Creative Entertainment Studio SUPER 78 Honored By Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) With 2016 THEA Award For Outstanding Achievement: Technology Breakthrough

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Spongebob Subpants Adventure at Moody Gardens, created and designed by Super 78, receives the 2016 THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement: Attraction

Geppetto Animation Control System by Super 78

Geppetto Animation Control System by Super 78

The immersive and one-of-a-kind experience brings to life the internationally beloved characters in interactive exhibits, real sea-life aquariums and state-of-the-art 3D digital puppetry.

Los Angeles based Super 78 received the 2016 Thea award for Outstanding Achievement: Technology Breakthrough for their creation of Geppetto ACS™, a proprietary digital puppetry that delivers feature film quality 3D animation in real time; it was announced today by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA.) Additionally, Moody Gardens’ SpongeBob Subpants Adventure, created and designed by Super 78 (using the Geppetto technology), was honored with the 2016 Thea award For Outstanding Achievement: Attraction.

Super 78’s President and Creative Director Brent Young and CEO and Executive Producer Dina Benadon, jointly stated, “We are both thrilled and honored, along with our amazing team, to be recognized by TEA for our Geppetto ACS™ technology. We are also privileged to have collaborated with the talented folks at Moody Gardens and Nickelodeon on the SpongeBob Subpants Adventure and we share in their excitement and congratulate them on their outstanding achievement.”

“Our objective is always to provide that fun, educational experience that is so important to parents and kids, and the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure attraction will achieve this in a new and exciting way,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt.

The innovative technology behind Geppetto ACS™ can supercharge entertainment experiences --whether it’s at a theme park, movie theater, concert or even a televised awards show -- bringing a new level of immersiveness to the audience. The opportunities are infinite. And the experience is in real time! To learn more about Geppetto ACS™ go to: Geppetto Informtation Sheet

Through the Geppetto ACS™ groundbreaking technology, The Moody Gardens’ SpongeBob Subpants Adventure was created and designed by the artists and technicians at Super78 in conjunction with Nickelodeon. The immersive and one-of-a-kind experience brings to life the internationally beloved characters in interactive exhibits, real sea-life aquariums and state-of-the-art 3D digital puppetry. Audiences can actually control the submarine while having a one-on-one conversation with one of the main characters. No two shows are ever the same.

The SpongeBob Subpants Adventure marks Super 78’s third collaboration with SimEx-Iwerks! And Nickelodeon joining Dora & Diego’s 4D Adventure: Catch That Robot Butterfly and SpongeBob Square Pants 4D: The Great Jelly Race.

About Super 78
Super 78 is an award-winning creative entertainment production studio and an industry leader in innovation and design. Known for its cutting edge technology and great storytelling, the award-winning artists and technicians deliver entertaining and educational experiences to audiences of all ages, across all platforms. Founded in 1997, the company extends well-known brands and intellectual properties into special venues and the experiential marketplace. With offices in Los Angeles and partners worldwide, Super 78 continues to expand by creating, producing and owning live action, animated and graphic content for the global market. Super 78 has earned recognition and numerous accolades including Emmy, THEA, Visual Effects Society, Telly and Create Awards and nominations. To learn more about Super 78 go to:

About the Thea Awards
The Thea Awards were created by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) to help realize a key mission of the association: bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. The public is welcome to attend the black-tie 22nd Annual Thea Awards Gala, which will be held April 2, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim California USA. Tickets go on sale in early 2016 at The name of the award is a play on three words: the first is "Thea," the Greek goddess from whom all light emanates. Thea was the mother of Helios (the sun), Eos (the dawn), and Selene (the moon). The second key word is "Theater," a word derived from the goddess Thea. The third word, is TEA, for the Association.

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