|Founded||1993 (as Tom Snyder Productions)
1999 (as Soup2Nuts)
|Defunct||March 31, 2015|
Soup2Nuts (formerly Tom Snyder Productions) was an American animation studio founded by Tom Snyder. The studio was known for its animated comedy series, its use of "Squigglevision", a technique of animation that reuses frames to make the animation look more kinetic, and for its style of improvisation in voice acting.
The company started as part of Tom Snyder Productions, when it created and produced its first TV show, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist in 1995 for Comedy Central. Later, the company created and produced Home Movies which aired originally on UPN, but after cancellation, continued on Adult Swim. Following their purchase by Scholastic Corporation in 2001, the animated digital production company was renamed Soup2Nuts, because of the company's involvement in the production of programs from beginning to end. A division of Soup2Nuts now produces shorts, book adaptations, commercials, and interactive online series.
Soup2Nuts began work on WordGirl in 2005, a super-hero comedy for PBS Kids. It had won numerous national awards including Best Direction for an Animated Children's Program and Outstanding Writing in Animation.
In March 2015, Scholastic Inc. announced they were closing the studio. According to Kyle Good, the senior vice president of corporate communications for Scholastic, the decision was made to shut down Soup2Nuts is part if an overall restructuring of the parent company. Good commented, "We are restructuring that part of the business closer to our core businesses which are children's publishing and education. We have other options to continue television programming." Scholastic had cut the number of employees to just nine people earlier in 2015.
- Koch, David (March 13, 2015). "Scholastic To Shutter Soup2Nuts Animation Studio". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved March 13, 2015.