Illumination Entertainment is an American film production company, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007.[1]

History Edit

Meledandri left his post as President of 20th Century Fox Animation in early 2007 and founded Illumination Entertainment. By 2008, a deal was announced positioning Illumination as NBC Universal’s family entertainment arm that would produce one to two films a year starting in 2010. It is co-owned by Universal who exclusively distributes the films, but Illumination retains creative control as an independent production company.

Meledandri brought in John Cohen, with whom he worked at FOX, to head up creative, and Janet Healy, former Co-Head of Animation at DreamWorks Animation, to oversee production. Illumination’s production office is based in Santa Monica, California.

Process Edit

The company does not have an in-house animation studio. Instead it subscribes to a philosophy of "global film making" - contracting independent studios all over the world on a film-by-film basis. In its work, Illumination maintains creative control over development, script, marketing, publicity, and production, from under one roof but extends its reach across the globe to subcontractors which perform actual work. This is most practical in the field of animated films, since there is no need for actual sets and the presence of human actors. For instance, in the 2010 film Despicable Me, the computer graphics were subcontracted to Mac Guff studios in Paris, France.

Current projects Edit

The 3D CGI feature, Despicable Me, starring Steve Carell was released on July 9, 2010. The film earned $536 million and opening at #1 on its opening weekend. The second feature was live action/CGI hybrid called Hop, starring Russell Brand and James Marsden. and the third feature was CGI adapation of The Lorax, starring Danny DeVito.

Illumination is currently in production on Despicable Me 2, The sequel to the 2010 box office animated movie. Other films in pre-production include the animated feature adaptation of Ricky GervaisFlanimals books, as well as a 3D stop-motion animated film based on The Addams Family cartoons by Charles Addams, which Tim Burton will direct.

Filmography Edit

Feature films Edit

# Title Release Date Budget Gross RT IMDb
1 Despicable Me Template:Dts $69,000,000 $528,048,080 81% 7.6
2 Hop Template:Dts $63,000,000 $170,642,517 26% 5.1
3 The Lorax March 2, 2012

Short films Edit

# Title Release Date
1 Home Makeover December 14, 2010
2 Orientation Day December 14, 2010
3 Banana December 14, 2010
4 Phil's Dance Party March 23, 2012
5 3 'The Lorax Shorts Mini Movie August 7, 2012

Upcoming films Edit

Title Release Date Refs.
Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 [2][3]
Untitled 'Despicable Me' Minions spinoff December 13, 2014

Films in developmentEdit


External linksEdit

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