About The Zimmer Twins
Telling Stories. Sharing Stories.
The Zimmer Twins is a site devoted to kids and creative storytelling. Since 2005, the Zimmer Twins has invited children to create and share their own animated stories.
The Zimmer Twins is the brainchild of Jason Krogh the founder/director of zinc Roe design. Jason set out to create an online tool that would let kids use their imagination and exercise their storytelling powers. Jason teamed up with creative director Aaron Leighton, who developed the characters and set out the visual style of the project.
"I wanted the characters to have a balance, being completely normal kid in one sense but at the same time, having an air of mystery about them on account of the psychic element."
- Aaron Leighton, Creative Director
The project found an enthusiastic partner in TELETOON, a national animation cable channel in Canada. Working with TELETOON, the Zimmer Twins launched in 2005 and selected movies from the site were broadcast from coast-to-coast. In subsequent years partnerships were formed with ABC in Australia and qubo/NBC in the United States.
Today the site boasts an amazing group of Zimmer Fans — creative kids who continue to surprise and delight their peer audience with innovative movies. Using the Zimmer Twin's easy-to-use movie making tools members create their own serials, commercials, music videos and even reality shows. Since 2005 over one million Zimmer Twins movies have been created by kids from around the world.
See for yourself!
- 2003 — Original Zimmer Twins concept developed under the working title "Storymill."
- 2004 — Deal inked with Teletoon. Production starts!
- 2005 — Zimmer Twins launches in Canada in March, in partnership with TELETOON Canada and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.
- 2006 — Zimmer Twins Australia website launches in March in partnership with ABC. Sixty on-air RocoPics broadcast in Australia in 2006 and 2007.
- 2006 — Zimmertwins.com re-launches in June with new features, including a longer 60-second timeline, blog, and ability to start a movie from scratch.
- 2006 — Zimmer Twins Canada debuts second season on TELETOON in July.
- 2007 — The third season of Zimmer Twins Canada airs on TELETOON in July.
- 2007 — Zimmertwins.com launches in the US in November in partnership with qubo. Thirty quboPics are broadcast on US TV in 2007 and 2008.
- 2008 — Zimmertwins.ca gets a major update in January with new clips, starters and Golden Idol Awards.
- 2008 — In September TELETOON airs a special half hour show called The Zimmer Twins Present: The Golden Idol Awards. Winning movies and directors from Zimmer Twins Canada are selected by online vote.
- 2009 — The second season of quboPics airs in May on qubo in the US.
- 2009 — Zimmer Twins iPhone and iPod touch games launch.
- 2010 — Zimmertwins.com wraps up partnership with qubo and re-launches with new VIP memberships in March.
- 2010 — In May the official Zimmer Twins YouTube channel is established.
- 2011 — In October Zimmer Twins at School (http://zimmertwinsatschool.com) brings Edgar, Eva and 13 to the classroom in a site designed for teaching and learning.
Awards and Recognition
- 2007 — International Interactive Emmy Award
- 2007 — Alliance for Children’s Television award for best children’s website<
- 2007 — Banff International TV and Film Festival - Interactive TV Award nomination
- 2007 — Winner of HOW Annual Interactive Design Award
- 2006 — International Webby Award nomination in the Youth Category
- 2006 — Banff International TV and Film Festival - Interactive TV Award nomination
- Winner of Horizon Interactive Award
"I LOVE THE ZIMMER TWINS HOW DID YOU THINK OF IT? IT'S MAGNIFASINT!!!!!!!!"
– Charles, Zimmer Twins member
"What I just love about the movies is that they tell so much about the personality of the kids who make them."
– Rick Rodriguez, past president of Qubo.com
"Truly, the Zimmer Twins movie maker is one of the best web applications I’ve seen in a while. Creating your own cartoon – and then possibly seeing it on the air – is enormous fun and cleverly done. I made a movie myself and had so much fun I made another with my six-year-old."
– Dan Saffer, HOW Design Annual
"I have to say I was blown away. In just a few minutes, Zoe had created her own little animated short, complete with soundtrack and storyline (and some spelling mistakes too, of course, although I pretended not to notice those). Pretty amazing. The YouTube of the future had better watch out."
– Mathew Ingram, tech author and parent
Making of the Zimmer Twins
In 2005 producer Anne-Sophie Brieger, created this short "making of" documentary to capture the magic of the site, and its resonance with kids and pre-teens.