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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, Renée Zellweger, Minnie Driver, Dave Foley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Debra Messing, Julia Roberts, Edward James Olmos, and Rupert Everett with supporting roles by Jim Cummings, Jodi Benson, Taraji P. Henson, and Jenifer Lewis. 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.
- Michael J. Fox as Zandarin Wilder, a civilian employee of Interplanetary Patrol
- Renée Zellweger as Aria Schafer, a member of the Survey Contact Team
- Minnie Driver as Fusella Mierter, the captain of the Galaxion
- Dave Foley as Darvin Deloren, the civilian employee of Interplanetary Patrol, right-hand man of General Nelson, and an old friend of Zandarin and Fusella
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Vessa Khavis, the leader of the Survey Contact Team
- Debra Messing as Brig. General Scavina Nelson, leading the Nelson Project, Interplanetary Patrol's hyperspace jump travel experiment
- Julia Roberts as Anna Ito, the Chief Engineer
- Jim Cummings as Alex Anderson, an employee of Interplanetary Patrol and Chief Engineer for the Nelson Project
- Cummings also voiced Jeffery Nelson, Scavina's missing husband
- Jodi Benson as Patty Kusene, the medical specialist on the Survey Contact Team
- Edward James Olmos as Carl Heraba
- Rupert Everett as Vanguarthe
- Taraji P. Henson as Elly
- Jenifer Lewis as Dr. Lockwood
- Amy McNeill as Nor
- Pamela Hayden as Meg
- Jeff Bennett as Con
- Phil LaMarr as Fort
- Jack Angel
- Bob Bergen
- Rodger Bumpass
- Philip L. Clarke
- Debi Derryberry
- Pat Fraley
- Jess Harnell
- Danny Mann
- Mickie McGowan
- Denise Pickering
- Patrick Pinney
- Phil Proctor
- Jan Rabson
- Frank Welker
- Lillias White
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.
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David Newman composed the film's score.
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.
The film was accompanied by a promotional campaign by Burger King.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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