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(2008)

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The film was released on 2160 screens and grossed a total of $690,000 against a budget of $40 million. It had the lowest per-theater gross on its opening weekend of any wide release in American film history, breaking the record set by The Ten Commandments (2007). The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012) broke Delgo's opening-weekend record in summer 2012.
The production spanned more than six years.
The movie was scripted as the first film of a potential trilogy.
Eight main characters were created for the film, as well as 20 secondary characters, 22 creatures, 30 plants and 56 sets.
Conan O'Brien used clips of the film which he had redubbed as part of his opening monologues. The characters would discuss sub-prime mortgages and house foreclosures.
Anne Bancroft's final film. Laura Citron, spokeswoman for Macquarium and Fathom Studios, said that Melissa McBride was a voice double for the late Ms. Bancroft in limited sequences to ensure completion of the film.
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Artists who opt to participate in the Digital Dailies on the official website use their titles as pseudonyms to obscure their names.
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One of the reasons the production was extended was to complete rendering of the rich and highly detailed alien ecosystem that serves as a backdrop for Delgo.
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Fathom Studios started producing animation for broadcast and industrial clients 1994. They took two years to create a 90-second clip that gave Marc Adler and his team the confidence and the financial muscle to make a movie completely outside the Hollywood system.
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Fathom Studios signed only recognizable, bankable actors for principle parts, then rolled out their cast announcements gradually, maximizing PR impact and addressing potential distribution concerns.
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This film was fully financed via private equity.
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Won Best Feature Film at Anima Mundi 2008.
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John Vernon's final acting project.
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Distributor-for-hire Freestyle Releasing distributed the film in 2,160 screens in the United States.
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Marc F. Adler intended to create a computer animated film that wasn't a comedy, and that reflected the unrest of contemporary society.
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As part of the marketing for Delgo (2008), the production team uploaded Digital Dailies to the internet, allowing fans to follow production as it happened. The Digital Dailies got an average of 500,000 hits a month. Many of the production's animators were contacted by university professors and Hollywood agents on the strength of these Digital Dailies alone.
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Animators and crew members were recruited from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia Tech, and other smaller digital outfits. Students from the North Atlanta High School drama department would acted out scenes for reference material for the animators.
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Once the cast had signed on, the filmmakers would travel to where the voice actors were with all their equipment, instead of having the actors come to them. Michael Clarke Duncan was the first cast member announced. His part was recorded in Los Angeles, approximately 3,000 miles from the studio where the film was produced.
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MGM was unable to release the film as originally planned because of company restructuring.
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Fathom Studio had a partnership with Dell to provide the hardware to make the film. Hewlett-Packard and Apple have similar agreements with, respectively, DreamWorks Animation and Pixar.
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