Polygon Pictures Inc., Japan's leading CG production house, said it plans to establish a joint company with a Malaysian digital animation studio to produce the third season of the animated TV series "Transformers Prime."
Polygon Pictures and Silver Ant Sdn. Bhd. plan to form Silver Ant PPI Sdn. Bhd. in January.
"Transformers Prime" is a full-CG animated TV series adaptation of the entertainment franchise revolving around toys, comics and live-action feature film adaptations. The latest series has been airing in the United States since 2010 on The Hub and elsewhere across the world. It premiered in April 2012 in Japan.
The TV series has gained critical acclaim for its high-quality imagery created by Polygon Pictures. It won multiple Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards recognizing excellence in U.S. daytime TV programs.
Polygon Pictures has provided computer-generated graphics for feature films and videogames, with the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated series being one of its representative works. It also operates a licensing business for its original works.
Silver Ant is one of leading animation studios in Malaysia. Its original 3-D animated feature "SeeFooD" was theatrically released in more than 90 countries and regions.
The joint company, Silver Ant PPI, will work with local universities, develop creative capabilities through staff members from Polygon Pictures and establish a coordinated production management system to serve as a speedy, high-quality content production base in the country, the Japanese company said.
Polygon Pictures also intends to expand its licensing business in Asia through a tie-up with Silver Ant.
Visit the official websites of "Transformers Prime" at (http://www.tv-aichi.co.jp/TF-prime/index.html) and Polygon Pictures at (http://www.ppi.co.jp/index.html).
Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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