|Formerly||South Side Amusement Company (1984–1997)|
|Industry||Motion pictures, performance capture & CGI animation|
|Founded||March 1, 1984|
|Headquarters||Novato, California, U.S.|
|Robert Zemeckis, Doug Chiang, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke|
ImageMovers is an American independent film production company founded by director Robert Zemeckis in 1984 as South Side Amusement Company and in 1997, producers Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey came aboard and renamed it to ImageMovers. The company is known for producing such films as Cast Away (2000), What Lies Beneath (2000), The Polar Express (2004), and Monster House (2006). From 2007 to 2011, The Walt Disney Company and ImageMovers founded a joint venture animation facility known as ImageMovers Digital which produced two performance captured animated films: A Christmas Carol (2009) and Mars Needs Moms (2011) for Walt Disney Pictures.
South Side Amusement Company (1984–1997)
On March 1, 1984, Robert Zemeckis incorporated and founded the company as South Side Amusement Company. The company was in-name only from the beginning.
In the early 1990s, Zemeckis signed a production deal with Universal Pictures, to release films under the South Side Amusement Company banner. There, it is one of the producers of Death Becomes Her, Trespass, The Public Eye, The Frighteners and Contact.
Early years as ImageMovers (1997–2007)
In 1997, it was announced that South Side Amusement Company was rebranded to ImageMovers, and hired Creative Artists Agency employee Jack Rapke and producer Steve Starkey (who was a producer on Zemeckis' films he's directing since his stint as associate producer on 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit) came on board to join the company. It was also announced that ImageMovers signed a non-exclusive feature film deal with DreamWorks.
In 2001, the studio tried to sign a deal with Warner Bros., but they ultimately failed. After the Warner deal collapsed, the studio is reupping a first-look deal with DreamWorks to produce more films from that time.
ImageMovers' first eight films under the name were What Lies Beneath (with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer), Cast Away (with Tom Hanks), Matchstick Men (with Nicolas Cage), The Polar Express (also with Tom Hanks), The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (with Julianne Moore), Last Holiday (with Queen Latifah), Monster House (with Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, and Steve Buscemi), and Beowulf (with Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, and Angelina Jolie).
Disney/ImageMovers Digital (2007–2010)
In 2007, The Walt Disney Company and ImageMovers set up a joint venture animation facility known as ImageMovers Digital, a Marin County-based film company where Zemeckis would produce and direct 3D animated films using performance capture technology.
On November 6, 2009, ImageMovers Digital released their first film A Christmas Carol, a performance capture film based on the Charles Dickens book of the same name and starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Cary Elwes each in multiple roles. On March 12, 2010, Disney and ImageMovers announced that ImageMovers Digital would close operations by January 2011 after production on Mars Needs Moms was completed. Resulting in a lay-off of approximately 450 employees, Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman said, "...given today's economic realities, we need to find alternative ways to bring creative content to audiences and IMD no longer fits into our business model." The company had previously been reported to have Calling All Robots, a Yellow Submarine remake, a Roger Rabbit sequel and The Nutcracker in development. Disney dropped all of these projects following the box-office failure of Mars Needs Moms.
Universal Pictures (2011–present)
|1984||Romancing the Stone||20th Century Fox||$10 million||$115.1 million|
|1985||Back to the Future||Amblin Entertainment
|$19 million||$389.1 million|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Amblin Entertainment
|$50.6 million||$329.8 million|
|1989||Back to the Future Part II||Amblin Entertainment
|$40 million||$335.9 million|
|1990||Back to the Future Part III||$246.1 million|
|1992||Death Becomes Her||Universal Pictures||$55 million||$149 million|
|Trespass||$14 million||$13.7 million|
|The Public Eye||$15 million||$3.06 million|
|1994||Forrest Gump||The Steve Tisch Company
Wendy Finerman Productions
|$55 million||$678.2 million|
|1996||The Frighteners||WingNut Films
|$26 million||$29.3 million|
|1997||Contact||Warner Bros.||$90 million||$171.1 million|
|2000||What Lies Beneath||DreamWorks Pictures
20th Century Fox
|$100 million||$291.4 million|
|Cast Away||$90 million||$429.6 million|
|2003||Matchstick Men||Warner Bros. Pictures
Scott Free Productions
|$62 million||$65.6 million|
|2004||The Polar Express (Mo-cap)||Warner Bros. Pictures
Castle Rock Entertainment
|$165 million||$310.6 million|
|2005||The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio||DreamWorks Pictures||$12 million||$689,028|
|2006||Last Holiday||Paramount Pictures||$45 million||$43.3 million|
|Monster House (Mo-cap)||Columbia Pictures
|$75 million||$140.2 million|
|2007||Beowulf (Mo-cap)||Paramount Pictures (US)
Warner Bros. Pictures (International)
|$150 million||$196.4 million|
|2011||Real Steel||DreamWorks Pictures
|$110 million||$299.3 million|
|$31 million||$161.8 million|
|2015||The Walk||TriStar Productions
|$35–45 million||$61.2 million|
|$85–113 million||$120 million|
|2018||Welcome to Marwen||Universal Pictures||$39–50 million||$12.9 million|
|2020||The Witches||Warner Bros. Pictures
Double Dare You Productions
|TBA||Steel Soldiers||STX Entertainment|
|2009||A Christmas Carol (Mo-cap)||Walt Disney Pictures||$175–200 million||$325.3 million|
|2011||Mars Needs Moms (Mo-cap)||$150 million||$39 million|
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