Cartoon Pizza

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Cartoon Pizza
Animation studio
Industry Animation
Predecessor Jumbo Pictures, Inc.
Founded 2001; 16 years ago (2001)
Founders Jim Jinkins
David Campbell
Headquarters Nashville, Tennessee, United States (Formerly New York City)
Key people
  • Jim Jinkins (President)
  • David Campbell (CEO)
  • Jack Spillum
  • (President, Animation Production)

Cartoon Pizza was an animation company located in Nashville. It was co-founded by Jim Jinkins and David Campbell as the successor to Jinkins's former company, Jumbo Pictures, Inc. A hallmark of both Jumbo Pictures and Cartoon Pizza has been their commitment to the continued use of hand-painted cel animation at a time when animated series are increasingly produced using digital ink and paint. The studio had partnered with several studios to help produce their shows, including; Disney, Sesame Workshop, and Cuppa Coffee Studios. The studio was formerly headquartered in New York City until 2009, when the company relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2]


In 2001, a year after Jim Jinkins' former company Jumbo Pictures, Inc. was closed by The Walt Disney Company, Jim Jinkins and David Campbell formed Cartoon Pizza as a successor company.[3][4] With Jinkins helming the position as president, Campbell as CEO, Jack Spillum as the president of animated productions, Ellie Copeland as the vice president of finances and operations, and Beldeen Fortunato as the vice president of administration.[5]

In December 2001, Cartoon Pizza agreed to a two year nonexclusive production deal with Sesame Workshop. Sesame agreed to house the company at their New York City office and handle international distribution. They would co-produced a minimum of six new kids properties.[6]

The company became a co-production partner in the Tiger Aspect animation division developed Earth Kid. Gullane Entertainment became an equal partner in Earth Kid as the show's international distributor in April 2002. Gullane also had three other projects in the works with Cartoon Pizza.[7]

As of October 5, 2010, the New York corporation had been dissolved.[3] As of December 2016, Cartoon Pizza was still in operations.[4]




  1. ^ [1] Wayback Machine Retrieved on 27-07-15.
  2. ^ [2] Wayback Machine Retrieved on 27-07-15.
  3. ^ a b "Cartoon Pizza, Inc.". New York Department of State Division of Corporations. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Woodbury, Jason P. (December 5, 2016). "I Was That Kid, Too: Twenty-Five Years of Nickelodeon's "Doug"". FLOOD. No. 5. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ [3] Wayback Machine Retrieved on 27-07-15.
  6. ^ Webster, Kay Leigh (October 25, 2001). "Cartoon Pizza and Sesame Workshop team up". C21media. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Winstone, Keely (April 29, 2002). "Tiger Aspect and Cartoon Pizza sign with Gullane". C21media. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 

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