Beestje (Bobo #7, 1976)
Beestje (Bobo #7, 1976)

Rens Benerink is a Dutch animator and illustrator, best-known as co-creator of the animated series 'Starstreet' and 'Robin & The Dreamweavers' (2000). Between 1995 and 2006 he had his own Cartoonschool in Amsterdam.

Benerink was born in Amsterdam in 1950. He got his artistic education at the Amsterdam Grafische School (nowadays Mediacollege) and worked for the Toonder Studio's early in his career. One of his projects was an illustrated booklet with eight comic strips about shipping traffic and insurance, 'Verzekerd varen' (1975). The scripts were by Patty Klein. In 1970 and 1971 he wrote the scripts for four 'Pepspotters', short one-page strips published in the comics magazine Pep. The artwork was done by Ed van Schuijlenburg, another former Toonder employee. In the mid 1970s he wrote and drew the funny animal comic 'Beestje' (1975-1976) for pre-school magazine Bobo. He also designed record covers in cooperation with photographer Govert de Roos.

The artist eventually embarked upon a career in the animation industry, developing internationally co-produced TV series as well as concepts for animation and merchandising. In 1991 he created 'Star Street: The Adventures of the Star Kids' in commission of the Dutch/Finnish/Japanese TV production company Telescreen. The Star Kids were a gang of pink space creatures with big noses, modelled after the horoscopes of the western zodiac. They lived on a musical planet in the shape of a star. 52 episodes of 22 minutes were made, and the series was sold to 59 countries. Benerink later worked on an adult-oriented animated series called 'Robin and The Dreamweavers' (2000). It featured the first girl born in Cyberspace, who battles the dominatrix XXX and her quest to turn everyone into porn-crazed maniacs. Only a 75-minute pilot was completed.

Building on his reputation after the success of 'Star Street', Benerink began his own Amsterdam-based Cartoonschool in cooperation with Sicco Kingma in 1995. It offered a private evening training course in comic art, animation and character design. Benerink operated the school on his own after Kingma's departure in 2000, until an adjudication order was issued in April 2004. The school then did a go-around until at least 2006. Comics artists who have been educated at the school were Sander de Fouw, Maarten Gerritsen, Olivier Heiligers, Jan-Roman Pikula and Viktor Venema.


Still from 'Star Street'

Rens Benerink in Lambiek's Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis

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