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Company typeSubsidiary
FoundedMay 1989; 35 years ago (1989-05)
FounderSteven Spielberg
Defunct1997; 27 years ago (1997)
SuccessorDreamWorks Animation
HeadquartersPark House, 207-211 The Vale, ,
Key people
Kate Mallory (studio manager)
Simon Wells (director)
Cynthia Woodbyrne (production manager)
ProductsAnimated films
ParentAmblin Entertainment

Amblimation was the British animation production subsidiary of Amblin Entertainment.[1][2] It was formed by Steven Spielberg in May 1989, following the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and after he parted ways with Don Bluth, due to creative differences. It was stationed in what was originally the D. Napier & Son factory in Acton, London and had 250 crew members from 15 different nations.[3] It only produced three feature films: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), and Balto (1995), all three of which were composed by James Horner and distributed by Universal Pictures. The company's mascot, Fievel Mousekewitz, appears in its production logo.

The studio closed in 1997 after only eight years of operation and its office building became a self-storage facility called Access Self-Storage. All 250 of Amblimation's crew members went on to join DreamWorks Animation,[4] which was later acquired in 2016 by Universal's parent company NBCUniversal for $3.8 billion.[5]


Theatrical feature 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

See also


  1. ^ Hofmeister, Sallie (17 October 1994). "Hollywood Falls Hard for Animation". The New York Times – via
  2. ^ "A look inside Hollywood and the movies" - Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ "Animation Really Keeps Steven Spielberg Moving". The Morning Call. 17 November 1991. Retrieved 30 May 2020 – via
  4. ^ "Film: The Man Who Would Be Walt".
  5. ^ James, Meg (28 April 2016). "Comcast's NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation in $3.8-billion deal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 January 2019.