20th Television Animation

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20th Television Animation
FormerlyFox Television Animation (1999–2020)
TypeDivision
IndustryTelevision production
FoundedMay 19, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-05-19)
Headquarters,
Key people
Marci Proietto (President)
Chris Cikowski (Vice President)
ProductsTelevision animation
OwnerDisney General Entertainment Content
(The Walt Disney Company)
ParentDisney Television Studios
(Walt Disney Television)

20th Television Animation (formerly Fox Television Animation) is an American animation studio that creates, develops and produces adult animated television series and specials. It is a unit of Disney Television Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Television, which is part of the Disney General Entertainment Content division of The Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment distributes the films produced by 20th Television Animation in home media under the 20th Century Studios Home Entertainment banner.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Fox Television Animation logo before Disney rebranded it after the acquisition.

1999–2020: 20th Century Fox Television and 20th Television animation unit[edit]

The studio was established on May 19, 1999.[4] Its first project was the continued production of Family Guy for its third season, which it took over from the series' previous home at Film Roman for seasons one and two. The studio would become the home of future animated series co-created by Seth MacFarlane: American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.[5] In 2016, Fox Television Animation assumed production of Matt Groening's The Simpsons, once again taking over from Film Roman.

Most animated projects from 20th Television Animation are subcontracted to third party animation production companies such as Film Roman, Titmouse, Inc., Bento Box Entertainment and Rough Draft Studios, but the company maintains 20th Television Animation as an in-house option. Because the company acts as a production house for hire, it is not treated as a labeled division of 20th Century Studios like Touchstone Television or Searchlight Pictures. The studio specializes in animation pre-production and post-production, while the actual animation production is handled by studios in South Korea. 20th Television Animation's frequent contractors include Digital eMation, Yearim Productions, AKOM Production, and Rough Draft Korea.

The studio maintains a location in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles[6][7] Its workers are represented by The Animation Guild, I.A.T.S.E. Local 839.[8]

2019–present: under Disney Television Studios[edit]

In March 2019, 20th Century Fox Television, 20th Television and Fox Television Animation were acquired by the Walt Disney Company and integrated into Walt Disney Television as part of Disney Television Studios.[9] In September 2020, the animation company was renamed as 20th Television Animation starting with newer episodes of shows in production at the company.

In December 2020, it was announced that 20th Television Animation would be relaunched as a standalone unit from 20th Television. In March 2021, Marci Proietto was tentatively named as president of the company. It eventually went into effect in September with the on-screen logo for the company first appearing after the credits for the season 33 premiere of The Simpsons, the season 2 premiere of The Great North, the season 12 premiere of Bob's Burgers and the season 20 premiere of Family Guy. 20th Television Animation focuses on producing and developing animated projects targeted at adults, as opposed to their children-targeted sister studio Disney Television Animation. Under the new incarnation, 20th Television Animation would assume executive supervision of the production of all animated projects that had, up to that point, been overseen by 20th Television. This allowed series that 20th Television Animation was already producing animation for under 20th Television's watch to be brought entirely under one company, while series whose animation was produced by a third party company would retain that relationship, with 20th Television Animation only absorbing the above-the-line production and acting as the new client for the animation contractor.[10][11]

On March 16, 2022, it was announced that the studio would collaborate with children-targeted sister studio Disney Television Animation, for the creation of young adult animated series, mini-series and movies for Disney+.[12][13][14]

Filmography[edit]

Series[edit]

Title[15] Creator(s) Year(s) Network Co-production with Notes
The Simpsons Matt Groening 1989–present Fox Gracie Films Animation service from season 2832; production company since season 33
King of the Hill Mike Judge
Greg Daniels
1997–2010 Fox (seasons 1–13)
Hulu (season 14)
3 Arts Entertainment
Deedle-Dee Productions
Judgemental Films
Production company for upcoming revival[16]
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane 1999–present Fox Fuzzy Door Productions Animation service from season 319; production company since season 20
Futurama Matt Groening 1999–2013 Fox (seasons 1–4)
Comedy Central (seasons 5–7)
Hulu (season 8)
The ULULU Company[a]
Rough Draft Studios (animation)
Production company for upcoming revival[17] to be credited as "30th Television Animation"
American Dad! Seth MacFarlane
Mike Barker
Matt Weitzman
2005–present Fox (2005–2014)
TBS (2014–present)
Fuzzy Door Productions
Underdog Productions
Animation service from season 118; production company since season 19
The Cleveland Show Seth MacFarlane
Richard Appel
Mike Henry
2009–2013 Fox Fuzzy Door Productions
Person Unknown Productions
Happy Jack Productions
Animation service only; credited as Fox Television Animation throughout its run
Bob's Burgers Loren Bouchard 2011–present Fox Wilo Productions
Buck & Millie Productions (seasons 2–10)
Bento Box Entertainment (animation)
Production company since season 12
Duncanville Amy Poehler
Mike Scully
Julie Thacker Scully
2020–2022 Fox Paper Kite Productions
Scullys
3 Arts Entertainment (uncredited)
Universal Television
Fox Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment (animation)
Production company for season 3; last six episodes produced for season 3 released on Hulu on October 18[18]
Solar Opposites Justin Roiland
Mike McMahan
2020–present Hulu
Disney+ (international)
Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions! (2020–2022)
Important Science
Bardel Entertainment (animation)
Production company since season 3
Central Park Loren Bouchard
Josh Gad
Nora Smith
2020–present Apple TV+ Wilo Productions
Angry Child Productions
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Bento Box Entertainment (animation)
Production company for season 3
The Great North Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy Molyneux
Minty Lewis
2021–present Fox Double Molyneux Sister Sheux
Wilo Productions
Fox Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment (animation)
Production company since season 2
Hit-Monkey[19] Will Speck
Josh Gordon
2021–present Hulu Speck Gordon Inc.
Floyd County Productions
Production company for season 2
Koala Man[20] Michael Cusack 2023–present Hulu
Disney+ (international)
Cusack Creatures
Hermit House
Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions! (2023)
Bento Box Entertainment (animation)
Princess Pictures
Upcoming
Praise Petey[21] Anna Drezen TBA Freeform ShadowMachine
Bandera Entertainment
Standing By[22] Dan Levy
Ally Pankiw
TBA Hulu Not a Real Company Productions
Bento Box Entertainment

Specials[edit]

Title Release date Network Co-production with
The Paloni Show! Halloween Special![23] October 17, 2022 (2022-10-17) Hulu Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions!

Short films[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

Title Release date Director(s) Release with Notes
Inside the CIA April 8, 2005 (2005-04-08) Seth MacFarlane Fever Pitch Released in the special features of the American Dad Volume 1 DVD.
The Longest Daycare July 13, 2012 (2012-07-13) David Silverman Ice Age: Continental Drift The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2013.
Playdate with Destiny March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06) Onward It was released to Disney+ on April 10, 2020, a month after the films premiere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[24]
My Butt Has a Fever May 6, 2022 (2022-05-06) Loren Bouchard & Bernard Derriman Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness[b] The short was planned for a theatrical release in 2020 in front of an undetermined Disney film, but was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic closing down movie theaters.[25]

Disney+[edit]

Title Release date Network Co-production with Notes
The Force Awakens from Its Nap May 4, 2021 (2021-05-04) Disney+ Gracie Films The Simpsons homage to Star Wars
The Good, the Bart, and the Loki July 7, 2021 (2021-07-07) The Simpsons homage to the Marvel Universe
Plusaversary November 12, 2021 (2021-11-12) The Simpsons celebration of Disney+ Day
When Billie Met Lisa April 22, 2022 (2022-04-22) The Simpsons homage to Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles
Welcome to the Club September 8, 2022 (2022-09-08) The Simpsons homage to the Disney Villains
The Simpsons Meet the Bocellis in "Feliz Navidad" December 15, 2022 (2022-12-15)

Theatrical films[edit]

Released films[edit]

Title Release date Director(s) Co-production with Distributor Budget Gross
The Simpsons Movie July 27, 2007 (2007-07-27) David Silverman Gracie Films 20th Century Fox $75 million[26] $536.4 million[26]
The Bob's Burgers Movie May 27, 2022 (2022-05-27) Loren Bouchard
Bernard Derriman
20th Century Family
Wilo Productions
20th Century Studios[c] $38 million[27] $34.1 million[28]

Upcoming films[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Credited as The Curiosity Company during first two runs.
  2. ^ The short premiered exclusively at Alamo Drafthouse screenings only.
  3. ^ under Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

References[edit]

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  8. ^ The Animation Guild Studio List
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