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Galaxion is a 1999 American-Canadian animated science fiction film produced by Universal Feature Animation. The second feature in the Universal Animated Features canon, it is based on the Canadian comic series of the same name by Tara Tallan, and was co-written and directed by Paul Sabella and co-written by Thomas Lennon. The film stars the voices of Michael J. Fox, Halle Berry, Minnie Driver, Dave Foley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Debra Messing, and Julia Roberts with supporting roles by Jim Cummings and Jodi Benson. It follows the crew of the titular interstellar ship as they test a new experimental hyperdrive engine. The animation of the film combines 2D traditional hand-drawn animation with the extensive use of computer-generated imagery.

Galaxion was originally released by Universal Pictures on July 2, 1999 to mixed to positive reviews from critics. The film underperformed at the box office, grossing only $96.2 million worldwide over its $80 million budget, and led Universal to abandon plans for a trilogy and a spin-off television series.

Plot

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Cast

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Production

Development

Universal's interest in the film rights to the Galaxion comic book series dates back to when it was first published in July 1993, with Michael Wildshill, during his trip in Canada, approaching creator Tara Tallan for their own animated feature film adaptation of the series, but she refused for two months. Early pitches for an adaptation included video games, animated and live-action films, an animated series, and a live-action series. To persuade her, Universal gave Tallan a tour around the newly-formed Feature Animation studio in Universal City in the United States, which she eventually accepted one offer.

In October 1994, Universal Feature Animation announced the development of their adaptation, with Audel LaRoque directing and Thomas Lennon as scriptwriter. However, LaRoque left a year later for work on Paint World at Gingo Animation, and was replaced with Paul Sabella, a MGM Animation veteran.

Casting

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Animation

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Music

Main article: Galaxion/Soundtrack

David Newman composed the film's score.

Release

Galaxion was originally set to be released on September 25, 1998, but on October 18, 1997, its release date was changed to July 2, 1999.

Marketing

The film was accompanied by a promotional campaign by Burger King.

Home media

Galaxion was released on DVD and VHS on October 26, 1999. The DVD release includes audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, music videos, production notes, interactive games, and trailers and television spots.

Reception

Critical reception

Galaxion received a 60% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 35 reviews with the given consensus, "Its story may sound cheesy and familiar on paper, but the writers and artists thankfully found a way to make this intergalactic roller coaster feel big." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 56 out of 100 based on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.

Box office

Galaxion grossed $24.1 million in the United States and Canada and $72.1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $96.2 million. Universal Pictures had the film projected to gross anywhere from $27–44 million from 3,236 theaters in its opening weekend. However, after making $3.2 million on its first day, weekend projections were lowered to $10 million. It ended up debuting to $9.2 million, finishing fifth at the box office. In its second weekend, the film suffered from a 56% drop while grossing $4 million and dropping to No. 8 on the charts. Its third weekend was even worse while having a 74% decline, falling out of the charts and grossing $1.1 million.

Accolades

Award Category Recipient Result
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie Michael J. Fox Nominated

Cancelled franchise

Galaxion was originally intended to be the first film in a planned trilogy; a television series was also planned at the time. However, due to the box office failure of the film, Universal scrapped any plans for the sequels and the television series.

Video games

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Transcripts

Main

To see the main transcript of the film, click here.

Trailers

To see the transcript for the trailers of the film, click here.


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Universal Animation Studios (Universal Animated Features)
Traditional-animated

Ama and the Mysterious Crystal (1997) · Galaxion (1999) · Paint World (1999) · Mistress Masham's Repose (2001) · Me & Mobo (2002) · Magina (2003)

Computer-animated

Computeropolis (2004) · M.I.S.S.I.O.N. (2005) · BJ and Wally (2006) · Computeropolis 2 (2007) · Swapped (2008) · Woo La La (2009) · Computeropolis 3 (2010) · Gabriel Garza (2011) · Plucky Chicken (2012) · Quest (2013) · Gabriel Garza 2 (2014) · Paradoria (2015) · Luna & Zak (2015) · Imagimals (2016) · Gabriel Garza 3 (2017) · Lix (2017) · Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018)

Upcoming

Paradoria 2: Enchanted Realm (2019) · Luna & Zak: Level Two (2020) · Earth Farm (2021) · Computeropolis 5 (2021) · Hyper (2022)

Illumination

Despicable Me (2010) · Hop (2011) · The Lorax (2012) · Despicable Me 2 (2013) · Minions (2015) · The Secret Life of Pets (2016) · Sing (2016) · Despicable Me 3 (2017) · The Grinch (2018)

Upcoming

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) · Minions 2 (2020) · Sing 2 (2020)

DreamWorks Animation

Antz (1998) · The Prince of Egypt (1998) · The Road to El Dorado (2000) · Chicken Run (2000) · Shrek (2001) · Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) · Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) · Shrek 2 (2004) · Shark Tale (2004) · Madagascar (2005) · Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) · Over the Hedge (2006) · Flushed Away (2006) · Shrek the Third (2007) · Bee Movie (2007) · Kung Fu Panda (2008) · Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) · Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) · How to Train Your Dragon (2010) · Shrek Forever After (2010) · Megamind (2010) · Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) · Puss in Boots (2011) · Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) · Rise of the Guardians (2012) · The Croods (2013) · Turbo (2013) · Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) · How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) · Penguins of Madagascar (2014) · Home (2015) · Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) · Trolls (2016) · The Boss Baby (2017) · Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) ·

Upcoming

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) · Abominable (2019) · Trolls World Tour (2020) · The Croods 2 (2020) · The Boss Baby 2 (2021) · Spooky Jack (2021)

Big Idea Entertainment

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) · The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008)

Animated Films Distributed by Universal

The Snow Queen (1959) · Pinocchio in Outer Space (1969) · An American Tail (1986) · The Land Before Time (1988) · Jetsons: The Movie (1990) · An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) · We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) · Romeo and Juliet (1994) · Ghost Vision (1995) · Balto (1995) · Cassiopeia (2000) · The Gabriel Garza Movie (2002) · Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) · Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service (2003) · Zina and the Vivid Crew (2004) · Curious George (2006) · Tony 2: Across the Nation (2007) · The Tale of Despereaux (2008) · The Pandemoniums Movie (2009) · Defender D (2011) · ROBLOX: The Movie (2011) · Uploaded (2012) · Defender 2D (2017) ·

Animated Films Distributed by Focus Features

Coraline (2009) · 9 (2009) · ParaNorman (2012) · The Boxtrolls (2014) · Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)