Crest Animation Productions

Crest Animation Productions
Predecessor Rich Entertainment
Rich Animation Studios
RichCrest Animation Studios
Founded July 19, 1986 (1986-07-19)
Founder Richard Rich
Defunct June 19, 2013 (June 19, 2013)
Headquarters Burbank, California, United States
Key people
Richard Rich
Owner Nest Family Entertainment (1980–2000)
Crest Animation Studios (2000–13)

Crest Animation Productions (formerly RichCrest Animation Studios and Rich Animation Studios), and (originally Rich Entertainment) was an animation studio located in Burbank, California, United States. The studio's most well known work include Alpha and Omega and The Swan Princess.


The studio was founded by film director Richard Rich in 1986, who previously worked at Walt Disney Productions. In 1987, the studio was owned by Nest Family Entertainment to produce and distribute educational animated Christian and historical videos for children such as Animated Stories from the New Testament, Animated Hero Classics and Animated Stories from the Bible. In 1994, the two studios produced and released their first and most famous collaborated feature film called The Swan Princess, based on the classic ballet Swan Lake, it was distributed for New Line Cinema. The film was rather successful on its first opening weekend. It also spawned two sequels, The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain and The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom, neither of which did a good performance. In 1999, the two studios teamed up with Morgan Creek Productions and Rankin/Bass Productions to produce an animated adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I for Warner Bros.. However, the film bombed at the box office and received very negative reviews, which forced Nest Family Entertainment to sell off the studio to Crest Animation Studios in 2000 to form RichCrest Animation Studios. In 2001, the studio produced and released its last collaborated feature film with Nest Family Entertainment, The Trumpet of the Swan, based on E.B. White's 1970 novel of the same name. It was distributed by TriStar Pictures and also performed poorly. RichCrest Animation Studios continued to produce Bible videos for Nest Family Entertainment until 2005. In February 2007, it was renamed to Crest Animation Productions and announced that it was "expanding its business to become a full-service animation studio specializing in the development and production of CGI-animated properties for theatrical, television, home entertainment and interactive distribution".[1] The studio was finally shut down in 2013, after failing to make a profit.[2] Many of its productions contracts were handed over to other studios for completion. For example, Norm of the North, a film that was in production at Crest before closing, along with future Alpha and Omega sequels were handed over to be finished at Splash Entertainment.


Rich era

Theatrical Features

Title Release Date Notes
The Swan PrincessNovember 18, 1994Co-production with Nest Family Entertainment
The King and IMarch 19, 1999Co-production with Morgan Creek Productions, Rankin/Bass Productions and Nest Family Entertainment


Title Release Date Notes
Animated Stories from the New Testament1987-2004Co-production with Nest Family Entertainment
Animated Hero Classics1991-97, 2004 Co-Production with Living History Productions, Nest Family Entertainment and Warner-Nest Animation
Animated Stories from the Bible1992-95 Co-Production with Nest Family Entertainment
The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle MountainJuly 18, 1997
The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted KingdomAugust 4, 1998
The ScarecrowAugust 26, 2000

RichCrest era

theatrical Features

Title Release Date Notes
The Trumpet of the SwanMay 11, 2001Co-production with Nest Family Entertainment
Muhammad: The Last ProphetNovember 14, 2004


Title Release Date Notes
K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments2003Co-production with TLC Entertainment and SMEC Media
Arthur's Missing Pal (CGI)August 22, 2006Co-production with WGBH-TV, Mainframe Entertainment and Marc Brown Studios

Crest era

Note: All films CGI.

Theatrical features

Title Release Date Notes
Alpha and OmegaSeptember 17, 2010Co-production with Lionsgate Films

Direct-to-Video features

Title Release Date Notes
The Little Engine That CouldMarch 22, 2011Co-production with Universal Animation Studios
The Swan Princess ChristmasNovember 6, 2012Co-production with Nest Family Entertainment
Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday AdventureOctober 8, 2013

Films originally slated for production at Crest

Title Release Date Notes
The Swan Princess: A Royal Family TaleFebruary 24, 2014Co-production with Nest Family Entertainment
Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf GamesMarch 25, 2014
Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth CaveOctober 7, 2014[3]
Alpha and Omega: Family VacationAugust 4, 2015[4]
Norm of the NorthJanuary 15, 2016Co-produced by Splash Entertainment and Assemblage Entrainment
Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs May 10, 2016
The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate TodaySeptember 6, 2016Co-production with Nest Family Entertainment
Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze November 8, 2016
The Swan Princess: Royally UndercoverMarch 28, 2017Co-production with Nest Family Entertainment
Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom May 9, 2017
The Swan Princess: A Royal MyzteryMarch 27, 2018Co-production with Nest Family Entertainment


  1. Baisley, Sarah (February 13, 2007). "RichCrest Animation Now Crest Animation Prods. with Fogelson at Helm". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  3. "Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave". Lionsgate Publicity. Retrieved August 26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "PGS Secures rights to Alpha and Omega TV movie". Rapid TV News. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
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