20th Century Fox Animation
|Type||Division of 20th Century Fox|
|Key people||Vanessa Morrison (President)1|
|Products||CGI animated films, animated sitcoms|
|Owner(s)||21st Century Fox|
|Parent||20th Century Fox|
Fox Animation Studios
Before 20th Century Fox started its animation division in 1997, 20th Century 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. From 1994–2000,34 they 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, although critically acclaimed as being of Disney caliber and often mistaken as a Disney film, barely made a profit, taking in nearly $140 million at the worldwide box office on a $53 million budget.5 Their next feature, Titan A.E., was a large financial loss, as it made less than $37 million worldwide against its $75 million budget.6 The lack of box office success, coupled with the rise of computer animation, led Fox to shut down the Fox Animation Studios after 2000.4
Blue Sky Studios
Since 1997, Fox owns Blue Sky Studios, a computer animation company.8 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 eight features:
- Ice Age (2002)
- Robots (2005)
- Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
- Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
- Rio (2011)
- Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
- Epic (2013)
- Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) (co-production with Indian Paintbrush, Regency Enterprises, and American Empirical Pictures)9
- Rio 2 (2014)
- Book of Life (2014)10
- Peanuts (2015)1
- Ice Age 5 (2016)11
- Ferdinand (2017)12
- Anubis (2018)1211
- Mutts (TBA)13
- Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (TBA)14
- Cardboard (TBA)15
- Alienology (TBA)16
- Welcome to the Jungle (TBA)171819
- "20th Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios and Peanuts Worldwide Announce Iconic Peanuts Gang to Hit Theaters". Business Wire. October 9, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Annual Report 2013". 21st Century Fox. p. 19. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- Kaye, Jeff (May 6, 1994). "COMPANY TOWN : Fox Heats Up the Animation Wars : Movies: Heavyweight Don Bluth discusses the deal that will bring him and Gary Goldman home from Ireland.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
- Eller, Claudia (June 29, 2000). "20th Century Fox Closes Its Phoenix Animation Studio". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
- Anastasia at Box Office Mojo
- Titan A.E. at Box Office Mojo
- "Vanessa Morrison Re-Ups With Fox, Brian Keane With Blue Sky After ‘Ice Age 4′". Deadline. July 18, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- "Imaginative Pix takes interest in Blue Sky". Variety. August 28, 1997. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
- Brody, Richard (November 2, 2009). "Wild, Wild Wes". The New Yorker. Retrieved December 22, 2013. "And doing it on the industrial scale required for a studio motion picture—this one is being produced by Twentieth Century Fox Animation—is a gigantic undertaking."
- McClintock, Pamela (December 12, 2012). "Fox Animation Teaming With Guillermo del Toro on 'Book of Life' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- McClintock, Pamela (December 20, 2013). "'Ice Age 5' to Hit Theaters Summer 2016". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- Chitwood, Adam (May 16, 2013). "DreamWorks Animation Moves B.O.O. Release Up to June 5, 2015 and TROLLS to November 4, 2016; Fox Dates ANUBIS and FERDINAND". Collider.com. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
- Kit, Borys (July 22, 2011). "'Mutts' Comic Strip Headed to Big Screen From 20th Century Fox (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
- Kit, Borys (April 30, 2012). "Fox Animation Picks Up Children's Book 'Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- Goldstein, Gregg; Abrams, Rachel (September 7, 2012). "Tobey Maguire, Fox draw 'Cardboard'". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
- Kroll, Justin; Abrams, Rachel (October 25, 2012). "'Rio' helmer Carlos Saldanha inks Fox pact". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
- McClintock, Pamela (April 13, 2010). "Jamie Foxx toons up ‘Welcome to the Jungle’". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- WENN.Com (August 18, 2011). "Foxx dreamed up safari movie bored in the jungle". Hollywood.com. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- Gostin, Nicki (April 14, 2011). "Jamie Foxx on 'Rio' and Getting Obama 'Down the Soul Train Line'". PopEater.com. Retrieved January 7, 2014.