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From ideation to creation, the animation production process has many steps, and an animation company can help you get them right. The process begins with storyboarding, then involves a scrip, design, voiceover and music, and animation.

Animation videos help you capture your audience's attention and are best for breaking down complex topics to communicate the main point memorably. Animation production companies transform your video idea into a reality. As video content becomes more popular, investing in a few animated videos is worth it to boost your marketing and sales efforts and communicate about your brand creatively.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top animation production companies in Chicago. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs. If you need more support, tell us about your project, and we'll match you with recommended companies.

List of the Best Chicago Animation Companies

  • 1
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Bottle Rocket Media is a video content agency headquartered in Chicago. They were founded in 2011, and their team of 9 employees provide video production and AR/VR development to their small, mid market, and enterprise clients.
     

    Clients
    Google
    McDonald’s
    Starbucks
    ADIDAS
    Notable Project

    Bottle Rocket Media produced video testimonials for an advertising software agency. They met with the client before filming to discuss goals and strategy, and then delivered a complete project on-time and on-budget. The finished project was well-received by viewers and provides credibility for the client.

    “The Bottle Rocket team was very quick to respond, thorough, and a pleasure to work with. Scheduling was easy and flexible.” – Product Marketing Manager, Advertising Software Agency
     

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  • 2
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Demo Duck is an animated explainer video company based in Chicago. Founded in 2011, Demo Duck's team of 16 employees offer video production services for clients from the advertising, education, and media industries. 

    Clients
    Geico
    Netflix
    Blue Cross & Blue Shield
    Northwestern Mutual
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Demo Duck partnered with a clinical pathology organization, producing various educational and promotional videos. Stakeholders consistently give positive feedback on Demo Duck's videos. The client was impressed by Demo Duck's ability to produce quality and unique work despite multitasking or difficult circumstances. 

    "Everybody really loves their videos, especially the editing, the production, and how they convey emotion. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback." - Senior Manager, Clinical Pathology Organization 

  • 3
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Sarofsky is a design and creative firm based in Chicago with more than 10 experts. They have offered video production, broadcast video, and graphic design solutions since their founding in 2009. They work with clients in the fields of advertising, arts, and consumer products.

    Clients
    Marvel Studios
    Warner Brothers
    Lionsgate
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Sarofsky provided creative solutions and studio production assistance for a marketing agency. The agency had a client that wished to work with Sarofsky. The project was a success overall.

    “She had a great project management style.” - Creative Director, Marketing Agency

  • 4
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Since its founding in 2015, Flightless Bird Creative has offered video production services to a wide range of clients. Their team of about five is based in Chicago, Illinois.

    Clients
    Aveeno
    Disney
    HBO
    Kaplan University
    Notable Project

    Flightless Bird Creative delivered end-to-end video production services to a Minnesota community college, helping to plan and script as well as film and edit the video. 

    "Their ability to work with us and make sure that we were getting something that we were happy with in the end was an incredible blessing. As a result, we were able to authentically represent the college in a way that excited many stakeholders with different interests." — Marketing & Communications Manager, Community College

  • 5
    $10,000+
    Freelancer
    Chicago IL

    Attack Studios is a video production company based in Chicago. Founded in 2013, the team of 2 specializes in video production, broadcast video and advertising.

    Clients
    AAA
    FEMA
    Nissan
    OREO
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Attack Studios worked on video production for a law firm. They developed a video game trailer, a trailer based on a convention and an animated video for a pre-recorded voiceover. The client was extremely impressed with the work the team produced.

    “Sometimes, their animations are so flawless that they look effortless. Out of all the videos on our YouTube channel, this video game trailer has the most views, as well as on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.” – Director of Marketing, Law Firm

  • 6
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    p3 mediaworks is a Chicago-based video production agency founded in 2003. Their team of approximately 11 employees serves midmarket and enterprise-level clients across a variety of sectors. In addition to video production, they also provide marketing strategy. Their production specialties are 2D and 3D animation, motion graphics, and green screens.

    Clients
    The Salvation Army
    La-Z-Boy
    The University of Chicago
    Industries
    Notable Project

    p3 mediaworks has provided video production support for a Chicago-based nonprofit. Over a partnership that's now over a decade long, they've taken on messaging projects of all sizes. The client has always been impressed by their ability to work within budgetary restraints without even slightly sacrificing quality.

    "I can just give them a project scope for a video and trust that they’ll give me a final product as per the required specs." — Creative Director, Nonprofit

  • 7
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Pink Hippo Productions is a film production company that was founded in 2013. The company is headquartered in Chicago and consists of 6 employees. They specialize in video production, branding, and marketing strategy and have a client focus of small and midmarket businesses.

    Clients
    Disney
    Complex
    Atlantic Records
    Comed
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Pink Hippo Productions partnered with an advertising where they assisted in helping implement their client's goals. Specifically, they provided video production support for their client’s projects as well as planned schedules and budgets for the projects. The client was pleased with the team's work. 

    “All projects they’ve done for us have exceeded expectations when delivered.” – Owner an Creative Director, Advertising Agency

  • 8
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Imagination to Capture is a video production company headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in Lombard, McHenry, and Wauconda, Ill. It was founded in 2015 and currently has a team of 2 employees. Imagination to Capture is entirely dedicated to video production services. They primarily work with small businesses.

    Clients
    Navistar
    Edisun Microgrids
    Glassdoor
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A real estate broker wanted to have a promotional video to attract and impress clients. Imagination to Capture came up with the concept and then filmed and edited an elaborate video with various camera angles that positively showcases the company to potential clients. 

    "The entire process was seamless and easy. I can't imagine anything that could have been improved on. It was a great experience all around." — Managing Broker, Realty Company

  • 9
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Naperville IL

    Acclaim Media is a video production company founded in 1998 and located in Naperville, Ill. The team of fewer than 10 employees offers video production services to small businesses and enterprises in the advertising, marketing, and media industries.

    Clients
    Ecolab
    Dukane
    Gold Eagle
    Power Wellness
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Acclaim Media provided video production services, creating a short video that showcased a healthcare IT group’s services. The team managed to simply explain technical language in the content, and their work led to an increase in traffic. 

    “We have seen an improvement with our website traffic and what type of customer we are targeting.” – Owner, Healthcare IT Group

  • 10
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Palatine IL

    Pepper Group is a marketing firm headquartered in Palatine, Ill. The 15-person team launched in 1994 and offers branding, direct marketing, PR and corporate communication, and marketing strategy. Their clients work in a variety of sectors, including IT, financial services, and manufacturing.

    Clients
    EconPTW
    Permatron
    RegenX
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Pepper Group provided product marketing consulting to a FinTech company, cutting down the client's range of services to meet their customers' needs. They also built a corporate website, designing wireframes and conducting multiple feedback sessions. The client grew 20% year-over-year as a result.

    "Pepper Group is skilled at finding a deeper level of understanding and context. That sets them apart." – CMO, FinTech Company

  • 11
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    JV Studios is a video production company based in Chicago and founded in 2012. Consisting of their 2 co-founders, they solely provide video production services for companies of all sizes.
     

    Clients
    Sephora
    Ulta Beauty
    The Wit Hotel
    Notable Project

    JV Studios produced several videos for a family-owned farm. These videos included a documentary-style production as well as several clips for social media purposes. These promotional videos led to an increase in sales for the client.

    “Our sales have nearly quadrupled since we released some of the videos. Our investment in the project has already paid for itself because of how positively received the videos have been. Our internal team is delighted.” – Director of Finance and Marketing, Family-Owned Farm
     

  • 12
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Furnace FPS is a Chicago-based video production firm founded in 2011. Their roughly 2 employees mostly serve small businesses from a variety of industries. They specialize in commercials and documentaries, and they handle all aspects of production.

    Clients
    Northwestern University
    National Suicide Prevention
    Vox Media
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Furnace FPS created a video for a data analytics company. They collaborated with the client on concept creation and scripting before actual execution. Their work enabled the client to build robust awareness campaigns.

    "Their team struck a great balance between conforming to our vision and incorporating their suggestions. They were a very trusted partner in this entire process, acting as a consultant." — Senior Product Marketing Manager, Data Analytics Company

  • 13
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Thatch Films is a studio based in Chicago and founded in 2015. With no more than 10 employees, they specialize in video production and broadcast video solutions for small and mid-market firms in the fields of advertising, arts, and media.

    Clients
    CASHE LLC
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Thatch Films produced a PV for a cashmere company. The video lasted one minute and showcased the brand of the company. The video was met with positive feedback after it was shared.
    “I was very pleased with them.” - CEO, Cashmere Company

  • 14
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Loosekeys is a commercial production company based in Chicago. It was founded in 2011 and currently employs a small team of 3 members. Loosekeys provides video production, broadcast video, UX/UI design, and social media marketing services. Most of their clients are small and mid-size businesses. 

    Clients
    IBM
    Cars.com
    NakedWines
    Notable Project

    A startup marketing their main product, an app for tennis players, wanted to make a promotional video to increase their visibility. Loosekeys produced an animated video that explains the app's functions and attracts new users. 

    "The people who have seen it like it and think it's creative. I'm very happy with Loosekeys' product and everything they have done for me." — CEO, Tennis App Startup

  • 15
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Schiller Park IL

    Founded in 2017, #1NinjaPromo.io is located in Minsk, Belarus. With about 10 employees, they provide social media marketing, digital strategy, and content marketing services to midmarket and small businesses focusing on business services, information technology, and financial services industries.

    Clients
    Hycon.io
    Contentos.com
    Bitcoinoil.com
    Vertex.market
    Industries
    Notable Project

    #1NinjaPromo.io provides social marketing services for an interior design company. Besides Instagram help, they've completed a range of projects including strategy, YouTube videos. and offline event planning. Their work has brought in more customers from Instagram.

    "We've received 100+ clients from Instagram." –CEO & Co-Founder, Interior Design Company

  • 16
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Vision One Agency is a creative video agency based in Chicago. The agency, founded in 2020, has a team of less than ten that provides video production, corporate photography, digital strategy, and social media marketing services to small and midmarket companies in the hospitality & leisure, energy & natural resources, gaming, and other industries.

    Clients
    Rémy Martin
    Allergan
    Chalet Nursery
    Ignite Gaming
    Industries
    Notable Project

    An energy group hired Vision One Agency for an ongoing engagement to provide video and photo production services. These services include producing recap videos, highlight reels, leadership highlights, and photography of leaders during their speaking engagements. Vision One has delivered excellent productions within the given budget.

    "Will gets the job efficiently with little to no extra costs in terms of people and equipment." - Founder and CEO, Energy Group

  • 17
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Yellow Box is a digital agency founded in 2010 with fewer than 50 employees. They offer digital strategy, email marketing, and web development solutions from their office in Chicago. They work primarily with small and medium-sized businesses.

    Clients
    SchoolSparrow
    Aristocrat Plastic Surgery & MedAesthetics
    THE 4 MORES℠
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Yellow Box provided content marketing services for a tech startup. The startup needed to spread awareness of their business. Yellow Box has significantly improved the startup’s digital presence, with videos garnering tens of thousands of views on social media.

    “It has been so successful.” - Founder & CEO, Tech Start-Up

  • 19
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Kindred Content is a full-service content agency based in Chicago. The company, founded in 2013, is a team of less than ten that provides video production, content marketing, and broadcast video services to various companies.

    Clients
    Welspun
    Pyrex
    Binny's Beverage Depot
    Lincoln Park Community Service
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Kindred Content was hired by a Wealth Management Firm to make a company profile video, which expanded to include commercials that promote the Firm and videos for the Firm's financial literacy campaign. Kindred Content's work contributed to the sevenfold increase of business that the Firm has enjoyed since the beginning of their engagement.

    "Our media profiles on radio and TV have grown due to the quality of work the team has done." - President, Wealth Management Firm  

  • 20
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Launched in 2008, ODDMACHINE is a small video production agency. Their services include video production. The company is based in Chicago, Illinois; Chicago, Illinois and Burbank, California.
    Industries
  • 21
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    North Riverside IL
    Located in North Riverside, Illinois, CDM Productions LLC is a video production agency. The company provides video production, content marketing, and social media marketing and is small.The company was launched in 2020.
  • 22
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Jump Point is a video production agency established in 2016. Located in Chicago, Illinois, their small team offers video production and corporate photography.
    Industries
  • 23
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    JTwo Films is a video production company founded in 2007. Their small team is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. Their services include video production, branding, graphic design, and web design.
    Industries
  • 25
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Video production agency Lightswitch Video is based in Chicago, Illinois and Denver, Colorado. Launched in 2011, the small team specializes in video production, corporate photography, content marketing, and web design.
    Industries
  • 26
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Hike Creative, a video production agency, was founded in 2012. They are located in Chicago, Illinois and have a small team. Their services include video production.
    Industries
  • 27
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Wilmette IL
    Coat of Arms, a video production agency, was launched in 2010. They are located in Helvetia, West Virginia and Wilmette, Illinois and have a small team. Their services include video production, advertising, branding, broadcast video, and more.
    Industries
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    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Established in 1984, Production Craft Digital Video is a video production agency. The firm provides video production, broadcast video, content marketing, and public relations and has a small team. The firm is in Chicago, Illinois.
    Industries
  • 29
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Big Teeth Productions is a small video production company. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the firm was launched in 2005. Their services include video production, advertising, and content marketing.
    Industries
  • 30
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    CITY FILM, LLC is a Chicago, Illinois-based video production company. The company specializes in video production, social media marketing, content marketing, and broadcast video and is small.The company was founded in 2018.
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