|Type||Production arm of Nickelodeon|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Owner(s)||Paramount Pictures / Viacom|
|Parent||Paramount Motion Pictures Group|
Nickelodeon Movies is an American motion picture production arm of the children's cable channel Nickelodeon, originally launched in 1995. Its first film was Harriet the Spy. It has produced family features and films based on Nickelodeon programs, as well as other adaptations and original projects. The films are released by Viacom division Paramount Pictures. It currently has 25 films.
The most financially successful film to date is The Adventures of Tintin.
Nick 90s era and foundation (1995-1999)
Nickelodeon set a deal with 20th Century Fox, to make movies based on Doug, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Rugrats. However none of the films would be made through the Fox deal due to the 1994 acquisition of Paramount Pictures by Viacom. The proposed Doug film would not be made due to the 1996 sale of the show's producing studio to Disney and that show's move to ABC, while creative differences with the creator of Ren & Stimpy and an inability to market that property in a family friendly manner scuttled that film. Doug would eventually have a film project come to the screen in 1999, Doug's 1st Movie, through Disney.
Nickelodeon Movies was then founded in 1995 through the purchase of Paramount. On July 10, 1996, the studio released its first film, Harriet the Spy, a spy-comedy-drama film based on the 1964 novel of the same name.
On July 25, 1997, the studio then released another film, Good Burger, a comedy film, starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. It based on the Good Burger sketch on Nickelodeon's popular sketch comedy series, All That.
On November 20, 1998, the studio would release The Rugrats Movie, Nickelodeon Movies's first animated film based on a Nicktoon. The film stars the original show's voice cast, as well a voice cast member, Tara Strong as Dil Pickles, a new rugrat, and guest starring Tim Curry as Rex Pester, a greedy news reporter, and David Spade as Ranger Frank and Whoopi Goldberg as Ranger Margaret, two forest rangers. This film received mixed critical reception. Despite this, the movie has became a box office success, earning $100,494,675 in the domestic box office and $140,894,675 worldwide. It also became the first non-Disney animated film to gross over $100 million. It is also the studio's first film to receive a G rating from the MPAA. The success of the film spawned into two sequels.
New millennium (2000-present)
On February 11, 2000, the studio released, Snow Day, a comedy film starring Chris Elliott, Zena Grey, Josh Peck and Emmanuelle Chriqui. This film met negative reviews and grossed $62,464,731 worldwide.
Nine months later, the studio released Rugrats in Paris: The Movie on November 17, 2000. It is the first sequel to The Rugrats Movie, and grossed $76,507,756 at the domestic box-office and $103,291,131 worldwide. The critical reception met with favorable reviews, becoming the most acclaimed Rugrats film to date. It stars the series' original cast members, along with Tara Strong, once again, and guest starring Susan Sarandon as Coco Labouche, a cruel and child-hating director at EuroReptarland in Paris, John Lithgow as Jean-Claude, Coco's partner, and new cast members, Dionne Quan as Kimi Finster, Kira's naive and fearless daughter, she becomes Chuckie's stepsister as the newest rugrat, and Julia Kato as Kira Watanabe, Coco's assistant and Kimi's mother.
On December 21, 2001, the studio released its first CGI animated film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It is based on a series of shorts that aired on Nickelodeon, back in 1998. It became a critical and box-office success, earning $80,936,232 and $102,992,536 worldwide. It stars voice actors, Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Carolyn Lawrence, Jeffrey Garcia, and Candi Milo, as well starring Martin Short and Patrick Stewart. On March 24, 2002, this movie was nominated for the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Shrek. It is the first Nickelodeon film to be nominated for an Academy Award. The success of the film spawned this film into a TV series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, which aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006.
On March 29, 2002, the studio released Clockstoppers, a sci-fi action film, starring Jesse Bradford, Paula Garcés, and French Stewart. This film received negative reviews and was not a box office success, only earning $36,989,956 in the United States and $38,793,283 worldwide.
Nicktoon-based film era (2002-2004)
On June 28, 2002, Nickelodeon Movies released, Hey Arnold!: The Movie, starring the series's original cast members and guest starring Paul Sorvino as Scheck, the CEO of a real estate company called Future Tech Industries (FTi). It met with mixed to negative critical reception and was a box office failure, only grossed $13,728,902 domestic wide and $15,249,308 worldwide. It was originally going to be a TV film, entitled, Arnold Saves the Neighborhood, but execitives of Paramount Pictures decided to release this film theatrically. It was the first animated film from Nickelodeon to get a PG rating.
In 2002 and 2003, the studio, along with Klasky Csupo released two films based on the popular TV shows, The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Rugrats Go Wild, respectively. The Wild Thornberrys Movie was released on December 20, 2002, starring the show's original cast members, Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, Danielle Harris, Michael "Flea" Balzary, and Tom Kane. This film received positive reviews, but was not a box office success. It only grossed $40,108,697 domestic wide and $60,694,737 worldwide. On March 23, 2003, this film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Rugrats Go Wild was later released on June 13, 2003, once again starring the series's original cast members, with new guest stars, Chrissie Hynde as Siri the clouded leopard, Tony Jay, Ethan Phillips, and Bruce Willis as Spike's speaking voice. This film met with mixed to negative critical reception and was not a box office success, unlike previous Rugrats movies, only earning $39,402,572 in the United States and $55,405,066. This film is also the only Rugrats film to receive a PG rating.
On November 19, 2004, Nickelodeon released The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie an adventure comedy film based on the popular Nickelodeon television series, SpongeBob SquarePants. The film was directed by the series' creator, Stephen Hillenburg, and stars the show's voice cast of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Mr. Lawrence, and guest starring Jeffrey Tambor as King Neptune, the king of the sea who accused Mr. Krabs of stealing the crown, which is actually Plankton, Scarlett Johansson as Mindy, a mermaid who helped SpongeBob and Patrick's journey to save Neptune's crown, Alec Baldwin as Dennis, a hit man sent by Planton to exterminate SpongeBob and Patrick from retrieving the crown, and features David Hasselhoff as himself. This film became a box office hit earning $85,417,988 in the United States box office and grossed $140,161,792 at the worldwide box office. The success of this film spawned this film into a sequel, adapted into various media, including its own video game, soundtrack, toy line, and, eventually, continued the series's run, whereas the series was renewed for a fourth season. However, the series' creator Stephen Hillenburg left the show, with Paul Tibbitt took over the series' duty, but Hillenburg still holds as the executive producer and the creator of the show.
The return of box-office success
Ever since the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Nickelodeon Movies returned to making box-office hits. The studio purchased the film rights of the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series in May 2000. Paramount Pictures, owner of Nickelodeon Movies, agreed to co-finance, along with Scott Rudin. Various directors, including Terry Gilliam and Roman Polanski, were interested in making the film. One of author Daniel Handler's favorite candidates was Guy Maddin. In June 2002, Barry Sonnenfeld was hired to direct. He was chosen because he previously collaborated with Rudin and because of his black comedy directing style from The Addams Family, Addams Family Values and Get Shorty. Sonnenfeld referred to the Lemony Snicket books as his favorite children's stories. The director hired Handler to write the script with the intention of making Lemony Snicket as a musical, and cast Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in September 2002. This film was released on December 17, 2004, a month later after The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released. It became a huge box office success, earning $118,634,549 at the United States box office and $209,073,645 worldwide. Despite the commercial success, there is yet to be a sequel. This film won an Academy Award for Best Makeup in 2005.
In 2005, the studio and Paramount Classics purchased a documentary film, Mad Hot Ballroom at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It became the studios' first and (so far, the) only documentary film and to have a limited theatrical release. It grossed $8,117,961 domestic wide and $9,079,042 worldwide. It also was a huge critical success.
Several months later, the studio and Paramount Pictures started their first co-production with Columbia Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer to create a comedy film, Yours, Mine and Ours, a remake of the 1968 film of the same name. This film stars Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. This film was critically panned, but was a modest box office success, earning $53,412,862 in the United States and $72,028,752 worldwide.
On June 16, 2006, Nickelodeon released comedy-drama film, Nacho Libre. It is very loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta. This film stars Jack Black, Héctor Jiménez, and Ana de la Reguera. This film met with mixed critical reception, but was a box office success, earning $80,197,993 in the domestic box office and grossed $99,255,460 worldwide. A sequel to this film is being considered.
Two months later, the studio released another CGI film, titled, Barnyard: The Original Party Animals, starring the voices of Kevin James, as Otis, a carefree bull who loves throwing parties, David Koechner as Dag, a red coyote, Sam Elliott as Ben, Otis' father and the leader of the barnyard, and voice actors Jeff Garcia, S. Scott Bullock, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, and Rob Paulsen. This film met with negative critical reception, but was a box office success, earning $72,637,803 at the United States box office and grossed $116,476,887 worldwide. Like Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the film's success has spawned into a TV show, Back at the Barnyard, which ran from 2007 to 2011 on Nickelodeon, longer than The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Chris Hardwick replaced Kevin James as the role for Otis.
On August 21, 2006, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films became full labels of the Paramount Motion Pictures Group.
On December 15, 2006, the studio released Charlotte's Web, a family drama film based on E. B. White's popular book of the same name, starring Dakota Fanning, Kevin Anderson, Beau Bridges, and the voices of Dominic Scott Kay, Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, and Cedric the Entertainer. This film became a critical and box office success, earning $82,985,708 domestic wide and $144,877,632 worldwide. This is Nickelodeon's first G-rated film in five years and is the studio's highest grossing film with that rating. Dakota Fanning won a Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress at the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards.
Two years later on February 14, 2008, the studio released The Spiderwick Chronicles, a fantasy drama film based on the bestselling book of the same name, starring Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Short, Nick Nolte, and Seth Rogen. This film was released in both regular and IMAX theaters and received favorable reviews and was a box office success, earning $71,195,053 domestic wide and $162,839,667 outside the United States.
On July 28, 2008, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies released a coming-of-age comedy film, Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging, based on two bestselling British novels by Louise Rennison, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers. This film was released in theaters in the United Kingdom, earning £8,647,770 euros and grossed $13,835,569 worldwide. To date, it has no theatrical release in the United States, but has made its U.S. premiere on Nick at Nite on March 12, 2009. This film also received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, becoming the first ever film from Nickelodeon Movies to receive that rating.
On January 16, 2009, Hotel for Dogs was released, starring Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin. It is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. This film received mixed reviews from film critics, but was a box office success, earning $73,034,460 in the United States box office and grossed $117,000,198 worldwide. It is distributed by DreamWorks. This marks the first film from Nickelodeon to be distributed outside of Paramount Pictures. However, it is still distributed under Paramount.
Five months later on June 12, 2009, Paramount Pictures reunited with Nickelodeon Movies and released Imagine That, a comedy-drama film starring Eddie Murphy Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker, Martin Sheen, Marin Hinkle, and Yara Shahidi. This film received mixed to negative reviews, mainly criticizing Murphy's performance, and earned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor in 2010, only to lose to The Jonas Brothers' performances in Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience as themselves. It was also a box office failure, only earning $16,123,323 at the domestic box office and grossed only $22,985,194 worldwide.
Channel's rebranding and a new decade (2010-present)
On January 8, 2007, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies announced that they had signed M. Night Shyamalan to write, direct and produce a trilogy of live-action films based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, the first of which would encompass the main characters' adventures in Book One. This film was later released in theaters in 3D on July 1, 2010 and was universally panned by critics, fans, and even from audiences that aren't familiar with the TV series. This was studio's first feature film released in 3-D. This film received 9 nominations at the 31st Golden Raspberry Awards and won the most awards in 2011, including Worst Picture. On its opening day in the United States, The Last Airbender made $16 million, ranking fifth overall for Thursday openings. Despite negative critical reception, the film was a box-office success and had grossed $131,601,062 in the United States box office. It had also grossed $187,340,196 in other countries, making for a total of $318,941,258 worldwide.
On March 4, 2011, Nickelodeon Movies released Rango, a CGI-animated western comedy film, directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant and Ned Beatty. The film was produced by Gore Verbinski's production company Blind Wink, and Graham King's GK Films. The CGI animation was created by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), marking its first full-length animated feature. ILM usually does visual effects for live-action films. It is also the first animated film for Verbinski. During voice recording, the actors received costumes and sets to "give them the feel of the Wild West"; star Johnny Depp had 20 days in which to voice Rango; and the filmmakers scheduled the supporting actors to interact with him. Verbinski said his attempt with Rango was to do a "small" film after the large-scale Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, but that he underestimated how painstaking and time-consuming animated filmmaking is. This film has met universal acclaim from critics and general audiences alike and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The success of Rango ended Paramount's partnership with DreamWorks Animation to create its own animation studio, Paramount Animation.
Nine months later, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies partnered with Columbia Pictures once again and released The Adventures of Tintin, a performance captured animated 3D film, directed by acclaimed director, Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, based on three of the popular comic book series of the same name by Hergé, The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham's Treasure (1944). This film was released in 3D and IMAX 3D theaters, as well normal "2D" theaters and became a huge box office success, earning $77,591,831 in North America and $296,402,120, in other territories, for a worldwide total of $373,993,951. It also was studio's first animated film to be shown in 3D. John Williams, the composer for the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score. This film became the first non-Pixar film to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, beating Cars 2, and is the first Nickelodeon film to do so. A sequel to this film is currently in development and is expected to be released sometime in 2014 or 2015.
On February 28, 2012, a sequel to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was announced to be in production, and is scheduled to be released in late 2014. Philippe Dauman, the president and CEO of the studio's parent company Viacom, told sources:
"We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort."
Dauman also once again said that the Paramount animation productions will be a new opportunity for his company as they will each cost less than $100 million, and the animation unit will be only 30 to 40 people strong, allowing for good financial returns. Thanks to modern technology, the films still look "great" despite the lower cost, he said. He also lauded his studio team for winning an animation Oscar for Rango, the studio's first fully owned CGI effort. "We're very proud of that," he said.
The sequel will be directed by Paul Tibbitt, written by Jonathan Abiel and Glenn Berger, produced by Mary Parent, and executive-produced by the series' creator, Stephen Hillenburg. The series' cast members are set to reprise their roles from the first film. It has been confirmed that the sequel will have the same style of animation (traditional animation) as the TV show was.
In 2012, following the news of the Viacom buyout of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, it was announced that Nickelodeon would produce a new film through Paramount Pictures with an expected release date sometime in 2012. In late May 2011, it was announced that Paramount and Nickelodeon had brought Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form on to produce the next film that will reboot the film series. Bay, Fuller, and Form would produce along side Walker and Mednick. For the script, the studio originally hired Matt Holloway and Art Marcum to write the film for close to a million dollars. A year later the Studio turned to writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec to rewrite the script. In February 2012, Jonathan Liebesman was brought into negotiations to direct the film. It is expected to be released sometime in 2014.
The studio's latest release is a Halloween comedy film, Fun Size, which opened on October 26, 2012, starring Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, and Thomas Mann. This film received a PG-13 rating, becoming the second film from Nickelodeon to receive that rating. This film opened to negative critical reviews and became a box office flop.
|Title||Release Date||Production Company(s)||Budget||Gross|
|Harriet the Spy||July 10, 1996||Paramount / Rastar||$13 million||$26,570,048|
|Good Burger||July 25, 1997||Paramount / Tollin/Robbins Productions||$9 million||$23,712,993|
|The Rugrats Movie||November 20, 1998||Paramount / Klasky Csupo||$24 million||$140,894,675|
|Snow Day||February 11, 2000||Paramount / C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures||$13 million||$62,464,731|
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||November 17, 2000||Paramount / Klasky Csupo||$30 million||$103,291,131|
|Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||December 21, 2001||Paramount / O Entertainment / DNA Productions||$30 million||$102,992,536|
|Clockstoppers||March 29, 2002||Paramount / Valhalla Motion Pictures||$26 million||$38,793,283|
|Hey Arnold!: The Movie||June 28, 2002||Paramount / Snee-Oosh||$3–4 million||$15,249,308|
|The Wild Thornberrys Movie||December 20, 2002||Paramount / Klasky Csupo||$35 million||$60,694,737|
|Rugrats Go Wild||June 13, 2003||$25 million||$55,405,466|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||November 19, 2004||Paramount / United Plankton Pictures||$30 million||$140,161,792|
|Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||December 17, 2004||DreamWorks (International) / Paramount (US)||$142 million||$209,073,645|
|Mad Hot Ballroom (distribution only)||May 13, 2005||Paramount Classics / Warner Bros. (Europe only) / Pathé (Europe only) / Just One Productions||$8,117,961|
|Yours, Mine and Ours||November 23, 2005||Paramount (US) / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Columbia (International)||$45 million||$72,028,752|
|Nacho Libre||June 16, 2006||Paramount / Black & White Productions||$35 million||$99,255,460|
|Barnyard||August 4, 2006||Paramount / O Entertainment||$52 million||$108,000,000|
|Charlotte's Web||December 15, 2006||Paramount / Walden Media / The K Entertainment Company||$85 million||$144,877,632|
|The Spiderwick Chronicles||February 14, 2008||Paramount / The Kennedy/Marshall Company||$90 million||$162,899,667|
|Hotel for Dogs||January 16, 2009||DreamWorks (under Paramount Pictures) / Cold Spring Pictures / Donners' Company / Montecito Picture Company||$75 million||$117,000,198|
|Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging||March 12, 2009||Paramount||$1 million||$13,835,569|
|Imagine That||June 12, 2009||Paramount / di Bonaventura Pictures||$55 million||$22,985,194|
|The Last Airbender||July 1, 2010||Paramount / Blinding Edge Pictures / The Kennedy/Marshall Company||$150 million||$319,713,881|
|Rango||March 4, 2011||Paramount / GK Films / Blind Wink / Industrial Light and Magic||$135 million||$245,375,374|
|The Adventures of Tintin||December 21, 2011||Paramount (US) / Columbia (International) / Amblin Entertainment / The Kennedy/Marshall Company / WingNut Films||$135 million||$373,993,951|
|Fun Size||October 26, 2012||Paramount / Anonymous Content / Fake Empire Productions||$14 million||$10,911,519|
|Title||Release Date||Production Company(s)|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||June 6, 2014||Paramount / Platinum Dunes|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2||2014||Paramount / Paramount Animation / United Plankton Pictures|
|The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun||2015||Paramount / Columbia / Amblin Entertainment / The Kennedy/Marshall Company / WingNut Films|
Films in development
|Untitled Family Safari film by Jeff Lowell||Paramount|||
|Untitled Kidrobot film||Paramount / Wild Brain|||
Notable awards and nominations received by Nickelodeon Movies
|2002||Best Animated Feature||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Steve Oedekerk
John A. Davis
|2003||Best Original Song||The Wild Thornberrys Movie||Paul Simon ("Father and Daughter")||Nominated|
|2005||Best Makeup||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Valli O'Reilly
|Best Original Score||Thomas Newman||Nominated|
|2012||Best Animated Feature||Rango||Gore Verbinski||Won|
|Best Original Score||The Adventures of Tintin||John Williams||Nominated|
|2003||Best Original Song - Motion Picture||The Wild Thornberrys Movie||Paul Simon ("Father and Daughter")||Nominated|
|2012||Best Animated Feature Film||Rango||Gore Verbinski||Nominated|
|The Adventures of Tintin||Steven Spielberg||Won|
|2010||Worst Actor||Imagine That||Eddie Murphy||Nominated|
|Worst Actor of the Decade||Won|
|2011||Worst Picture||The Last Airbender||N/A||Won|
|Worst Supporting Actor||Jackson Rathbone||Won|
|Worst Supporting Actress||Nicola Peltz||Nominated|
|Worst Screen Ensemble||The entire cast||Nominated|
|Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel||N/A||Nominated|
|Worst Director||M. Night Shyamalan||Won|
|Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3-D||N/A||Won|
|1997||Favorite Movie Actress||Harriet the Spy||Rosie O'Donnell||Nominated|
|1999||Favorite Movie||The Rugrats Movie||N/A||Won|
|2001||Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||Susan Sarandon||Won|
|2004||Rugrats Go Wild||Bruce Willis||Nominated|
|2005||Favorite Movie Actor||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Jim Carrey||Nominated|
|2007||Nacho Libre||Jack Black||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actress||Charlotte's Web||Dakota Fanning||Won|
|2012||Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Rango||Johnny Depp||Nominated|
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