Paramount Animation

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Paramount Animation
Type Division of Paramount Pictures
Industry CGI animation
Traditional animation
Predecessors Paramount Cartoon Studios (formerly known as Famous Studios)
Founded 2011 (2011)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people Adam Goodman
Annie Laks
(Vice President)
Bob Bacon
(Executive Vice President, Production)
Amir Nasrabadi
(Senior Vice President, Production)
Lino DiSalvo
(Creative Director)
Products Animated films
Owners Viacom
Parent Paramount Pictures

Paramount Animation is the animated film division of Paramount Pictures.[1] Its first animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is scheduled to be released on February 6, 2015.[2]


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.[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.[3] In February 2012, Stainton resigned for personal reasons, with Paramount Film Group's president, Adam Goodman, stepping in to directly oversee the studio.[4] It was also announced that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (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 6, 2015.[2]

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 US$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]


Feature films[edit]

Upcoming films

Title Release date Ref(s)
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015 [2][7]
Monster Trucks May 29, 2015 [8][7]

Films in development

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


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c Szalai, Georg; Miller, Daniel (February 28, 2012). "Paramount to Release 'SpongeBob' Movie in Late 2014". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ L. Weinstein, Joshua (October 10, 2011). "Paramount Names David Stainton Animation President". The Wrap. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (February 22, 2012). "Paramount President Of Animation David Stainton Resigns". Deadline. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Graser, Marc; Kroll, Justin (17 August 2012). "Paramount ramping up animation slate". Variety. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "TOLDJA! Paramount Sets Date For ‘Monster Trucks’ & ‘SpongeBob’ Movies". Deadline. August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (June 6, 2011). "Paramount Plots Next Animated Pic with Alien Comic Adaptation 'New Kid' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (January 22, 2014). "Paramount Animation Taps ‘Paperman’s’ John Kahrs to Direct ‘Shedd’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 

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