Reel FX Creative Studios

Reel FX Creative Studios (also known as Reel FX Animation Studios for theatrical animated feature films or simply Reel FX) is an American computer animation studio based in Dallas, Texas, Hollywood, California and Montreal. The studio develops and produces award-winning animated films, short form and theme park content.[3] Its first original animated feature film, Free Birds, was released in 2013 and grossed over $110 million worldwide, despite receiving negative reviews. Its second film, The Book of Life was released in 2014 to widely positive reviews and received several nominations, including Best Animated Feature Nominations from the Golden Globe's, Critics’ Choice Awards, Producers Guild Awards and Annie Awards.[4] Rumble will be the 3rd original film from Reel FX, in conjunction with Paramount Animation, and is slated to be released on January 29, 2021.

Reel FX
PredecessorDNA Productions
Headquarters301 North Crowdus Street, ,
Number of locations
1575 N. Gower St, Suite 380 Hollywood, CA, United States

1751 Richardson Street, Suite 1100 Montreal QC
Area served
Key people
Steve O'Brien (CEO, Chairman)[1]
David Ross (President)
Chuck Peil (EVP/Partnerships)
David Parrish (SVP/Prod)
Jared Mass (Head of Originals)
ProductsFeature films
Special Attractions
ServicesCGI animation
Visual effects
Motion design
Number of employees
350 (2013)[2]

The studio also does animation for other studios, including UglyDolls for STX Entertainment, and Scoob! for Warner Animation Group,


In March 2007, Reel FX acquired Radium, a California-based digital studio that was founded in 1996 by Jonathan Keeton and Simon Mowbray.[5] As part of the acquisition, the studio re-branded itself in 2010 to Radium/Reel FX, and in February 2012 to Reel FX.[6] Since 2007, Reel FX has been presenting the Texas Avery Animation Award, created by the studio to "celebrate career achievement in animation".[7][8] The award, which is named after the Texas-born animator and cartoonist Tex Avery, is awarded each year at Dallas International Film Festival in a form of a bronze casting of Avery's Wolf character.[7]

On December 2010, it was announced that Reel FX produced an untitled 3D film with producer Andrew Adamson and Cirque du Soleil.[9] In January 2012, it was announced by Paramount Pictures that it had acquired worldwide rights to the film, now titled Worlds Away directed by Adamson and executive-produced by James Cameron.[10] In October 2012, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Reel FX's connection to the 2012 feature film, Rise of the Guardians. (The film is based on Reel FX's short film, The Man in the Moon, directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg at Reel FX Creative Studios. It is also based on Joyce's book series, The Guardians of Childhood.[11])

Beginning with Free Birds in 2013, all Reel FX's in-house feature films are released under its Reel FX Animation Studios banner.[12]

From 2009 to 2013, Reel FX completed its first original animated feature film Free Birds.[13] Originally titled Turkeys[14] and scheduled for the release of 2014, but it was pulled back to November 1, 2013.[13] Jimmy Hayward directed the film, which tells a story about two turkeys who travel back in time to prevent their species from being the traditional Thanksgiving meal.[13] In February 2012, the studio announced a new CG-animated film, The Book of Life, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro. It is described as a "Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop."[15] In December 2012, it was reported that the studio has partnered with 20th Century Fox Animation to produce the film,[16] and scheduled for October 3, 2014, but it was pushed back to October 17.[17] Rumble is their next original film, slated with Paramount for a January 29, 2021 release, directed by Hamish Grieve.


Original productionsEdit

Released filmsEdit

# Title Release date Co-production with Directors Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away December 21, 2012 Cirque du Soleil Burlesco
Strange Weather Films
Cameron Pace Group
Andrew Adamson $25 million $34.2 million 47% 51
2 Free Birds November 1, 2013 Relativity Media Jimmy Hayward $55 million $110.4 million 19% 38
3 The Book of Life October 17, 2014 20th Century Fox Animation Jorge R. Gutierrez $50 million $99.7 million 82% 67

Upcoming filmsEdit

# Title Release date Ref(s) Co-production with Directors
4 Rumble January 29, 2021 [18][19][20][21][22] Walden Media
WWE Studios
Paramount Animation
Hamish Grieve

In developmentEdit

# Title Ref(s) Directors
5 Space Kung Fu Punch [23] Jorge R. Gutierrez
6 The Book of Life 2 [24] Jorge R. Gutierrez

Short filmsEdit

Contract workEdit

Feature filmsEdit

# Title Release date Co-production with Directors
1 The Wild April 14, 2006 C.O.R.E. Feature Animation
Walt Disney Pictures
Steve Williams
2 Everyone's Hero September 15, 2006 IDT Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Christopher Reeve
Colin Brady
Daniel St. Pierre
3 Rock Dog February 24, 2017 Summit Entertainment
Huayi Brothers
Ash Brannon
4 Sherlock Gnomes March 23, 2018 Paramount Animation
Rocket Pictures
Mikros Image
John Stevenson
5 UglyDolls May 3, 2019 STX Entertainment
Alibaba Pictures
Troublemaker Studios
Huaxia Film Distribution
Kelly Asbury
6 Scoob! May 15, 2020[26][27] Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Animation Group[26]
Tony Cervone

Direct-to-video filmsEdit



Short filmsEdit

Theme park attractionsEdit

Virtual worldsEdit

Production logosEdit


  • Mass Animation - Live Music


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  2. ^ Mallory, Michael (October 12, 2013). "Get Ready for a Real Turkey Feast!". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "With New Film The Book of Life, Studio Launches Virtual Reality Unit". Wall Street Journal. September 23, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
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  36. ^ "Reel FX Live from Annecy!". Reel FX. June 11, 2014. Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. Peil wrapped up the presentation with the 6th installment in the series of Looney Tunes shorts “Flash in the Pain”.
  37. ^ Boot Camp - A Best Fiends Animation
  38. ^ Visit Minutia - A Best Fiends Animation
  39. ^ Fort of Hard Knocks - A Best Fiends Animation
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