Imagi Animation Studios

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Imagi Animation Studios Limited
TypePublic SEHK
IndustryCGI animation
Founded2000; 21 years ago (2000)
Defunct10 February 2010; 11 years ago (2010-02-10)
HeadquartersChai Wan, Hong Kong
Key people
  • President & Co-CEO: Francis Kao
  • Chairman: Francis Leung Pak To
  • Executive Director & Co-CEO: Soh Szu Wei
OwnerImagi International Holdings Limited
Number of employees
400 in Hong Kong[1]

Imagi Animation Studios, also known as Imagi Studios, was an animation studio, established in 2000 by Imagi International Holdings Limited (SEHK585), a Hong Kong-based investment company.


In 2000, Imagi Animation Studios was set up and production starts on its first project, the CG-animated television series Zentrix. The company had a studio in Chai Wan, Hong Kong, as well as a creative development and production facility in Los Angeles, California and a satellite office in Tokyo.

The company's first major CGI-animated theatrical film TMNT was released March 23, 2007 by Warner Bros. in the United States and Canada, opening No. 1 at the box office, and was being distributed internationally by the Weinstein Company. Imagi's focus was to create high-quality CG-animated feature films with superhero themes to entertain global audiences, combining Hollywood storytelling with computer animation done in Hong Kong.


In January 2009, Imagi's auditing firm announced that the studio lacked funding to complete the release of Cat Tale (which was to have been released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer[2]) and Gatchaman and art director Felix Ip reported that Gatchaman's release was not expected until later in 2009.[3] In June 2009, Imagi opened Gatchaman to licensing partners and announced a 3D theatrical release for 2011.[4] In October 2009, Imagi released Astro Boy, based on the manga series of the same name, the film was a box-office bomb, losing the company $23 million in the process.

In January 2010, Imagi's Hong Kong based parent company Imagi International Holdings Limited announced that the Gatchaman project will be "delivered in 100% Stereoscopic 3-D" and that in order to safeguard working capital, it closed its United States subsidiaries. This closure was finalized in late January with the layoff of approximately 30 staffers and the retaining of a few key personnel who will continue to work as consultants as Imagi seeks $30 million from investors to continue its animation projects.[5][6][7]

On February 5, 2010, following the financial failure of Astro Boy, Imagi Animation Studios closed its doors for good until it was removed.[8][9][10]


Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • The RRF in New Recruit (2010) (for Astro Boy)
  • Astro Boy vs. The Junkyard Pirates (2010) (for Astro Boy)

TV series[edit]

Cancelled films[edit]


  1. ^ Ho, Pui Yan (16 March 2009). 意馬新動畫《阿童木》決定400港產創意壯士前路. MoneyMonday (in Japanese). Hong Kong: Ming Pao. p. B3.
  2. ^ Cat Tale at Animation Magazine
  3. ^ It closed its doors as Imagi to assume another company name as to avoid any unclaimed debts to investors and staff. "Astro Boy maintenu, Gatchaman sur la corde raide" (in French). Otakia. 9 January 2009. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  4. ^ Tribbey, Chris (3 June 2009). "Imagi Seeks Licensing Deals for 'Gatchaman'". Home Media Magazine. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Imagi Animation Studio Closes Los Angeles Office". Anime News Network. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  6. ^ McLean, Thomas J. (29 January 2010). "Imagi Closes L.A. Studio". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  7. ^ Gediminas, J. (26 January 2010). "Imagi International Holdings Ltd (OTCBB: IINHY) Still In Talks To Raise Capital". Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  8. ^ "意馬數百員工面臨遣散" (in Chinese). 6 February 2010. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ "Imagi Animation liquidator cut of more than 300 people" (in Chinese). Oriental Daily. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  10. ^ "HK studio behind 'TMNT,' 'Astro Boy' shuts down (AP)". Yahoo. Associated Press. 9 February 2010. Archived from the original on 14 February 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Gunpla Builders, CG Gatchaman Promo Videos Streamed". Anime News Network. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Imagi Launches Testujin 28 site with CG Test Trailer". Anime News Network. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
  13. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (4 August 2013). "Footage From the Unproduced Legend of Zelda CG-Animated Movie". IGN. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  14. ^ "Imagi revives 'Tusker' tale". 10 August 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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