October 10-2014
Seth Green and the studio behind ‘Robot Chicken’ partner with Vimeo to introduce online stop-motion animation course

Vimeo and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the studio behind the longest running stop-motion show on television, Robot Chicken, as well as Mattel’s WWE Slam City, L/Studio’s Friendship All-Stars, MAD’s stop-motion Spy vs. Spy, among many others, have announced a partnership to offer a first-of-its-kind stop-motion character animation course.

“Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Animation Class” will be released exclusively on Vimeo On Demand and taught by Stoopid Buddy’s award-winning animation team. The two-hour course is the first animation educational service of its kind, providing hands-on training, tips and lectures designed to arm aspiring animators with the knowledge and tools needed to hone their specialised craft and become a successful professional. The course, currently in pre-order here, and will be available later this year for a $99.99 digital download or a $79.99 streaming 30-day rental.

“DIY is the future and Vimeo is a leader in content sharing. We’re thrilled by the opportunity this partnership offers to put all of our best knowledge directly in your hands,” said Green in a released statement.

“Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Animation Class is a natural fit for the Vimeo On Demand platform as instructional and animation content thrives with our audience,” said Greg Clayman, general manager of audience networks, Vimeo. “We’ve been actively pursuing content that supports passionate audiences underserved by traditional programming models and the high-quality content, bold style from the Stoopid Buddy’s team will resonate with animation enthusiasts globally.”

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios attracts a constant stream of celebrity guests to its studio for its many animated series and those who enroll in the new course available on Vimeo On Demand can expect celebrity guest appearances throughout the training sessions as well.

The online stop-motion animation course consists of a series of classes that augment Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ popular eight-week beginner and intermediate training courses held at the company’s Burbank, California studio.

The new series joins Vimeo On Demand during a benchmark year for the platform. Earlier this year, Vimeo announced a $10 million fund to accelerate its investment in bringing and supporting quality individual titles to the Vimeo On Demand platform. Vimeo has been actively pursuing content that supports passion-driven verticals including music, instructional, sports, comedy and “sci-fi/seeking truth” titles that are relevant to Vimeo’s audience.

New York Comic Con attendees will get a first at look at the course during the opening day panel “Vimeo Presents Stoopid Buddies Film School Live” featuring the Stoopid Buddy’s award-winning animation team and moderated by Vimeo’s Greg Clayman.

The deal was brokered between Sam Toles, Vimeo’s VP of Content Acquisitions, and UTA on behalf of Stoopid Buddy Studios.