WHY USE KONG?
Craft. Engagement. Quality.
We’re passionate about our craft and taking ideas from script to screen. We engage audiences with compelling content that has heart, purpose and integrity. We’re experienced at producing high-quality work, efficiently, effectively and competitively priced.
We work in a variety of styles, mediums and techniques to deliver our clients beautifully crafted animation and illustration across entertainment, branded content, online video, explainers, motion pictures, print and more.
We Draw Stories
There’s drawing and colouring in, and then there’s what we do. We immerse ourselves in the details, to bring the stories to life.
Treat People Well
Always and under any circumstance. From our clients to our beloved team, we want everyone to enjoy working with us. Simple as that.
Above & Beyond
Clarity at every stage. Creativity in every frame. Thanks to our communication style, the only surprises are of the happy variety.
Make It Matter
We want our work to matter to audiences, because it matters to us. If it doesn’t matter, we’d rather not make it.
WHO ARE KONG?
Founded by Bill Elliott and Tom Baker, Kong is a team of talented directors, animators, illustrators and scriptwriters. We are artists and storytellers.
Kong are the culmination of over 40 years combined knowledge and craft in the animation industry.
Bill Elliott – Creative Director & Co-Founder
Bill Elliott began his career at Disney Jetix. He’s directed, designed and storyboarded throughout the computer games, advertising and T.V industry. Credits include Lego, Mr Bean: The Animated Series and Black Mirror. Since establishing Kong, Bill has directed several Thomas & Friends online series, and award-winning commercials for IMAX.
He’s also directed a short film for comedian Touretteshero (Jess Thom), and was nominated for a British Animation Award for his short film Get Well Soon-Tarrant.
In his spare time he paints and draws comics.
Tom Baker – Art Director & Co-Founder
Tom Baker is co-founder of Kong Studio. He is a character animator and art director with a career that spans across advertising and TV series.
Tom Baker has worked on a many iconic shows including Ben 10, Scooby-Do and the Amazing World of Gumball, as a lead character animator. He was Art Director on Mr. Bean: The Animated Series and Thomas & Friends.
Since co-founding Kong Studio, Tom has directed a number of successful projects, including a viral commercial for Puffin Books, Sheilas Wheels, With Grace and several films for the Dan TDM stage show that were screened at Wembley Arena.
Emma Burch – Executive Producer & Partner
Emma is an award-winning animation producer. She has over 18 years experience and a track record of delivering productions on time and budget. Emma’s experience ranges from large scale commercial stop motion productions, for brands such as Nabisco and Kellogg’s, to traditionally animated online marketing for IMAX and The Tote. In addition, she has produced several short independent films. Including over 55 episodes of the hugely popular online animation series – Simon’s Cat.
In 2014 Emma solely managed Simon’s Cat’s record-breaking crowdfunding campaign. She left Simon’s Cat to join Kong in 2018.
Amy Wilkinson – Person of many Talents
Amy graduated with a degree in architecture from Sheffield before realising her passion was in design and animation. She joined Kong in 2022 and has become a crucial part of the studio’s fabric.
Since joining Kong, Amy has worked in many roles, from Studio Assistant to Junior Designer and Assistant Animator to Technical Lead. Amy is a talented, calm, helpful, supportive and trustworthy all-rounder who never shies away or complains about any part of helping the pipeline, the studio or the artists she’s working with.
Our Clients Say…
Rob Painter, Chief Brand & Marketing, UK Tote Group
“Kong Studios did a superb job on The Tote Pool Betting explainer. They translated a new brand identity into a very distinctive, own-able illustration style with a brilliant piece of animation work. They were also super easy and highly professional to deal with.”
Ian McCue, Creative Producer at Thomas & Friends
“As a Creative Producer, it can be hard to let go. That’s why my doctor recommended Kong Studios. A trustworthy animation team who will take your creative brief and deliver more than you could ever have hoped for. It’s good to work with likeminded people who are passionate about their work. That’s why I, too, recommend Kong Studios for all your animation needs. They won’t let you down.”
Rachel Ashcroft, Senior Development Manager at Mencap
“I cannot recommend Kong Studio highly enough – they are top banana when it comes to professionalism, creativity, fun, and innovation. We had a slightly niche brief, but they took our ideas and ran with them to create something really engaging, visually stunning and inclusive. I have really appreciated the collaborative approach throughout the process, great to work with. Top quality work, from a top quality team! Thank you Kong!”