The Ink Tank

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The Ink Tank
Animation studio
SuccessorAsterisk Animation
FounderR.O. Blechman
computer graphics
special effects
OwnerPrivately held
SubsidiariesThe Ink Tank Too (1997)
WebsiteThe Ink Tank

The Ink Tank was a design and animation production company in New York.


R.O. Blechman founded The Ink Tank in 1978 after he produced the PBS Christmas television special Simple Gifts. The Ink Tank went on to produce hundred of commercials and IDs for clients like Barneys New York, MTV and Perrier, title sequences for HBO and the Sundance Channel, and the Emmy-winning Great Performances special The Soldier's Tale. In 1997, The Ink Tank launched The Ink Tank Too, a short-lived division which represented Susan Pitt, Maciek Albrecht, Santiago Cohen, and John Robertson. After Richard O'Connor and Brian O'Connell left the company in 2003 and founded Asterisk Animation, The Ink Tank was shut down the following year.


Title Year Notes Made For
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 1982 title sequence Royal Shakespeare Company
Great Performances 1984 The Soldier's Tale WNET
Caroline in the City 1995-1999 animation CBS Productions
Big Bag 1996-1998 "Troubles the Cat" shorts Children's Television Workshop
KaBlam! 1996-2000 "Sniz & Fondue" (season 1), "Hockey Monkey", "Why Does the Sun Shine?", "Doctor Worm" Nickelodeon
Kids are Punny 1998 two animated segments HBO
Elmo's World 1998-1999 "TV channel" shorts; season 1 only[1] Children's Television Workshop
Something Called Sex 1999
Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales 1999 "Brahms’ Lullaby" segment HBO
Plaza Sésamo 1999 break bumpers[2] Children's Television Workshop
TV Funhouse 2000-2001 "Mitchell", "Fetal Scooby Doo" and "Wonderman" Comedy Central
Between the Lions 2000-2003 various shorts WGBH
Twas the Night 2001 "Winter Wonderland" segment HBO
I Spy 2003 Scholastic Corporation

Commercial work[edit]


  1. ^ O'Connor, Richard (November 13, 2009). "We're Just Living In It". AsteriskPix. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  2. ^ O'Connor, Richard (November 14, 2009). "Life and Death". AsteriskPix. Retrieved 2017-02-01.

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