Colossal Pictures

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Colossal Pictures
Industry Media
Fate Closed
Successor USFX, M5 Industries, WildBrain
Founded 1976
Defunct August 31, 1999
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Key people
Drew Takahashi
Gary Gutierrez
Japhet Asher
Products animation
stop-motion
computer graphics
special effects
interactive
live action
Subsidiaries USFX (1982-96)
BIG Pictures (1989-94)
Noyes and Laybourne (1991-96)

Colossal Pictures (styled as (Colossal) Pictures or (C)P) was an entertainment company[1] that developed and produced television programming, advertising, network branding, and visual effects. Colossal's work has won every major industry award, from the Clio, Emmy and Grammy to the Cannes Gold Lion and Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Top Honor.

History[edit]

In the mid-1970s, Drew Takahashi and Gary Gutierrez were working with John Korty on animated shorts for children's programs such as Vegetable Soup. When Vegetable Soup was renewed for a second season, Korty began working on a movie, and suggested to Drew and Gary that they start their own production company. The two founded (Colossal) Pictures in 1976, and worked on projects such as shorts for Vegetable Soup, the opening sequence of The Grateful Dead Movie and commercials for Boise Cascade Company, KQED, KSAN-FM and Gap Inc.[2] The Boise Cascade commercial received national attention and attracted many businesses to Colossal.

In 1981, Colossal began producing dozens of network IDs for MTV, which led to the company receiving more high-profile clients including Nickelodeon, Levi's, and Coca-Cola. The following year, Gary Gutierrez launched USFX, a new division of Colossal Pictures, while he was working on The Right Stuff. Colossal Pictures started producing computer animation in 1983, when they collaborated with Pacific Data Images to produce a commercial for the Atari game Joust and a network ID for MTV. In 1986, Colossal began working with Western Images using a Quantel Harry unit, resulting in Colossal being able to create state-of-the-art computer graphics. In 1989, Colossal Pictures launched a new division, BIG Pictures, which produced television programs. That September, Colossal Pictures began representing Pixar to produce CGI commercials. As part of the deal, Colossal would receive a project and develop the storyboards, while Pixar animated the project.[3] Colossal Pictures terminated its relationship with Pixar in 1992 when they started production on Toy Story for Walt Disney Pictures.

In the early-1990s, well-known artists like Caroline Leaf and Henry Selick were hired to direct commercials at Colossal. In 1991, Colossal Pictures began representing Sculptoons and the Brothers Quay. That same year, Colossal Pictures joined forces with New York City production company Noyes and Laybourne, and it became (C)P's East Coast division. After Colossal Pictures' relationship with Pixar ended, the company hired Brad deGraff to head a new digital media division, which produced projects such as The Moxy Show, RoboCop: The Ride, and two Living Books games. In October 1994, (C)P employees John Hays, Phil Robinson, and Jeff Fino left the company and launched a new animation studio, WildBrain. Colossal Pictures closed BIG Pictures shortly after.

Earlier in 1994, Colossal Pictures created exhibits for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Due to cost overruns, production delays and other problems, the museum refused to pay all of Colossal's bills. In April 1996, Colossal Pictures laid off a third of its staff, including co-founder Gary Gutierrez, and on May 30, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Colossal sued the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for $1,200,000 in damages plus $10,000,000 in punitive damages. That year, Colossal Pictures signed a development deal with the Disney Channel to produce longer content. The deal led to (C)P producing interstitial series Frankenguy & The Professor and The Mix-ups plus the Zoog Disney block for the channel. After (C)P decided to restructure itself into a smaller company, consolidating all of its activities into one building in the process, they emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 1, 1997. Jamie Hyneman, manager of Colossal Pictures’ model shop, took over the facility and turned it into M5 Industries.[4]

Although Colossal Pictures was able to sustain itself the following year with a lean work force, the company experienced a downturn in revenue at the beginning of 1999. On August 31, Colossal Pictures closed after 23 years in business. The decision was made in order to liquidate property and honor outstanding debts. Many of Colossal Pictures' employees, such as Ed Bell, Charlie Canfield, and George Evelyn moved to WildBrain as a result. Colossal Pictures' main building is currently occupied by Wingz.

Work[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Title Year
Vegetable Soup 1976 animated sequences New York State Education Department
The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 opening sequence Grateful Dead
What Is An American? 1979 short film Pyramid Films
The Black Stallion title sequence & storyboards American Zoetrope
One from the Heart 1982 title sequence Zoetrope Studios
The Right Stuff 1983 special photographic effects & storyboards The Ladd Company
The Cotton Club 1984 title sequence & photography American Zoetrope
Seven Minutes in Heaven 1985 title sequence Warner Bros.
The Twilight Zone main titles & special effects CBS Productions
Raspberry Beret music video Prince
Get It On (Bang a Gong) music video The Power Station
A Chorus Line "Surprise, Surprise" music video Columbia Pictures
Fast Times 1986 main titles Universal Television
Partners, Brothers and Friends music video Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Children of a Lesser God title sequence Paramount Pictures
Peggy Sue Got Married title sequence and production American Zoetrope
Top Gun special effects Paramount Pictures
Eyes on the Prize 1987 main titles PBS
Gardens of Stone title sequence American Zoetrope
Flicks animation, opening titles, film dating Edward R. Pressman
The Running Man special visual effects Taft Entertainment
The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 special visual effects Universal Pictures
Tucker: The Man and His Dream title sequence Zoetrope Studios
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley [5] Hanna-Barbera
Dead Pan Alley set design for TV pilot KQED
New York Stories 1989 titles for "Life Without Zoë" American Zoetrope
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt title sequence New Yorker Films
The All-New Mickey Mouse Club main titles Walt Disney Television
The Betty Boop Movie Mystery 1990 as BIG Pictures King Features
Saturday Night Live main titles Broadway Video
Big Beast Quintet TV pilot Nickelodeon
Liquid Television 1991-1994 MTV
Back to the Future: The Animated Series 1991-1992 as BIG Pictures Universal Cartoon Studios
The Wish That Changed Christmas 1991 McDonald's
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 special effects American Zoetrope
Steam 1993 music video Peter Gabriel
Demolition Man virtual reality sex scene Silver Pictures
RoboCop: The Ride ridefilm Iwerks
Get A Haircut And Get A Real Job short film (Colossal) Pictures
The Moxy Show 1993-1995 Cartoon Network
Natural Born Killers 1994 animation Regency Enterprises
Mickey's Fun Songs opening sequence Walt Disney Home Video
Living Books: Ruff's Bone video game Random House/Brøderbund
Living Books: Little Monster at School
Tank Girl 1995 animation United Artists
Psychic Detective video game[6] Electronic Arts
Æon Flux MTV
Jack 1996 title sequence American Zoetrope
What A Cartoon! 1997 "Strange Things" Cartoon Network
Koala Lumpur: Journey to the Edge video game Broderbund
Frankenguy & The Professor interstitial series Disney Channel
ZOOB Toons short film Primordial Toys
Showtime Championship Boxing 1998 main titles Showtime Networks
The Mix-ups interstitial series Disney Channel
Super Chunk show packaging Cartoon Network
Zoog Disney 1998-1999 first season only; co-produced with Mondo Media Disney Channel

Commercials and branding[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.awn.com/mag/issue2.2/articles/cohencolossal2.2.html
  2. ^ Cohen, Karl (September 1999). "Colossal Memories". ASIFA San Francisco. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  3. ^ Walls, Jeannette (September 10, 1990). "Imitation Of Life". New York Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Jamie Hyneman". MythBusters: Jamie and Adam Unleased. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20000229172749/http://www.wildbraininc.com/company/bios/bio_hays.html
  6. ^ "Psychic Detective". Next Generation. Imagine Media (11): 108–9. November 1995. 

External links[edit]