Raven Animation provided animation on the 2004 Gold Aurora Award winning PSA, MR. BICYCLE MAN. The PSA was produced to benefit the Children's Rights Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization (see www.crfi.org). It is the first animated project to be completed by former Disney animators who now make up the Raven Animation team under the direction of director Mike Gibilisco.
The new MR. BICYCLE MAN character and song were created by Emmy Award-winning exec producers Joey and Bernadette DiFrancesco, who licensed it to Raven Moon for 10 years. The soundtrack was recorded by Gina D of GINA D'S KIDS CLUB. The message of the announcement is "Watch out for Danger, And Don't Talk to Strangers."
"We plan to make Raven Animation a new creative force in the entertainment industry, similar to where Pixar was several years ago before A BUGS LIFE, TOY STORY, TOY STORY 2 and LILO & STITCH was distributed by Disney," said Joey DiFrancesco Raven's ceo. "When Disney closed its animation studio in Orlando, leaving about 250 professional animators without jobs we thought that hiring such talented animators was an opportunity. Because of our plans to produce animated television programs and films we viewed this as a strategic acquisition. These talented animators from the Walt Disney Co. are going to be an integral part of our success for years to come and it seems to be paying off already.
Raven Animation is a wholly-owned subsidy of Raven Moon Ent., a fully reporting public company based in Heathrow, Florida. It is involved in the production of family value and Christian videos, as well as, related toys, CD music production, e-commerce, Internet Websites, music publishing and talent management. For more information, visit www.ravenmoon.net.