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- Ayars Animation brings to life enchanting and memorable stories that spark the imagination and wonderment of a child. Through fascinating imagery and the magic of technology, Ayars Animation is passionate about bringing interaction and storytelling together in a way that elevates a child’s heart and mind.
Ayars Animation was founded in December of 2009. Frank Ayars left a rewarding and long held position at IBM in November of 2009 in order to pursue his dream to create a family based business. His dream was to produce top quality entertainment that was good for the whole family. As a strong supporter of homeschooling and father of six children, Frank Ayars did not want to start an ordinary company. He wanted his children to learn how to be contributing members of the family business. In April of 2010, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk Children’s Interactive Storybook’ was released to the iTunes App Store. The application quickly rose to the top ranked position for all iPad books. Five of his six children were contributing members on the Jack and the Beanstalk project. His youngest, still in diapers, wasn’t too much help on this project. The children helped to develop the story and interaction ideas, they worked on technical aspects of the project, and were instrumental in testing the application.
During the development phase of Jack and the Beanstalk, Frank Ayars began a search for an illustrator. After several weeks, Frank Ayars came across the website of an illustrator by the name of Frank Grau. Nothing other than the style of the art led Frank Ayars to begin discussion with Frank Grau about working together on Jack and the Beanstalk. Little did Frank Ayars know that Frank Grau had also left his job some years prior to come home and work closer with his homeschooled family! It was a perfect, possibly divine, match. Frank Grau’s wife and children also became contributing members on the Jack and the Beanstalk project.
Currently, Ayars Animation has just released its next project, Cozmo’s Day Off. This is an original story with all original characters, and with lots and lots of interactivity. Beyond that project Ayars Animation is planning something very big and very unique and is targeted for May of 2011. Get ready! It’s going to be amazing.
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