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Apple Announces Fathom Doc and Blush Animated Short

Apple has acquired global rights to the documentary feature film Fathom and revealed the animated short Blush, from Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation.

Apple Announces Fathom Doc and Blush Animated Short


Fathom will premiere exclusively on Apple TV+ on June 25. Directed and photographed by Drew Xanthopoulos (The Sensitives), Fathom follows Dr. Ellen Garland and Dr. Michelle Fournet, two scientists focused on the study of humpback whale songs and social communication.

As they embark on parallel research journeys on opposite sides of the world, they seek to better understand whale culture and communication.

Apple Announces Fathom Doc and Blush Animated Short

The documentary film uniquely reveals a deep commitment and reverence to the scientific pxrocess and the universal human need to seek answers about the world around us.

From hypothesis to groundbreaking experiences in the field, Fathom showcases the passion, curiosity, collaboration, perseverance and work it takes for leading scientists to make scientific discoveries.

Fathom is produced by Sandbox Films, Impact Partners, Walking Upstream Pictures, Back Allie Entertainment and Hidden Candy.

The film is produced by Emmy Award winner Megan Gilbride (Tower) and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Andrea Meditch (Grizzly Man), Emmy Award nominee Jessica Harrop (Follow This), Greg Boustead (Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds) and Emmy Award winner Josh Braun (Wild Wild Country).


The Blush short film is debuting as part of an expansive multi-year partnership between Apple and Skydance to deliver groundbreaking, premium animated films and theatrical-quality animated television series in over 100 countries on Apple TV+.

Blush follows the journey of a stranded horticulturist-astronaut’s chances for survival after he crash lands on a desolate dwarf planet. When an ethereal visitor arrives, the once-lone traveler discovers the joy in building a new life and realizes the universe has delivered astonishing salvation.

The inaugural Apple/Skydance short film is written and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Joe Mateo (Prep & Landing, Big Hero 6), and shares the storyteller’s deeply personal journey of healing, hope and the undeniably human moments of being rescued by love.

Mateo developed Blush alongside the Skydance Animation team and the film is produced by Heather Schmidt Feng Yanu (Toy Story, the Cars trilogy) and executive produced by Oscar winner John Lasseter (Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Cars).

Blush joins Apple/Skydance features Luck and Spellbound, and the animated series The Search for WondLa, with several more feature films and television series to be announced over the term of the pact.

Blush follows Apple’s recent Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature for Wolfwalkers, the latest film from two-time Academy Award-nominated director Tomm Moore and director Ross Stewart.

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