DNA Productions

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DNA Productions, Inc.
TypeTelevision and Film company
IndustryAnimation
FoundedSeptember 9, 1987; 36 years ago (1987-09-09)
FoundersJohn A. Davis
Keith Alcorn
Defunct2006; 17 years ago (2006)
FateClosure
SuccessorsReel FX Animation
Omation Animation Studios
Headquarters,
ProductsJimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Santa vs. the Snowman
The Ant Bully
Websitednahelix.com

DNA Productions, Inc. was an American animation studio and production company founded in 1987 by John A. Davis and Keith Alcorn, which is best known for its comedy films.[2] It also provided directing, script writing, and production to its clients.[3]

History[edit]

DNA Productions was formed in Dallas by John A. Davis and Keith Alcorn in 1987, after they left their positions at K & H Productions (formerly Keitz & Herndon, Inc.), a locally based animation company. Up until 1997, DNA Productions had only six employees and was involved in the production of commercials. The company also did work for other companies.[4]

In 1999, the studio teamed up with The Curiosity Company and Fox Television Studios to make a holiday special for television entitled Olive, the Other Reindeer, which was nominated in the Emmy awards and also joined production with Steve Oedekerk's O Entertainment on the CG Christmas special, Santa vs. the Snowman 3D.

Starting in 1998, the studio pitched an idea of Jimmy Neutron to Nickelodeon in the form of a pilot episode called "Runaway Rocketboy", which led to the development and production of the feature film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, which was later nominated for an Academy Award, and the television series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius that was held in original airings from 2002 to 2006.[5][6] In 2006, DNA Productions completed The Ant Bully, a feature film loosely based on the children's book of the same name, while production on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius was ending. Due to The Ant Bully bombing at the box-office, DNA was unable to find another project afterwards, so the studio's facility closed later that year.[7]

Mascots[edit]

Helix raising his finger.
Paul the Chimpanzee, as shown in DNA Production's on-screen logo from 2002

Until 2002, the studio's mascot was formerly a purple cat with two tails in a DNA spiral formation named Helix the Cat; he was designed by Keith Alcorn. From 2002 to 2006, Helix the Cat was replaced by a computer-animated, three-eyed chimpanzee named Paul, named after and voiced by one of their employees Paul Claerhout.

Work[edit]

Television[edit]

Films[edit]

# Title Release date Distributor Co-production with Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius December 21, 2001 Paramount Pictures Nickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
$30,000,000 $102,992,536 74% 65
2 Santa vs. the Snowman 3D November 1, 2002 IMAX O Entertainment Un­known $10,103,787[8] 81% 62
3 The Ant Bully July 28, 2006 Warner Bros. Pictures Legendary Pictures
Playtone
$50,000,000 $55,000,000 62% 59

Short films[edit]

  • The Phone Ranger: The Legend of the Old West (1989)
  • The Phone Ranger Rides Again!: The Case of Careless Clyde (1990)
  • Nanna and Lil' Puss Puss (1991-2001)
  • The Tale of Nippoless Nippleby (1992)
  • Captain Weirdbeard and His Merry Swabs (1992)
  • Hard Edition (1992)
  • Foul Play (1993)
  • Beat the Meatles (1996)
  • No Neck Joe (1997-1998)
  • The Adventures of Johnny Quasar (1995)
  • Elroy's Toy (1995) (direct-to-video compilation; co-production with Third Planet Productions)
  • Radioactive Crotch Man (1997-2000)
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Runaway Rocketboy! (1998) (co-production with O Entertainment and Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Shorts (2000-2001) (co-production with O Entertainment and Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Calling All Aliens (2001) (co-production with O Entertainment and Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
  • The Ant Bully Shorts (2006) (co-production with Playtone and Cartoon Network)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://archive.org/details/DNA_Productions_Jimmy_Neutron_2002
  2. ^ "DNA Productions Inc: Company Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  3. ^ "DNA Productions: Video Interviews". www.animationartist.com. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  4. ^ Bounds, Jeff (1997-09-14). "Animation company 'going Hollywood'". BizJournals. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  5. ^ "The Rise of Jimmy Neutron". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  6. ^ "DNA Productions". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  7. ^ Mallory, Micheal (2013-04-25). "The Life Cycle of DNA". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  8. ^ "Santa vs. the Snowman (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-05-28.

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