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HOT Animation
IndustryMedia, Television Production
Founded1 April 1998 (1 April 1998)
FounderJackie Cockle
Brian Little
Joe Dembinski
Defunct2012 (2012)
HeadquartersManchester, England, UK
Key people
Jackie Cockle
Brian Little
Joe Dembinski
ProductsChildren's Television, Stop motion
Total assets$1,119 million
Number of employees
67 (2007)
ParentHIT Entertainment

HOT Animation was a British animation studio owned by HiT Entertainment that specialized in stop-motion animation, cel animation, and computer animation. It was established on April 1st, 1998 by Jackie Cockle, Brian Little, and Joe Dembinski.

Their worldwide success followed with Bob the Builder, a British animated television series which follows construction builder Bob and the Can-Do-Crew of building vehicles. The theme tune was released as a single, Can We Fix It? with an accompanying promo produced at HOT, which beat Kylie Minogue's "Please Stay", Eminem's Stan and Westlife's "What Makes a Man" to become the Christmas number-one single.

The company then made a reboot of Brambly Hedge, a series of 30-minute specials based on the illustrated books for children by Jill Barklem, and Rubbadubbers, a series about bath toys that come alive. Pingu, a British-Swiss animated series about a family of penguins, was recreated with great success from 2003-2006.

HOT ceased to produce the main series of Bob the Builder after 2007 when the studio announced jobs would be cut, and opted to produce a direct to DVD series called Bob the Builder: On Site, using stop-motion from Bob's World and live action from real world construction sites. The studio closed sometime before HIT was purchased by Mattel in 2012.

List of productions


Feature-length specials

Direct-to-home video

Music videos made by HOT


  • Dinosaur Roar (1999, pilot for HIT Entertainment)
  • Gina and Stella (2001, short film)
  • Bitziboos (2004, pilot for HIT Entertainment)
  • Life on Mars (2007, Camberwick Green parody sequence for Series 2: Episode 5)


This page was last edited on 28 April 2022, at 00:05
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