The first Danish animated full-length feature film, Fyrtøjet (The Magic Tinderbox) was released in 1946, and the next full-length feature film Samson og Sally (Samson & Sally) was released in 1984. Danish animation studios are involved in co-productions with companies from Ireland, Germany, Spain, France, the UK, China, Thailand, Canada and the US. Many of the Danish animation studios are subcontracted work from leading animation studios such as Warner Bros and Fox. The first major feature film co-production involving Danish and French animation studios, titled Drengen der ville gøre det umulige (The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Bear) was released In 2002. The film was released in more than 100 French cinemas, and involved French production houses, including Les Armateurs, Carrere Group and France Cinema.

Animationsværkstedet (or The Animation Workshop) has played a key role in the development of the Danish animation industry by conducting vocational training programmes and seminars. The leading animation studios in Denmark are A-Film, Egmont, Lego, International Television Entertainment and 10 Interactive. Danish animation studios have been part of the development of full-length feature films such as Help! I’m a Fish, TV series such as Troll Tales, Benjamin Blümchen, Hugo the TV Troll and games including Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and Freedom Fighters.

  • There are more than 20 animation studios based in Denmark
  • The Danish animation industry produces more than 30 hours of animation content every year
  • More than 400 people are employed in the Danish animation industry
  • The Danish animation industry is growing at an annual rate 7-10%

The source: 3D World (text) + Digital Vector (statistics)