Kartoon Studios Develops Gadget A.I.


Kartoon Studios has unveiled Gadget A.I., a proprietary generative artificial intelligence toolkit and workflow designed to enable the development, production and postproduction of new animated content.

The tech also aims to revitalize and upgrade the quality and distribution reach of thousands of existing catalog episodes and acquisitions. Spearheading the initiative is Todd Steinman, who has been appointed chief AI officer alongside his current role as president of Toon Media Networks.

Gadget A.I. leverages NVIDIA Omniverse core technologies for OpenUSD and NVIDIA RTX ray tracing to facilitate collaboration, real-time simulation and rendering, and will encompass a spectrum of other production services, including character design, scriptwriting, music, animation, resolution enhancement and dubbing.

Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Kartoon Studios, stated: “During the past year, we have dedicated a great deal of time and resources to understand the opportunities with AI as it pertains to our business and have been speaking extensively with leaders in the field. Our commitment to harnessing AI reflects a pivotal shift in our industry’s approach to content creation and distribution. By connecting various tools via OpenUSD into Gadget A.I. with NVIDIA Omniverse, we aim to streamline production processes, accelerate quality and significantly reduce both time to market and expenditures. Todd has done a brilliant job of using technology to turn Kartoon Channel! to profit in record time for a streaming service, and his fluency in digital technology makes him a natural fit to lead this initiative into the future.”

Richard Kerris, VP of developer relations and head of media and entertainment at NVIDIA, said: “AI has reshaped the media and entertainment landscape, driving demands for more cutting-edge technology to maintain productivity and efficiency. By leveraging NVIDIA RTX GPUs and the Omniverse development platform, Kartoon Studios will equip producers and media professionals with new tools and applications to elevate their workflows to the next level.”

Heyward added: “Our focus lies in redefining production paradigms and creating opportunities. With Gadget A.I., we anticipate cost savings and accelerated time to market, all while fostering job growth. We anticipate this new cutting-edge approach will enable our products to become more profitable while offering a better experience for viewers.”

Steinman commented, “Gadget A.I. integrates cutting-edge technologies, including video synthesis, neural radiance fields and video style transfers, in conjunction with NVIDIA Omniverse and deep learning AI, to elevate animation quality while optimizing production efficiencies. Gadget A.I. also revolutionizes the dubbing process, traditionally a laborious and costly endeavor. By leveraging AI-driven solutions, Kartoon Studios anticipates accelerated global market entry for its content, marking a significant leap forward in animation distribution.

“As part of our ethical AI use and supporting our desire to protect our own intellectual property, we plan to use Bria.ai, which employs licensed, certified datasets to ensure our AI-driven animation production respects copyrights and upholds the integrity of original content.”

Article update, April 30: Kartoon Studios’ proprietary A.I. animation toolkit and pipeline is not endorsed by nor in any way associated with WildBrain and its proprietary brands.