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Lix is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Universal Animation Studios for Universal Pictures. The 22nd animated feature in the Universal Animated Features canon, it was directed by Amy McNeill (in her directorial debut) and John France from a screenplay by Chris Matheson, Cinco Paul, and Ken Daurio, and a story by Michael Wildshill, Gary Hall, and McNeill. It was Universal Animation's first musical film since Magina (2003), and stars the voices of Gwen Stefani, Jenny Slate, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Wallace, Christina Ricci, James Corden, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jennifer Coolidge. The film follows a music-loving teenage girl named Lix (Stefani), who lives in a world where music takes form of living creatures and objects. She sets out with her best friend Melody (Slate) on a journey to become a popstar like her idol Ricky Tune (Wallace).

Lix premiered on November 20, 2017 at the 30th AFI Fest, and was released in theaters and RealD 3D on December 8, 2017. It received universal acclaim, with many critics highlighting its animation, screenplay, score, humor, and vocal performances. The film grossed $838 million worldwide against its $110 million budget, making it the fifth highest-grossing film from Universal Animation Studios, as well as the tenth highest-grossing film of 2017. Lix received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, as well as Golden Globe nominations for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song ("I Wanna Be a Superstar").

A sequel is currently in development, while an animated series, titled Lix & Melody: The New Tunes, premiered on Universal Kids on June 9, 2018.

Plot Edit

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Voice cast Edit

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Production Edit

Development Edit

Michael Wildshill and Gary Hall started working on the film in 2011, when Wildshill came up with the idea. In April 2013, Variety reported that Amy McNeill would direct in her directorial debut on an animated musical comedy film based on the original idea by Wildshill and Hall. It was once expected to be released in 2016 under the title Musix.

In October 2015, Universal Animation Studios revealed the film's new title to be Lix, which would be produced by Roy Kobayashi, with Chris Matheson, Cinco Paul, and Ken Daurio writing the film's screenplay. In June 2016, it was announced that John France would join McNeill as director.

Casting Edit

In December 2015, it was announced that singer and pianist Christina Grimmie was cast as the lead role, which would have been her first animated role and her second motion picture performance following The Matchbreaker. However, on June 10, 2016, Grimmie was murdered while signing autographs following a concert performance in Orlando, Florida, and the new actress was yet to be announced. By September 2016, it was later announced that Gwen Stefani would replace the late Grimmie. The rest of the cast was announced in February 2017.

Soundtrack Edit

Main article: Lix/Soundtrack

The film's score was composed by John Debney. Marc Shaiman and Cinco Paul wrote the songs for the film. The score was released on December 1, 2017.

Release Edit

Lix was originally scheduled for a March 3, 2017 release. However, in January 2015, Universal announced that Gabriel Garza 3 would be released on that date, and Lix would instead be released on September 1, 2017. In June 2016, Universal pushed back the release date to December 20, 2017. In February 2017, the film was moved up by two weeks to December 8, 2017 to avoid competition with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

The first trailer was released on March 1, 2017, and was carried as a trailer before Gabriel Garza 3. The second trailer was released on June 24, 2017, and was shown before Despicable Me 3.

The film's theatrical was accompanied by the short film Double Date. It was the second Universal Animation Studios offering of the year following Gabriel Garza 3, making 2017 the third year Universal Animation released two films in one year, after 1999 (with Galaxion and Paint World) and 2015 (with Paradoria and Luna & Zak).

Home mediaEdit

Lix was released on Digital HD on March 6, 2018, and on DVD and Blu-ray on March 20, 2018.


Box officeEdit

Lix grossed $359.5 million in the United States and Canada and $478.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $838.1 million, against a production budget of $110 million. Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $266.2 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues, making it the fourth most profitable release of 2017.

In the United States and Canada, Lix was released alongside the releases of Just Getting Started and the expansion of The Disaster Artist, and was projected to gross $65–70 million from 4,060 theaters in its opening weekend. On its first day, the film grossed $23.4 million (including $2.1 million made from Thursday night previews). It went on to open to $74.1 million, finishing first at the box office. In its second weekend, the film dropped by 46% to $40 million, and fell to No. 2 behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi but beat fellow animated film Ferdinand.

Critical receptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 97% based on 235 reviews with an average rating of 8.6/10, with its critical consensus reading, "Bolstered by a crafty art style, a collection of melodious numbers, and a batch of moments that build up fluently, Lix is an example of the modern musical genre at one of its best." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 80 out of 100 based on 51 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.


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Television seriesEdit

Main article: Lix & Melody: The New Tunes

In March 2018, Universal Television Animation announced that there will be an animated series entitled Lix & Melody: The New Tunes, which premiered on Universal Kids on June 9, 2018.


Universal Animation Studios is developing a sequel, with director McNeill, producer Kobayashi and writer Matheson returning. It was previously scheduled for release on December 10, 2021 but on May 31, 2018, it was taken off the release schedule, to accommodate an untitled DreamWorks Animation film, which had a release date of December 22, 2021.



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Universal Animation Studios (Universal Animated Features)
Universal Animation Golden Age

Ama and the Mysterious Crystal (1997) · Galaxion (1999) · Paint World (1999) · Mistress Masham's Repose (2001) · Me & Mobo (2002) · Magina (2003)

Universal Animation Dark Age

Computeropolis (2004) · M.I.S.S.I.O.N. (2005) · BJ and Wally (2006) · Computeropolis 2 (2007) · Swapped (2008) · Woo La La (2009) · Computeropolis 3 (2010)

Universal Animation Revival

Gabriel Garza (2011) · Plucky Chicken (2012) · Quest (2013) · Gabriel Garza 2 (2014) · Paradoria (2015) · Luna & Zak (2015) · Imagimals (2016) · Gabriel Garza 3 (2017) · Lix (2017) · Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018)


Paradoria 2: Enchanted Realm (2019) · Luna & Zak: Level Two (2020) · Earth Farm (2021) · Hyper (2021)


Despicable Me (2010) · Hop (2011) · The Lorax (2012) · Despicable Me 2 (2013) · Minions (2015) · The Secret Life of Pets (2016) · Sing (2016) · Despicable Me 3 (2017) · The Grinch (2018)


The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) · Minions 2 (2020) · Sing 2 (2020)

DreamWorks Animation

Antz (1998) · The Prince of Egypt (1998) · The Road to El Dorado (2000) · Chicken Run (2000) · Shrek (2001) · Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) · Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) · Shrek 2 (2004) · Shark Tale (2004) · Madagascar (2005) · Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) · Over the Hedge (2006) · Flushed Away (2006) · Shrek the Third (2007) · Bee Movie (2007) · Kung Fu Panda (2008) · Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) · Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) · How to Train Your Dragon (2010) · Shrek Forever After (2010) · Megamind (2010) · Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) · Puss in Boots (2011) · Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) · Rise of the Guardians (2012) · The Croods (2013) · Turbo (2013) · Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) · How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) · Penguins of Madagascar (2014) · Home (2015) · Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) · Trolls (2016) · The Boss Baby (2017) · Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) · Mistaken Identity (2018) ·


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) · Abominable (2019) · Trolls World Tour (2020) · The Croods 2 (2020) · The Boss Baby 2 (2021) · Spooky Jack (2021)

Big Idea Entertainment

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) · The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008)

Animated Films Distributed by Universal

The Snow Queen (1959) · Pinocchio in Outer Space (1969) · An American Tail (1986) · The Land Before Time (1988) · Jetsons: The Movie (1990) · An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) · We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) · Romeo and Juliet (1994) · Ghost Vision (1995) · Balto (1995) · Cassiopeia (2000) · The Gabriel Garza Movie (2002) · Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) · Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service (2003) · Zina and the Vivid Crew (2004) · Curious George (2006) · Tony 2: Across the Nation (2007) · The Tale of Despereaux (2008) · The Pandemoniums (2009) · Defender D (2011) · ROBLOX: The Movie (2011) · Uploaded (2012) · Defender 2D (2017) ·

Animated Films Distributed by Focus Features

Coraline (2009) · 9 (2009) · ParaNorman (2012) · The Boxtrolls (2014) · Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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