Reel FX Creative Studios

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Reel FX
Type Private company
Industry Entertainment
Predecessor(s) Radium/Reel FX
Founded 1993
Headquarters Dallas, Texas, United States
Number of locations Santa Monica, California, United States
Key people Steve O'Brien (CEO, Chairman)[1]
David Ross (President)
Aron Warner (President of Animation)[2]
Products Feature films
Special Attractions
Services CG Animation
Visual Effects
Motion design
Employees 350 (2013)[3]

Reel FX is an award-winning design, visual effects, animation and entertainment studio based in Dallas, Texas and Santa Monica, California.

In March 2007, Reel FX merged with Radium, a California based digital studio that was founded in 1996 by Jonathan Keeton and Simon Mowbray.[4] As part of the merge, the studio re-branded itself in 2010 to Radium/Reel FX, and in February 2012 to Reel FX.[5]

On December 2010, it was announced that Reel FX is producing an untitled 3D feature with producer Andrew Adamson and Cirque du Soleil.[6] In January 2012, it was announced by Paramount Pictures that Paramount had acquired worldwide rights to the 3D Cirque du Soleil film, now titled Worlds Away directed by Andrew Adamson and executive produced by James Cameron.[7]

From 2009 to 2013, Reel FX completed its first animated feature film Free Birds.[8] Originally titled Turkeys,[9] and scheduled for 2014, it is set to be released on November 1, 2013.[8] Jimmy Hayward directed the film, which tells a story about two turkeys who travel back in time to prevent their kind from becoming traditional holiday meal.[8]

A CG-animated feature adaptation of Beasts of Burden is another film that will be produced by Andrew Adamson and Reel FX.[10]

In February 2012, the studio announced a new CG-animated project, Book of Life. The 2014 release is directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez (El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera). Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) will be a creative producer on the project. The project is described as a "Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop."[11] In December 2012, it was reported that the studio has partnered with Fox Animation Studios to produce the film, which has been renamed to Book of Life,[12] and scheduled for October 3, 2014.[13]

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. It is also based on Joyce's book series, The Guardians of Childhood.[14]


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  • Mass Animation - Live Music


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry (October 25, 2012). "“Turkeys” get Greenlit at Reel FX". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Yamato, Jen (January 31, 2013). "'Shrek' Producer Aron Warner Named President Of Animation At Reel FX". Deadline. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Mallory, Michael (October 12, 2013). "Get Ready for a Real Turkey Feast!". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Radium Merges with Dallas' Reel FX". Pharos. March 7, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Behind The Scenes: The Reel FX Rebrand". Reel FX News. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (2010-12-07). "Andrew Adamson, James Cameron team with Cirque du Soleil on 3D Feature". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (2012-02-10). "Paramount Acquires Worldwide Rights To Andrew Adamson And James Cameron’s Cirque Du Soleil 3D Feature". Deadline Hollywood. 
  8. ^ a b c Shaw, Lucas (February 22, 2013). "Relativity Moves 'Turkeys' Up a Year; Amy Poehler Joins Voice Cast (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ Rebecca, Murray (March 27, 2013). "Turkeys is Now Free Birds". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Kit, Borys (2011-06-13). "Andrew Adamson Bringing Dark Horse Comic 'Beasts of Burden' to Big Screen". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  11. ^ a b Kit, Borys (2012-02-21). "Guillermo del Toro to Produce CG-Animated 'Day of the Dead' With Reel FX". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  12. ^ a b McClintock, Pamela (December 12, 2012). "Fox Animation Teaming With Guillermo del Toro on 'Book of Life' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Fox Dates ‘Frankenstein’ & ‘Chipmunks 4,’ Sets 2017-2018 Animated Slate". Deadline. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2012-10-11). "Rise of the Guardians: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  15. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 10, 2012). "Danny DeVito to direct 'Honeymoon' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (December 12, 2012). "Brad Peyton To Write, Direct ‘Monument 14′ For Reel FX And Strange Weather". Deadline. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (September 30, 2013). "Reel FX Sets Animated Film ‘W.I.S.H. Police’". Deadline. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  18. ^ Kit, Borys (2010-03-17). "Granat, Reel FX form Bedrock Studios". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  19. ^ Animation Mentor (April 2010). "Animator Interview with Mentor Ray Chase". Animation Mentor. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  20. ^ Qidong, Zhang (November 23, 2012). "Animation studio sees role for China". China Daily. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  21. ^ Desowitz, Bill (2010-07-30). "O'Callaghan Talks Coyote Falls". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  22. ^ a b "Looney Tunes "Daffy’s Rhapsody"". Reel FX. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  23. ^ Reel FX (July 2, 2012). "It’s Time For Minion Mayhem at Universal Orlando". Reel FX. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Gina Kowerko". Media Match. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 

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