Though there are uncountable movies and animation films coming up each year, are all of them worth remembering? The answer is obvious. This is so because there are only handfuls of animation companies that can be credited for being the pioneers in the field of cinematography. They are the ones known for the creation of incredibly amazing movies such as Titanic, Spirited Away, How to Train your Dragon etc. Thus our list provides a brief overview of the top 10 animation companies in the world.
Top Ten Animation Companies
Read further to know the top animation companies responsible for introducing innovative techniques into the world of cinematography.
1. Industrial Light & Magic
Credited for creating some of the most stunning images in the history of American cinema, Industrial Light & Magic has earned a reputation for bringing in a revolution to the standards of motion picture. The Academy Award-winning motion picture visual effects company was the brainchild of George Lucas that took form during May 1975. Though it originated in Van Nuys, California; currently it is based at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco. Star Wars, Harry Potter series, Forrest Gump, Titanic, Jurassic Park etc are few of its noteworthy creation.
Regarded as one amid the six major American Film studios, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation or simply Fox came into existence when Fox Film Corporation and Twentieth Century Pictures merged into one. During the course of more than seven decades, the animation company has produced a long list of commercially successful movies including Ice Age, X-Men, fantastic Four, Die Hard, Alien etc. At present Fox is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox and is located at Los Angeles’s Century City.
Frequently referred to as Nick, Nickelodeon is a basic cable and satellite television network in the America broadcasting shows targeted on kids, pre-teens and teenagers. Launched on 1st December, 1977; currently the animation production company is owned by a unit of Viacom – MTV Networks Kids & Family Group. As per the reports of august, 2013; Nickelodeon is accessible to more or less 98,799,000 pay television households all over the States.
DreamWorks is another top animation studio that has been entertaining audiences with box-office hit pictures since its inception in 1994. As of now, the company has released twenty seven feature films among which Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train your Dragon demands compulsory mention. Apart from multiple Annie & Emmy Awards, DreamWorks has even been honoured with two Academy Awards. Director and producer Steven Spielberg, former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and music executive David Geffen are the men behind the formation of the studio.
Grabbing the fifth position among the top 10 animation companies, Walt Disney Animation Studio is renowned world over for creating mind-blowing animated feature films, television specials and short films. Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 and Wreck-It Ralph being the latest, till date the company has released 52 feature films. The studio is also popular for introducing a number of techniques that later became the standard methods of traditional animation.
Notorious for CGI-animated feature films created with PhotoRealistic RenderMan, Pixar or Pixar Animation Studios began in 1979 as a Graphics Group. The studio has till date produced fourteen feature films, Toy Story being the initial one. Besides it also earns credits for several short stories that have been financially as well as critically successful. The studio has been awarded with seven Golden Globe Awards, 27 Academy Awards and eleven Grammy Awards. By 2013, Pixar has made more than $8.3 billion globally.
7. Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli is the sole Japanese animation production company that can be attributed for the maximum highest grossing anime movies in the nation. The animation company is such a talent in the sector of animation movies that three of its pictures were awarded with the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year accolade. Moreover, “Spirited Away” won an Oscar along with a Golden Bear for Best Animated Feature.
Renowned for dominating American animation TV serials during the mid-to-late 20th century, Hanna-Barbera came into existence during the summers of 1957. Over the decades, the animation production company has presented viewers with many hit animated Television shows like Yogi Bear, Jonny Quest, The Smurfs and Scooby-Doo.
9. Aardman Animations
Aardman is the only British animation studio that manages a position among the top 10 animation companies in the world as it is famous for creating movies with the help of stop-motion clay animation techniques. In 2006, when it released Flushed Away, the company made its entry into the world of computer animation market. During 1972, Peter Lord and David Sproxton laid the founding stone of the animation company and by the end of twentieth century it has turned out to be a global name among the animation sector.
10. Warner Bros. Animation
Focussing on the feature animation and production of television, Warner Bros Animation is the successor to Warner Bros. Cartoons. The studio took birth when the initial Warner Bros. Cartoon studio closed down during 1969 as a result of high cost and declining profits of short subject production. Apart from producing in house feature films, Warner Bros Animation is also at the moment engaged in the management of pictures produced by some other studios.