|Sib Tower 12 Productions (1962-1965)|
|Industry||Animated features and short films|
|Predecessor||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio|
MGM Animation/Visual Arts was an American animation studio established in 1962 by animation director/producer Chuck Jones and producer Les Goldman as Sib Tower 12 Productions. Its productions include the last series of Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts, the TV specials Horton Hears a Who and the feature film The Phantom Tollbooth, all released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The studio began as "SIB Productions", which evolved into "Sib Tower 12, Inc." It was founded in 1962 when Chuck Jones was fired from Warner Bros. Cartoons, where he had served for over 30 years directing the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. A number of animators who had worked under Jones during his Warner Bros. career, notably Michael Maltese, followed him to Sib Tower 12, as did voice actor Mel Blanc. Sib Tower 12 Productions received a contract from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to produce a new series of Tom and Jerry cartoons, which proved successful. MGM purchased the Sib Tower 12 studio and renamed it MGM Animation/Visual Arts in 1964. This studio continued with Jones' Tom and Jerry shorts until 1967.
In addition to the Tom and Jerry cartoons, Jones worked on one other short, The Dot and the Line (1965), an abstract piece based upon a children's book by Norton Juster. It won the 1965 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
The studio's most ambitious work was its 1970 feature film The Phantom Tollbooth, adapted from another Norton Juster book.
After the studio closed in late 1970, Chuck Jones went on to found Chuck Jones Film Productions which produced television specials based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling and of The Cricket in Times Square series. In 1993, MGM opened a new animation studio, MGM Animation.