The 10 Best Animation Studios in The United Kingdom - 2024 Reviews

Top Animation Studios in The United Kingdom

All Animation Agencies in The United Kingdom

  • Maclean Creative

    Maclean Creativecertified-flagverified-flag

    4.8
    (2 reviews)

    Simply effective

    Recommended
    Discover the power of creative communications and brand development. With our strategic approach, creative problem solving, and simple ways of working, we make it easy for our clients to reach results that matter. We’ve got a track-record of building long-lasting client relationships based on shared values and trust, making us a dependable partner for growth and success. We make it our business to know yours inside out, so you can trust your brand is in safe hands. Get started on fun & engaging campaigns with maclean, an independent Edinburgh based creative marketing agency.
    1 work in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €500 for Motion Design
  • Duck.design

    Duck.designcertified-flagverified-flag

    4.9
    (30 reviews)

    You need design done. Just get it!

    Recommended
    Award-winner
    Your brand designs are too important to be left in the hands of unreliable freelancers or expensive creative agencies. Why not hire an experienced, full-time designer who knows you by name and your brand by heart? Since its creation, Duck.design has been able to capitalize on a number of areas that currently constitute its strength: - Logo, Brand Guide, Style Guide; - Graphic Design; - Web Design; - UI/UX Prototyping; - 3D Design; - Game design; - Explainer Video, 2D Animation, GIF.
    6 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • The Modern World

    The Modern Worldcertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (9 reviews)

    Make Brands Mean More

    The Modern World is a branding agency that specialises in building brands for SME’s in the health and wellbeing, sport and leisure, music or hospitality industries. Our work covers brand strategy and design, with a unique methodology completely re–imagining the creative process that we go through with clients. It is quicker than traditional agency methods without compromising on quality. More collaborative without it taking up more time and headspace. AND solves the right problems to set every business we work with on the path to achieving their vision. Typically our work results in growth. Be it financial through creative work that attracts the right business, staff through defining a culture that attracts the best people, market share through standout industry positioning, or all of the above. We often save our clients a fortune on ineffective marketing activity that has no substance, and therefore doesn’t connect with their audience, by building brands with meaning.
    No work in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €10000 for Motion Design
  • Faith Studio

    Faith Studiocertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (4 reviews)

    Design to facilitate positive change in the world.

    Recommended
    Faith Studio, established by Martin Duff in 2019, is an independent graphic design consultancy located in Glasgow, Scotland. Our core focus lies in brand identity and packaging design, with a primary goal of utilising design to facilitate positive change in the world, whether on a large or small scale. The name "Faith" primarily derives from the circumstances in which the studio was founded. At the time, Martin was feeling dissatisfied with full-time employment and battling ongoing mental health issues. However, he summoned the courage to take that leap of faith into the world of self-employment, despite uncertainties about the outcome. Thankfully the risk paid off. The term “Faith” also encompasses the idea of complete trust or confidence in someone or something. In other words, the name Faith Studio strives to assure clients that they can feel comfortable entrusting their project to us. We ensure that every piece of work completed is conceptually sound and crafted to perfection. Evidence of this dedication is visible in previous projects and client testimonials, which can be provided upon request. The inclusion of the word "Studio" initially aimed to avoid potential religious connotations and emphasise that this was a dedicated space for Martin to explore his creative discipline. Over the years, its meaning has evolved to symbolise the flexibility of the practice—capable of adjusting in size to meet project requirements, thanks to our expansive global network of trusted partners. Faith Studio prioritises flexibility and cost-effectiveness. You won't have to cover the expenses of a full office team. Instead, we tailor a team based on our own global network of partners to match your unique needs and project specifications. This ensures that you receive precisely what you require in an efficient and budget-friendly manner.
    1 work in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €5000 for Motion Design
  • SWC Partnership

    SWC Partnershipcertified-flagverified-flag

    4.8
    (14 reviews)

    Lean, Nimble, Reliable, Good Value

    Recommended
    Award-winner
    🇬🇧 Welcome to SWC Partnership. We develop marketing strategies and campaigns to accelerate your sales and brand awareness . SWC is a full service marketing agency that works as an extension of your team . We develop brand strategies , form integrated marketing plans , produce creative ideas , creative production , media planning/buying and campaign reporting . Our services are designed to be integrated into your existing infrastructure, either as a full service partner or for a specific discipline. Our expert teams are highly experienced in working across both B2B and B2C industries; whilst delivering international , national and local marketing solutions. We’re passionate about making a commercial difference to our clients and provide measurable and accountable marketing that drives ROI . We are headquartered in the UK and operate across Europe, with a special focus on the DACH region. We are a lean and nimble team of specialists, a boutique agency , part of UP, THERE EVERYWHERE , which is the first global cloud based agency . Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden , with a further 15 bases including Hamburg , Helsinki , London , New York , Dubai , Shanghai , Switzerland , Amsterdam and Palma among others. We offer a global agency solution whilst connecting you with teams locally . Providing local insight and appreciation of country nuances, we can plan, produce and deliver your international marketing programmes in each of your targeted countries and territories, as if you would in your home market. Through multilingual marketing managers and transcreation experts , we ensure your international sales & marketing is a success . Contact our Founding Partner, Simon Cristal to discuss your requirements. www.swcpartnership.com
    9 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • Qubstudio

    Qubstudiocertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (3 reviews)

    We help data-driven businesses grow through world-class digital product and branding design solution

    Award-winner
    Qubstudio is a globally recognized Digital Product Design Agency founded in 2007. We have been long-term partners of worldwide digital-first companies. We design digital products and brands in various industries, such as financial, logistics, medical, educational, and entertainment. For five years in a row, our agency has been globally recognized as a Top UX Design Agency by Clutch. We have received the Red Dot Best of the Best Design Award, Red Dot Design Award, UX Design Award, and others. Our team is 70 highly-qualified creative professionals working on a wide range of design and development. Together we form a community of open-minded people ready to solve complex business issues.
    2 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • THINGS

    THINGScertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (2 reviews)

    Product and Innovation Design

    Recommended
    Award-winner
    THINGS IS a product & innovation design agency for disrupting global B2C/ B2B markets. We design compelling experiences for hybrid (IoT) or pure digital products & services (including any kind of functional touchpoints: physical devices, web apps/sites, mobile apps, environmental...) and communication touchpoints (websites, interactive showcases, video tutorials, packaging, brochures...). We create easy, immediate & natural (voice, gesture, haptic) interactions to increase inclusivity and bring real value to every stakeholder and user.
    4 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €5000 for Motion Design
  • THIRST Design

    THIRST Designcertified-flagverified-flag

    4.8
    (4 reviews)

    Fuelled by creativity. Built on strategy.

    Recommended
    Award-winner
    THIRST Design is a creative design and marketing agency that knows how to get your business noticed. Fuelled by creativity, built on strategy, we craft campaigns and creative designs that deliver results. Our expertise spans a wide range of industries, so we know how to find the right voice for your audience. Looking for an agency you can trust for your next project? Get in touch. https://thirstdesign.com/contact/
    2 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • Wildish & Co.

    Wildish & Co.certified-flagverified-flag

    4.8
    (7 reviews)

    🟡 BRAND 🟡 STRATEGY 🟡 CAMPAIGN 🟡 DIGITAL

    Award-winner
    We’re an independent creative agency spanning branding, campaigns and digital design. We change businesses into brands people love. Founded in 2012, we’re a small studio with a big heart and believe we can make the world a better place through creativity. We specialise in making brands and businesses come alive and we’ve put together the perfect set of skills to make that happen. Creativity and imagination are at the heart of everything we do. Branding & Rebranding Brand Strategy, Positioning, copywriting & messaging Creative campaigns, Social & OOH Campaigns Packaging design Website creation, Digital design & development Digital games and experiences User experience (UX Design) & prototyping Photography, Motion Design, Videography & 3D With more and more brands competing for attention from today’s ever-evolving consumers, we combine creativity and originality to build brands and experiences that can’t be ignored. So when you work with us, you’ll become part of the team too, not just along for the ride. We won’t surprise you with big reveals, we work iteratively with our partners, so there’s no awkward ta-da moments. If you like what you see, or would like to know more, we’d love to hear from you.
    8 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €10000 for Motion Design
  • The Design Laboratory

    The Design Laboratorycertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (8 reviews)

    We tell your stories through design

    We are a cross-disciplinary design studio based in London offering a range of services including brand, strategy, graphic design, web design, web build, UX/UI, packaging and product/industrial design. We partner with visionary leaders to create brands, products, services and experiences that engage people and deliver results. We also work with founders and investors in innovative startups to help them realise their potential and turn their vision into reality. Creating a narrative that feeds our creative direction is at the core of our agile, design driven methodology. Curiosity, collaboration and a user-centred approach are at the heart of what we do. Our strength relies on our cross-disciplinary approach to client briefs.
    2 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €5000 for Motion Design
  • HUB

    HUBcertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (3 reviews)

    Everything brilliant brands need, all in one place.

    Award-winner
    Strategy and insight. Performance and digital. Creative services and media planning. In-house photography studios. A diverse portfolio. This is HUB. We’ve been elevating brands across the world since 2007, with hard work and great ideas inspiring our integrated approach from the get-go. Prolific North Top 50 Integrated Agency 2024 | Google Partners | Adobe Partners
    2 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • IAM Productions

    IAM Productionsverified-flag

    5
    (8 reviews)

    We're the experts at explainers

    We're a fully in-house animation, motion graphics and video production studio based in Cheshire, United Kingdom. We help marketers and brands from all across the world explain their products and services through video.
    53 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • One Day Agency

    One Day Agencycertified-flagverified-flag

    (0 review)

    Integrated marketing and advertising agency with offices in Manchester, London and Warsaw.

    Award-winner
    Integrated marketing and advertising agency with offices in Manchester, London and Warsaw.
    4 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • Zephyr

    Zephyrcertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (5 reviews)

    A digital agency that fuses strong design principles with data to generate high qualities enquiries

    Award-winner
    Zephyr is a growth led digital marketing agency based in London. We grow businesses using powerful digital strategies that combine digital marketing and web design. We are a 2024 Netty award winning agency and a Clutch Global Award Winner.
    5 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • Gorilla Agency

    Gorilla Agencycertified-flagverified-flag

    4.7
    (4 reviews)

    From Concept to Creation, Gorilla Agency Animates Your Brand's Success!

    Recommended
    Gorilla is a creative agency that has honed its expertise in crafting captivating motion design videos to effectively communicate your message. With the unparalleled ability to capture your audience's attention, video animation stands out as the most effective medium for delivering your message with unmatched conversion rates on the web.
    20 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • Echo Works

    Echo Worksverified-flag

    5
    (4 reviews)

    Your secret digital design weapon.

    Echo Works is a design studio specialising in 2D animation, 3D animation, graphic design and web design. We work with a wide range of clients from large organisations like the NHS to local companies looking to produce branded digital content.
    10 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • Burst Digital

    Burst Digitalcertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (12 reviews)

    A digital agency based in London & New York, here to help you Burst onto the digital scene.

    Recommended
    Award-winner
    We are a creative agency based in London, New York & San Francisco, and we create, implement & grow show-stopping brands. We provide world-class design, development & marketing services to clients across the globe in every industry, including Vivienne Westwood, Howden Group Holdings, Limber, Mercuria, QPR & Clean Kitchen - are you next? Whether you're a startup looking to build a brand from the ground up, an established enterprise undergoing a rebrand, or are just looking for ad hoc support; we're here to enable your brand to burst digitally. We don't stop at brand creation, our team has vast experience with: Web Design & Development Logo Design & Branding Social Media Digital Marketing SEO & CRO Graphic Design Pitch Deck Design Website Maintenance & Hosting Get in touch via our site for a no-obligation consultation! Why Us? Unlimited Revisions: We offer unlimited revisions as standard. So rest assured that be happy with all deliverables! No Hidden Fees: The cost breakdown provided in our proposal and within the final contract is all-inclusive - we have no hidden fees. A Personal Process We're a smaller agency and build personal relationships with our clients - rest assured you'll have a painless, friendly & fun process. Efficient Project Management: Using SCRUM methodology, we make sure to stick deadlines, produce high-quality work, and keep you in the loop at all times. UK & US Delivery Teams: We have global delivery teams meaning we can cater to tight timelines and work in almost any timezone! Proven Track Record: We are 5/5 rated on all review sites and a top-rated agency on Clutch, so you can have peace of mind working with us.
    1 work in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • Appetite Creative Solutions

    Appetite Creative Solutionscertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (2 reviews)

    Connecting Brands with Todays Audiences

    Recommended
    Award-winner
    Established in 2015, Appetite Creative's team is a unique blend of mixed experiences: we worked in well-known agencies, small agencies, big huge corporates, been freelance, had another activity, worked for small, middle, large accounts, some were swimming champions, others fell into webshops when they were young, but all of us, and we really mean ALL, were driven by the very same passion, and this constant urge for quality and creativity.  With innovative creative solutions across all devices and screen sizes, the company delivers Liquid Skin, Liquid Reality, and Liquid Games include building web pages and digital advertising formats. It creates ad-serving with actionable statistics and transparent insights in real time, allowing brands to capitalise on the optimum impactful format across multiple websites. Founded in 2015, the company has offices in London, Madrid, and Dubai. Appetite Creative awards include MENA Best Digital Creative of 2017, Drum Clutch Top Digital Agency of 2018, Top Creative & Design B2B Company of 2019, Top UK Advertising and Marketing Agency of 2019, The Best Digital Advertising Campaign at the Middle East Digital Awards and is a RAR recommended Agency, Clutch top Digital Agency for Marketing and Advertising. Moreover, the creative technology studio is highly focused on Connected Packaging, helping brands get consumer engagement via connected experiences, while also collecting first-party data and increasing sales. Visit https://www.appetitecreative.com/case-studies to see the case studies.
    2 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €1000 for Motion Design
  • Hocus Pocus Studios Ltd

    Hocus Pocus Studios Ltdcertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (11 reviews)

    Telling stories that sparkle

    Recommended
    Award-winner
    Hocus Pocus is an animation studio and animation production company in London, UK. We make distinctive films for brands, broadcasters, businesses and agencies across the world. We have a colourful style and a devotion to the craft that we hope leads to some great work. We’re a fiercely independent animation studio who are lucky enough to work with some of the world’s greatest brands and broadcasters. Our core animation specialities are 2d animation, 3d animation, character animation and motion graphics. We make distinctive films for broadcast, finance, gaming, tech and finance. We love what we do, and hope you will too!
    10 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €10000 for Motion Design
  • Creative Jam

    Creative Jamcertified-flagverified-flag

    5
    (5 reviews)

    The Complete Creative Agency

    Recommended
    Award-winner
    Creative Jam is a fun & friendly design agency in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. We specialise in all aspects of the creative design process and thrive on assisting you to help build your brand, maintain your values and enhance your business. We are a small team which means we can offer you a more personal experience – you’re not a number to us you’re a person, an individual and a friend. We have the experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to help you exceed your creative aspirations.
    2 works in Motion Design
    Active in The United Kingdom
    From €100 for Motion Design

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Unleashing Visual Creativity: Hire Top Animation Studios in the United Kingdom

As visual content becomes more dynamic, it's critical for businesses to invest in high-quality animation. Whether it's for a promotional video, an explainer video or an educational short, animation can bring your brand story to life in ways that live action footage and static images simply cannot.


With so many talented animation studios across the country, it can be challenging to find the one that will best meet your needs. Fortunately, our team has compiled a list of the top animation studios in the United Kingdom. From traditional hand-drawn animation to cutting-edge 3D effects, these studios have what it takes to create compelling visual narratives that resonate with audiences.


Rest assured knowing that you're partnering with a leading UK animation studio, all selected based on their track record, creativity, and client satisfaction.

The Functionality and Roles Within a UK Animation Studio

An Animation Studio is a company that produces animated media. The creators and staff in these studios design and produce animation works, which can range from short films to full-length features. While traditional animation involved hand-drawn or painted sequences, many modern studios use digital techniques to create animations for film, television, video games, and the internet. The United Kingdom is home to numerous animation studios, leading the way in both traditional and modern forms of animation.


The role of an animation studio varies greatly depending on its size and resources. Some studios focus on creating content for their own properties while others work as contractors for larger companies. Regardless of their focus, all studios are responsible for overseeing the creative process from concept to completion. This includes brainstorming initial ideas, creating storyboards, designing characters and worlds, animating sequences, and finalising details such as sound and lighting. In addition to these creative tasks, studios also handle administrative functions like funding, marketing, and distribution.


As well as these diverse responsibilities, there are several key roles within an animation studio. First and foremost are the animators themselves who bring characters to life through movement. They may specialise in a specific type of animation such as 2D hand-drawn or 3D computer animation. Another crucial role is that of the storyboard artist who visualises the script in a series of sketches. This helps to outline the narrative flow of the project and provides a guide for the animators. Then there's the character designers who craft unique and compelling characters that audiences will connect with on an emotional level. Other important roles include background artists, riggers, modelers, compositors and editors. Each one plays a vital part in realising the vision of the project.

Understanding Different Types of Animation Services provided by Agencies in the United Kingdom

Animation is an incredibly versatile visualisation tool that can be used in various forms to communicate, educate, and entertain. Different types of animation services are available to cater to the unique needs of businesses, often delivered by a reputable animation agency. The following are some key categories of these services.


The first form is 2D animation, which is a traditional style that creates movement in a two-dimensional artistic space. This type of animation service involves characters or objects created in a 2D environment using traditional drawing methods or computer software. It's often seen in explainer videos, commercials, and educational content.


The next classification is 3D animation, which provides depth and realism to objects and characters. Using advanced software, 3D animators manipulate polygons to make them appear as moving three-dimensional images. This type of animation service is particularly useful for product demonstrations, architectural visualisations, and video game designs.


Another type of animation service that has gained popularity over the years is stop-motion animation. In this method, real-world objects are physically manipulated small amounts between photographed frames, creating the illusion of motion when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. Stop-motion animation techniques include claymation, cut-outs, silhouettes and object-motion.


Lastly, motion graphics are forms of animations that use text as a major component. It is essentially animated graphic design, ideal for creating logos, short films, advertisements and promotional videos.


In the United Kingdom, several reputable animation agencies provide these different animation services. Depending on your business' specific requirements, you may seek one or more of these services from a UK-based animation agency.

Why Hiring a UK-Based Animation Agency is Crucial for Your Business Success

In the modern business world, online presence is a vital aspect of any business strategy. To make your brand stand out among the rest, utilising the services of an Animation Agency in the United Kingdom can be pivotal. The UK has a rich history of creativity and innovation in animation, boasting some of the most sought-after animation studios which provide high-quality services across industries.


An Animation Agency brings visually appealing stories to life. They create captivating animations that capture your brand's essence, enabling you to communicate effectively with your target audience. In a world where attention spans are decreasing rapidly, powerful and succinct visual content developed by an expert Animation Agency can set you apart from your competitors.


Hiring a UK-based Animation Agency also gives you access to a team of experienced professionals who understand the nuances of the local market. These experts are adept at addressing cultural sensitivities while creating immersive stories that resonate with the audience. They integrate their expertise with state-of-the-art technology to craft animations that align perfectly with your brand message.


Furthermore, these agencies offer comprehensive services right from concept development to final production. Whether it's creating animated explainer videos, 3D animations, or character animations, they ensure every element is flawless and designed meticulously to cater to your specific needs. They provide timely project deliveries without compromising on quality.


Another advantage of hiring a UK-Based Animation agency is the value for money they provide. Given the high competition in this sector in the United Kingdom, these agencies offer cost-effective solutions without compromising on quality. Ultimately, investing in professional animation services can boost your brand perception, engagement rate, and overall return on investment.

Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Animation Studio

  • What type of animation does your studio specialise in?
  • Can you provide examples of previous works that your Animation Studio has developed?
  • What is the expected timeline for a typical animation project in your studio?
  • How does your Animation Studio manage project revisions and changes?
  • What sorts of budgets does your Animation Studio typically work within?

7 Key Services Provided by an Animation Studio

An Animation Studio provides a multitude of services to cater to various needs in the digital realm. Here are some salient features they offer:

  • An Animation Studio can create engaging and dynamic 2D and 3D animations for games, movies, commercials, and other platforms.
  • They provide character design services to bring unique and compelling characters to life.
  • The studio offers storyboard creation, outlining the sequence of events in an animation or film.
  • They offer post-production services, including editing, sound design, and special effects to enhance the final product.
  • An Animation Studio provides motion graphics services, combining animation with graphic design for promotional material and explainer videos.
  • The service includes concept development, assisting clients from the initial idea stage through to the creation of the finished product.
  • Finally, an Animation Studio provides project management services, ensuring each project is completed on time and meets the desired quality standards.


Frequently Asked Questions.


A Motion Design Agency costs between £13300 and £15800, depending on information gathered by Sortlist from 11 works. However, the real price could change depending on the specific demands of the project, the sophistication, as well as the experience from the firm.


Working with a Motion Design Studio in the United Kingdom offers numerous advantages. The UK is known for its creative talent, and choosing a local studio guarantees access to skilled professionals with expertise in various industries. As a global hub, the UK fosters a competitive market that drives innovation and high-quality motion design services. Cultural familiarity ensures that your message resonates with the local audience, while the well-developed infrastructure facilitates smooth communication and project management. Furthermore, UK-based studios remain updated on the latest trends and comply with stringent data protection regulations, ensuring top-notch results.


Motion Design Studios are skilled agencies that craft eye-catching and dynamic visual content utilizing digital animation, 3D graphics, video production, and other multimedia methods. By merging art, design, and technology, these studios generate captivating audio-visual materials, assisting businesses in effectively conveying their message to target audiences. Working with clients across various sectors, including advertising, film, television, gaming, and more, Motion Design Studios develop innovative concepts and branding strategies, enhancing brand identity and storytelling. Collaborating with teams of designers, animators, illustrators, sound engineers, and other creative experts, they create unique content that captures attention and evokes an emotional response from viewers. By leveraging their expertise in motion graphics, these studios strive to simplify complex ideas, making them more accessible and easy to understand through visually engaging animations and videos.