|Industry||Motion pictures, Performance capture & CGI animation|
|Headquarters||Novato, California, U.S.|
|Robert Zemeckis, Doug Chiang, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke|
ImageMovers is an American film studio run by director Robert Zemeckis. Founded in 1997, the studio produced such films as Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, and The Polar Express. From 2007 to 2010, Disney and ImageMovers ran a joint animation facility, ImageMovers Digital, which produced two performance captured animated films, A Christmas Carol and Mars Needs Moms, for The Walt Disney Studios.
In 1997, by producer-writer-director Robert Zemeckis, along with partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey formed the production company ImageMovers. Among ImageMovers' productions were What Lies Beneath (with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer), Cast Away (with Tom Hanks), The Polar Express (also with Tom Hanks), and its last film, Beowulf (with Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn and Angelina Jolie).
Disney and Imagemovers Digital
In 2007, The Walt Disney Company and Imagemovers set up a joint venture animation facility, ImageMovers Digital, a Marin County-based film company, where Zemeckis would produce and direct 3D animated films using performance capture technology.
On November 6, 2009, ImageMovers Digital released A Christmas Carol, a performance capture film starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Cary Elwes, each in multiple roles. On March 12, 2010, Disney and ImageMovers announced that ImageMovers Digital would close operations by January 2011, after the production was completed on Mars Needs Moms. Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman said, "...given today's economic realities, we need to find alternative ways to bring creative content to audiences and IMD no longer fits into our business model."
The company had previously been reported to have a Calling All Robots, Yellow Submarine remake, a Roger Rabbit sequel and The Nutcracker in development. Disney dropped Yellow Submarine following the box-office failure of Mars Needs Moms.
Wage theft cartel
Image Movers Digital was part of a wage theft cartel, which started in the mid-1990s. It was only uncovered in 2014, and is going to trial in 2015. It involved computer animation firms Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, LucasFilm, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Animation and Blue Sky Animation. Human resources departments heads and their recruiters met secretly each year, agreed not to hire each other's animation studio's staff, and deprived employees of higher wages.
|2000||What Lies Beneath||DreamWorks
20th Century Fox
|2003||Matchstick Men||Warner Bros.||$65,573,198|
|2004||The Polar Express||$165,000,000||$306,431,864|
|2005||The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio||DreamWorks||$627,844|
|2006||Last Holiday||Paramount Pictures||$45 million||$43,343,248|
|Monster House||Columbia Pictures
|2007||Beowulf||Paramount Pictures (USA)
Warner Bros. (non-USA)
|2011||Real Steel||Touchstone Pictures
|TBA||How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack||Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Animation
|The Magic Catalogue||Walt Disney Pictures|
|2009||A Christmas Carol||Walt Disney Pictures||$175–200 million||$325,286,646|
|2011||Mars Needs Moms||$150 million||$39,549,758|
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