The Zimmer Twins
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|The Zimmer Twins|
|Also known as||Zimmer Twins|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||106|
|Running time||1-2 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lost the Plot Productions|
|First shown in||Canada|
|Original release||May 23, 2005 –|
July 2, 2008
The Zimmer Twins is a Canadian animated television series and website. The project was made by producer Jason Krogh and artist Aaron Leighton and is made by Lost the Plot Productions Inc. Some animations made by users of the website are made into shorts that are shown on Teletoon. Les Jumeaux Zimmer is the version of the television series and website in French.
The Zimmer Twins is known for its unique format, which allows users to join in online to get their work to be shown on television. Children are invited to make and share 1-minute animated episodes using a story editor and library of animation. The audience creates endings to short story-starters that are professionally produced. Children tell their stories by choosing actions, characters, props and backgrounds. They can also add their own dialog and on-screen text. New clips are sometimes added.
The first Zimmer Twins website came out on March 14, 2005. The television series was first shown on Teletoon in May 2005. 60 episodes (30 in English and 30 in French) were made and shown in the 2005/2006 Canadian television season. By the end of the first season, over 50,000 users had made over 100,000 episodes. A major change to the website happened on July 1, 2006. 120 episodes were shown in the 2006/2007 Canadian television season, and 32 episodes were shown in the 2007/2008 Canadian television season. The website's amount of users passed 200,000 on November 5, 2011.
In 2008, the online audience voted to select the three most popular movies made by users. The winners' movies were in a half-hour awards show special that was shown on September 26, 2008 in English and September 20, 2008 in French. An Australian Zimmer Twins was made from 2006–2008, featuring James Arnold as Edgar, Alisa Koverick as Eva, and Luke as 13, and an American Zimmer Twins was made from 2007-2010, featuring James Arnold Taylor as Edgar, Lacey Chabert as Eva, and Seth Green as 13.
Characters[change | change source]
- Edgar Zimmer (voiced by Ben Head and Louis Grise) – The younger twin and Eva's brother. He is clumsy, out-of-date and unintelligent. He loves food and is good friends with 13. He has a superhero persona called "Super Action Boy".
- Eva Zimmer (voiced by Lauren Menzo and Jorah Dawson) – Edgar's older twin sister. Eva is intelligent, mature, and kind. She is annoyed by girls in her class who think she is a witch. She is skilled in karate and other martial arts. She is the leader of the Twins.
- 13 (voiced by Daniel Davies) – 13 is the twin's cat, with lime green eyes and a straight-line mouth. He can talk. He does not like baths, and is very fond of fish. 13 can do many things humans can do, such as playing the guitar or holding objects with his hands. He has an alter ego, Captain Furball. Sometimes, he seems to not like Eva.
Credits[change | change source]
|Producer - Television||Anne-Sophie Brieger|
|Creative Lead||Aaron Leighton|
|Interactive Designer||Luke Lutman|
|Server Programmer||James Walker|
|Flash Programmer||John Park|
|Lead Animator||Les Solis|
|Audio and Video Editor||Kyle Sim|
Awards[change | change source]
- Webby Award Nomination, Youth Website (2006)
- Banff World Television Festival Nomination, Interactive Television (2006)
- Horizon Interactive Awards Silver, Education (2006)
- HOW Design Annual Outstanding Achievement (2007)
- The Alliance for Children and Television Awards of Excellent, Best Website or Original New-Platform Content Tied Into a Children's Program (2007)
- South by Southwest Interactive Awards Nomination, Education (2007)
- International Interactive Emmy Awards Winner Cannes, Interactive Program (2007)
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