The film was released on 2,160 screens and grossed a total of over $690,000 against a budget of $40,000,000. It had the lowest per-theater gross on its opening weekend of any wide release in American film history, breaking the record set by The Ten Commandments (2007). The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012) broke Delgo's opening-weekend record.
Anne Bancroft's final film. Laura Citron, spokeswoman for Macquarium and Fathom Studios, said that Melissa McBride was a voice double for the late Ms. Bancroft in limited sequences to ensure completion of the film.
Fathom Studios started producing animation for broadcast and industrial clients in 1994. They took two years to create a ninety-second clip that gave Marc Adler and his team the confidence and the financial muscle to make a movie completely outside the Hollywood system.
Once the cast had signed on, the filmmakers would travel to where the voice actors and actresses were with all their equipment, instead of having the actors and actresses come to them. Michael Clarke Duncan was the first cast member announced. His part was recorded in Los Angeles, California, approximately three thousand miles from the studio where the film was produced.
As part of the marketing for this movie, the production team uploaded Digital Dailies to the internet, allowing fans to follow production as it happened. The Digital Dailies got an average of five hundred thousand hits a month. Many of the production's animators were contacted by university professors and Hollywood agents on the strength of these Digital Dailies alone.
Animators and crew members were recruited from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia Tech, and other smaller digital outfits. Students from the North Atlanta High School drama department acted out scenes for reference material for the animators.
Fathom Studios signed only recognizable, bankable actors and actresses for principal parts, then rolled out their cast announcements gradually, maximizing PR impact and addressing potential distribution concerns.