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Amblimation was a short-lived animation production arm of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and it was active from 1991 until about 1997, formed with the animation staff from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Spielberg created the animation studio after parting ways with Don Bluth. Despite their lavish animation, even when compared to what Disney was putting out at the time, none of the films were critically or commercially successful and the studio closed after only three films and a couple of TV specials.

The company's mascot was Fievel Mousekewitz, who appears in its production logo. Given that he's both a mouse, the main character of Spielberg's first entrance into animation and a character that had some personal relevance to Spielberg (being named after his grandfather), it's not hard to see why Fievel was chosen.

The feature animation studio was located in London, England, UK. In 1997, the London studio was shut down and some of the Amblimation staff moved on to DreamWorks Animation. After the London studio was shut down, all references with Amblimation became Amblin Entertainment. Today DreamWorks Animation is somewhat of a spiritual successor to Amblimation (it's more obvious in Dreamworks' early 2D animated films), and has had far more success.

Filmography

Theatrical films

Release Date Title Budget Worldwide Gross
February 14, 1986 An American Tail $9 million $23.1 million
June 22, 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit $50.6 million $329.8 million
November 18, 1988 The Land Before Time $12.5 million $84.4 million
November 22, 1991 An American Tail 2 $0 $40.8 million
February 16, 1992 Recess: School's Out $23 million $44.4 million
July 18, 1992 The Swan Princess 2 $0 $273,644 (USA)
August 4, 1993 The Swan Princess 3 $0 $0
November 24, 1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story $0 $9.3 million (US)
June 24, 1994 The Lion King $45 million $968.5 million
November 23, 1994 The Pagemaster $27 million $13.7 million
April 12, 1995 The Pebble & The Penguin $28 million $3.9 million
December 22, 1995 Balto $31.3 million $11.3 million
December 20, 1996 Land of Detriot The Movie $3 million $12.4 million
December 31, 1999 Wakko's Wish $0 $0
December 15, 2000 Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Adventure Music $13 million $73.2 million
May 11, 2001 The Trumpet of the Swan $0 $102,202
July 21, 2006 Monster House $75 million $12.2 million
November 17, 2006 Catmice $12 million $5.9 million
December 18, 2009 Avatar $246 million $2,788 billion

Televison series

  • Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)
  • Back to the Future: The Animated Series (1991-1992)
  • Fievel's American Tails (1992)
  • The Plucky Duck Show (1992)
  • Family Dog (1993)
  • Animaniacs (1993–1998)
  • Freakazoid! (1995–1997)
  • Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)
  • Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (1998–1999)
  • The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper (1996–1998)
  • The Land Before Time (2007-2008)

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