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IndustryAnimation studio
GenreComedy, Sci-Fi, Action, Drama
FoundersAlexander Bulkley
Corey Campodonico
Number of locations
ProductsFilm, Television, Digital, Commercial and Music video Edit this on Wikidata

ShadowMachine is an American animation studio and production company for film, television, commercials and music videos.

Since its early days producing the stop-motion animation show Robot Chicken, the company has been producing such shows as Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole and Titan Maximum for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

It is currently producing BoJack Horseman, for Michael Eisner's Tornante Company, starring Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, and Amy Sedaris, as well as Tuca & Bertie, starring Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, and Steven Yeun.[1]


Release date Film Distributor Directed by Co-producers
March 17, 2006 The Zodiac THINKFilm Alexander Bulkeley Myriad Pictures, Blackwater Films
October 2, 2015 Hell and Back Freestyle Releasing Tom Gianas, Ross Shuman N/A
May 24, 2019 Booksmart[2] Annapurna Pictures Olivia Wilde Annapurna Pictures, Gloria Sanchez Productions
January 1, 2021[3] Pinocchio[4] Netflix Guillermo Del Toro, Mark Gustafson The Jim Henson Company, Necropia Entertainment, Double Dare You
TBA Miss Camel[5] Haifaa Al-Mansour


Year Series Network Creator(s) Co-producers
2005 – Present Robot Chicken Adult Swim Seth Green, Matthew Senreich Stoopid Monkey, Williams Street, Sony Pictures Digital
2005 – 2009 Moral Orel Adult Swim Dino Stamatopoulos Fragical Productions, Williams Street
2009 Titan Maximum Adult Swim Matthew Senreich, Tom Root Stoopid Monkey, Williams Street, Tom Is Awesome
2010 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Adult Swim Dino Stamatopoulos Fragical Productions, Williams Street
2014 – 2016 TripTank Comedy Central Various N/A
2014 – present BoJack Horseman Netflix Raphael Bob-Waksberg The Tornante Company, Boxer vs. Raptor
2016 Greatest Party Story Ever MTV N/A Four Peaks Media Group, Den of Thieves
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens Comedy Central Sean Donnelly, Alessandro Minoli N/A
2018 – present Final Space TBS Olan Rogers Conaco, Studio T, New Form Digital, Jam Filled
2018 Dallas & Robo YouTube Premium Mike Roberts N/A
2018 The Shivering Truth[6] Adult Swim Vernon Chatman PFFR, Williams Street
2019 Tuca & Bertie Netflix Lisa Hanawalt The Tornante Company, Brave Dummy, Boxer vs. Raptor
2019 Human Discoveries Facebook Chris Bruno, David Lee N/A
TBA Chuck Deuce[7] Adult Swim Dan Harmon N/A
Galaga Chronicles N/A Roberto Orci N/A

Music Videos[edit]

Year Artists Song Label
2011 Jane's Addiction End to the Lies (song) Capitol Records
2011 Jane's Addiction Irresistible Force (Met the Immovable Object) Capitol Records
2011 Korn Narcissistic Cannibal Roadrunner Records
2012 ZZ Ward Put the Gun Down Hollywood Records
2014 Beck Blue Moon (Beck song) Capitol Records




The studio has received a high level of recognition for their work in Television, including multiple Emmy and Annie Awards on behalf of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ASIFA-Hollywood, respectively.

Year Award Category Winner
2006 Emmy Individual Achievement in Animation Sarah E. Meyer - Robot Chicken
2007 Emmy Individual Achievement in Animation Thomas Smith - Robot Chicken
Emmy Individual Achievement in Animation Sihanouk Mariona - Moral Orel
2008 Annie Best Character Animation In a TV Production Eric Towner - Robot Chicken
Annie Best Directing In a TV Production Seth Green - Robot Chicken
2009 Annie Best Voice Acting In a TV Production Ahmed Best - Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Annie Best Writing in a TV Production Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Annie Best Animated Television Program Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Emmy Individual Achievement in Animation Joshua A. Jennings - Robot Chicken
Emmy Individual Achievement in Animation Elizabeth Harvatine - Moral Orel
2010 Annie Best Animated Short Subject Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Emmy Individual Achievement in Costume Design Jeanette Moffat - Titan Maximum
Emmy Outstanding Short Format Animated Program Robot Chicken
2016 Critics' Choice Best Animation Series BoJack Horseman


As the studio has grown, they have also taken on work with various advertising campaigns with high-profile clients such as Honda. It was also honored at the ADDY Awards for an ad campaign with Farmers Insurance, directed by Jed Hathaway.

Year Category Company Advertisement Agency Director
2011 Online Farmers Insurance “Meet the Wongs” RPA Jed Hathaway
2011 Online Farmers Insurance “The Cat Burglar” RPA Jed Hathaway
2011 Online Farmers Insurance “Dude of Hazards” RPA Jed Hathaway
2011 Online Farmers Insurance “Le Petite Disastre” RPA Jed Hathaway


  1. ^ Lubin, Gus (October 3, 2014). "How A Comedian With No Experience Got Such Huge Names To Join 'BoJack Horseman'". Business Insider. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Booksmart (2019) - Full Cast & Crew". IMDB. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
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  4. ^ Lang, Brent (October 22, 2018). "Guillermo del Toro Directing 'Pinocchio' for Netflix". Variety. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Wiseman, Andrew (April 13, 2018). "'Wadjda' Director Haifaa Al-Mansour Sets Up Animation 'Miss Camel' At 'BoJack Horseman' Producer ShadowMachine". Deadline. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Barsanti, Sam (May 17, 2017). "Adult Swim announces new stop-motion series The Shivering Truth". AV Club. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  7. ^ O'Connell, Michael (May 12, 2016). "Adult Swim Orders Live-Action Pilot From Dan Harmon, 'Rick and Morty' Scribe". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 13, 2018.

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