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ImageMovers Digital
Type Motion picture
Founded 2007
Headquarters Novato, California, U.S.
Key people Robert Zemeckis, Doug Chiang, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke
Industry Performance capture & CGI animation
Products Film
Employees 400
Parent The Walt Disney Company

ImageMovers Digital is a digital film studio run by director, Robert Zemeckis and owned by The Walt Disney Company. Originally founded in 1997 as ImageMovers, the studio released such films as Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, The Polar Express, and Beowulf, the latter two films using a kind of motion capture animation technique known as performance capture. Disney acquired the studio in 2007, when the name was changed to ImageMovers Digital.

On November 6, 2009, ImageMovers Digital released A Christmas Carol, a performance capture film starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Cary Elwes, each in multiple roles.

On March 12th, 2010, ImageMovers Digital announced they will cease operation.



Fate Bought by The Walt Disney Company and renamed as ImageMovers Digital.
Successor ImageMovers Digital
Founded 1997 (original date)
Defunct 2007
Headquarters USA
Key people Robert Zemeckis
Jack Rapke
Steve Starkey
Products Motion pictures

In 1997, by producer-writer-director Robert Zemeckis, along with partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey formed the production company ImageMovers. Among ImageMovers' productions were What Lies Beneath (with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer), Cast Away (with Tom Hanks), The Polar Express (also with Tom Hanks), and its last film, the mo-cap Beowulf (with Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn and Angelina Jolie).

In 2007, ImageMovers was shut down and was renamed ImageMovers Digital after the company was bought by The Walt Disney Company.

On March 12, 2010, the Walt Disney Studios and ImageMovers Digital announced that they will close operations at IMD’s Marin County facility after production is completed on Mars Needs Moms. The IMD facility is expected to be closed by January, 2011.[1] The company had previously been reported to have a Yellow Submarine remake[2] (which will be part of new long-term deal of Disney with Zemeckis and his two other partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey), a Roger Rabbit sequel[3] and The Nutcracker[4] in development.



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As ImageMovers Digital


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