflix


Live Action VFX[edit]

Title Release date Studio(s) Ref(s)
Kingsman: The Secret Service February 13, 2015 20th Century Fox
Marv Studios
Cloudy Productions
TSG Entertainment
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story December 16, 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi December 15, 2017
Solo: A Star Wars Story May 25, 2018 [18]
Captive State March 15, 2019 Focus Features
Participant Media
Fear Street Part One: 1994 July 2, 2021 Netflix
Chernin Entertainment


Title Release date Studio(s) Ref(s) Notes
Trolls World Tour April 10, 2021 DreamWorks Animation
Universal Pictures
Marketing Custom Animation Services with Minimo VFX
Spirit Untamed June 4, 2021 [20][21][22] Production Services
The Boss Baby: Family Business July 2, 2021 Asset Production Services
Untitled film based on a novel from Roald Dahl TBA Netflix Production Services


Annie Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Recipient(s) Result
2020 How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming[23] Best Animated Special Production DreamWorks Animation Won
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Manuel Reyes Halaby, Cristiana Covone, Koya Masubuchi, Jean Claude Nouchy, Dustin Henning Nominated
Andrew Muir
2022 Spirit Untamed[24] Best Storyboarding Gary Graham Pending


  4. "Jellyfish Pictures Expands Northern Presence with New Studio in Sheffield".
  5. Kaushik, Parth (2020-08-12). "Exclusive: Jellyfish Pictures CEO Phil Dobree talks about remote pipelines, virtual technology and future plans in a candid interview". AnimationXpress. Retrieved 2021-07-29.
  7. Milligan, Mercedes (December 12, 2019). "Jellyfish Pics Grows into World's Largest Virtual VFX & Animation Studio".
  8. Team, AnimationXpress (August 1, 2017). "Jellyfish Pictures nominated for news and documentary Emmy award".
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "[TRAILER] DreamWorks' 'Spirit Untamed' Rides Free". Rotoscopers. 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  10. Woolfe, Jennifer (5 September 2014). "Jellyfish Producing 'Floogals' for Sprout".
  11. Known as CBeebies Production for the first season.
  12. "Jellyfish Pictures Faces off with 'The Innocents' for Netflix". 24 August 2018.
  13. "Jellyfish Pictures Expands Global Operations with New Cloud-Based Technology". Animation World Network.
  14. "Jellyfish Pictures and Bomanbridge Media Ink Deal for 'Ivy & The Inklings'". Animation World Network.
  15. "Jellyfish Pictures Announces Partnership with Jollywise". Animation World Network.
  16. "Jellyfish Originals and Alpha Group China sign co-production deal for 'Battle of the Bugs' at MIPCOM 2020". 12 October 2020.
  17. "Kingsman Almost Had This Badass Flashback Sequence". 25 February 2015.
  18. "SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY - The Art of VFXThe Art of VFX". 12 May 2018. Archived from the original on April 14, 2020. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  19. "2019 Icebreakers: Hot Winter VFX". 13 December 2018.
  20. "Equine Majesty: Elaine Bogan and Her DreamWorks Team Bring Artistic Horsepower to 'Spirit Untamed'". June 2021.
  21. "DreamWorks Animation Returns to the Frontier in 'Spirit Untamed'". Animation World Network.
  23. "'Klaus' Wins Big at Annie Awards for Animation". 25 January 2020.

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