Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation
PredecessorMGM Animation/Visual Arts
FoundedJune 23, 1993; 25 years ago (June 23, 1993)
FounderPaul Sabella
Jonathan Dern
ProductsTelevision shows
Feature films
OwnerMGM Holdings

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation (or MGM Animation for short) was the animation division of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture studio in Hollywood, California, United States, that specializes in animated productions for theatrical features and television. It was established in 1993 and primarily involved in producing children's entertainment based upon MGM's ownership of properties, such as The Pink Panther, The Lionhearts, The Secret of NIMH, and All Dogs Go to Heaven. As of 2003, the studio has been dormant of making animated TV shows and films and never made any new ones since Stargate Infinity.



Release Date Title Other
March 29, 1996 All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 co-production with MGM/UA Family Entertainment


Release Date Title
March 4, 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Being Happy
MGM Sing-Alongs: Friends
MGM Sing-Alongs: Having Fun
MGM Sing-Alongs: Searching for Your Dreams
October 14, 1997 Babes in Toyland
November 17, 1998 An All Dogs Christmas Carol
December 22, 1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue
April 4, 2000 Tom Sawyer

TV series[edit]

Show Year(s) Notes
The Pink Panther 1993–1996
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series 1996–1998
RoboCop: Alpha Commando 1998–1999 billed as "Produced by MGM Animation for Orion Pictures"
The Lionhearts 1998
Stargate Infinity 2002–2003 co-production with DIC Entertainment Corporation and Les Studios Tex S.A.R.L.

Miscellaneous productions[edit]

Unproduced projects[edit]

  • The Betty Boop Movie, In 1993, there were plans for an animated feature film of Betty Boop to be MGM Animation's first theatrical animated film. But those plans were later canceled. The musical storyboard scene of the proposed film can be seen online.[1] The finished reel consists of Betty and her estranged father performing a jazz number together called "Where are you?" Jimmy Rowles and Sue Raney provide the vocals for Betty and Benny Boop. Latter All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 became MGM Animation's first theatrical animated film.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Plans for an animated film based off the hit game series Sonic the Hedgehog, taking place in the American Made Saturday Morning Series continuity writing from the unused 3rd season of the series by Ben Hurst, produced under MGM Animation. The idea was discussed between Hurst and a Sega executive then later rejected by SEGA.[2]
  • Noah, According to Animation Magazine, MGM Animation had plans to do a theatrical animated movie adaption of comedian Bill Cosby's famous stand up sketch of his take of Noah's Ark with Cosby producing, co-writing the script and as the voice of God, while Carl Reiner and Jonathan Winters were in talks to voice Noah. However the project was canceled after Cosby's previous films were both commercial and critically failures and more people were becoming aware of Cosby's sex abuse cases.[3]
  • Punk Farm, In June 2011, MGM Animation announced that it was developing a computer animated film based on the book Punk Farm. David Silverman, the director of 20th Century Fox's The Simpsons Movie and co-director of Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc., would direct the feature.[4] However, MGM Animation will not produce the film, Prana Studios will produce it instead.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moore Studios Archived May 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
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  4. ^ Kilday, Gregg (2011-06-08). "MGM to Develop 'Punk Farm' Animated Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  5. ^ Kilday, Gregg (2015-10-02). "Walden Media Producing 'Platypus Police Squad' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-16.

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