Fox Animation Studios

Return to Phoenix, Arizona - Visiting the Old "Fox Animation Studios" Building

Visiting the Old "Fox Animation Studios" Building in Phoenix Arizona in 2012. The photograph in the first image was taken on my first day of work back in 1995.

Yesterday I went by the old "Fox Animation Studios" building where I started my career back in 1995. (Click on the small image to the left, to see the full-size images.)

The photograph I'm holding in the first image was taken on my first day of work in August of 1995. I worked there for Over 4 years.

At this studio we completed 3 Animated Feature Films for 20th Century Fox. "Anastasia" (1997), "Bartok the Magnificent" (1998), and "Titan A.E." (2000) with Director's Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Clicking the links to the movies will open up previous "Career Highlights" blog entries about my time working on those films.

The studio closed down halfway into the year 2000. The building has been boarded up behind a barb-wire fence since then, and It's scheduled to be demolished this summer since it's really prime real-estate in the ritzy "Biltmore" shopping area of Phoenix. So while visiting my friends in Phoenix, I thought I'd stop by and get some photos for the last time.

Really what this building represents to me is one of the best moments in my career, some of the best years in my life, and its the place I met the many talented friends, who I remain friends with today. I'm grateful to know them all. :)

Career Highlights - "Titan A.E" - 2000

Original theatrical poster for Titan A.E (c) 2000 Twentieth Century Fox



Following "Anastasia" and "Bartok the Magnificent", we produced one last feature film... Read more »

Career Highlights - "Bartok The Magnificent" - 1999

DVD Cover Art of 20th Century Fox's "Bartok The Magnificent" (1999)

When "Anastasia" was finished, and about to be released in theaters, we took a few weeks and animated some custom "Bartok the Bat" commercial bumpers to show on Fox Kids Saturday morning cartoons.  Bartok would be 'hosting' the cartoon lineup for several weeks over the release of Anastasia in theaters.  The short clips were anywhere from 5-10 seconds, to longer 30 second shorts... and were pretty funny.  On the first weekend that Bartok was hosting, I decided to get up early and watch. To this day I am still confused why Fox only played the commercial for 'Anastasia' a couple times over this 6 hour cartoon lineup, while they played commercials for the re-release of Disney's 'Little Mermaid' and "Flubber" at nearly every commercial break.

Around the same time we animated the 'bumpers', we also created a little animation of Bartok for a Burger King - Kids Meal Commercial... the toys were really cool, including a working train set! Read more »

Career Highlights - "Anastasia" 1995-1997

Theatrical Movie Poster of 20th Century Fox's "Anastasia" (1997)


Just last night, on the Canadian TV Cartoon Channel "Teletoon", they played the first film I ever worked on as a professional... "Anastasia".  It's been shown many times on television since being released on Dvd about 10 years ago, and during the production of the film I must have watched it nearly 300 times in various states of completion (no exaggeration!)... but for some reason, last night I found myself watching it again, as it triggered many memories. So, it seems fitting that I start this "Career Highlights" section of the blog now... where it all began... Read more »

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