20th Television Animation
FormerlyFox Television Animation (1999–2020)
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTelevision production
FoundedMay 19, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-05-19)
Key people
Marci Proietto (President)
Chris Cikowski (Vice President)
ProductsTelevision animation
OwnerDisney General Entertainment Content
(The Walt Disney Company)
ParentDisney Television Studios
(Walt Disney Television)

20th Television Animation (formerly Fox Television Animation) is an American animation studio that creates, develops and produces adult animated television series and specials. It is a unit of Disney Television Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Television, which is part of the Disney General Entertainment Content division of The Walt Disney Company.[1]

History

Fox Television Animation logo before Disney rebranded it.
Fox Television Animation logo before Disney rebranded it.

1999–2020: 20th Century Fox Television and 20th Television animation unit

The studio was established on May 19, 1999.[2] Its first project was the continued production of Family Guy for its third season, which it took over from the series' previous home at Film Roman for seasons one and two. The studio would become the home of future animated series co-created by Seth MacFarlane: American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.[3] In 2016, Fox Television Animation assumed production of Matt Groening's The Simpsons, once again taking over from Film Roman.

Most animated projects from 20th Television Animation are subcontracted to third party animation production companies such as Film Roman, Titmouse, Inc., Bento Box Entertainment and Rough Draft Studios, but the company maintains 20th Television Animation as an in-house option. Because the company acts as a production house for hire, it is not treated as a labeled division of 20th Century Studios like Touchstone Television or Searchlight Pictures. The studio specializes in animation pre-production and post-production, while the actual animation production is handled by studios in South Korea. 20th Television Animation's frequent contractors include Digital eMation, Yearim Productions, AKOM Production, and Rough Draft Korea.

The studio maintains a location in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles[4][5] Its workers are represented by The Animation Guild, I.A.T.S.E. Local 839.[6]

2019–present: under Disney Television Studios

In March 2019, 20th Century Fox Television, 20th Television and Fox Television Animation were acquired by the Walt Disney Company and integrated into Walt Disney Television as part of Disney Television Studios.[7] In September 2020, the animation company was renamed as 20th Television Animation starting with newer episodes of shows in production at the company.

In December 2020, it was announced that 20th Television Animation would be relaunched as a standalone unit from 20th Television. In March 2021, Marci Proietto was tentatively named as president of the company. It eventually went into effect in September with the on-screen logo for the company first appearing after the credits for the season 33 premiere of The Simpsons, the season 2 premiere of The Great North, the season 12 premiere of Bob's Burgers and the season 20 premiere of Family Guy. 20th Television Animation focuses on producing and developing animated projects targeted at adults, as opposed to their children-targeted sister studio Disney Television Animation. Under the new incarnation, 20th Television Animation would assume executive supervision of the production of all animated projects that had, up to that point, been overseen by 20th Television. This allowed series that 20th Television Animation was already producing animation for under 20th Television's watch to be brought entirely under one company, while series whose animation was produced by a third party company would retain that relationship, with 20th Television Animation only absorbing the above-the-line production and acting as the new client for the animation contractor.[8][9]

On March 16, 2022, it was announced that the studio would collaborate with children-targeted sister studio Disney Television Animation, for the creation of young adult animated series, mini-series and movies for Disney+.[10][11][12]

Television productions

Title[9] Genre First air date Last air date Number of seasons Network or Platform Co-production with Notes
As animation service
The Cleveland Show Family comedy September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) 4 Fox Persons Unknown Productions
Happy Jack Productions
Fuzzy Door Productions
The only series to be credited as a Fox Television Animation production throughout its run.
As production company
The Simpsons Family comedy December 17, 1989 (1989-12-17) Present 33 Fox Gracie Films Animation service from season 2832; production company since season 33.
King of the Hill January 12, 1997 (1997-01-12) 13 Fox
Syndication (last four episodes only) [a]
Deedle-Dee Productions
Judgemental Films
3 Arts Entertainment
Bandera Entertainment
To be animated by Bandera Entertainment;[13] initial final episode aired on Fox September 13, 2009.
Family Guy January 31, 1999 (1999-01-31) 20 Fox
Adult Swim (episode 50 only)
BBC Three (episode 147 only)
Fuzzy Door Productions Animation service from season 319; production company since season 20; originally cancelled on Fox on August 1, 2000 and February 14, 2002 before returning on May 1, 2005.
Futurama Science fiction-comedy March 28, 1999 (1999-03-28) 7 Fox (seasons 1–4)
Comedy Central (seasons 5–7)
Hulu (season 8–)
The ULULU Company[b] Production company for upcoming revival;[14] to be credited as "30th Television Animation"; initial final episodes aired on Fox on August 10, 2003 and on Comedy Central on September 4, 2013.
American Dad! Family comedy February 6, 2005 (2005-02-06) 19 Fox (seasons 1–11)
TBS (seasons 12–)
Underdog Productions
Fuzzy Door Productions
Animation service from season 118; production company since season 19; final episode aired on Fox on September 21, 2014, began airing new episodes on TBS weeks later on October 3.
Bob's Burgers January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) 12 Fox Wilo Productions Production company since season 12.
Duncanville February 16, 2020 (2020-02-16) 3 Paper Kite Productions
Scullys Productions
3 Arts Entertainment
Universal Television
Fox Entertainment
Production company since season 3.
Solar Opposites Science fiction-comedy May 8, 2020 (2020-05-08) 2 Hulu Important Science
Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions!
Production company since holiday special.[c]
Central Park Musical comedy May 29, 2020 (2020-05-29) Apple TV+ Wilo Productions
Angry Child Productions
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Production company since season 3.
The Great North Family comedy January 3, 2021 (2021-01-03) Fox Double Molyneux Sister Sheux
Wilo Productions
Fox Entertainment
Production company since season 2.
Little Demon[15] Horror-comedy August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)[16] FXX Harmonious Claptrap
ShadowMachine
Jersey Films 2nd Avenue
FXP
Ghetto Brilliance[17] Family comedy TBA Hulu 3 Arts Entertainment
Onyx Collective
The Hobblepots[18] ABC Mortal Media
Rooster Teeth Studios
How to Be Black[18] ABC Signature
Cinema Gypsy Productions
Koala Man[19] Superhero comedy Hulu Princess Bento Studios
Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions!
Praise Petey[20] Science fiction-comedy Freeform ShadowMachine
Bandera Entertainment
Rhona Who Lives by the River[21] Musical comedy Disney+ Disney Television Animation
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Piece of Pie Productions
First collaboration with sister studio Disney Television Animation and first stop motion animated series from the studio.[22][23][24]
Standing By[18] Supernatural comedy Hulu ABC Signature
SupaShawty Girls, Funkamatic BangBang[20] Superhero comedy Freeform
Wallflower[20] Supernatural comedy
The X-Files: Albuquerque[25] Science fiction-comedy Fox Ten Thirteen Productions
Fox Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment
Based on The X-Files franchise.
  1. ^ Four episodes produced for season 13 were syndicated from May 3 to May 6, 2010.
  2. ^ Credited as The Curiosity Company during first two runs.
  3. ^ Still credited as "20th Television" internationally on Disney+.

See also

References

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  6. ^ The Animation Guild Studio List
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  19. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (March 23, 2021). "Hulu Orders 'Koala Man' Animated Series From Michael Cusack, Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit & Justin Roiland". Deadline. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
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