Operation BLUE is a 1993 American animated spy action film produced by TjsWorld2011 Entertainment and Film Roman for 20th Century Fox. The first feature film from TW2011 Entertainment, it was directed and co-written by TjsWorld2011 (in his directorial debut) and co-written and produced by Ntpockets and Pyro R. Its story follows a young girl (Tara Strong) who is recruited into a secret organization whose mission is to thwart a foreign adversary's assault on the United States.

Production on the film began not long after Tj's production company was founded in June 1992. Tj and Nt had both expressed that a spy film was the first film they wanted to produce for the company. Tj also expressed his desire to animate the film's characters in the style of his close friend Craig McCracken's 1992 short Whoopass Stew! A Sticky Situation, due to him describing the style as having potential to become "something of an underground art movement". Nt was at first reluctant about this choice, fearing possible legal repercussions, but eventually agreed after McCracken "unemphatically" gave them permission to do so. At the time of its production, TW2011 Entertainment was a small studio with few employees; thus Operation BLUE was co-produced with veteran studio Film Roman, with Tj describing the partnership as "giving our studio a jumpstart".

Operation BLUE was originally released in theaters on August 20, 1993. It was a critical and commercial success, grossing $88.4 million worldwide on its $21 million budget, and was later released on VHS and LaserDisc on September 13, 1994, on DVD on April 10, 2001, and on Blu-ray on February 8, 2011.


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When he graduated from CalArts in June 1992, TjsWorld2011 was encouraged by his friend and colleague Ntpockets to start a production company; they thus founded the studio TjsWorld2011 Entertainment the next month at an unoccupied building in Central Los Angeles, California. In contrast to many of their peers, neither of the two had produced a student film during their time at CalArts, but they still decided to start on a feature film as their first animated project. Tj later explained, "I think it was because now that we were free of any constraints of college that we were really eager to do something big." Tj and Nt had expressed that they desired to produce a spy film as the studio's first project, wanting to be "more down-to-earth and a bit more realistic" than other animation companies. Pyro R., a colleague of the duo who wrote

During its early production stage, Tj wrote the film's original draft over a weekend in July 1992, and sketched the original storyboards from July to September. However, after this, he, Nt, and Pyro realized they still had no way of further producing the project, due to the fact that TW2011 Entertainment had only been founded two months prior and still had no office space, computers, or studio supplies. As a result, Tj signed a co-production deal with veteran studio Film Roman, which was located in Toluca Lake, California, not too far away from the TW2011 headquarters, to help the studio with producing and animating Operation BLUE.

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Further info: Operation BLUE: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The film's score was composed by English record producer James Guthrie, best known for his work with Pink Floyd.

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Operation BLUE received generally favorable reviews from critics; on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 76%.

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