New worlds to be explored at our Claymation workshops:
We've been creating new backdrops for use in our Claymation workshops. They were hand-crafted from clay, then photographed and printed onto a magnetic backdrop, so they can be decorated by kids with magnetic props. Check them out in person at our next public workshop.

The Cure For Boredom released on YouTube:
Our latest animation is promoting the guided meditation app Waking Up. Based on a lesson within the app, narrated by Sam Harris, this short animated film demonstrates one of the many benefits of meditation.

You can see the film on YouTube here.

Animal Instincts hits 10 million views on YouTube:
We're still not entirely sure why this film went viral, but it's pretty cool having it seen by so many people from all around the world. Apparently we have lots of fans in Turkey and Vietnam!

GooRoo Animation featured on Totally Wild:
The crew from Channel 11's Totally Wild dropped in to our Claymation workshop at The Hut Community Centre to see what all the hype is about. The kids didn't dissappoint as they showed off their amazing creations and wowed the presenter. These kids participated in our 8 week animation course. To see a schedule of our upcoming courses, check out the workshops page. You can now see the full story online (click the link below and jump to 20:10 to see our segment).
Totally Wild Episode

Lego Animation Workshops:
We're super excited to now offer Lego Animation Workshops for kids. We just ran our first session at Woodcroft Library and it was a great success! Take a look at the films they produced on YouTube here.
We've been having a lot of fun making Lego Animation example videos recently. You can watch them on YouTube here.
Lego Animation will now be a part of our 8 week animation course from next term onwards. To see a full schedule of our upcoming courses visit the workshops page.

Claymation at The National Motor Museum:
The National Motor Museum in Birdwood are running an exhibition based on the much loved ABC TV show Bush Mechanics. As the show features claymation prominantly, the motor museum has arranged for GooRoo Animation to run a series of claymation workshops in the April school holidays. We also helped them set up a do-it-yourself claymation area so anyone who attends the exhibition can give it a go. The exhibition will run until July 6, before touring nationally. For more info visit the National Motor Museum website.


GooRoo Animation now running 8 week courses:
Starting Term 1 2017, we will be running regular 8 week after school animation courses. The kids will produce a film each week in different styles of stop-motion animation, including claymation, whiteboard, pixilation and mixed media animation. After the success of running this course through Carclew Youth Arts in 2016, we will now be running it independently at different venues across Adelaide. The first courses will be at The Hut Community Centre in Aldgate and Findon Community Centre. To see a full schedule of our upcoming courses visit the workshops page.


GooRoo Animation featured on Behind The News:
Popular ABC children's television program Behind The News were filming a story about the cancellation of Tropfest 2015. They interviewed us about our past success at Tropfest, and where we've gone since then. The BTN crew came out to one of our claymation workshops at St Joseph's Primary School to see what it's all about and chatted to the kids about Tropfest, animation and making movies. Watch the story online here:
BTN Tropfest Story


"I've Been Everywhere, Man!" released on YouTube:
This animated time-lapse film was shot over 2 years while Cameron Edser from GooRoo Animation was travelling around Australia.

The music was created by Joshua Fielder (aka Facey McStubblington from The Beards), and recorded at Spare Room Audio in Adelaide, based on the classic Australian song "I've Been Everywhere" written by Geoff Mack in 1959.

The film was shot as still photographs frame by frame, with camera assistance from Lysah Kenny. It was shortlisted for Tropfest 2014, and contains the year's signature item "mirror".

To find out more about the making of the film click here.

To watch the film on YouTube click here.

The Illuminations Project receives funding from Country Arts SA:
Cameron and Michael will be busy in 2015, with the announcement that Country Arts SA have offered a grant of close to $9000 to produce animated light painting time-lapse material for The Illuminations Project. They are planning to travel to some remote locations in South Australia to shoot the project, and hope to hold an exhibition of their work in the near future.
To find out more about The Illuminations Project click here.

"I've Been Everywhere, Man!" shortlisted for Tropfest:
In 2012, before departing on a trip around Australia, Cameron from GooRoo Animation had the hairbrained idea to shave his head, then let his hair and beard grow and take a photo of it every day in a new location, while lip syncing the words to the classic Australian song "I've Been Everywhere" frame by frame. Over 2 years later, the film is finally complete and has recently been shortlisted for Tropfest!
To find out more about the making of the film click here
To watch the film on YouTube click here.

Cameron and Michael featured in Light Painting Photography article:
The Illuminations Project has just been featured on Cameron and Michael were interviewed by light painter Jason Page, sharing some of their techniques and stories from their travels.
Click here to see the article

Illuminations - A Light Painting Behind the Scenes now on YouTube:
Cameron and Michael's new short film is now on YouTube. It's a small taste of what you can expect see as part of their Illuminations Project. If motion control time-lapse of light painting animation in stereoscopic 3D sounds confusing to you, watch this video and hopefully you'll start to get an idea of what they are trying to achieve. Thanks to Country Arts SA for funding this production.
Click here to watch Illuminations - A Light Painting Behind the Scenes

The Illuminations Project - A new direction for Cameron and Michael:
Over the past few years, Cameron and Michael have been focussing less on stop-motion animation and more on other cutting-edge areas of filmmaking. Whilst they still produce the odd piece of animation, and teach animation workshops in schools, their focus has been on developing their skills and building camera systems, with a particular interest in time-lapse photography, motion control camera systems, light painting and stereoscopic 3D filmmaking.

This has culminated in the launch of a new project that the duo will be working on in the near future. The Illuminations Project brings light painting photography into the realm of the moving image, featuring animation and motion control time-lapse techniques designed for a stunning 3D experience.

With funding from Country Arts SA, Cameron and Michael will be producing a short video that will explain their concept in more detail, showcase some of their work and demonstrate how it is produced.

GooRoo Animation launch new look website:
Take a look around our new site. There are new videos to watch in the animation section, a new behind the scenes page for our work on Danger 5, lots of new t-shirt designs to buy in our new look store, and information about our school workshops program.

GooRoo expand their repetoir with motion controlled 3D camera rigs
With helpful funding from the BHP Billiton Film and New Media Carclew Youth Arts Scholarship, GooRoo Animation have been busy creating a range of new camera rigs. We have custom made 3 different motioned controlled animation rigs, with a few different functions like vertical and curved moves and 3D capabilities. Over the past year, we've spent a fair bit of time on the road, traveling around the east coast of Australia, testing out these multi-purpose rigs shooting time lapse photography. We're also working on a cable rig for aerial camera moves up to 100 meters. Tests are looking good so far.

Animal Instincts reaches 1 million views on YouTube:
Animal Instincts has gone viral over the past year, shooting up from about 30,000 views to over a million! Looking at the YouTube analytics, it's being watched by people all around the world. It's great to have a film that doesn't need any particular language to understand.

GooRoo Animation is now offering school workshops
Recently we have started conducting school workshop programs, for both primary and secondary school classes.Students learn some basic animation theory, before creating their own stop motion clay-mation. The course involves lots of fun, practical, hands-on exercises that kids love. For more information, see our workshops page.

GooRoo produces intro clip for Music Room:
The Music Room is a television series promoting Australian Emerging Artists.  It features on Aurora Foxtel and Adelaide 44, community TV station. GooRoo teamed up with the Music Room team to produce this title graphic and intro sequence to the show. Check it out here.

Danger 5 screens on SBS:
Danger 5 is a South Australian action comedy television series on SBS One which premiered on 27 February 2012. The show is set in a bizarre 1960s interpretation of World War II and follows a group of five international spies on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler and thwart his plans of world domination.

GooRoo Animation created the stop-motion dinosaurs seen in episode 2, "Lizard Soldiers Of The Third Reich", which went to air March 5 2012. The series is now available on DVD from JB Hi-Fi in Australia or online worldwide.

To see some behind the scenes from the production of the dinosaur sequences, click here.

Michael RIchards wins Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year Award
Michael Richards has claimed the Coffee Club Arts Award at the 2012 Channel 9 Young Achiever's Awards. The award acknowledged Mike's work over the last year developing motion-controlled camera rigging for 3D time lapse photography and animation, the stop motion work he'd done on Danger 5 and his use of the Carclew Youth Arts funding grant to further his expertise and build the success of GooRoo Animation.


GooRoo recieve Carclew Youth Arts Funding:
We are proud to announce that we have just been awarded the BHP Billiton Film and New Media Carclew Youth Arts Scholarship for 2012. We will use this funding to develop our knowledge, skills and equipment in the areas of 3D stereoscopic film making and motion-controlled camera rigging for both animation and time lapse photography. The scholarship is valued at $12,500. Shortly, we will spend some time working with industry professionals before we develop our own systems and begin producing 3D stereoscopic stop-motion animation.

Danger 5 Online Trailer
Over the past year we have been creating stop-motion animation for the upcoming television series Danger 5. It will be on SBS soon, but in the meantime, the trailer has been released on youtube. To catch a glimpse of our stop-motion dinosaurs and get a taste of this amazing new series, check out the link below. Stay tuned to our website for upcoming details of the series, and some behind the scenes of our work. The first episode can be seen on youtube Nov 21.
Watch Danger 5 Trailer here
GooRoo takes out iiNet Backyard Basketball Hero Competition:
We built a new camera rig and tested it out making a basketball video. It won the iiNet Backyard Basketball Hero Competition. It was screened during an NBL game on One HD and we won a bunch of cool prizes.
Watch the video here

2010 Showreel
Just thought you might like to see our latest showreel.
Watch GooRoo 2010 Showreel here

Mike takes out Australia's Funniest Home Videos:
Forget film festivals. Funniest home videos is where the real prize money is at. Mike finally put his film making skills to good use and made a classic video of his cat "Bruce" playing 8 ball. He picked up the weekly prize of $10,000.

Baboons Film Festival News:
Since Tropfest, Baboons has screened in about a dozen other festivals. Recently, it picked up a couple more awards. First was the Australian Teacher's of Media (ATOM) Awards, where it was nominated for Best Music Video and Best Animation. It took out Best Music Vid, so it was well worth the trip to Melbourne to attend the ceremony. Then we had some more success locally in November, taking out a gold award at the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards for SA & WA. This qualifies the film for the national awards, also to be held in Adelaide next April. Meanwhile, it's been enjoying a good run in Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation touring around the world, and was also screened at the prestigious Ottawa International Animation Festival in October.

Cows With Guns reaches 1 million views on YouTube:
8 years after it was made, and 3 years after it was uploaded on youtube for all to see, our film Cows With Guns has reached 1 million views. The film seems to remain an audience favourite, despite the relatively dodgy animation we did back in high school. We put it down to the fact that it's just such a great song.

Click here to watch Cows With Guns on YouTube.
Or to read more about the film click here.
For more info about songwriter Dana Lyons or to order a Cows With Guns T-Shirt go to

GooRoo Online Store Now Open!
Now you can get your very own Baboons, Animal Instincts or GooRoo Animation
T-shirt. They're available through our Toctopus store.

Click here to buy, buy, buy!

*Update (25/09/2013)*
Our old Toctopus store is still open, but we now have a new online store through Red Bubble with new designs. Check it out
Baboons takes 2nd Place and Best Original Score at Tropfest:
'My Neighbourhood has been overrun by Baboons' had a huge premiere on the 21st of February as part of Tropfest 2010. It was viewed by a massive crowd of 75,000ish at the domain in Sydney, and by many more all around Australia at the live venues and on TV. We picked up 2nd Prize and Best Original Score went to The Dairy Brothers for writing the song. To read all about our experience in Sydney, click here. To watch Baboons and the other Tropfest films, click here.
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Baboons makes it into Tropfest:
brand new film 'My Neighbourhood has been overrun by Baboons' has been selected as 1 of 16 to be part of Movie Extra Tropfest 2010. It is the biggest short film festival in the world, so if we win it, we are practically the best film makers in the world! Okay maybe not quite...yet. The event will be held on the 21st of Feb in Sydney and broadcast live to seven other sites in major cities around Australia as well as telecast live on Movie Extra channel. It is a free public event, so come along and cheers on Baboons! For more info check out the Tropfest website. The screening will be the film's premiere so we hope you enjoy it!
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Check out the Baboons Production Blog:
Right now we're busily creating our next short film "My Neighbourhood has been overrun by Baboons". If you want to see how we do it, take a look at our behind the scenes production blog. It has loads of interesting info, pictures and videos from on set.
Check it out!
GooRoo Animation profiled on Stop Motion Pro website:
Stop Motion Pro is a program we use to create our animation. It is made by another Aussie company, doing great things for the stop motion industry. We recently had an interview with them about our work and now have a profile on their website.
Check it out!

Your neighbourhood is about to be overrun by Baboons! :
We have just commenced shooting our new short film "My Neighbourhood has been overrun by Baboons". After months of pre-production, including making a whole gang of baboons and a huge neighbourhood set for them to wreak havoc on, we are now starting to bring them alive through the magic of stop-motion animation. The film is due to be finished by mid December with its premiere early in the new year. Stay tuned to the GooRoo website for more news and sneak peaks of what's to come.

GooRoo Animation create clip for Tektime:
We have just created a short clip for a new show "Tektime" coming soon to channel 7 in November. The clip will be played during the Guitar Hero episode. It features one of the baboon characters from our upcoming film "My Neighbourhood has been overrun by Baboons" dressed up as Slash and playing a crazy guitar solo recorded by Nick Cole. Check out the Tektime website. Details on the show will be available shortly.

GooRoo Animation selected for Digitopia:
GooRoo Animation have been selected as one of the two teams in this year's Animation Initiative run by the Media Resource Centre in Adelaide. We will be given funding and support to complete a short stop-motion animated film. The film will be based on the song "My Neighbourhood has been overrun by Baboons" by Adelaide band The Dairy Brothers. GooRoo Animation last worked together with The Dairy Brothers five years ago, creating a film clip to their song "Never gonna be a Star".

Animal Instincts in Spike and Mike's at Annecy:
Animal Instincts has been selected to screen as part of Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation World Tour 2009. This festival is renowned for discovering new talent, giving animator's like John Lasseter of Pixar and Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of South Park) their first limelight. This year's tour takes the festival to France to screen as part of the world's biggest animation festival, The Annecy International Animated Film Festival, in June.

Animal Instincts competition news:
We didn't win the last online film competition we entered Animal Instincts in so we thought we'd enter another two! We've already made the shortlist of this one: Hopefully next time you see us we'll be driving around in that new Chevy Cruze they've got on offer as the grand prize! The other competition is this one: Click on the link and help us win lots of money by voting for Animal Instincts. We've recently made it into another two significant festivals, the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the South Australian Screen Awards in our home town, where we've been nominated for 2 awards.

Animal Instincts in iiNet Get Animated:
Thanks to those who voted for Animal Instincts in the iiNet Get Animated competition. It was a finalist and screened as part of the Sydney Film Festival in front of 30,000 viewers in Darling Harbour.

GooRoo Animation launch new website:
Feel free to have a look around our new site. There's load of interesting things to look at. Click on films to see some of our previous work or see what we've been up to recently under news. Enjoy!

Vote for Animal Instincts in iiNet Get Animated:
Animal Instincts is now competing in the iiNet Get Animated competition. It has some great prizes that we need your help to win. Go to to vote for Animal Instincts. Thanks!

Animal Instincts wins 20th award:
Animal Instincts has reached another milestone, winning it 20th award by taking out 'Best Animated Film' at the Victorian Independent Film Festival. read more
GooRoo Animation TVCs now playing during Rockwiz on SBS:
We recently produced a series of 6 commercials for Coopers Sparkling Ale. We worked with Quench Studios and The People's Republic of Animation to complete the series.
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Animal Instincts to be converted into 3D:
Animal Instincts has been selected as one of a group of award-winning short films being converted into 3D by the 3D Film Factory. read more

GooRoo Animation create company intro sequence
A vital step in establishing our company was creating a memorable title sequence for the GooRoo Animation logo.
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Animal Instincts completed:
After half a year of hard work and many late nights, we finally finished that crossword from the newspaper. We also completed our short claymation film Animal Instincts.
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Cows With Guns featured on YouTube:
We were lucky enough to have our 2002 film Cows With Guns featured on the Youtube homepage, helping it get close to 1 million views.
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Cameron Edser and Michael Richards win Nescafe Big Break:
Nescafe Big Break was a national competition, offering young people with a creative idea the chance to make it happen. In its final year, we made the top 6, and were awarded $15,000 to help establish GooRoo Animation.
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