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Hi! I’m Christian Effenberger, animation director and illustrator.
And I like telling stories through unique characters.

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Having a strong focus on character animation, I also work in storyboarding for advertising, TV and film, and editorial illustration with over 15 years of experience. Joined Munich based animation studio MUSCLEBEAVER in 2020 as a senior animator & illustrator.

Constantly absorbing everything about storytelling and character development, my team and I can accompany you through all the stages of your film production.

In my free time, I tend to keep my eyes stuck to the screen, creating private projects and developing new artwork. With the constant, but not-so-often posting on Instagram, I prove to have a social life, too.


Full Animation Production

Working together with a team of animators, concept developers, and sound designers, we can accompany you from your initial idea, followed by pre-production through post-production to the final film.

Explainer Videos   ·   Social Media   ·   Image Films   ·   TV Spots


We are experienced in 2D animation, especially in bringing characters with emotions to life. The occasional dash of 3D won't hurt either to create your highly individual mix and let your film stand out.

Character Animation   ·   Vector & Hand-Drawn   ·   Loops & GIFs

Illustration & Character Design

Being flexible in style and always keen on exploring something new, I'm able to match your vision and deliver multiple options to choose from.

Character Design   ·   Editorial   ·   Cover Art   ·   Comics  

Workshops & Teaching

Sharing my hands-on knowledge of over 10+ years with you. For universities, groups of freelancers, and in-house training of teams for your company. Designed as one or multiple-day workshops.

Introduction to After Effects   ·   Animation Principles
Character Animation in After Effects
Introduction to Hand-drawn Animation


ARD Digital  ·  Audi  ·  BMW  ·  BT Group  ·  BSH Hausgeräte  ·  DFL  ·  DMAX  ·  F.A.S.  ·  Flughafen München  ·  Gameforge  ·  GEOlino  ·  Goethe Institut New York  ·  HABA  · Hochschule Mainz  ·  Illustratoren Organisation  ·  LMU München  ·  Motel One  ·  mymuesli  ·  NBC Universal Deutschland  ·  NEON Magazin  ·  ProSiebenSat.1  ·  Sky  ·  Sueddeutsche Zeitung  ·  Voelkl  ·  ZDF


Agencies &

Avantgarde  ·  Bloom  ·  Creative Solutions  ·  diffferent  ·  dmc group  ·  edition 52  ·  Fine Arts Munich  ·  Fish Blowing Bubbles  ·  Great White Ark  ·  Kurzgesagt  ·  LechnerMedia  ·  Markenfilm  ·  Mayolove  ·  Panda Pictures  ·  Publicis Pixelpark  ·  Sehsucht  ·  Serviceplan Group  ·  Territory Webguerillas  ·  thjink  ·  TVT creative media  ·  xspace


Animation Smash Down #9
World Wide Web 2019
Winner (Top 5) ***

Kinofest Lünen
Germany 2015
1st place category „Erklärfilm“
(explanatory video) **

Cinecure animated short Film Festival
Puy-en-Velay/France 2009
1st int’l Prize *

Int’l Short Film & Video Festival
Naoussa/Greece 2008
People’s Choice Award *

*** Animation Loop “Addicted To Love“, 2019
** Explanatory Video “Was Illustratoren wissen müssen”, 2015
* Animation Short “Bad Habit, Little Rabbit”, 2008

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