Paramount Animation is the animated film division of Paramount Pictures. Its first animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was released on February 6, 2015.
In July 2011, in the wake of critical and box office success of their two animated features, Rango and Vegetables, 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. 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. In February 2012, Stainton resigned for personal reasons, with Paramount Film Group's president, Adam Goodman, stepping in to directly oversee the studio. It was also announced that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, a 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.
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, Variety reported that Paramount Animation was in the process of starting development of several animated films with budgets of around US$100 million.
The studio relies on other animation studios and visual effect companies to provide the animation on their films. This includes Nickelodeon Animation Studio (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The SpongeBob Movie 3), Lix Animation Digital (the Greenuts franchise), DJW Studios (Buddy Movie), Splash Animation (The Doodle Toons Movie), Mr. X and Moving Picture Company (Monster Trucks), Mikros Images (Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes), and Ilion Animation Studios (Amusement Park); with the main studio only having about 10 employees working there.
Feature films Edit
|#||Title||Release date||Co-production with|
|1||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||February 6, 2015||Nickelodeon Movies and United Plankton Pictures|
|2||Greenuts: A New Beginning||July 24, 2015||Lix Animation Digital|
|3||Supertrio 2||July 1, 2016||Lix Animation Digital|
|4||Buddy Movie||November 18, 2016||DJW Studios|
|5||Monster Trucks||January 13, 2017||Disruption Entertainment and Nickelodeon Movies|
|Title||Release date||Co-production with|
|Vegetables 3||July 21, 2017||Lix Animation Digital|
|The Doodle Toons Movie||October 27, 2017||Splash Animation|
|Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes||January 12, 2018||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Rocket Pictures, and Mikros Images|
|The Land of Doom||March 16, 2018||Lix Animation Digital|
|Greenuts: The New Groove||July 20, 2018||Lix Animation Digital|
|Amusement Park||August 10, 2018||Ilion Animation Studios and Nickelodeon Movies|
|Untitled Nicktoons film||March 22, 2019||Nickelodeon Movies|
|The Mutants of 2051 AD||July 19, 2019||Lix Animation Digital|
|Third untitled SpongeBob Movie||August 2, 2019||Nickelodeon Movies and United Plankton Pictures|
|The Loud House Movie||February 7, 2020||Nickelodeon Movies|
|Supertrio 3||March 27, 2020||Lix Animation Digital|
|Untitled Nicktoons film||July 31, 2020||Nickelodeon Movies|
|Untitled Lix Animation film||August 21, 2020||Lix Animation Digital|
|Untitled Lix Animation film||July 16, 2021||Lix Animation Digital|
|Untitled Lix Animation film||March 25, 2022||Lix Animation Digital|
|Untitled Lix Animation film||July 15, 2022||Lix Animation Digital|
Films in development
|Giant Monsters Attack Japan|
|Untitled Sci-fi Project|