Vanguard Animation

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Vanguard Films & Animation
Company typePrivate
IndustryComputer animation
VFX
Motion capture
Animated
Founded2002; 22 years ago (2002)
FoundersJohn H. Williams
Neil Braun
Headquarters,
United States
Number of locations
3
Key people
John H. Williams (CEO)
Gary Chapman (Head of Prod.)
OwnerStarz Media (minority)
Number of employees
10
Websitevanguardanimation.com

Vanguard Films & Animation, often named only as Vanguard Animation, is an American production studio founded in 2002 by producer John H. Williams and Neil Braun.[1] The studio has offices in Vancouver, British Columbia , Canada and Ealing Studios in London, England, United Kingdom. Starz Media owns the studio's minority stake.

History[edit]

The studio was founded in 2002 by John H. Williams.[1] For its launch, it signed with Ealing Studios a four-picture deal to produce sub-$40 million computer-animated films.[2][3] The following year, Vanguard sold a minority stake to IDT Corporation and partnered with its animation unit, Digital Production Solutions, to co-produce and co-own all Vanguard's properties,[1][4] including Valiant (2005) produced for Disney.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

# Title Release date Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 Valiant August 19, 2005 (US) $61,746,888 32% 45%
2 Happily N'Ever After January 5, 2007 (US) $38,085,778 4% 28%
3 Space Chimps July 18, 2008 $64,834,964 33% 36%
4 Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back (DTV) May 28, 2010 $4,124,518 0%
5 Get Squirrely June 20, 2015 $1,224,520[5] 34%
6 Gnome Alone November 2, 2017 $10,800,715[6] 44%
7 Charming April 20, 2018 $8,751,856[7] 24%
8 Trouble August 8, 2019 $11,942,158[8] 36%
9 Fearless August 14, 2020 49%
10 Rally Road Racers May 12, 2023 $2,790,163 73%

Upcoming[edit]

Title Intended release date
Goose Chase TBD

Short films[edit]

  • Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance[9]

Unproduced projects[edit]

  • Citizen Siege - A science fiction thriller CGI-animated film that was to be co-produced by Vanguard and video game developer Oddworld Inhabitants.[10] The plot involves an expatriate who returns home to find that he has been repossessed, in a shady underhive-like world where a corporate government rules the continent.[11] The film was originally scheduled to release in 2009, but the date was pushed back to an unknown date. As of 2019, there have been no recent developments regarding the film's production.
  • Alien Rock Band[12]
  • Rotten Island[12]
  • Buzby[12]
  • City of Dragons[12]
  • Atomic Circus[12]
  • Oz Wars[13]
  • Ribbit[14]
  • The Twits
  • Galaxy High[15]
  • The Gnome King[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "IDT Media's Digital Production Solutions -DPS- Signs Joint Venture and Partnership Agreement with Vanguard Animation; DPS Also Gets First Look Rights on all Vanguard Animation Work". Business Wire. July 22, 2003. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The Walt Disney Studios and 'Shrek' producer John Williams partner for new CG animated film output". PR Newswire. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  3. ^ "The Walt Disney Studios and 'Shrek' Producer John Williams Partner For New CG Animated Film Output". The Free Library. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ Bloom, David (July 22, 2003). "Vanguard sells stake, inks IDT co-prod'n deal". Variety. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Get Squirrely". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Gnome Alone (2017)". Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Charming (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Trouble (2019)". Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Citizen Siege - the Oddworld Encyclopædia".
  11. ^ "Video Game News & Reviews".
  12. ^ a b c d e "Panda's Stevenson Joins Vanguard's Alien Rock Band" (Press release). Animation World Network. 2010-11-08. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  13. ^ "Mike Johnson to Helm Animated Oz Wars" (Press release). ComingSoon.net. 2010-12-15. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  14. ^ "Ribbit ~ Gary Chapman ~ Vanguard Animation".
  15. ^ a b Mike Fleming (May 10, 2011). "Vanguard Makes Three-Picture Deal With Author/Scribe Ross Venokur". Deadline. Retrieved February 7, 2022.

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