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20th Century Fox was the distributor of the film How to Train Your Dragon 2 when it was released. The film was made by DreamWorks Animation and is loosely based on the How to Train Your Dragon book series. In August of 2012, 20th Century Fox signed a five-year deal with DreamWorks Animation to distribute their films.

Due to the fact that DreamWorks was purchased by NBCUniversal and the fact that the deal between the two companies will end later in 2017, Fox will not be distributing the upcoming DreamWorks Dragons film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; instead it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.

History

William Fox (1879-1952) began the Fox empire when he purchased a single nickelodeon located in Brooklyn, New York, in 1904. Mr. Fox founded the Fox Film Corporation in 1915, and when sound on film was introduced in 1927 his Movietone News reels became immensely popular. The 1930 release of Fox's The Big Trail kicked off the golden age of widescreen film.

Twentieth Century Pictures was an independent Hollywood motion picture production company created in 1933 by Joseph Schenck from United Artists and Darryl F. Zanuck from Warner Brothers. The company product was distributed by United Artists but a dispute between stock holders in 1934 led to a protest and discussions in finding another distributor.

The Fox Film Corporation merged with Twentieth Century Pictures in 1935 after becoming bankrupt, and ever since has been known as 20th Century Fox.

Trivia

  • 20th Century Fox use to be hyphenated as "20th Century-Fox", but the hyphen was dropped in 1985.

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