Foxtoons is an American series of animated comedy short films produced by 20th Century Fox from April 11th, 1942 until May 10th, 1969.
Foxtoons has since eventually evolved into a media franchise, spawning several television series, feature films, comic books, music albums, video games and amusement park rides.
1950s: the boom and heyday of Foxtoons
1960s: final years of the theatrical era
1970s: start of the television era
1980s: new heights and the early Murdoch years
1990s: revival era
In 1990, following the unexpected success of The Simpsons, 20th Century Fox announced its interest to revive its animation department by bringing back the Foxtoons series as new shorts, TBD.
2000s: Foxtoons in modern age
2010s: digital age and acquisition by Disney
In other media
- While not as popular as now-parent company Disney's Mickey Mouse/Silly Symphonies or Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies, Foxtoons still is considered pretty popular.
- M.J. Fox is officially 20th Century Fox's mascot, although some fans think that position currently belongs to Homer Simpson.
- Despite 20th Century Fox's acquisition by Disney in 2019, the company has confirmed that the franchise will not be merged with the Mickey Mouse series due to the fact they have different origins and it wouldn't make much sense if two former rival franchises became a single one nowadays.
- Despite that, Disney will now assume the distribution rights for the franchise, although newer media will still be produced under the 20th Century Fox and 20th Century Fox Television labels.
- Despite 20th Century Fox being renamed 20th Century Studios in January 2020, Disney confirmed the Foxtoons name will be kept, although no longer alluding to the studio but to M.J. Fox himself instead.