The first fully animated feature film made in Sweden was called Agatan Sax och Byköpings gastabud (Agaton Sax and the Bykoebing Village Festival) and was released in 1976. Most of Sweden’s animated films are now produced with support from the Swedish Film Institute or Swedish National Television, and much of Sweden’s animated work is represented at leading international film festivals. The industry players tend to sub-contract animation content jobs from studios in Europe as well as the US. Animated films of note to come out of Sweden include Peter-No-Tail (1981), Peter-No-Tail in Americat (1985), Ratty (1986), Nallar och människor (1989), The Journey to Melonia: Fantasies of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ (1989), The Adventures of Kalle Stropp and the Frog Ball (1991), The Hunt for the Key to Heaven (1997), Pettson & Findus (1999) and Karlsson på taket (2002).

Sweden previously lacked any reputable academic institutions offering courses in animation, but this has changed with the introduction of a two-year animation course offered by Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design). The leading animation studios in Sweden are Filmtecknarna Animation, Animega Animation Studio and Happy Life.

  • More than 10 hours of animation content is produced by Sweden’s animation industry every year
  • The animation industry in Sweden employs just over 100 people
  • There are around a dozen companies working in animation production in Sweden
  • The Swedish animation industry is mainly located in and around Stockholm

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