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Reel FX Creative Studios (also known as Reel FX Animation Studios for theatrical animated feature films or simply Reel FX) is an American computer animation studio based in Dallas, Texas, Hollywood, California and Montreal. The studio develops and produces award-winning animated films, short-form and theme park content. Its first original animated feature film, Free Birds, was released in 2013 and grossed over $110 million worldwide. Its next film, The Book of Life was released in 2014 to widely positive reviews and received several nominations, including Best Animated Feature Nominations from the Golden Globe's, Critics’ Choice Awards, Producers Guild Awards and Annie Awards. Rumble will be the 3rd original film from Reel FX, in conjunction with Paramount Animation, and is slated to be released on February 18, 2022.

The studio also does animation for other studios, including the Swan Dream Pool duology and Puma Race for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Plucky Chicken, Sunnie, and Birdz for Frenzy Animation, UglyDolls for STX Entertainment, and Scoob! for Warner Animation Group.

History[edit | edit source]

In March 2007, Reel FX acquired Radium, a California-based digital studio that was founded in 1996 by Jonathan Keeton and Simon Mowbray. As part of the acquisition, the studio re-branded itself in 2010 to Radium/Reel FX, and in February 2012 to Reel FX. Since 2007, Reel FX has been presenting the Texas Avery Animation Award, created by the studio to "celebrate career achievement in animation". The award, which is named after the Texas-born animator and cartoonist Tex Avery, is awarded each year at Dallas International Film Festival in a form of a bronze casting of Avery's Wolf character.

On December 2010, it was announced that Reel FX produced an untitled 3D film with producer Andrew Adamson and Cirque du Soleil. In January 2012, it was announced by Paramount Pictures that it had acquired worldwide rights to the film, now titled Worlds Away directed by Adamson and executive-produced by James Cameron. In October 2012, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Reel FX's connection to the 2012 feature film, Rise of the Guardians. (The film is based on Reel FX's short film, The Man in the Moon, directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg at Reel FX Creative Studios. It is also based on Joyce's book series, The Guardians of Childhood.)

Beginning with Free Birds in 2013, all Reel FX's in-house feature films are released under its Reel FX Animation Studios banner.

From 2009 to 2013, Reel FX completed its first original animated feature film Free Birds. Originally titled Turkeys and scheduled for the release of 2014, but it was pulled back to November 1, 2013. Jimmy Hayward directed the film, which tells a story about two turkeys who travel back in time to prevent their species from being the traditional Thanksgiving meal. In February 2012, the studio announced a new CG-animated film, The Book of Life, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro. It is described as a "Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop." In December 2012, it was reported that the studio has partnered with 20th Century Fox Animation to produce the film, and scheduled for October 3, 2014, but it was pushed back to October 17. Rumble is their next original film, slated with Paramount for a July 31, 2020 release, directed by Hamish Grieve.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Original productions[edit | edit source]

Released films[edit | edit source]

# Title Release date Co-production with Directors Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away December 21, 2012 Cirque du Soleil Burlesco
Strange Weather Films
Cameron Pace Group
Andrew Adamson $25 million $34.2 million 47% 51
2 Free Birds November 1, 2013 Relativity Media Jimmy Hayward $55 million $110.4 million 18% 38
3 The Book of Life October 17, 2014 20th Century Fox Animation Jorge R. Gutierrez $50 million $99.7 million 82% 67

Upcoming films[edit | edit source]

# Title Release date Co-production with Directors
4 Rumble February 18, 2022 Walden Media
WWE Studios
Paramount Animation
Hamish Grieve

In development[edit | edit source]

# Title Directors
5 Space Kung Fu Punch Jorge R. Gutierrez
6 The Book of Life 2 Jorge R. Gutierrez

Short films[edit | edit source]

Contract work[edit | edit source]

Feature films[edit | edit source]

# Title Release date Co-production with Directors
1 The Wild April 14, 2006 C.O.R.E. Feature Animation
Walt Disney Pictures
Steve Williams
2 Everyone's Hero September 15, 2006 IDT Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Christopher Reeve
Colin Brady
Daniel St. Pierre
3 Swan Dream Pool August 26, 2011 Warner Bros. Pictures
Steve Hickner
4 Puma Race May 18, 2012 Paramount Pictures
Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
5 Wild Forest: Circus Getaway November 15, 2013 Frenzy Animation
Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Will Finn
6 Plucky Chicken September 12, 2014 Frenzy Animation
Paramount Pictures
Karey Kirkpatrick
7 Lily & Lester April 8, 2016 Frenzy Animation
Warner Bros. Pictures
Kirk DeMicco
8 Rock Dog February 24, 2017 Summit Entertainment
Huayi Brothers
Ash Brannon
9 Sunnie October 13, 2017 Frenzy Animation
20th Century Animation
20th Century Fox
Ryan Marshall
10 Sherlock Gnomes March 23, 2018 Paramount Animation
Rocket Pictures
John Stevenson
11 Birdz August 17, 2018 Frenzy Animation
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Animation
Nickelodeon Movies
Tim Hill
Nathan Greno
12 UglyDolls May 3, 2019 STX Entertainment
Troublemaker Studios
Kelly Asbury
13 Scoob! May 15, 2020 Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Animation Group
Atlas Entertainment
1492 Pictures
Tony Cervone
14 Sunnie 2 October 2, 2020 Frenzy Animation
20th Century Animation
20th Century Studios
Ryan Marshall
15 Swan Dream Pool: The Magic Trails January 22, 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Universal Pictures
Bron Creative
Steve Hickner
16 Back to the Outback Late 2021 Weed Road Pictures
Netflix Animation
Clare Knight
Harry Cripps

Direct-to-video films[edit | edit source]

Specials[edit | edit source]

Short films[edit | edit source]

Theme park attractions[edit | edit source]

Video games[edit | edit source]

Virtual worlds[edit | edit source]

Production logos[edit | edit source]

Collaborations[edit | edit source]

  • Mass Animation - Live Music