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Paramount Animation

Paramount Animation
Industry Animation
Motion pictures
Founded July 2011; 6 years ago (July 2011)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Mireille Soria
Products Animated films
Animated television shows
Owner Viacom
Number of employees
10 (2017)[2]
Parent Paramount Pictures

Paramount Animation is the animation studio division of Paramount Pictures.[3] Its first animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was released on February 6, 2015.[4]


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 in 2012, Paramount announced the formation of a new division, devoted to the creation of animated productions.[3] 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.[5] In February 2012, Stainton resigned for personal reasons, with Paramount Film Group's president, Adam Goodman, stepping in to directly oversee the studio.[6] 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.[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,[7] Variety reported that Paramount Animation was in the process of starting development of several animated films with budgets of around US$100 million.[8]

The studio relies on other animation studios and visual effect companies to provide the animation on their films, with the main studio only having about 10 employees working there.[2] This includes Nickelodeon Animation Studio (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The SpongeBob Movie 3), Mr. X and Moving Picture Company (Monster Trucks), Mikros Image (Sherlock Gnomes), and Ilion Animation Studios (Amusement Park).


Feature films

Released films

# Title Release date Co-production with Budget Gross RT MC
1 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015 Nickelodeon Movies and United Plankton Pictures $74 million $323.4 million[9] 80% 63
2 Monster Trucks[10][11][12] January 13, 2017 Disruption Entertainment and Nickelodeon Movies $125 million $64.5 million[13] 32% 41

Upcoming films

# Title Release date Co-production with
3 Sherlock Gnomes[14] March 23, 2018 [15] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Rocket Pictures, and Mikros Image
4 Amusement Park[12] March 15, 2019[16] Ilion Animation Studios and Nickelodeon Movies [17][18][19]
5 The SpongeBob Movie[20][12] August 2, 2019 Nickelodeon Movies and United Plankton Pictures
6 The Loud House Movie[21][12] February 7, 2020 Nickelodeon Movies
7 Untitled Nicktoons film[22] July 31, 2020

Films in development

Giant Monsters Attack Japan[24]
Untitled Sci-fi Project[25]
The Flamingo Affair[26]

Television series

Title Premiere date Network Co-production with
Amusement Park[27] 2019 Nickelodeon Nickelodeon Animation Studio


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  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b Szalai, Georg; Miller, Daniel (February 28, 2012). "Paramount to Release 'SpongeBob' Movie in Late 2014". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ L. Weinstein, Joshua (October 10, 2011). "Paramount Names David Stainton Animation President". The Wrap. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (February 22, 2012). "Paramount President Of Animation David Stainton Resigns". Deadline. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Graser, Marc; Kroll, Justin (17 August 2012). "Paramount ramping up animation slate". Variety. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ Finke, Nikki (July 31, 2013). "Paramount Animation Plans 'Monster Trucks' Live Action-Toon Franchise: In Final Talks With Blue Sky's Chris Wedge To Direct". Deadline. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "TOLDJA! Paramount Sets Date For 'Monster Trucks' & 'SpongeBob' Movies". Deadline. August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d Sneider, Jeff; Verhoeven, Beatrice (November 10, 2015). "Paramount Bumps 'Monster Trucks' to 2017, Sets 'Spongebob Squarepants 3' for 2019". The Wrap. 
  13. ^ "Monster Trucks (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Johnny Depp Lending His Voice To Paramount/MGM's 'Sherlock Gnomes', Sequel To 'Gnomeo & Juliet'". Deadline. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Theatrical Movie Schedule Changes and Additions". Box Office Mojo. March 27, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  16. ^ Ashley Lee (January 26, 2017). "Paramount Shifts Animated 'Amusement Park' to July 2018". Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  17. ^ Hopewell, John. "Annecy: Paramount Animation, Spain's Ilion Ally on 3D Tentpole (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  18. ^ Uriondo, Miguel Ángel. "'Amusement Park', la mayor película de animación de la historia de España". sabemos Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  19. ^ Peña, Ángel. "'Ilion goes to Hollywood': la edad de oro de la animación española". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  20. ^ Viacom (April 30, 2015). ""@ParamountPics is in development on sequels to existing franchises: @WorldWarZMovie, @JackReacher & @SpongeBobMovie" - TD". Twitter. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  21. ^ Viacom (April 30, 2015). "Paramount Teases Nickelodeon-Based Feature Toon Lineup Including 'The Loud House'". Deadline. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  22. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2017-03-29). "Paramount Teases Nickelodeon-Based Feature Toon Lineup Including 'The Loud House' – CinemaCon". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  23. ^ McNary, Dave (January 22, 2014). "Paramount Animation Taps 'Paperman's' John Kahrs to Direct 'Shedd' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  24. ^ Rigney, Todd (August 31, 2015). "Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Giant Monsters Attack Japan Still Alive at Paramount Animation". Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  25. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (October 15, 2015). "'The Signal' Scribe David Frigerio Sells Sci-Fi Pitch To Paramount Animation". Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  26. ^ Elizabeth Rayne (June 29, 2016). "J.J. Abrams Directing Animated Comedy The Flamingo Affair". Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  27. ^ Donnelly, Matt (March 28, 2017). "Paramount's 'Amusement Park' Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release". The Wrap. Archived from the original on April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 

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