Ánima Estudios

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Ánima Estudios
Industry Animation
Genre Animation
Founded 2002
Founder Fernando De Fuentes
José Carlos García De Letona
Federico Unda
Headquarters Mexico City, Mexico
Key people
Fernando De Fuentes President
José C. García De Letona Executive Vice President/COO [1]
Products Animated films
Television program
Subsidiaries Átomo Films[2]
Ánima Kitchent[3]
Website www.animaestudios.com

Ánima Estudios is a Mexican animation studio founded in 2002 by Fernando De Fuentes, José Carlos García De Letona and Federico Unda. It produces animated content distributed mainly in Mexico and Latin America. It is best known for El Chavo Animado, Top Cat: The Movie, Teenage Fairytale Dropouts and La Leyenda de las Momias.

It is the largest animation studio in Mexico and Latin America.[4] As of late, it has greatly expanded its global distribution including countries such as UK, US and Russia.


Ánima Estudios was founded in 2002. It's the leading animation studio in Latin America.

The studio released their first feature film, Magos y Gigantes, on 19 November 2003, which was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was the first Mexican animated feature in 30 years.[5]

On 11 March 2005, Ánima Estudios released its second film, Imaginum, a sci-fi comedy film, and was later released worldwide by Porchlight Entertainment.[6][7]

On 14 December 2005, the studio announced a partnership with Estación Espacial to produce a new miniseries called Poncho Balón. It ran on Canal 5 during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[8] It features the voice of Humberto Vélez as the title character.[9]

In 2006, Ánima Estudios produced a new TV series, El Chavo Animado, based on the popular live-action series of the same name created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños. It premiered on Canal 5 in Mexico on 21 October 2006. It later premiered in the United States on Univision on 24 January 2008 with highly successful ratings.[10] It is, as of today, the highest rated animated show in all of Latin America.

On 12 February 2008, Variety reported that the studio partnered with New York City-based Classic Media (now known as DreamWorks Classics) to produce a new animated feature, titled Kung Fu Magoo, featuring Mr. Magoo.[11] This marked as the studio's first U.S.-Mexico co-production.

On 6 October 2008, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Porchlight Entertainment and Ánima Estudios announced an international agreement to produce, A Martian Christmas, a sci-fi holiday television film. It was released direct-to-video on 10 November 2009.[12] As of today, it remains one of the rarest films to date.

The studio released its third film, El Agente 00-P2, an action comedy film that references the popular James Bond movies. It stars the voices of Jaime Camil, Dulce María and Silvia Pinal and was released on 13 February 2009.[13]

On 7 December 2009, the company made an international agreement with Argentina's Illusion Studios and Toonz India Ltd to co-produce the computer animated film, Gaturro, which is based on the popular Argentine comic book series of the same name and was released on 10 September 2010 in Argentina in 3D.[14][15][16] It was the first Indian-Latin American co-production and was very successful at the Argentinian box office, earning $1,818,510 pesos ($460,098 USD).[17][18]

On 11 May 2010, Kung Fu Magoo, an action comedy film based on the popular cartoon character, Mr. Magoo, was released direct-to-video in the United States,[19] and later has its television premiere on Disney XD on February 7, 2011.[10] In the English version, the film features the voices of Chris Parnell, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Alyson Stoner, and Kenny Mayne as himself.[19]

On 22 January 2010, the studio released their fifth animated film, AAA – Sin Límite en el Tiempo, which is the fictional take on the Mexican lucha libre professional wrestling promotion team, Asistencia Asesoría y Administración.[20][21]

On 8 April 2011, the studio originally announced their then-newest project, Monster Resort, which was going to be written by Tim McKeon and Kevin Seccia and set for a 2013 release.[22] However, this project was later canceled, likely due to similarities with Sony Pictures Animation´s Hotel Transylvania.

On 16 September 2011, the studio released its seventh animated film, Top Cat: The Movie, a.k.a. Don Gato y su Pandilla in Mexico, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the short-lived Hanna Barbera cartoon, Top Cat. The film became a huge box office success in Mexico, and became one of the most successful releases for a Mexican production.[23][24]

On 28 September 2011, the company has announced an international partnership with Australia's SLR Productions, Home Plate Entertainment, and Ireland's Telegael to create a new animated series, called Teenage Fairytale Dropouts.[25] The show was loosely based on the studio's first film, Magos y Gigantes and premiered on 31 December 2012 on Seven Network in Australia.[26]

On 21 October 2011, the studio released a horror-comedy film, La Leyenda de la Llorona, which is a sequel to Animex's La Leyenda de la Nahuala. The movie was among the top 5 most successful movies of the year in Mexico.[27][28]

On 27 April 2012, the studio released Gaturro, La Pelicula in Mexico, distributed by Santo Domingo Films.[29]

In 2012, the company have celebrated its 10th anniversary.[30]

The studio created a new film label, Átomo Films, aiming for teens and adults and has released the film, El Santos vs. La Tetona Mendoza, on November 30.[2] It is a film adaption of the popular Mexican comic book series, created by José Ignacio Solórzano, and it stars an ensemble voice cast of famous Mexican actors, such as Daniel Giménez Cacho, José María Yazpik, Héctor Jiménez, and veteran filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.[31] This film was later shown at the 2013 Annecy Film Festival, becoming the first Mexican animated feature to premiere at that event.[32]

On 1 December 2012, Variety has reported that the studio is focusing on developing new projects in English.[33] “U.S. and European buyers pay close attention to the lip sync," said Fernando de Fuentes. "Latin American buyers are more used to buying dubbed products. It’s right to go with English to attack those markets first.”[33] Additionally, the studio has also announced that the company's first CGI film, Champions of Oz (now titled, Wicked Flying Monkeys!) and a sequel to Top Cat are in development.[33]

On 5 February 2013, Ánima Estudios announced a partnership with Spain's Vodka Capital and Televisa Home Entertainment to co-produce a multi-platform series, titled Bugsted.[34][35] The franchise consists a series of collectible action figures, a game app developed for the iOS and Android systems, and a TV miniseries aimed for children, aimed 8-11.[35]

On 12 June 2013, Variety reported that a sequel to Llorona, titled La Leyenda de las Momias, is currently in production.[36]

On 2 August 2013, Top Cat: The Movie saw a limited theatrical release in the United States through Viva Pictures, with actors, Rob Schneider and Danny Trejo lending their voices as Lou Strickland and Griswald, respectively.[37][38]

On 17 October 2013, Ánima Estudios has announced that they will invest $170 million pesos from Latin Idea Ventures, as part of the studio's expansion plan.[39]

On 7 November 2013, it has been reported that the company announced its first CGI film as a lead producer, titled Wicked Flying Monkeys, which is currently in production.[36][40] The film is the studio's biggest production to date and is also their first English-language production.[40] The film is an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz books, but will have an original story.[40] It is produced with India's Discreet Arts and international rights will be handled by FilmSharks.[40] Wicked Flying Monkeys! was created, written and executive produced by Jorge Gutierrez.[41]

On 22 April 2014, Ánima Estudios launched a European division based in Madrid, Spain, named Ánima Kitchent.[3][42]

On 28 April 2014, the studio announced the production of their third animated television series, which is based on El Chapulín Colorado.[43] It is expected to premiere in early-2015.[44][45]

On 22 May 2014, Televisa Interactive Media published and released Kickos, a new soccer-themed game app developed by Ánima Estudios for the Android and iOS systems.[46][47] Kickos was a featured app in the App Store in 17 countries and was also highlighted as one of the best new games in the App Store during the weeks after its release. The app is currently available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

On 31 May 2014, Teenage Fairytale Dropouts premiered in the United States on the Hub Network, which was the first time a Latin American animated series was acquired by a major U.S. network and the first time the studio entered the market.[41][44][48][49] It was later removed from the network's schedule for unknown reasons.[citation needed]

On 17 September 2014, Variety reported that a computer-animated follow-up to Top Cat: The Movie, titled Top Cat Begins, is set to be released on 7 August 2015, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in Mexico.[50][51] Additionally, it is also announced that the studio is currently in production with a feature film adaptation of DePatie-Freleng's Here Comes the Grump.[51][50]

On 30 October 2014, the studio's latest feature, La Leyenda de las Momias de Guanajuato, was released in the 4DX format, becoming the first ever Mexican film to do so.[52][53]

On 18 February 2015, European division company, Ánima Kitchent, has announced a partnership with Famosa to adapt its PinyPon toy brand into a television series, and is expected to premiere sometime in 2016.[54][55]

On 1 April 2015, it has been announced that the CG feature, Gaturro, is set to be released in the United States, distributed by Viva Pictures.[56] The release date is currently unknown.

On 10 april 2015 was the premiere in theaters of "Wicked Flying Monkeys", reaching the third place at the box office of that week and becoming the 4th Mexican movie earning more money during this year. At the same time the movie was launched un Russia, being the very first Latin American movie released in a commercial citcuit in that country. During the Cannes film festival has been sold for distribution to the U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. [57]

On 15 april 2015 was the premiere of El Chapulín Colorado animated series in the digital platform VEO, gaining a good reception with the audience and the critics and waiting to be launched on air TV.

Featured projects[edit]


# Title Release date Box-office (MXN) Box-office (USD)
1 Magos y Gigantes
(Wizards and Giants)
November 19, 2003 $8,241,441[58] $731,662[59]
2 Imaginum August 19, 2005 N/A N/A
3 El Agente 00-P2
(Agent Macaw: Shaken and Stirred)
February 13, 2009 $22,573,000[60] $1,518,150[61]
4 AAA – Sin Límite en el Tiempo
(AAA: The Movie)
January 22, 2010 $7,136,000[62] $557,931[63]
5 Don Gato y su PandillaA
(Top Cat: The Movie)
September 16, 2011 $112,228,000[64] $14,714,672[65]
6 La Leyenda de la Llorona October 21, 2011 $55,320,000[66] $2,910,573[67]
7 Gaturro: La PeliculaA
(Gaturro: The Movie)
April 27, 2012 $1,112,700[68] $2,157,668[69]
8 El Santos vs. La Tetona MendozaB November 30, 2012 $11,026,615[70] $946,300[71]
9 La Leyenda de las Momias de Guanajuato October 30, 2014 $92,239,000 $6,321,314
10 Wicked Flying Monkeys April 10, 2015 TBD TBD

^A Co-produced with Illusion Studios.
^B Produced through its adult-themed label, Átomo Films.[2]


# Title Release date
1 A Martian Christmas November 10, 2009
2 Trepsi, Nuny y Wicho - Los Amigos de Trepsi 2009
3 Kung Fu Magoo May 11, 2010
4 Trepsi, Nuny y Wicho - Arriba y Abajo 2012

Upcoming films[edit]

Title Release date Ref(s)
Top Cat Begins August 7, 2015 [36][72]

Films in development[edit]

Title Ref(s)
Ana y Bruno [40]
Here Comes the Grump film [51][50]


TV shows[edit]

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 El Chavo Animado October 21, 2006 present Canal 5
Cartoon Network LA
2 Teenage Fairytale Dropouts[73] December 31, 2012 2014[citation needed] Seven Network
Discovery Family[49]
3 El Chapulín Colorado animated series[43][45] April 13, 2015 (Online)

TV miniseries[edit]

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 Cascaritos 2003 2006 Televisa
2 Espinito 2005 2006 Canal 5
3 Poncho Balón 2005 2006 Canal 5
4 Bugsted[74] 2013 present Televisa

Upcoming television series[edit]

Title Premiere date Network
Cleo Telerín


Web series[edit]

Title Launch date Website
Kickos[75] 2014 YouTube
Superépico[76] 2015 YouTube

Video games[edit]


Title Release date Publisher Console(s)
El Chavo Kart
Concept art and animated intro[77]
February 21, 2014 Slang Publishing Xbox 360
PlayStation 3 [78]


# Title Release date Publisher Console(s)
1 Bugsted[79] 2013 Televisa Home Entertainment iOS
2 Kickos May 22, 2014[80] Televisa Interactive Media iOS


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