Monday, July 30, 2007

The Simpsons Worldwide

So let's see. The Simpsons Movie cost something around $75 million, with much of the work being done in Glendale and Burbank, California. And in its first three days of release it's collected a tidy sum:

The Simpsons family has taken over the worldwide box office with their first movie, raking in $84 million in the United States and more than $112 million in other countries.

20th Century Fox's massive publicity blitz paid off for the studio as "The Simpsons Movie" set an opening-day record for an animated film in Australia, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

What interests us is that a movie raking in bucks of this bigness will beget more movies of the same type that will also get made in the eastern San Fernando Valley.

Woo Hoo!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great news for sure. Sounds like The Simpson's Movie is on it's way to being a major 2D animation hit .

I'm unclear on something:

When you say "much of the work was done in Glendale and Burbank, CA" could you clarify exactly how much of the movie was animated, cleaned-up , and otherwise made in the U.S.A. ? (I'm assuming all the story work, storyboarding, visual development, character designs were done in the U.S.A. like on the TV version) . I had heard that the staff in the Glendale studio increased greatly in an effort to finish the movie on time, but percentage-wise how much of the film was animated in Glendale/Burbank vs. how much of it was animated in Korea as usual ?

Anonymous said...

animated or inbetweened in Korea...

With a budget of 75 Mil...I suppose much of that went to the voice cast??

Great opening nevertheless. Very exiting!!

Rufus.

s.r. hulett said...

When you say "much of the work was done in Glendale and Burbank, CA" could you clarify exactly how much of the movie was animated, cleaned-up , and otherwise made in the U.S.A. ? (I'm assuming all the story work, storyboarding, visual development, character designs were done in the U.S.A. like on the TV version).

The layouts, a lot of compositing, and a chunk of the animation were done at Starz Media (Burbank) and Rough Draft (Glendale.) This on top of the story, design and development work you mention.

I couldn't tell you what the percentages in-country to outside-country were. All I know is that they had a fairly high-powered animation crew in the East Valley (John Pomeroy among many others).

The fact that everybody performed so capably and well under a really back-breaking schedule is a testament to their dedication and professionalism.

Cathlin Hidalgo-Polvani said...

There was also a small assistant animation crew in the last few months of production at Starz Media.

df said...

I was lucky enough to be brought on to the Simpson project in the last few months as an EFX artist. Luckily for me, alot of work was saved to be done inhouse instead of getting shipped to Korea. It was the best crew and most fun I've ever had working in animation.

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