About Us


CALABASH is a dynamic and vibrant animation studio that specializes in bringing characters to life through the magic of animation.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, CALABASH is a boutique, owner-operated studio that “hits above their weight class” with a reputation among clients for over-delivering. With a dynamic, ever-evolving roster of directors and creative talent spanning the globe, our versatile offerings include all styles of animation from CG VFX to motion design to traditional cel animation. CALABASH artists bring a diverse range of talent and experience to every project with a deep commitment to time-honored principles of design and animation, and a love for great storytelling.

Throughout our storied history, CALABASH has animated such beloved Brand Icons as Lucky the Leprechaun, Charlie the Tuna, the Trix Rabbit, Sonny the Cuckoo, Hamburger Helper, Green Giant, Little Caesar, Mr. Clean and the Keebler Elves (to name a few), garnishing numerous awards and accolades along the way. Whether developing new characters or breathing new life into a classic, the world’s most famous brands turn to CALABASH to help take their characters to the next level.

Besides commercials, CALABASH also creates our own original short films including the 2002 Academy Award-nominated short, “Stubble Trouble”, and we have created animation for independent feature films and major theatrical releases such as “Space Jam”, Big Idea’s “Jonah”, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s “On the Shoulders of Giants”. Recent endeavors expand beyond traditional media and into areas such as gaming, social media, and immersive entertainment.

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We create:

…for all types of media, including:

…and pretty much anything else that can be animated!