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List of creators of billion-dollar animated movie franchises

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This list is limited to the original creators of source material for animated movie franchises that have each generated over $1 billion from all revenues after only 1 sequel. Total revenues are defined as theatrical markets (worldwide box office) plus ancillary markets (home media, cable, merchandising, books, video games, TV series, theme parks, etc.). Creators of franchises are divided into two categories and are defined as either one creator who originated the source material alone or multiple creators who originated the source material in collaboration.

Sole-creators of source material[edit]

Of the 12 animated movie franchises that have each generated total revenues exceeding $1 billion after only 1 sequel, 7 of them were created by sole-individuals.[1]

Rank Creator Franchise Source material Project originated
1st William Steig[2] Shrek His book Shrek! in-house at movie studio
2nd Michael J. Wilson[3] Ice Age His original screen story Ice Age based on a title and ideas from producer in-house at movie studio
3rd Sergio Pablos[4] Despicable Me His original screen story Evil Me by screenwriter outside studio
4th Carlos Saldanha[5] Rio His original screen story Rio in-house at movie studio
5th Cressida Cowell[6] How to Train Your Dragon Her book How to Train Your Dragon in-house at movie studio
6th Todd Durham[7] Hotel Transylvania His original screen story based on his book Hotel Transylvania by screenwriter outside studio
7th Andrew Stanton[8] Finding Nemo His original screen story Finding Nemo in-house at movie studio

Multiple-creators of source material[edit]

Of the 12 animated movie franchises that have each generated total revenues exceeding $1 billion after only 1 sequel, 5 of them were created in collaboration.[9]

Rank Creators Franchise Source material Project originated
1st John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton[10] Toy Story Their original screen story in-house at movie studio
2nd Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath[11] Madagascar Their original screen story in-house at movie studio
3rd Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris[12] Kung Fu Panda Their screen story based on ideas & title from DreamWorks in-house at movie studio
4th John Lasseter, Joe Ranft[13] Cars Their original screen story in-house at movie studio
5th John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft[14] Monsters, Inc. Their original screen story in-house at movie studio

Resources[edit]

  1. "The Numbers - Where Data and the Movie Business Meet". The Numbers. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  2. "DreamWorks Animation". www.dreamworksanimation.com. Archived from the original on 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2017-05-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Fox, 20th Century. "Home | Ice Age Movies". Ice Age Movies. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  4. "Universal Pictures | Movies". Universal Pictures. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  5. "Rio 2 Official Movie Site". Rio 2 Official Movie Site. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  6. "How To Train Your Dragon | Official Website | DreamWorks Animation". www.howtotrainyourdragon.com. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  7. "Sony Pictures Animation". Sony Pictures Animation. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  8. Finding Nemo Official Site presented by Disney Movies, retrieved 2017-05-25
  9. "Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  10. "Toy Story Official Website presented by Disney". Toy Story. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  11. "Madagascar | DreamWorks Animation". madagascar.dreamworks.com. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  12. "Kung Fu Panda | DreamWorks Animation". www.dreamworks.com. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  13. "Disney World of Cars". Disney Cars. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  14. Monsters, Inc., retrieved 2017-05-25


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