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|Founded||December 25, 1984|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Thomas L. Wilhite|
|Owner||The Walt Disney Company (library only)|
|Parent||Walt Disney Studios (library only)|
|Subsidiaries||Hyperion Animation Company, Inc.|
Hyperion Pictures (also known as Hyperion Films or Hyperion Studios or Hyperion Animation) is an American film production company founded by Thomas L. Wilhite, who had previously been the head of motion picture and television produced for and owned by The Walt Disney Company, and writer/director Willard Carroll. The company produces both live-action and animated productions such as The Brave Little Toaster, The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue and The Runestone.
A subsidiary of the company is its animation division, Hyperion Animation Company, Inc. which has produced animated feature films and television series, including its three most successful media franchises The Brave Little Toaster, The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, The Itsy Bitsy Spider and The Oz Kids. In 1998, the company produced the film Playing by Heart for Miramax. Also, on December 9, 1998, it signed a deal with Showtime in order to develop a telemovie based on the hit book series Bad News Ballet.
On October 5, 1999, Hyperion, along with toon designer Bruce Smith, launched a joint venture Jambalaya Studio to produce shows aimed at a black audience. On September 22, 2002, Hyperion Pictures decided to expand into a memoir and a series of pulp novels into feature film production.
The studio has been dormant since 2007 but their website was recently updated in 2019 in where it was under construction. It then returned in 2020.
List of notable Hyperion features and television productions
- Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (1986, with The Kushner-Locke Company)
- The Runestone (1990)
- Playing by Heart (1998)
- Tom's Midnight Garden (1999)
- My Louisiana Sky (2001)
- Three Way (2004, Brainstorm Media)
- Marigold (2007)
- Chunks of Life (1994, with MTV)
- The Need (2006)
- Amazing Stories (1985–1987) - Season 2, Episode 16: "Family Dog" (1987, with NBC, Universal Television, Amblin Entertainment and The Kushner-Locke Company)
- Bone Chillers (1996, with ABC)
- ARK, the Adventures of Animal Rescue Kids (1997–1998, with Discovery Kids)
List of Hyperion Animation productions
- The Brave Little Toaster (1987, with The Kushner-Locke Company, ITC Entertainment (UK), and Walt Disney Pictures)
- Rover Dangerfield (1991, with The Kushner-Locke Company, and Warner Bros. Animation)
- Robin Harris' Bébé's Kids (1992, with Jambalaya Studios)
- The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1997, with The Kushner-Locke Company, and Walt Disney Home Video) (DTV)
- The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998, with The Kushner-Locke Company, and Walt Disney Home Video) (DTV)
- The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! (2000, with Artisan Entertainment) (DTV)
- The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina (2002, with Miramax) (DTV)
- The Proud Family Movie (2005, with Jambalaya Studios and Disney Channel) (TV)
- Itsy Bitsy Spider (1992)
- 1001 Nights: An Animation Symphony (1998, with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Itsy Bitsy Spider (1993–1996, with USA Network)
- Life with Louie (1994–1998, with Fox Kids)
- The Adventures of Hyperman (1995–1996, with CBS)
- Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995–2000, with HBO)
- The Oz Kids (1996, with ABC)
- The Proud Family (2001–2005, with Jambalaya Studios and Disney Channel)
- Da Boom Crew (2004–2005, with Jambalaya Studios and Kids' WB!)
- The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (2022-present, with Bar Productions, Disney Television Animation and Disney+)
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- Adalian, Josef (1999-10-05). "Jambalaya cooks up multi-ethnic toons". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
- Dunkley, Cathy (2002-09-22). "Hyperion to pound pulp into pix". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.