Skybound presents: Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation

Marlene Sharp
3 min readNov 4, 2023

Remember Sonic the Hedgehog’s star turn in the iconic Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation? Picture it: the year is 2016; the locale is San Diego Comic-Con; SONIC BOOM animated TV series episode EGGMAN THE AUTEUR unspools on the big screen alongside other nutty, micro cinematic masterpieces inside San Diego Convention Center; and thus, the Blue Blur celebrates his 25th birthday in huge nerd fest style.

Gotta go fast . . . to present day and a big announcement at the Toronto Animation Festival (TAAFI). Bottom line: If Sonic ever enjoys a Spike & Mike encore, then he is surely Skybound in more ways than one. The reason is that Skybound Entertainment of WALKING DEAD and INVINCIBLE fame, is the proud new owner and restorer of the Spike & Mike empire.

In a bold business move, Skybound Entertainment, the creator-led multi-platform media company, proclaims a revival of long-running Spike & Mike’s animated film events. Beginning today, submissions are open for short films from North American and British creators. International short film catalogue owners are able to enter their original works for the chance to shine in the newly-minted Skybound Presents: Spike & Mike’s library of animation.

The Fest’s first application window is free of charge and open for 60 days. This complimentary entry period ends on January 3, 2024.

Comprehensive Fest details, including strategic partnerships and collabs, are works-in-progress. However, a few key perks are public knowledge. For instance, Festival awards include project stipends, acquisitions, and project development opportunities.

“Bringing this iconic brand under the Skybound umbrella is an enormous opportunity to bring Spike & Mike’s rebel origins to the masses and expand upon what we’re already doing in adult animation,” muses Rick Jacobs, Managing Partner of Linear Content, Skybound Entertainment. “Co-founder Mike Gribble once stated that their mission was ‘to find the most original, funniest, and weirdest animation in the world and play it.’ Digitizing the festivals opens the doors for — and to — millions of talented of creators who will shepherd a new generation of animation.”

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Marlene Sharp

Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl.