Hyperion Pictures

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Hyperion Pictures
IndustryFilmmaking
FoundedDecember 25, 1984; 37 years ago (1984-12-25)
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Key people
Thomas L. Wilhite
Willard Carroll
Chris Young
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company (library only)
ParentWalt Disney Studios (library only)
SubsidiariesHyperion Animation Company, Inc.
Jambalaya Studios

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] On September 22, 2002, Hyperion Pictures decided to expand into a memoir and a series of pulp novels into feature film production.[4]

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[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • Chunks of Life (1994, with MTV)
  • The Need (2006)

Television series[edit]

List of Hyperion Animation productions[edit]

Feature films[edit]

(TV) - Television film
(DTV) - Direct-to-video

Short films[edit]

Television series[edit]

Television specials[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carver, Benedict (1998-05-07). "Edwards into 'Dancing'". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  2. ^ Madigan, Nick (1998-12-10). "Showtime on toes for 'Ballet' telepic". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  3. ^ Adalian, Josef (1999-10-05). "Jambalaya cooks up multi-ethnic toons". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  4. ^ Dunkley, Cathy (2002-09-22). "Hyperion to pound pulp into pix". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.

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