Amblimation was the British animation production subsidiary of Amblin Entertainment.[1][2] It was formed by Steven Spielberg in May 1989, following the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and after he parted ways with Don Bluth, due to creative differences. It was stationed in what was originally the D. Napier & Son factory in Acton, London and had 250 crew members from 15 different nations.[3] It has only produced three feature films: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), and Balto (1995), all three of which were composed by James Horner and distributed by Universal Pictures. The company's mascot, Fievel Mousekewitz, appears in its production logo.

SuccessorDreamWorks Animation
FoundedMay 1989
FounderSteven Spielberg
HeadquartersPark House, 207-211 The Vale, ,
Key people
Kate Mallory (studio manager)
Simon Wells (director)
Cynthia Woodbyrne (production manager)
ProductsAnimated films
ParentAmblin Entertainment

The studio closed after only 8 years of operation and became a self-storage facility called Access Self-Storage. All 250 of Amblimation's crew members went on to join DreamWorks Animation,[4] which was later acquired in 2016 by Universal's parent company NBCUniversal for $3.8 billion.[5]


Theatrical feature films

Release Date Title Box Office Gross
November 22, 1991An American Tail: Fievel Goes West$40.6 million
November 24, 1993We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story$9.3 million (US)
December 22, 1995Balto$11.3 million


Note: Both television series were co-produced with Universal Animation Studios.

See also


  1. Hofmeister, Sallie (October 17, 1994). "Hollywood Falls Hard for Animation" via
  2. "A look inside Hollywood and the movies" - Los Angeles Times
  3. "Animation Really Keeps Steven Spielberg Moving". November 17, 1991. Retrieved May 30, 2020 via
  4. "Film: The Man Who Would Be Walt".
  5. James, Meg. "Comcast's NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation in $3.8-billion deal". Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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