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Twentieth Century Fox Animation (stylized as 20th Century Fox Animation), formerly Fox Family Films and Fox Animation Studios, is an animation division of 20th Century Fox via the Walt Disney Studios, tasked with producing feature-length animated films.[3][5]

Twentieth Century Fox Animation
Formerly
Fox Family Films (1994-1998)
Fox Animation Studios
Division
Industry
FoundedFebruary 1994
HeadquartersCentury City, Los Angeles, California, U.S[1]
Key people
Andrea Miloro (co-president)[2]
Robert Baird (co-president)[2]
ProductsCGI animated films
ParentWalt Disney Studios[3]
(The Walt Disney Company)[4]
SubsidiariesBlue Sky Studios

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Background

Before 20th Century Fox started its animation division, Fox released its first seven animated films, such as Hugo the Hippo (released in 1975), Wizards, Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (both released in 1977), Fire and Ice (released in 1983), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (released in 1992), Once Upon a Forest (released in 1993) and The Pagemaster (released in 1994).

History

The division initially started in February 1994 as Fox Family Films, as one of four film divisions of 20th Century Fox under executive John Matoian. The division was planned to produce six feature films a year as part of a plan to produce more films per year overall.[6] Fox senior vice president of production Chris Meledandri was transferred into the unit as executive vice president in March 1994 after having being hired the previous year.[7] The week of May 6, 1994, Fox Family announced the hiring of Don Bluth and Gary Goldman for a new $100 million animation studio[8] which began construction that year in Phoenix, Arizona. In three years, the animation studio would produce and release its first film, Anastasia.[9] In September 1994, Matoian was promoted by Rupert Murdoch to head up the Fox network.[10] Meledandri was selected to head up the unit in 1994.[11]

It produced live-action films such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Dunston Checks In (1996) and Home Alone 3. By August 1997, Fox Family had decreased the number of live films.[9]

Fox Animation Studios

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. The division's live action films in development at the time included Marvel Comics' Silver Surfer, the disaster film spoof Disaster Area, and Fantastic Voyage. Ever After (1998), a Cinderella adaptation, was the division's last live action film.[9][12] Chris Meledandri remained as the president of the division,[9][13] which was known by 1999 as 20th Century Fox Animation.[14]

The Phoenix studio, which kept the Fox Animation Studios name, laid off 2/3 of its employee workforce in February 2000 before its closure in late June of that year.[15]

Disney era

On October 18, 2018, it was announced that 20th Century Fox Animation would be added as a new unit to the Walt Disney Studios following the acquisition with Co-Presidents Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird retaining leadership while reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Alan Horn and Twentieth Century Fox vice chairman Emma Watts.[16] On March 21, 2019, Disney announced that the 20th Century Fox Animation label (including Blue Sky Studios) would be integrated as new units within the Walt Disney Studios with Co-Presidents Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird continuing to lead the studio reporting directly to Horn, Watts and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer Jennifer Lee.[17][18]

Filmography

Fox Animation Studios

From 1994–2000,[19][20] Fox operated Fox Animation Studios, a traditional animation studio which was started to compete with Walt Disney Animation Studios, which was experiencing great success with their releases of films such as The Little Mermaid, 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,[21] but their next feature, Titan A.E., was a large financial loss, losing $100 million for 20th Century Fox in 2000.[22] The lack of box office success, coupled with the rise of computer animation, led Fox to shut down the Fox Animation Studios.[20]

Blue Sky Studios

 
Premiere of Blue Sky Studio's Rio at the Connecticut Science Center: Vanessa Morrison, 20th Century Fox Animation president;[23] Jim Gianopulos, Fox Entertainment Group chairman and CEO; Dannel Malloy, governor of Connecticut; Brian Keane, Blue Sky Studios COO;[23] and Chris Dodd, MPAA chairman.

Since 1997, Fox owns Blue Sky Studios, a computer animation company known for the Ice Age franchise.[24] 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:

# Title Release date Distributor Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 Ice Age March 15, 2002 20th Century Fox $59 million $383 million 77% 60
2 Robots March 11, 2005 $75 million $260 million 64% 64
3 Ice Age: The Meltdown March 31, 2006 $80 million $660 million 57% 58
4 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! March 14, 2008 $85 million $297 million 79% 71
5 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1, 2009 $90 million $886 million 46% 50
6 Rio April 15, 2011 $484 million 72% 63
7 Ice Age: Continental Drift July 13, 2012 $95 million $877 million 38% 49
8 Epic May 24, 2013 $93 million $268 million 64% 52
9 Rio 2 April 11, 2014 $103 million $500 million 46% 49
10 The Peanuts Movie November 6, 2015 $99 million $246 million 87% 67
11 Ice Age: Collision Course July 22, 2016 $105 million $408 million 17% 34
12 Ferdinand December 15, 2017 $111 million $296 million 72% 58
Upcoming
13 Spies in Disguise[25] September 13, 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures TBA TBA TBA TBA
14 Nimona[26][27][28] February 14, 2020 TBA TBA TBA TBA
15 Foster[29] March 5, 2021 TBA TBA TBA TBA
16 Mutts[30][31] April 30, 2022 TBA TBA TBA TBA

Co-productions

# Title Release date Co-production with Distributor Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 The Simpsons Movie July 27, 2007 Gracie Films
Film Roman
Rough Draft Feature Animation
20th Century Fox $75 million $527.1 million 88% 80
2 Fantastic Mr. Fox November 13, 2009 American Empirical Pictures $40 million $46.5 million 92% 83
3 The Book of Life October 17, 2014 Reel FX $50 million $99.8 million 82% 67
Upcoming
4 Untitled Bob's Burgers Movie[32] July 17, 2020 Bento Box Entertainment
Wilo Productions
Buck & Millie Productions
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures TBA TBA TBA TBA
5 Ron's Gone Wrong[33] November 6, 2020 Locksmith Animation TBA TBA TBA TBA
6 The Simpsons Movie 2[34][35] July 30, 2021 Gracie Films
Film Roman
Rough Draft Feature Animation
TBA TBA TBA TBA

In development

Other

S Combines live-action with animation.

See also

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