Press Release from Big Tent Entertainment
New York, NY, May 27, 2009 -- Big Tent Entertainment, the New York-based branded entertainment company, announced today a new partnership for Japanese viral sensation Domo with GoAnimate.com, the online platform that enables people to create their own customizable animations. For years Domo fans have enjoyed his many stop-motion adventures with friends Tashanna, Mr. Usaji, Bear Boy and Hungry Bear. Now, through this newly-formed partnership, GoAnimate.com has developed a Domo-specific site -- Domo Animate -- which allows fans to create their own Domo animations for the very first time! To get started, visit www.domonation.com.
Domo's unique look and personality as the mascot for Japanese public broadcaster NHK quickly catapulted the character into one of the Internet's biggest sensations, sparking worldwide recognition. As the reigning poster child for personalized, user-generated content, Domo has found a home within the online viral community with hundreds of thousands of fan-made images, websites and videos created and posted to websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Flickr, among others.
Domo Animate now enables users to create their own Domo adventures in just minutes with an easy-to-use animation studio which includes a wide variety of characters, backgrounds, and props as well as an array of assets from GoAnimate.com's animation platform such as special effects and musical selections. Designs can then be shared with your family, friends and the entire Domo Animate community. Domo Animate marks the first time that GoAnimate.com has utilized its animation platform to provide a completely customized site separate from the GoAnimate.com property.
"We are very excited to partner with GoAnimate.com to give longtime fans an opportunity to enjoy and experience Domo in a whole new way," said Rich Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Big Tent Entertainment. "Domo Animate provides users with the tools to create an endless number of adventures starring their favorite Domo characters. Because of its flexibility, Domo Animate has something to offer for every skill level from novice to pro. We are really looking forward to seeing the fans' creativity shine through."
"At GoAnimate, we specialize in empowering brands to engage their fans in an entirely new way," said Alvin Hung, Founder and CEO, GoAnimate. "Domo has an incredibly active and viral fanbase that is a perfect fit with our technology and we are very excited to empower and help activate the community in a new creative form."
Additionally, Domonation.com and Phase 4 Films Inc. are launching the "Domo Animation Challenge" offering Domo fans a unique opportunity to show-off their original animated Domo videos created using Domo Animate. Winners of the "Domo Animation Challenge" will have their creations shared with the world and featured in the upcoming DOMO: VOLUME 1 DVD available in stores Fall 2009. DOMO: VOLUME 1 will feature the best of Domo, bonus original Japanese episodes and commercials, and the "Domo Animation Challenge" winning videos. Entries must be received by June 14, 2009. For official contest rules and to submit entries visit: www.domonation.com.