Hyperion Pictures

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Hyperion Pictures
FoundedDecember 25, 1984; 38 years ago (1984-12-25)
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Key people
Thomas L. Wilhite
Willard Carroll
Chris Young
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
SubsidiariesHyperion Animation Company, Inc.
Jambalaya Studios

Hyperion Pictures (also known as Hyperion Films or Hyperion Studios or Hyperion Animation) is an American film production and distribution 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,[1] 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 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 live-action film Playing by Heart for Miramax.[2] Also, on December 9, 1998, it signed a deal with Showtime in order to develop a telefilm based on the hit book series Bad News Ballet.[3]

On October 5, 1999, Hyperion, along with Disney's animation designer Bruce W. Smith, launched a joint venture Jambalaya Studios to produce shows aimed at a black audience.[4] On September 22, 2002, Hyperion Pictures decided to expand into a memoir and a series of pulp novels into feature film production.[5]

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 a year later. However, the company is not involved with The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.


The first Brave Little Toaster received an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program nomination[6] and a Special Jury recognition from the Sundance Film Festival.[7]

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]

Theatrical feature films[edit]


TV film[edit]

Short films[edit]

Television series[edit]

Television specials[edit]

  • The Sissy Duckling (1999, with HBO)


  1. ^ THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER (1987) (***)|Animation World Network
  2. ^ Carver, Benedict (1998-05-07). "Edwards into 'Dancing'". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  3. ^ Madigan, Nick (1998-12-10). "Showtime on toes for 'Ballet' telepic". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  4. ^ Adalian, Josef (1999-10-05). "Jambalaya cooks up multi-ethnic toons". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  5. ^ Dunkley, Cathy (2002-09-22). "Hyperion to pound pulp into pix". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  6. ^ The Brave Little Toaster|Television Academy
  7. ^ The Brave Little Toaster|Sundance Institute

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