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May 23, 2005 – July 2, 2008

The Zimmer Twins was a Canadian animated series and website. The project was created by producer Jason Krogh and artist Aaron Leighton and is produced through Lost the Plot Productions Inc. A selection of the user-generated episodes is produced into broadcast shorts and air on Teletoon and in the US Qubo. Les Jumeaux Zimmer is the French-language version of the show and website.

The original Zimmer Twins website launched on March 14, 2005, with the show first airing on Teletoon in May. A total of 60 broadcast spots (30 English and 30 French) were produced and broadcast in the 2005/2006 season. By the end of the first season over 100,000 user-created episodes were created by over 50,000 registered members. A major revision of the site was launched July 1, 2006. A total of 120 broadcast episodes were broadcast in the 2006/2007 season and 32 more were broadcast in the 2007/2008 season. The site's population passed 200,000 on November 5, 2011.

In 2008, the online audience voted to select the three most popular user-generated movies. The winners' movies were incorporated into a half-hour awards show special which aired on September 26, 2008 in English and September 20, 2008 in French.

On August 10, 2020, the Zimmer Twins and Zimmer Twins at School websites were shut down following its announcement made on the Zimmer Twins Blog by JCee ten days prior. Today, there are no official Zimmer Twins websites online. However, some members of the Zimmer Twins community have attempted to create projects to restore the website and bring archives of movies. In February 2021, all telepicks and favotoons that were aired were recovered and uploaded onto YouTube.

Summary

The Zimmer Twins is known for its unique format which combines online participation and broadcast delivery. Children are invited to create and share 1-minute animated episodes using a story editor and library of animation. The audience creates endings to short, professionally produced story-starters. Kids tell their stories by choosing actions, characters, props and backgrounds. They can also add their own dialog and on-screen text. New clips are occasionally added.

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