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20th Century Fox Animation

Twentieth Century Fox Animation (stylized as 20th Century Fox Animation) is the animation division of the film studio 20th Century Fox, tasked for producing feature-length animated films.[3]

Twentieth Century Fox Animation
Division of 20th Century Fox
Founded1994 (as Fox Family Films)
HeadquartersCentury City, Los Angeles, California, U.S[1]
Key people
Andrea Miloro (co-president)[2]
Robert Baird (co-president)[2]
ProductsCGI animated films
Parent20th Century Fox
DivisionsFox Animation Studios (1994-2000)
Blue Sky Studios (1997-present)



Before 20th Century Fox started its animation division, Fox released its first six animated films, such as Wizards, Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (both released in 1977), Fire and Ice (released in 1983), FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Once Upon a Forest and The Pagemaster.

The division initially started in 1994 as Fox Family Films, as one of four film divisions of Twentieth Century Fox. It produced live-action films such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Dunston Checks In (1996), Home Alone 3 (1997) and Ever After (1998). In 1998, following the success of Anastasia, the division was renamed to Fox Animation Studios, refocusing on animated feature films, including stop-motion, mixed media and digital production.[4][5] Chris Meledandri remained as the president of the division,[4][6] which was known by 1999 as 20th Century Fox Animation.[7]


Fox Animation Studios

From 1994–2000,[8][9] Fox operated Fox Animation Studios, a traditional animation studio which was started to compete with Walt Disney Animation Studios, which was experiencing great success at the time with films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. The Fox studio, however, was not as successful. Their first feature Anastasia made nearly $140 million at the worldwide box office on a $53 million budget in 1997,[10] but their next feature, Titan A.E., was a large financial loss, losing $100 million for 20th Century Fox in 2000.[11] The lack of box office success, coupled with the rise of computer animation, led Fox to shut down the Fox Animation Studios.[9]

Blue Sky Studios

Premiere of Blue Sky Studio's Rio at the Connecticut Science Center: Vanessa Morrison, 20th Century Fox Animation president;[12] Jim Gianopulos, Fox Entertainment Group chairman and CEO; Dannel Malloy, governor of Connecticut; Brian Keane, Blue Sky Studios COO;[12] and Chris Dodd, MPAA chairman.

Since 1997, Fox owns Blue Sky Studios, a computer animation company known for the Ice Age franchise.[13] Fox has had much more success with Blue Sky, and the box office receipts of their films are competitive with those of Pixar and DreamWorks. They have released twelve feature films, numerous short films and television specials. Major feature films include:

Other studios

In development

S Combines live-action with animation.

See also


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