Paramount Animation is an animation film division of Paramount Pictures. It was a joint venture between Paramount & Nickelodeon Movies.

History[edit | edit source]

In July 2011, in the wake of critical and box office success of the animated feature, Rango, and the departure of DreamWorks Animation upon completion of their distribution contract in 2012, Paramount announced the formation of a new division, devoted to the creation of animated productions.[1] It marks Paramount's return to having its own animated division for the first time since 1967, when Paramount Cartoon Studios shut down (it was formerly Famous Studios until 1956).

In October 2011, Paramount named a former president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, David Stainton, president of Paramount Animation.[2] In February 2012, Stainton resigned for personal reasons, with Paramount Film Group's president, Adam Goodman, stepping in to directly oversee the studio.[3] It was also announced that SpongeBob SquarePants 2 (a sequel to 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), based upon the popular Nickelodeon TV show, SpongeBob SquarePants, will be the studio's first movie and will be released on February 13, 2015.[4]

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,[5] Variety reported that Paramount Animation was in the process of starting development of several animated movies with budgets of around USD 100 million. According to Variety, the intellectual property for these films is to be supplied by Nickelodeon among others and is to include Dora the Explorer, The Legend of Korra and Monkey Quest.[6]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Feature films[edit | edit source]

Released films

Title Release date Ref(s)
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 02015-02-13February 13, 2015 [4][7] $74 million $323.4 million

Upcoming films

Title Release date Ref(s)
Monster Trucks 02017-01-13January 13, 2017 [8][7]
Gnomeo and Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes 02018-01-12January 12, 2018


Films in development

Title Ref(s)
The New Kid [9]
Shedd [10]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. L. Weinstein, Joshua. "Paramount Names David Stainton Animation President", October 10, 2011. Retrieved on October 10, 2011. 
  3. Fleming, Mike. "Paramount President Of Animation David Stainton Resigns", February 22, 2012. Retrieved on February 22, 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Szalai, Georg. "Paramount to Release 'SpongeBob' Movie in Late 2014", February 28, 2012. Retrieved on May 5, 2012. 
  5. Finke, Nikki. "EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks Animation To Fox For New 5-Year Distribution Deal; Paying Fees Of 8% Theatrical And 6% Digital", August 20, 2012. Retrieved on August 20, 2012. 
  6. "Paramount ramping up animation slate", 17 August 2012. Retrieved on 17 August 2012. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "[ TOLDJA! Paramount Sets Date For 'Monster Trucks' & 'SpongeBob' Movies]", August 1, 2013. Retrieved on August 2, 2013. 
  8. Finke, Nikki. "Paramount Animation Plans ‘Monster Trucks’ Live Action-Toon Franchise: In Final Talks With Blue Sky’s Chris Wedge To Direct", July 31, 2013. Retrieved on August 1, 2013. 
  9. Kit, Borys. "Paramount Plots Next Animated Pic with Alien Comic Adaptation 'New Kid' (Exclusive)", June 6, 2011. Retrieved on May 8, 2012. 
  10. McNary, Dave. "Paramount Animation Taps ‘Paperman’s’ John Kahrs to Direct ‘Shedd’ (EXCLUSIVE)", January 22, 2014. Retrieved on January 22, 2014. 

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