3D Animator - Part-Time Freelancer

Part Time

Sago Mini is an award-winning publisher of preschool apps and toys worldwide. We are supported by a team of artists, designers, developers, product managers, thinkers, and doers devoted to play. With over 100 million downloads and three subscription services featuring 45+ apps,  Sago Mini brings thoughtful design to life for kids and parents worldwide. Along with Toca Boca and Originator, we’re part of the Piknik family – a collection of top-rated apps for kids in one subscription. 


About the Role

Sago Mini is on the lookout for a talented 3D Animator Freelancer to add some sparkle to our upcoming 3D cozy game for kids! You'll work hand-in-hand with our design team to breathe life into our characters. We will be counting on you to craft animations that are precise and full of charm, staying true to the whimsical style that makes our beloved 2D apps so magical for kids around the world.

This is a part-time, freelance, fully-remote position.


You’ll thrive in this role if you…

  • Enjoy bringing characters to life through natural and subtle animation.
  • Can take direction well and revise work quickly and efficiently when required.
  • Get excited from working in small, cross-discipline teams.
  • Have a deep appreciation of the details that take an animation from good enough to great.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Creating charming polished animations in Maya of our primarily bipedal characters.
  • Collaborating with our 3D Generalist and Art Director to decide on what animations are needed and what they should look like.
  • Communicating with the team via Slack to keep them updated on your progress.
  • Sharing work at various stages to get alignment on direction and receive feedback.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum 3 years of experience animating in Maya
  • Experience with character animation is crucial
  • Have shipped at least one 3D game title where you were responsible for character animations
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to deliver on deadline

Nice to Haves

  • Proficiency with rigging and skin weighting in Maya
  • Unity game engine experience, implementing and setting up their animations
  • Experience designing for children and/or families 

About the Process

  • You’ll get an email response confirming we’ve received your application, and we’ll let you know within a few weeks if we’d like to schedule a follow-up.
  • If you’re moving ahead, we’ll book a call to learn more about your experience prior to making a decision and extending a contract offer.

We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  


Based in Toronto, Sago Sago Toys of Spin Master Limited a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs and manufactures a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. We hire humble, collaborative, and ambitious people who care about doing great work. Sago Mini is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity at our company.


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