Character animation studio in Amsterdam
We can make squirrels talk, people fly and bananas orbit the moon.
Clear and clever communication with a healthy dose of humor – that’s our mark at Studio Pupil.
When creating characters and stories, the liveliness that traditional drawing brings lies at the heart of our craft. Then we boost that with the oomph of today’s digital animation techniques.
Studio Pupil produces both independent films and commissioned work for clients of all shapes and sizes. With our team of dedicated directors and producers, we are equipped to take on projects from head to toe; from first draft to final product.
Feed us your ideas and we’ll help to express your message in a way that’s clear and entertaining, possibly hilarious and always full of character.
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Promoting their involvement in the unique Hieronymus Bosch exhibit that took place in 2016, Dutch bank Rabobank treated their viewers to a series of fun facts around Bosch.
Dutch television show Studio Snugger used animated fragments throughout its episodes to explain fun facts. This episode: Rain detectors for traffic lights keep you relatively dry.
Projects in development
Studio Pupil develops its own IP, and (co-)produces independent animation projects by Dutch and international talent. Always with the aim to create pieces that are engaging and impactful, original and ambitious.
Web series / young adults (18-35) / digital 2D / in development / directed by Aisha Madu. A collection of tragicomic stories detailing the breakups of 8 young adults and their lovers.
Series / adults / digital 2D and photo collage / in concept / directed by Dario van Vree. A mystery-drama set in 1885 in Amsterdam, about a group of people whose lives get increasingly controlled by Spiritism.
Short / young adults (18-35) / digital 2D / in development / directed by Jorn Leeuwerink. A tragicomic, absurd fable that summarizes a complex side of human history into a quirky, seriously funny animated short.
TV special / adults / digital 2D and collage / in development / directed by Dario van Vree. When illustrator Maaike Hartjes gets hit by a burn-out, her worst fear becomes reality: she can no longer be perfect.
Dario van Vree
Following his animation studies at the prestigious KASK academy in Belgium, Dario has been directing animation with an eye for the weird, the incentive and the power of character performance. His work is characterized by clarity, humor and a love for paradoxes.
Besides directing, Dario teaches animation at the Willem de Kooning Academy and co-founded the KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival.
Producer Tünde lives and breathes animation, 12FPS, 24/7. She produces both Pupil’s independent and commissioned projects. With a sharp eye for talent and opportunities, she enables everyone involved to do what they do best.
Besides producing, Tünde writes for animation’s #1 industry source Cartoon Brew, curates the KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, and serves as board member of the European Animation Awards.
Originally an animator herself, Iris merged her love for the medium and organising into one: animation production. She assists Studio Pupil with back-office operations.
Director, character designer and animator Johan is a frequent Pupil collaborator, including projects such as ‘Topdoks’ and ‘Sesame Street’.
Let’s talk about what we can create together! We’d be happy to hear from you via:
+31 (0)6 47264049
Visit us at:
Tweede Leeghwaterstraat 7f, 1018RA Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Send us things at:
Van Oldenbarneveldtstraat 35-4,
1052JS Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Internship positions are filled for 2019, but still open for 2020 – contact us at:
There are no job openings at the moment. If you’re a freelance artist working within the Netherlands you can send us your portfolio: