Blur Studio

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Blur Studio
IndustryVFX, animation
FoundedSeptember 1994
FounderTim Miller Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersCulver City, California
Key people

Blur Studio is an American-based production company which specialises in CGI visual effects, CGI animation and CGI design. Located in Culver City, California,[1] the studio has produced CGI-animated films, teasers and ad spots for television, as well as video-game CGI cinematics.


Founded in September 1994 by David Stinnett, Tim Miller, Cat Chapman and Al Shier,[2] Blur has worked on numerous projects earning critical acclaim[citation needed]. Sometime in the early 2000s, the studio took interest in the Bionicle toyline by The Lego Group and came up with an idea for a Bionicle film, and a short test pitch was created, under the title "Tahu Nuva vs Kohrak". The project did not manage to be green light by Lego, however a direct-to-video film was eventually made in 2003. The final animation for the film was eventually handled by Creative Capers Entertainment.[3]

The studio worked on the 2004 short film Gopher Broke which was nominated for 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.[4]

In 2009, they assisted with the creation of CGI environments in the Academy Award-winning film Avatar.

In 2011, Blur created the opening title sequence for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the first book of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and directed by David Fincher.[5][6]

They created the "Heaven and Hell" sequence for South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.[7]

Blur Studio produced a cinematic trailer for the video game PlanetSide 2 titled "Death is No Excuse."[8][9] They were also responsible for the cinematic trailers of Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Knight. They remade the Halo 2 cutscenes for Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014)[10] and produced the cutscenes for Halo Wars 2 (2017)[11] after doing so for Halo Wars (2009).[12]

In 2016, Miller and the studio returned to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and were involved with the film adaptation of the series which was in development at Sony Pictures until they put the project into turnaround and sold the rights to Paramount Pictures in 2017.[13] The film was released in February 14, 2020 in collaboration with Sega and their animation studio, Marza Animation Planet, and Original Film. A sequel was released on April 8, 2022.[14][15]

In 2019, the studio produced the animation for the Netflix anthology series Love, Death & Robots, created by Tim Miller, and also produced the second volume of the series. On May 16, 2019, it was announced that Blur Studio's film The Goon, based on the 1999 comic of the same name by Eric Powell, secured a distribution deal with 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.[16]


Film and television[edit]

Year Title
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
2009 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron
2019 Love, Death & Robots
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog
2022 Sonic the Hedgehog 2
2024 Sonic the Hedgehog 3


Year Title
1998 CarnEvil
2001 Quake III Revolution
2001 Return to Castle Wolfenstein
2003 Need for Speed: Underground
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2005 Shadow the Hedgehog
2006 Sonic the Hedgehog
2009 Halo Wars
2009 Star Wars: The Old Republic
2009 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
2014 Dark Souls II
2014 Halo 2 Anniversary
2017 Halo Wars 2
2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
2020 Valorant


Year Title
2003 SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D
2008 The Simpsons Ride



  1. ^ "About Blur Studio".
  2. ^ Intergraph Computer Systems (February 12, 1997). "Intergraph Workstations Play Starring Role in "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" at Blur Studio". Business Wire. The Free Library. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tahu Nuva vs Kohrak". May 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Jessen, Taylor (February 24, 2005). "Children and Animals (and Reluctant Animators): The 2005 Oscar Nominees for Best Animated Short". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  5. ^ "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) — Art of the Title". 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  6. ^ "Blur Studio: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ~ Titles (2012) | ventilate". 2012-01-10. Archived from the original on 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  7. ^ Felperin, Leslie (September 1999). "South Park Bigger Longer & Uncut". Sight and Sound. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "PlanetSide 2: Death is no excuse". Destructoid. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Blur Studio delivers epic new 'Planetside 2' trailer". NBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  10. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (November 10, 2014). "'Master Chief Collection' developers discuss 10-year evolution of 'Halo 2' cinematics". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  11. ^ "Halo Wars 2 BLUR". BLUR Studio. June 14, 2016. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Halo Wars BLUR". BLUR Studio. 2009. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (October 31, 2016). "'Deadpool' Director Shifts to Sony's 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 28, 2020). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Sequel in the Works". Variety. Archived from the original on May 29, 2020. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  15. ^ Fuster, Jeremy (July 23, 2020). "'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' Gets April 2022 Release Date". TheWrap. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  16. ^ Trumbore, Dave (May 16, 2019). "'The Goon' in Development at Long Last Through Disney's Fox with Chernin Group". Collider. Retrieved September 21, 2019.