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SuccessorDreamWorks Animation
FounderSteven Spielberg
Key people
Cindy Woodbyrne (Manager)
Simon Wells (Director)
ProductsAnimated films
ParentAmblin Entertainment

Amblimation was the animation production arm of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.[1][2] It only made three films that include An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) and Balto (1995), which were all distributed by Universal Pictures. The studio was shut down in 1997 and some of the Amblimation staff went on to join DreamWorks Animation[3], which was later acquired in 2016, by Universal's parent company NBCUniversal for $3.8 billion[4], making it Universal's third animation unit following Universal Animation Studios and Illumination. The company's mascot, Fievel Mousekewitz (An American Tail), appears in its production logo. A project to adapt the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats was in the making, but was abandoned with the studio's closure.

Amblimation was known for its quieter atmosphere, more subdued acting, and more atmospheric pace compared to a great deal of American animated films; these qualities usually led to underperformance at American box offices and may have factored in the decision to close the studio down.


Theatrical films

Release Date Title Box Office Gross
November 22, 1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West $40.6 million
November 24, 1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story $9.3 million (US)
December 22, 1995 Balto $11.3 million


Note: All series were co-produced with Universal Animation Studios.

See also


  1. ^ "Hollywood Falls Hard for Animation" - New York Times
  2. ^ "A look inside Hollywood and the movies" - Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ "Film: The Man Who Would Be Walt" - New York Times
  4. ^ James, Meg. "Comcast's NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation in $3.8-billion deal". Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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