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Nelvana Limited is a Canadian entertainment company owned by Corus Entertainment. Nelvana animated and distributed The Backyardigans, along with Guru Studio and Pipeline Studios. It was founded in July 30, 1971 by Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert and Clive A. Smith.


Most of Nelvana's films, shows, and specials are based on licensed properties (mainly children's literature), but original programming is also part of its roster. As of 2001, its library comprises more than 1,650 cumulative half-hours of original programming. The company has international offices in France, Ireland and Japan.