Sony Pictures Animation is an American animated film production company owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, founded in May 2002. It works closely with Sony Pictures Imageworks, which handles digital production. Theatrical releases are distributed by Columbia Pictures, and direct-to-video releases are distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The studio's first feature film, Open Season, was released in 2006, followed by two direct-to-video sequels. Other work includes The Smurfs film series and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It is the first appearance of Open Season.