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Paramount Animation

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Paramount Animation
Motion pictures
PredecessorFamous Studios
FoundedJuly 6, 2011; 7 years ago (July 6, 2011)
Key people
ProductsAnimated films
Animated television shows
Number of employees
10 (as of 2017)[3]
ParentParamount Pictures

Paramount Animation is the animation division and label of Paramount Pictures.[4] The division was founded on July 6, 2011 in response to the success of Rango and DreamWorks Animation's departure from Paramount in 2012. Its first animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was released on February 6, 2015,[5] and its latest release Wonder Park was released on March 15, 2019 with its next release being Sonic the Hedgehog on November 8, 2019.

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After the closure of the New York-based Paramount Cartoon Studios (it was formerly named Famous Studios until 1956) in 1967, Paramount released eight animated features between 1972 and 1992, all of which were produced by outside studios. These features included: Charlotte's Web, Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Alice in a New Wonderland , Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!), Heidi's Song, Cool World, and Bébé's Kids (along with the short film The Itsy Bitsy Spider).

After Viacom's purchase of Paramount Pictures in 1994, the studio started releasing animated films that were based on Viacom's Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central brands from 1996 to 2006, many of which were box office successes. The films included: Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, The Rugrats Movie, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Hey Arnold!: The Movie, The Wild Thornberrys Movie, Rugrats Go Wild, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and Barnyard.

Starting in 2006 with Over the Hedge and Flushed Away, Paramount Pictures became the primary distributor of animated features produced by DreamWorks Animation, many of which, such as Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, were notable critical and financial successes. In July 2011, in the wake of critical and box office success of their animated feature, Rango and the departure of DreamWorks Animation upon completion of their distribution contract with Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Rise of the Guardians in 2012, Paramount announced the formation of a new division, devoted to the creation of animated productions.[4] It marks Paramount's return to having its own animated division for the first time since the shut down of Paramount Cartoon Studios.


In October 2011, Paramount named a former president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, David Stainton, president of Paramount Animation.[6] In February 2012, Stainton resigned for personal reasons, with Paramount Film Group's president, Adam Goodman, stepping in to directly oversee the studio.[7] It was also announced that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, a standalone sequel to 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and based upon the popular Nickelodeon TV show, SpongeBob SquarePants, is the studio's first film and was released on February 6, 2015.[5]

In August 2012, in the same month that DreamWorks Animation confirmed that it will be working with 20th Century Fox as distributor beginning in 2013,[8] Variety reported that Paramount Animation was in the process of starting development of several animated films with budgets of around US$100 million.[9]

On May 2016, Paramount Pictures announced that they had signed a deal with UK-based Locksmith Animation to co-develop and co-produce a series of animated projects to be released under the Paramount Animation label (with animation produced by DNEG).[10] The following year, however, Paramount ended its deal with Locksmith when Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey was replaced by Jim Gianopulos, who decided that their projects did not fit in with Paramount's other upcoming releases. Locksmith formed a multi-year production deal with 20th Century Fox four months later.[11][12]

In July 2017, Paramount Pictures named former DreamWorks Animation co-president Mireille Soria as the president of the studio.[1]

In April 2018, Paramount Pictures named former Blue Sky Studios and Nickelodeon Movies producer Ramsey Naito as the executive vice president of the studio.[2]


Similar to Warner Animation Group and Sony Pictures Animation, the studio outsources their films to different animation services and visual effects companies,[3] including Rough Draft Studios (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge), Moving Picture Company (Monster Trucks and Sonic the Hedgehog), Mikros Image (Sherlock Gnomes), Allspark Animation (Untitled Hanazuki: Full of Treasures film) Ilion Animation Studios (Wonder Park and Luck), and Reel FX Creative Studios (Monster on the Hill).

Sonic the Hedgehog, Monster on the Hill, and Luck are created outside of Paramount Animation, although they will be released under the studio's label.[13][14]

Unlike other animation studios, Paramount Animation doesn't have an in-house animation style. According to Mireille Soria, each film will have their own unique style created by the filmmakers, which would be helped by outsourcing animation to different vendors.[15]


Feature films

Released films

# Title Release date Distributor/Co-production with Animation service(s) Directors Composers Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[S] February 6, 2015 Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
Rough Draft Studios
Paul Tibbitt
Mike Mitchell (live-action sequence)
John Debney $74 million $323.4 million[16] 80% 62
2 Monster Trucks[S] January 13, 2017 Paramount Pictures
Disruption Entertainment
Nickelodeon Movies
Mr. X
Moving Picture Company
Chris Wedge Dave Sardy $125 million $64.5 million[17] 31% 41
3 Sherlock Gnomes March 23, 2018 Paramount Pictures
Rocket Pictures
Mikros Image
(London and Paris)
Reel FX Creative Studios
John Stevenson Chris Bacon $59 million $90.3 million[18] 27% 36
4 Wonder Park March 15, 2019 Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Midnight Radio Productions
Ilion Animation Studios
Dylan Brown (uncredited)[19] Steven Price $80–100 million $53.5 million[20] 30% 46

Upcoming films

# Title Release date Ref(s) Distributor/Co-production with Animation service(s) Directors Composers
5 Sonic the Hedgehog[S][R] November 8, 2019 [21][22] Paramount Pictures
Original Film
Blur Studio
Marza Animation Planet
hedgehog Films, Inc.
dj2 Entertainment
Moving Picture Company Jeff Fowler Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL)
6 The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge[S] May 22, 2020 [23][13][14][24] Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
Mikros Image (Montreal) Tim Hill Hans Zimmer
7 Untitled film July 17, 2020 [24] Paramount Pictures TBA TBA
8 Clifford the Big Red Dog[S] November 13, 2020 [25][26] Paramount Pictures
Scholastic Entertainment
Silvertongue Films
TBA Walt Becker
9 Monster on the Hill[R] 2020 [13][14] Paramount Pictures
Walden Media
Reel FX Creative Studios Bradley Raymond
10 Luck March 19, 2021 [27] Paramount Pictures
Skydance Media
Ilion Animation Studios Alessandro Carloni
11 My Little Pony 2 2021 [28] Paramount Pictures
Allspark Pictures
DHX Media
Toon Boom Animation Jayson Thiessen Steffan Andrews
12 The Tiger's Apprentice February 11, 2022 [29] Paramount Pictures TBA

Films in development

Title Ref(s)
Giant Monsters Attack Japan [30]
Untitled sci-fi project [31]
The Flamingo Affair [32]
Monument Valley[S][R] [33]
Untitled Hanazuki: Full of Treasures film[R] [34]
Untitled SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off film [35]
S Combines live-action with animation.
R Not produced, but released by Paramount Animation under its label.

Television series

Title Premiere date Network Co-production with
Wonder Park[36] 2019 Nickelodeon Ilion Animation Studios and Nickelodeon Animation Studio


Annie Awards

Year Film Category Recipient(s) Result
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Animated Effects in an Animated Production Brice Mallier, Paul Buckley, Brent Droog, Alex Whyte and Jonothan Freisler Nominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Tom Kenny

Kids' Choice Awards

Year Film Category Recipient(s) Result
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Favorite Animated Movie Nominated

Golden Raspberry Awards

Year Film Category Recipient(s) Result
2019 Sherlock Gnomes Worst Actor Johnny Depp Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Johnny Depp & his fast-fading film career Nominated

See also


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  2. ^ a b McNary, Dave (April 12, 2018). "'Boss Baby' Producer Ramsey Naito Hired for Paramount Animation Post". Variety. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Faughnder, Ryan (January 13, 2017). "2017's first big flop? How Paramount's 'Monster Trucks' went awry". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Finke, Nikki (July 6, 2011). "Paramount Expects DreamWorks Toon Exit; Studio Starts Paramount Animation Unit; Jeff Katzenberg Zeroing In Time Warner". Deadline. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
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  6. ^ L. Weinstein, Joshua (October 10, 2011). "Paramount Names David Stainton Animation President". The Wrap. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (February 22, 2012). "Paramount President Of Animation David Stainton Resigns". Deadline. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  8. ^ Finke, Nikki (August 20, 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks Animation To Fox For New 5-Year Distribution Deal; Paying Fees Of 8% Theatrical And 6% Digital". Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  9. ^ Graser, Marc; Kroll, Justin (17 August 2012). "Paramount ramping up animation slate". Variety. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  10. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (May 4, 2016). "Paramount and Locksmith Animation Enter Exclusive Multi-Pic Deal". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Lang, Brent (September 20, 2018). "Fox, Locksmith Animation Ink Multi-Year Production, Development Deal (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Amidi, Amid (September 20, 2017). "UK's Locksmith Animation Announces Production Agreement with 20th Century Fox". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
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  17. ^ "Monster Trucks (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
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  19. ^ Miller, Dylan (March 15, 2019). "Paramount's new animated movie Wonder Park doesn't have a credited director, and here's why". The AV Club. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  20. ^ "Wonder Park (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  21. ^ Kit, Borys (June 21, 2017). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Races to Paramount (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  22. ^ Couch, Aaron (21 February 2018). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Sets 2019 Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  23. ^ Viacom (April 30, 2015). ""@ParamountPics is in development on sequels to existing franchises: @WorldWarZMovie, @JackReacher & @SpongeBobMovie" - TD". Twitter. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  24. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 24, 2018). "Paramount's 'The SpongeBob Movie' To Soak Up Mid-July 2020". Deadline. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  25. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 29, 2018). "Reel FX Rehires Jared Mass As Company Aims To Ramp Up Original Content Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
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  27. ^ "Untitled Paramount Animation (2021) (2021) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
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  29. ^ Pedersen, Erik (15 March 2019). "Paramount Moves 'Limited Partners' To 2020 & Dates 'The Tiger's Apprentice' Toon". Deadline. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  30. ^ Rigney, Todd (August 31, 2015). "Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Giant Monsters Attack Japan Still Alive at Paramount Animation". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  31. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (October 15, 2015). "'The Signal' Scribe David Frigerio Sells Sci-Fi Pitch To Paramount Animation". Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  32. ^ Rayne, Elizabeth (June 29, 2016). "J.J. Abrams Directing Animated Comedy The Flamingo Affair". Den of Geek. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
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