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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.