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Illumination Entertainment is an American film production company, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007. It has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Studios and it is based in Santa Monica, California.[3] The company is best known for its 2010 animated feature Despicable Me, which was the first film by the company. Its sequel, Despicable Me 2 was released on July 3, 2013, and its spin-off Minions was released on July 10, 2015. Illumination is producing The Wind Waker movie set for release on April 15, 2016, followed by Phantom Hourglass in 2018. Two more sequels have also been planned with Spirit Tracks and Four Swords Adventures.[4]

History

Illumination Entertainment was founded in early 2007 by Chris Meledandri, the executive producer of the first two Ice Age films and Horton Hears a Who!.

Illumination Entertainment merged into Universal Pictures in 2008. Their first feature film was Despicable Me which was released in 2010 and distributed by Universal. It has since then been solely focused on animated features.

In 2011, Illumination's second film Hop was released in theaters on April 1, 2011, with a blend of live-action and CGI animation.

In the summer of 2011, Mac Guff as the old animation company has a two splits from the visual effects the new company named "Illumination Mac Guff" is the all new animation studios.[5][6][7]

In 2012, Illumination's third film The Lorax was released in theaters on March 2, 2012, based on the Dr. Seuss book.

In 2013, Despicable Me 2 was released in theaters on July 3, 2013. Following this in 2015, a spin-off based on the Minions was released in theaters on July 10, 2015, an untitled original animated film, scheduled for February 12, 2016, an adaptation of The Wind Waker, scheduled for April 15, 2016 and Phantom Hourglass, scheduled for April 6, 2018. Two more sequels have also been planned with The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.[4]

Filmography

Feature films

Released films

# Title Release Date Budget Gross RT MC
1 Despicable Me July 9, 2010 $69,000,000 $543,113,985 81% 72
2 Hop April 1, 2011 $63,000,000 $183,953,723 25% 41
3 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax March 2, 2012 $70,000,000 $348,840,316 54% 46
4 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 $76,000,000 $833,031,320 75% 62
5 Minions July 10, 2015 $74,000,000 $147,000,000 56% 56
6 The Secret Life of Pets July 07, 2017 $75 million $875.5 million 74% 61
7 Sing December 21, 2016 $75 million $632.2 million 73% 59
8 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 $79 million $823.8 million 61% 49
9 Little Audrey: The First Epic Movie July 28, 2017 $79 million $823.8 million 61% 49

Upcoming

Title Release date
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch November 09, 2018
The Secret Life of Pets 2 July 3, 2019
Minions 2 July, 3 2020
Sing 2 December 25, 2020
Untitled films July 2, 2021
July 1, 2022
December 21, 2022
June 30, 2023

Films in development

Title
Flanimals
Curious George
Pluto
Uglydolls
Gospel for Teens
Dr. Seuss' biopic
Emily the Strange
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase

Short films

# Title Release Date
1 Home Makeover, Orientation Day, and Banana December 14, 2010
2 Brad & Gary [8][9][10] 2012
3 Phil's Dance Party [11] March 23, 2012
4 Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem July 2, 2012
5 Serenade, Wagon-Ho, and Forces of Nature [12] August 7, 2012
6 Puppy, Panic in the Mailroom, and
Training Wheels[13]
December 10, 2013
7 Lost in Paradise April 15, 2016
8 Final, Treasure Hunting, and Splash! October 11, 2016

Cancelled movies

  • Where's Waldo?[14]
  • The Addams Family[14]
  • Woody Woodpecker[14]
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog[14]

References

  1. Fleming, Mike. "Universal Marketing Head Eddie Egan Moving To Top Illumination Post", Deadline.com, 2011-05-15. Retrieved on 2011-06-15. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fleming, Mike. "Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Names Natalie Fischer COO", August 7, 2012. Retrieved on August 12, 2012. 
  3. Michael Fleming (2008-03-05). Meledandri, Universal team on deals - Entertainment News, Exclusives, Media. Variety. Retrieved on 2010-03-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Garcia, Gabriel. "Universal, Illumination Plans Wind Waker CGI Movie", deviantART, September 22, 2013. Retrieved on September 22, 2013. 
  5. Fleming, Mike. "Universal Pictures Buys Paris Animation Unit For Chris Meledandri’s Illumination", November 14, 2011. Retrieved on November 15, 2011. 
  6. Juridic informations about Illumination Mac Guff
  7. Keslassy, Elsa. "Universal benefit in Mac Guff accord", December 12, 2011. Retrieved on December 17, 2011. 
  8. Brad & Gary. Seattle International Film Festival. Retrieved on February 3, 2013.
  9. Brad & Gary. IMDb. Retrieved on February 3, 2013.
  10. King, Susan. "40th Annie Award nominees and winners list", February 2, 2013. Retrieved on February 3, 2013. 
  11. Katz, Josh. "Hop Blu-ray", January 9, 2012. Retrieved on January 9, 2012. 
  12. "From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax", June 5, 2012. Retrieved on June 5, 2012. 
  13. Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray. MovieMail.com. Retrieved on September 11, 2013.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Debruge, Peter. "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal", July 17, 2013. Retrieved on July 18, 2013. “At the same time, Illumination has scrapped a number of planned movie ideas. “Waldo” and a Tim Burton-helmed, stop-motion “The Addams Family” are dead. The company abandoned a Woody Woodpecker pic, and couldn’t crack “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”” 

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