Pipsqueak Films is an Emmy nominated and award winning production company specializing in producing high quality animation and visual effects at below market costs. We produce animation both in our LA-based studio as well as with our overseas partners in order to keep budgets on screen.
And for studios looking to step up their work, our consulting services can help you reach the highest levels of artistic and technical excellence. Whether you need help with story, improving production quality, scaling your production pipeline, or training your staff, our 20+ years of feature, TV and New Media animation experience can help you achieve your goals. Our clients include studios in the U.S., Romania, Nepal and India.
Owned and operated by Mike Blum, an Emmy nominated and award winning filmmaker, our completed projects include the animated series, GET MY GOAT (DreamWorks TV), FIFI: CAT THERAPIST (DreamWorks TV), SAMURAI! DAYCARE (Defy Media/SMOSH), THE ADVENTURES OF BAXTER & MCGUIRE (Comedy Central), and the CG shorts, THE ZIT (PBS) and OIL & VINEGAR. We have also sold and developed an original segment for Walt Disney Toon Studio’s direct to DVD feature, MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS. Our films have been distributed around the world, competed in over 200 film festivals ranging from Sundance to Annecy to South by Southwest and have won more than a dozen international awards.
Our contracted animation service work includes many clients such as Netflix, Comedy Central and MTV.
Mr. Blum is also a sought after speaker and has lectured and taught around the world at such places as SIGGRAPH (3 times), Australian Effects and Animation Festival, Sedona Film Festival, IndieLisboa Film Festival, Slamdance, the Asia Business Matching for Creative Economy Conference, the Kre8tif Conference in Malaysia, and Orbit Live in Mumbai.
We are currently in development with Cartoon Network on our 26 x 11 series, “Enko”. Other current projects include the comedic adventure feature, WHALE OF A TALE and the wacky comedic series, PLANET WORLD (kids 6-11).
Before devoting his energies full time to his company, Mr. Blum worked for over 11 years in senior level positions at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His varied experiences include a nearly 2 year stint as a supervisor on Disney’s version of TOY STORY 3, overseeing and coordinating all aspects of technical process management and development for Walt Disney’s Circle 7 studio, reviewing and recommending artistic hires, setting up training courses for new artists, leading a staff of 17 engineers that developed some of the most innovative and artist-friendly animation production tools in the industry, and providing strategic direction for over 70 people. He has extensive hands on experience of the entire animation production pipeline — from story and editorial, through asset production, shot production and post.
Mr. Blum also co-owns and operates Blumayan Films where he completed the multiple award winning feature film, THE PLAYBACK SINGER and is producing the feature, EVERY LITTLE THING, a finalist in the Tribeca Film Festival screenwriting competition that stars Emmy Winner, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, Deadwood).
Mr. Blum is a member of the WGA and PGA.