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  • Dueling Works: With the Disney+ film Togo, another period piece survival story focused on an unconventional sled dog and his grizzled owner played by a well-known older actor. The two films were greenlit as competitors, but wound up under the same corporate umbrella following Disney's purchase of Fox. To a lesser extent, the film is also a competitor with The Great Alaskan Race, another film based on the same true-life event as Togo, but that film fizzled out with terrible reviews and a <$1 million box office performance.
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  • Release Date Change: The film was originally going to be released on December 25, 2019, but it was eventually pushed back to February 21, 2020 following the acquisition of 20th Century Fox by Disney, like many other Fox movies produced right before or during the merger. Disney decided so in order to clear the way to both Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Spies in Disguise.
  • This film marks Chris Sanders's first solo directorial effort and his first one involving live-action, as all his previous directed feature-length films have been fully animated films done with another director (Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon with Dean DeBlois, and The Croods with Kirk DeMicco). Thanks to Disney's buyout of Fox, it also marks his return to Disney in a non-voice-acting role since he departed in 2007.note 
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  • Following the removal of the "Fox" brand in January 2020, this will be the first film under the newly-renamed "20th Century Studios".

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