Amblin Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded by director and producer Steven Spielberg, and film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1981. The company's headquarters are located on the backlot of Universal Studios in Universal City, California. Its television division, Amblin Television, was one half of the company duo alongside Warner Bros. that helped create Animaniacs, and Amblin Entertainment itself was a part of making Wakko's Wish. Its television division is expected to work alongside Warner Bros. again for the Animaniacs reboot.
Amblin is named after Spielberg's first commercially released film, Amblin' (1968), a short independent film about a man and woman hitchhiking through the desert. The film, which cost $15,000 to produce, was shown for Universal Studios and won Spielberg more directing roles. Although Amblin is an independent production company, Universal distributes many Amblin productions, and Amblin operates out of a building on the Universal lot.
Its logo features the silhouette of E.T. riding in the basket on Elliott's bicycle flying in front of the moon from the 1982 movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Theme park attractions
While Amblin has never had its own theme park, theme parks have made rides based on Amblin films and co-productions.
- Back to the Future: The Ride, a simulator ride at Universal Studios Japan. Also existed at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood.
- Gremlins Invasion, a ride at Warner Bros. Movie World and Warner Bros. Movie World Germany.
- Jurassic Park: The Ride, a water ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.
- Men in Black: Alien Attack, a dark ride at Universal Studios Florida.
- Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, a dark ride in Mickey's Toontown, a land at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.
- Twister...Ride it Out, a simulator ride at Universal Studios Florida.
- E.T. Adventure, a dark ride at Universal Studios Florida. Also existed at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan.