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Nickelodeon Animation Studio
FormerlyGames Productions Inc.[a]
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryAnimation
PredecessorNickelodeon Studios
Founded1990; 32 years ago (1990) (as Games Productions Inc.)[a]
March 4, 1998; 24 years ago (1998-03-04)
(as Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
FoundersVanessa Coffey
Mary Harrington
HeadquartersStudio City, Los Angeles, California, U.S. (1990–1998)
Burbank, California, U.S. (1998–present)
New York City, New York, U.S. (second facility, 1999–present)
Key people
Ramsey Ann Naito (President)[1]
ProductsTelevision
Movies
ParentParamount Media Networks
DivisionsNick Design
Websitenickanimation.com

Nickelodeon Animation Studio is an American animation studio owned by Paramount Global. It has created many original television programs for Nickelodeon, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Rugrats and Avatar: The Last Airbender, among various others. Since the 2010s, the studio has also produced its own series based on preexisting IP purchased by Paramount Global, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Winx Club. In November 2019, Nickelodeon Animation Studio signed a multiple-year output deal for Netflix, which will include producing content, in both new and preexisting IP, for the streaming platform.[2]

The studio was founded in 1990, originally named Games Productions Inc. and later Games Animation.[3] It oversaw the production of three animated programs for Nickelodeon: Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show. In 1992, Nickelodeon began work on Games Animation's first fully in-house series, Rocko's Modern Life. Games Animation produced much of the network's mid-1990s output in partnership with other animation companies like Klasky Csupo. In 1998, the studio moved from Studio City, California to Burbank with the construction of a new facility. It was renamed Nickelodeon Animation Studio and later Nickelodeon Studios Burbank. In 1999, a second facility in New York City was opened, named Nickelodeon Animation Studio New York.[4]

History[edit]

1990–1998: As Games Animation[edit]

Games Animation logo used on early episodes of Hey Arnold!.

The Nickelodeon Animation Studio's earliest beginnings lie in the roots of the channel's Nicktoons endeavor. In 1990, Nickelodeon hired Vanessa Coffey as a creative consultant to develop Nicktoons,[3] charging her with the quest of seeking out new characters and stories that would allow the channel a grand entrance into the animation business.[5] The high cost of high-quality animation discouraged the network from developing weekly animated programming. Although most television networks at the time tended to go to large animation houses with proven track records to develop Saturday-morning series, often generally pre-sold characters from movies, toys or comics, Nickelodeon desired differently. Inspired by the early days of animation and the work of Bob Clampett, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, Nickelodeon set out to find frustrated cartoonists swallowed up by the studio system.[6] Nickelodeon president Geraldine Laybourne commissioned eight six-minute pilots at a cost of $100,000 each before selecting three. Seeking the most innovative talents in the field, the products of this artists' union – Doug, Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show – represented twelve years of budget-building toward that end.[5] Coffey was hired as Nickelodeon's Executive Producer of Animation between the pilots and series production.[3]

However, despite the best efforts, relations became strained with Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. In fall 1992, the studio fired Kricfalusi. Coffey asserts that John was in breach of contract for not delivering on time, creating disturbing content and going over budget.[7] Kricfalusi suspected the real reason was that the network was uncomfortable with more crude humor.[8] Nickelodeon objected to most of his proposed plotlines and new characters—including George Liquor, an Archie Bunker-ish "All-American Male." After Kricfalusi and Nickelodeon missed several promised new-episode delivery and air dates, the network—which had purchased the rights to the Ren & Stimpy characters from Kricfalusi—negotiated a settlement with him.[8] The creative tug of war was closely watched by both animators and the television industry and covered in the national press.

In response, Nickelodeon formed its own animation studio, Games Productions Inc. The name was later shortened to Games Animation.[9] The series was moved to Games and put under the creative supervision of Bob Camp, one of Kricfalusi's former writer-director partners.[8] Nick's plan was to hire bright, young animators and let them do almost anything they want.[9] Coffey soon stepped down as animation vice president for Nickelodeon, to pursue her own projects. She was replaced by Mary Harrington, a Nickelodeon producer who moved out from New York to help run the Nicktoons division that was a near-shambles after Kricfalusi was fired.[9]

In 1992, animator Joe Murray was approached by the studio with intentions of developing a new animated series for Games Animation. Murray's Joe Murray Productions and Games Animation rented office space on Ventura Boulevard in the Studio City neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California.[10] The production moved to a different office building on Vineland Avenue in Studio City. Executives did not share space with the creative team.[11] Games Animation's first in-house production, Rocko's Modern Life, premiered on the network in 1993.

The initial duty was to continue producing The Ren & Stimpy Show as Nickelodeon dropped Spümcø and its creator John Kricfalusi from their duties on the show. At the time, Games was located in an office building in Studio City, California. Apart from The Ren & Stimpy Show, Nickelodeon's other Nicktoons were done out-of-house at Jumbo Pictures (whose next deal with Nickelodeon would be a live-action/puppet series Allegra's Window for Nick Jr.) in New York City and Klasky-Csupo (who entered mainstream popularity as animation producers from Fox's longest-running animated sitcom The Simpsons from 1987 to 1992 when animation production duties were given to Film Roman, as well as Everett Peck's Duckman which was produced by Nickelodeon's sister company Paramount Television and aired on USA Network in 1994 through 1997).

In 1993, the studio greenlit its first fully original in-house series, Rocko's Modern Life, produced by Games Animation with the partnership of Joe Murray Studio. Games worked on the show for three years and employed over 70 people during the course of its run. The show was canceled in 1996 by Nickelodeon due to its creator Joe Murray wanting to spend more time with his family. Following the cancellation, Games Animation produced the pilots of Hey Arnold!, The Angry Beavers, and CatDog, along with the former's first 26 episodes, and the second's 13 episodes. The latter was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios along with the other two by this point forward.

1998–2006: As Nickelodeon Animation Studio[edit]

In 1996, Albie Hecht, then-president of Film and TV Entertainment for Nickelodeon, met with Nickelodeon artists for a brainstorming session on the elements of their ideal studio, and, with their feedback (and some inspiration from the fabled Willy Wonka chocolate factory), created "a playful, inspirational and cutting-edge lab which will hopefully give birth to the next generation of cartoon classics." He added, "For me, this building is the physical manifestation of a personal dream, which is that when people think of cartoons, they'll say Nicktoons."[12] Nickelodeon and parent company Viacom threw a bash to celebrate the opening of the new Nicktoons animation studio on March 4, 1998. During the launch party, a gathering of union labor supporters formed a picket line to protest Nickelodeon's independent hiring practices outside the studio's iron gates.[12]

Located at 231 West Olive Avenue in Burbank, California, the 72,000-square-foot (6,700 m2) facility, designed by Los Angeles architecture firm AREA, houses 200–300 employees and up to five simultaneous productions. It also contains a miniature golf course (with a hole dedicated to Walt Disney), an indoor basketball course/screening room, an artists' gallery, a studio store, and a fountain that shoots green water into the air.[12] The Nicktoons studio houses five, project driven production units. Each has its own color and design environment and includes a living room, writer's lounge, and storyboard conference room. The studio also has a Foley stage (for recording live sound effects), a post-production area, sound editing and mixing rooms and an upstairs loft area with skylights for colorists.[12]

In September 1999, Nickelodeon opened a major new digital animation studio at 1633 Broadway in Manhattan. The New York studio primarily took over production of Nick Jr. animated properties.[13] At the same time, the Los Angeles facility animated the intro for The Amanda Show.

It was reported in 2005 that the Burbank studio was up for sale; this was later corrected, as the owner of the building was selling it.[14]

2006–2016: Rebuilding and expanding[edit]

In mid-2006, Nickelodeon announced a collaboration with DreamWorks Animation to create shows based on DWA's films. The first DWA co-production was The Penguins of Madagascar, which would eventually premiere in November 2008 (followed by 2011's Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and 2013's Monsters vs. Aliens).

In 2007, Nick launched El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (the first Nicktoon created in Adobe Flash) and Tak and the Power of Juju (based on the video game series of the same name). Back at the Barnyard (a spinoff of the theatrical film Barnyard) was released that same year.

In 2009, Nickelodeon acquired the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios.[15] In early 2011, Viacom bought 30 percent of the Italian studio Rainbow SpA, the creators of Winx Club.[16] Following both purchases, Nickelodeon Animation Studio began to produce new content for both franchises: a continuation of Winx Club and a reboot series of TMNT. Since they were produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio,[17] Nickelodeon refers to both continuations as official Nicktoons.[18]

By 2013, Nickelodeon's deal with DreamWorks Animation had reached an end; according to Bob Schooley, Nickelodeon Animation expressed a desire to refocus on "more Nickish shows."[19] Looking for original concepts, Nickelodeon Animation Studio created the Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program, under which it would produce new animated shorts with the potential to turn into whole shows. A selective few were greenlit and premiered within the following years.

2016–present: Nickelodeon Studios[edit]

In 2016, Nickelodeon's Burbank animation facility moved into a five-story glass structure that is part of a larger studio complex. The move was intended to bring animated productions currently produced elsewhere in Southern California under a single production facility.[20] Because it houses both animated and live-action productions, the Burbank location has been renamed to simply "Nickelodeon Studios" (which is not to be confused with the original Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios Florida, which closed in 2005).[21] The studio also houses the Nickelodeon time capsule, first buried in Orlando, Florida in 1992 at the original Nickelodeon Studios and later at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in 2006, which has moved to the new studio by the latter's closure and rebrand on June 1, 2016.[22] The capsule is set to be opened on April 30, 2042. The new studio opened on January 11, 2017. Nick would continue to produce products based on their IP brands. In August 2019, Nick gained the rights to Garfield after Viacom (which during that time was in the process of merging into ViacomCBS) purchased Paws, Inc.

Nick has since planned collaboration with fellow sister studios such as Paramount Animation and now CBS Eye Animation Productions (via ViacomCBS re-merger). The studio has even invested in co-production for other ViacomCBS networks.

List of Nickelodeon Animation Studio productions[edit]

TV series[edit]

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Network Notes
1990s
Doug Jim Jinkins 1991–1994 Jumbo Pictures
Ellipse Programmé
Nickelodeon Seasons 1–4 only; Disney acquired the series in 1996 and produced three more seasons, which aired on ABC.
Rugrats Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain 1991–2004 Klasky Csupo
The Ren & Stimpy Show John Kricfalusi 1991–1996 Spümcø Nickelodeon (1991–1995)
MTV (1996)
Oversaw the production of seasons 1–2, directly produced seasons 3–5 and credited as Games Animation Inc.
Rocko's Modern Life Joe Murray 1993–1996 Joe Murray Productions Nickelodeon Credited as Games Animation Inc.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Gábor Csupó and Peter Gaffney 1994–1997 Klasky Csupo
Hey Arnold! Craig Bartlett 1996–2004 Snee-Oosh, Inc. Credited as Games Animation Inc. for season 1.
The Angry Beavers Mitch Schauer 1997–2001 Gunther-Wahl Productions, Inc.
CatDog Peter Hannan 1998–2005 Peter Hannan Productions Nickelodeon (1998–2001)
Nicktoons (2004–2005)
The Wild Thornberrys Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, Steve Pepoon, David Silverman, and Stephen Sustarsic 1998–2004 Klasky Csupo Nickelodeon
SpongeBob SquarePants Stephen Hillenburg
(d): Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, and Nick Jennings
1999–present United Plankton Pictures
Rocket Power Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó 1999–2004 Klasky Csupo
2000s
As Told by Ginger Emily Kapnek 2000–06 Klasky Csupo Nickelodeon (2000–04)
Nicktoons (2004–06)
The Fairly OddParents Butch Hartman 2001–17 Frederator Incorporated
Billionfold Inc. (seasons 6–10)
Nickelodeon (2001–16)
Nicktoons (2017)
Invader Zim Jhonen Vasquez 2001–06 Nickelodeon (2001–02)
Nicktoons (2006)
Action League Now! Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb, and Albie Hecht 2001–02 Flying Mallet, inc.
Chuckimation
Nickelodeon Spin-off of KaBlam!.
ChalkZone Bill Burnett and Larry Huber 2002–08 Frederator Incorporated
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius John A. Davis 2002–06 O Entertainment
DNA Productions
First Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film. Spin-off of the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
All Grown Up! Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain 2003–08 Klasky Csupo Spin-off of Rugrats.
My Life as a Teenage Robot Rob Renzetti 2003–09 Frederator Incorporated Nickelodeon (2003–05)
Nicktoons (2008–09)
Danny Phantom Butch Hartman 2004–07 Billionfold Inc. Nickelodeon
Avatar: The Last Airbender Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko 2005–08
Catscratch Doug TenNapel 2005–07
The X's Carlos Ramos 2005–06
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Sandra Equihua and Jorge R. Gutierrez 2007–08 Mexopolis Nickelodeon (2007–08)
Nicktoons (2008)
Tak and the Power of Juju Avalanche Entertainment (original video game series)
(d): Jed Spingarn, Nick Jennings, and Mitch Watson
2007–09 THQ Nickelodeon Only Nicktoon based on the video game series of the same name.
Back at the Barnyard Steve Oedekerk 2007–11 O Entertainment
Omation Animation Studio
Nickelodeon (2007–10)
Nicktoons (2011)
Second Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film. Spin-off of the 2006 film Barnyard.
The Mighty B! Amy Poehler, Cynthia True, and Erik Wiese 2008–11 Paper Kite Productions
Polka Dot Pictures
Nickelodeon (2008–10)
Nicktoons (2010–11)
Making Fiends Amy Winfrey 2008 Nicktoons First Nicktoon to be based on a web series.
Only Nicktoon that aired exclusively on Nicktoons Network.
The Penguins of Madagascar Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell (original characters)
(d): Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley
2008–15 DreamWorks Animation Nickelodeon (2008–12)
Nicktoons (2013–15)
First of three co-productions with DreamWorks Animation.
Fanboy & Chum Chum Eric Robles 2009–14 Frederator Studios Nickelodeon (2009–12)
Nicktoons (2014)
2010s
Planet Sheen Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk 2010–13 O Entertainment
Omation Animation Studio
Nickelodeon (2010–11)
Nicktoons (2012–13)
Spin-off of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius and the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
T.U.F.F. Puppy Butch Hartman 2010–15 Billionfold Inc. Nickelodeon (2010–13)
Nicktoons (2013–15)
Winx Club (revival) Iginio Straffi 2011–16 Rainbow S.p.A. (co-owned by Viacom) Nickelodeon (2011–14)
Nick Jr. (2014–16)
Seasons 5–7 and four specials were co-produced in-house at Nick Animation.
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (original characters)
(d): Peter Hastings
2011–16 DreamWorks Animation Nickelodeon (2011–14)
Nicktoons (2016)
Second co-production with DreamWorks Animation.
The Legend of Korra Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino 2012–14 Ginormous Madman Productions Nickelodeon (2012–14)
Nick.com (2014)
Sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Robot and Monster Dave Pressler, Joshua Sternin, and J.R. Ventimilia 2012–15 Smasho! Productions
Lowbar Productions
Nickelodeon (2012)
Nicktoons (2013–15)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (reboot) Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (original characters)
(d): Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin, and J.R. Ventimilia
2012–17 Lowbar Productions Nickelodeon (2012–17)
Nicktoons (2017)
First Nicktoon after Viacom's acquisition of the franchise of the same name.
Monsters vs. Aliens Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman (original characters)
(d): Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Bret Haaland
2013–14 DreamWorks Animation Nickelodeon Third and final Nicktoon co-produced with DreamWorks Animation.
Sanjay and Craig Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell, and Andreas Trolf 2013–16 Forest City Rockers
Breadwinners Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele 2014–16 Nickelodeon (2014–15)
Nicktoons (2016)
Harvey Beaks C. H. Greenblatt 2015–17 Nickelodeon (2015–16)
Nicktoons (2017)
Pig Goat Banana Cricket Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan 2015–18 Nickelodeon (2015–16)
Nicktoons (2016–18)
The Loud House Chris Savino 2016–present Nickelodeon
Bunsen Is a Beast Butch Hartman 2017–18 Billionfold Inc. Nickelodeon (2017)
Nicktoons (2017–18)
Welcome to the Wayne Billy Lopez 2017–19 Yowza! Animation Nickelodeon (2017)
Nicktoons (2018–19)
Second Nicktoon to be based on a web series.[23]
Produced by the New York studio
The Adventures of Kid Danger Dan Schneider 2018 Powerhouse Animation Studios
Schneider's Bakery
Nickelodeon Animated spin-off of Henry Danger.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (original characters)
(d): Andy Suriano and Ant Ward
2018–20 Nickelodeon (2018–19)
Nicktoons (2019–20)
Second Nicktoon after Nickelodeon's acquisition of the franchise of the same name.
Pinky Malinky Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern 2019 Netflix Originated as a Cartoon Network-rejected pilot. Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, it was later released on Netflix.[24]
Middle School Moguls Gina Heitkamp and Jenae Heitkamp Gengirl Media, Inc. Nickelodeon Miniseries.
The Casagrandes Chris Savino and Miguel Puga (original characters)
(d): Michael Rubiner
2019–present Spin-off of The Loud House.
2020s
It's Pony Ant Blades 2020–22 Blue Zoo Animation Studio Nickelodeon (2020)
Nicktoons (2021–22)
[25][26]
Glitch Techs Eric Robles and Dan Milano 2020 Netflix Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, it was later released on Netflix.[27]
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years Stephen Hillenburg (original characters)
(d): Vincent Waller, Marc Ceccarelli, Mr. Lawrence, Kaz, Luke Brookshier and Andrew Goodman
2021–present United Plankton Pictures Paramount+
Nickelodeon
Spin-off of SpongeBob SquarePants.[28] Released on Paramount+ and later on Nickelodeon.
Rugrats (reboot) Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain (original characters) Klasky Csupo Reboot of the original 1991 animated series.[29][30][31] Released on Paramount+ and later on Nickelodeon.
The Patrick Star Show Stephen Hillenburg (original characters)
(d): Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Andrew Goodman, Kaz, Mr. Lawrence and Vincent Waller
United Plankton Pictures Nickelodeon Second spin-off of SpongeBob SquarePants.[32]
Middlemost Post John Trabbic III [33]
Star Trek: Prodigy Gene Roddenberry (original series)
Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman
Secret Hideout
Roddenberry Entertainment
Brothers Hageman Productions
CBS Eye Animation Productions
Paramount+
Nickelodeon
First Nicktoon to be based on the Star Trek franchise.[34] Released on Paramount+ and later on Nickelodeon.
Big Nate Lincoln Peirce (original characters)
(d): Mitch Watson
2022–present John Cohen Productions Paramount+ Based on the comic book franchise of the same name.[35][36] Released on Paramount+ and later on Nickelodeon.
The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder Butch Hartman (original characters)
(d): Christopher J. Nowak
Billionfold Inc. Paramount+
Nickelodeon
Live-action/animated reboot to the series of the same name.
Upcoming
Transformers: EarthSpark Hasbro (toyline)
(d): Ant Ward, Ciro Nieli, Nicole Dubuc
2022 eOne TV USA Paramount+ First Nickelodeon series based on Hasbro's toyline.[37]
Garfield Jim Davis (original characters) TBA Paws, Inc. Nickelodeon First Garfield series since Viacom's acquisition of the franchise.[38]
Adventures in Wonder Park Robert Gordon, Josh Applebaum, and André Nemec (characters)
(d): David Zuckerman and Anne Flett-Giordano
Paramount Animation
Skydance Animation Madrid
Third Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film.[39]
Phoebe and Her Unicorn Dana Simpson (original characters) [40]
Real Pigeons Fight Crime Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood (original characters)
(d): James Corden and Ben Winston
Fulwell 73 [41]
Max & the Midknights Lincoln Pierce (original characters) Based on the children's book series of the same name.[42]
Rock, Paper, Scissors Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman [42]

Anthology series[edit]

Title Creator Years Co-production(s) Network Notes
KaBlam! Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb, and Chris Viscardi 1996–2000 Flying Mallet, Inc. (season 4) Nickelodeon
Oh Yeah! Cartoons Fred Seibert 1998–2001 Frederator Incorporated
Nicktoons Film Festival Nicktoons Network and Fred Seibert 2004–09 Nicktoons
Random! Cartoons Fred Seibert 2008–09

Nick Jr. shows[edit]

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
1990s
Blue's Clues (original series) Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler, and Angela Santomero 1996–2006 Out of the Blue Enterprises (uncredited) Produced by Nick Digital
Little Bill Bill Cosby and Varnette P. Honeywood (original books and illustrations)
(d): Fracaswell Hyman
1999–2004 Smiley, Inc. (uncredited) Produced by Nick Digital
2000s
Dora the Explorer Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes, and Eric Weiner 2000–14; 19 Co-produced with the New York studio
Oswald Dan Yaccarino
(d): Lisa Eve Hubman and Dan Yaccarino
2001–03 HIT Entertainment
The Backyardigans Janice Burgess 2004–13 Nelvana
Go, Diego, Go! Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes 2005–11 Spin-off of Dora the Explorer.
Co-produced with the New York studio
Wonder Pets! Josh Selig 2006–16 Little Airplane Productions
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Karen Chau
(d): Mary Harrington, Karen Chau, Judy Rothman, and Sascha Paladino
2008–11 Harringtoons Productions
2010s
Team Umizoomi Soo Kim, Michael T. Smith, and Jennifer Twomey 2010–15 Curious Pictures
Bubble Guppies Johnny Belt and Robert Scull 2011–present WildBrain Entertainment (season 1)
Nelvana (seasons 2–4)
Jam Filled Toronto (season 5–present)
Co-produced with the New York studio[43]
Wallykazam! Adam Peltzman 2014–17 Produced by the New York studio
Dora and Friends: Into the City! Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes Second spin-off and sequel to Dora the Explorer.
Produced by the New York studio
Blaze and the Monster Machines Jeff Borkin and Ellen Martin 2014–present Nerd Corps Entertainment (season 1)
DHX Media (seasons 2–5)
WildBrain Studios (season 5–present)
Produced by the New York studio
Fresh Beat Band of Spies Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft 2015–16 Nelvana
6point2
Animated spin-off of The Fresh Beat Band.
Shimmer and Shine Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz 2015–20
Nella the Princess Knight Christine Ricci 2017–21 Brown Bag Films
Sunny Day Abie Longstaff 2017–20 Silvergate Media
Pipeline Studios
Butterbean's Café Jonny Belt and Robert Scull 2018–20 Brown Bag Films Co-produced with the New York studio
Blue's Clues & You! Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler, and Angela Santomero
(d): Traci Paige Johnson and Angela Santomero
2019–present 9 Story Media Group
Brown Bag Films
Reboot of Blue's Clues.
2020s
Santiago of the Seas Niki Lopez, Leslie Valdes, and Valerie Walsh Valdes 2020–present Walsh Valdés Productions (season 1)
Baby Shark's Big Show! Pinkfong
(d): Whitney Ralls, Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele, and Tommy Sica
SmartStudy
Pinkfong
Face's Music Party Nickelodeon 2022–present Jonas & Co.

Other Paramount networks[edit]

Title Network Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
Play with Me Sesame[44] Noggin Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett (original characters)
(d): Jocelyn Hassenfeld and Karen Kuflik
2002–07 Sesame Workshop Nick Digital created the animated graphics for this series.[44]
Gary the Rat Spike TV Mark and Robb Cullen 2003 Grammnet Productions
Cheyenne Enterprises
Produced by Nick Digital
Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" John Kricfalusi Spümcø Adult spin-off of The Ren & Stimpy Show
Stripperella Stan Lee 2003–04 The Firm [45]
This Just In! Steve Marmel
Kevin Kay
2004 Produced by Nick Digital
Fatherhood Nick at Nite Bill Cosby and Charles Kipps 2004–05 Smiley, Inc.

Digital short series[edit]

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
Nick Jr. Just for Me Stories 2001 Released on television and nickjr.com.
Produced by Nick Digital.
Welcome to the Wayne Billy Lopez 2014 Yowza! Animation Released on Nick.com.
Bug Salad Carl Faruolo 2018 Released on YouTube.
Mr. Sheep & Sleepy Bear Alan Foreman
Space Kid and Cat Greg Nix and David Kantarowicz
MooseBox Mike Scott 2019
Kinderwood Otto Tang 2020–21 Titmouse, Inc. Released on Noggin.

Short pilots[edit]

Nickelodeon (greenlit to series)[edit]

Title Episode Creator(s) / Developer(s) Year Co-production(s) Notes
Rugrats "Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing" Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain 1990 Klasky Csupo
Ren & Stimpy "Big House Blues" John Kricfalusi Carbunkle Cartoons
Spümcø
Doug "Doug Can't Dance" Jim Jinkins Jumbo Pictures
Rocko's Modern Life "Trash-O-Madness" Joe Murray 1992 Joe Murray Studios Company
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters N/A Gábor Csupó and Peter Gaffney 1993 Klasky Csupo
Psyched for Snuppa Michael Pearlstein Stretch Films, Inc.
Jumbo Pictures
Pilot for the KaBlam! segment Sniz & Fondue.
Arnold Craig Bartlett 1994 Later screened theatrically during the release of Harriet the Spy in 1996.
Greenlit as Hey Arnold!.
The Angry Beavers "Snowbound" Mitch Schauer Gunther-Wahl Productions, Inc.
CatDog "Dog Gone" Peter Hannan 1995 Peter Hannan Productions
SpongeBob SquarePants "Help Wanted" Stephen Hillenburg 1997 United Plankton Pictures
ChalkZone N/A Bill Burnett and Larry Huber 1998 Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Oh Yeah! Cartoons.
The Wild Thornberrys Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, Steve Pepoon, David Silverman, and Stephen Sustarsic Klasky Csupo
The Fairly OddParents! Butch Hartman Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Oh Yeah! Cartoons.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius "Runaway Rocketboy!" John A. Davis O Entertainment
DNA Productions
First Nicktoon based on a feature-length movie. Greenlit as The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.
As Told by Ginger "The Party" Emily Kapnek Klasky Csupo
Rocket Beach N/A Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo Klasky Csupo Greenlit as Rocket Power.
My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot Rob Renzetti 1999 Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Greenlit as My Life as a Teenage Robot.
Invader Zim Jhonen Vasquez Wumberlog Productions
All Growed Up Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain 2001 Klasky Csupo Greenlit as All Grown Up!.
Danny Phantom Butch Hartman 2003 Billionfold Inc.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko 2004
Catscratch Doug TenNapel
El Tigre "A Fistful of Nickels" Sandra Equihua and Jorge R. Gutierrez 2005
The X's N/A Carlos Ramos
Super Scout Cynthia True and Amy Poehler 2006 Frederator Incorporated
Polka Dot Pictures
Paper Kite Productions
Aired as part of Nicktoons Film Festival. Greenlit as The Mighty B!.
Umizumiz Soo Kim, Michael T. Smith and Jennifer Twomey Greenlit as Team Umizoomi.
Fanboy Eric Robles 2008 Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Random! Cartoons. Greenlit as Fanboy & Chum Chum.
T.U.F.F. Puppy Butch Hartman Billionfold Inc.
Planet Sheen Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk 2010 O Entertainment
Omation Animation Studio
Pig Goat Banana Mantis! Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan 2012 Nick Cross Animation Greenlit as Pig Goat Banana Cricket.
Breadwinners Steve Borst and Gary Doodles Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2012 animated shorts program.
Bad Seeds C. H. Greenblatt 2013 Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2013 animated shorts program. Greenlit as Harvey Beaks.
The Loud House Chris Savino Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2013 animated shorts program.
The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos 2017 Pilot for The Casagrandes.

Nickelodeon (not greenlit to series)[edit]

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Year Co-production(s) Notes
Christmas in Tattertown Ralph Bakshi 1988 Bakshi Animation Originally was a pilot for a show named Tattertown. Eventually shown on Nickelodeon as a Christmas special until 1992.
The Crowville Chronicles Brian Cosgrove 1990 Cosgrove Hall Films [46]
Trash
Big Beast Quintet Joey Ahlbum and Marc Catapano Ahlbum Animation, Inc.
Thunder Lizards
The Weasel Patrol Ken Macklin and Lela Dowling Mark Zander Productions
Kid Komet and Galaxy Gal Bob Camp and Jim Gomez 1997
Hector the Get-Over Cat John R. Dilworth 1998 Stretch Films, Inc.
The Carmichaels Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó 1999 Klasky Csupo Originally planned as a spin-off of Rugrats, it was eventually made into A Rugrats Kwanzaa.
The Proud Family Bruce W. Smith Hyperion Animation Later picked up as a series by Disney Channel.
Simply Sisters Mitch Schauer Gunther-Wahl Productions, Inc. Planned spin-off of The Angry Beavers.
Stewy the Dog Boy Dennis Messner Flying Mallet, Inc. Aired as part of KaBlam!.
Terrytoons Presents: Crubside[47] Paul Terry and Frank Moser (original characters)
(d): Mary Harrington and Robert Taylor
Planned Terrytoons reboot for the network.
Garbage Boy Produced by Nick Digital.
Constant Payne Micah Wright 2001
Psyko Ferret Atul Rao, Kim Saltarski, and Greg van Riel
(d): Atul Rao, Kim Saltarski, Greg van Riel, Karen Krenis, Brian Strause, Emily Kapnek, and Paul Greenberg
Klasky Csupo
Skeleton Key[48] Andi Watson Slave Labor Graphics
Sunbow Entertainment
Crash Nebula Butch Hartman and Steve Marmel 2004 Frederator Incorporated Planned spin-off of The Fairly OddParents.
The Patakis Craig Bartlett Snee-Oosh, Inc. Planned spin-off of Hey Arnold!
What's Cooking? Arlene Klasky Klasky Csupo
Chicken Town Niko Meulemans 2005
Commander Bunsworth Aglaia Mortcheva
Junkyard Teddies Arlene Klasky
Kung Fu Spy Troll David Fremont
Rollin' Rock Starz Gábor Csupó Klasky Csupo
SCHMUTZ James Proimos and David Hale
Wiener Squad Niko Meulemans
Zeek & Leo
Ace Bogart: Space Ape Neal Sopata 2006
Big Babies Arlene Klasky
Eggheads
Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters Jef Czekaj
Little Freaks Erin Ehrlich
My Stupid Cat Everett Peck
Ricky Z Arlene Klasky
Ronnie Biddles John Matta and Ken Daly
The Modifyers Lynne Naylor and Chris Reccardi 2007 Aired as part of Shorts in a Bunch.
Adventure Time Pendleton Ward 2008 Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Random! Cartoons. Later picked up as a series by Cartoon Network.
Mall Spies Al Madrigal
Space Animals Fabrice Sénia Planktoon Studios
The Bravest Warriors Pendleton Ward 2009 Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Random! Cartoons. Later picked up as a series by Cartoon Hangover and VRV.
Leroy Dorsalfin Mike Geiger Mike Geiger Animation
Super Macho Fighter Jorge R. Gutierrez 2012 Mexopolis
Level 15 Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss
Sky Rat Craig Bartlett 2013 Snee-Oosh, Inc.
Crazy Block Iginio Straffi 2014 Rainbow S.p.A. (co-owned by Viacom) [49]
Harpy Gee Brianne Drouhard
Planet Panic Gene Goldstein 2018

Produced for other Paramount-owned networks[edit]

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Year Co-production(s) Network Status Notes
Sugarless Arlene Klasky
Erin Ehrlich
2005 Klasky Csupo Noggin/The N[50] Failed
Twinkle Dora Nagy Nick Jr.
Chickiepoo and Fluff: Barnyard Detectives 2007 Noggin Produced by Nick Digital

TV movies and specials[edit]

Title Year Co-production(s) Notes
Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure 2000 DIC Entertainment
Frederator Incorporated[51]
Originally planned to premiere in 2000,[52] the film eventually premiered as part of Nickelodeon Sunday Movie Toons in December 2002.
The Electric Piper Frederator Incorporated Originally planned to premiere in 2000, the film eventually premiered in 2003.
2001 Kids' Choice Awards 2001 Animated graphics by Nick Digital
2002 Kids' Choice Awards 2002 Jimmy Neutron and SpongeBob appearances animated by Nick Digital
Maniac Magee 2003 Edmonds Entertainment Visual effects by Nick Digital
2003 Kids' Choice Awards Cosmo and Wanda appearances animated by Nick Digital
The Alan Brady Show Produced by Nick Digital
2004 Kids' Choice Awards 2004 Plankton appearance animated by Nick Digital
2005 Kids' Choice Awards 2005 Bob Bain Productions SpongeBob appearance animated by Nick Digital
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party 2006 American Greetings
2008 Kids' Choice Awards 2008 Bob Bain Productions Otis and Pip appearances animated by Nick Digital
2009 Kids' Choice Awards 2009 Bessie Higgenbottom, Timmy Turner, Poof, Otis, Pip and Pig appearances animated by Nick Digital
2010 Kids' Choice Awards 2010 Poof, Foop, Fanboy and Chum Chum appearances animated by Nick Digital
Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past 2015 Special based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line Half-Shelf Heroes.
Albert 2016
Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie 2017 Snee-Oosh, Inc. Sequel to Hey Arnold!: The Movie and The Journal. Revival film and series finale of Hey Arnold!.
Lucky 2019
2019 Kids' Choice Awards SpongeBob and Patrick appearances animated by Nick Digital
2021 Kids' Choice Awards 2021 SpongeBob, Patrick, Lincoln Loud and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appearances animated by Nick Digital

Digital movies and specials[edit]

Title Release date Co-production(s) Notes
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling 2019 Joe Murray Productions Revival special of Rocko's Modern Life. Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, it was later released on Netflix.[53]
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Maven Animation Studio Revival film of Invader Zim. Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, it was later released on Netflix.[53]
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run 2020 Paramount Animation
Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
MRC
Distributed by Paramount+ and premium VOD services in the U.S. in 2021. Released on Netflix worldwide on November 5, 2020.
Originally planned for a summer 2020 theatrical release, but it was moved to streaming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[54][55]
Released in Canadian theaters on August 14, 2020.[56]
The Loud House Movie 2021 Nickelodeon Movies Originally planned for a 2020 theatrical release, it was later released on Netflix.[57]
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie 2022 Will be released on Netflix.[57]

Direct-to-video films[edit]

All the films (except the international release of Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure) were distributed to home video by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Title Release date Co-production(s) Notes
Blue's Big Musical Movie 2000
Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure 2003 Universal Pictures
Universal Cartoon Studios
Paramount Pictures
As Told by Ginger: The Wedding Frame 2004 Klasky Csupo Series finale of As Told by Ginger. Originally planned to air on television, it was later released on VHS and DVD instead in the United States.
Rugrats Tales from the Crib: Snow White 2005
Rugrats Tales from the Crib: Three Jacks and a Beanstalk 2006
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes American Greetings Sequel to the TV film Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party.

Theatrical films[edit]

All the films are distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by Nickelodeon Movies.

Title Release date Co-production(s) Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The Rugrats Movie November 20, 1998 Klasky Csupo $24,000,000 $140,894,675 59% N/A
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie November 17, 2000 $30,000,000 $103,291,131 76% 62
Hey Arnold!: The Movie June 28, 2002 Snee-Oosh, Inc. $3–4,000,000 $15,249,308 29% 47
The Wild Thornberrys Movie December 20, 2002 Klasky Csupo $25,000,000 $60,694,737 80% 69
Rugrats Go Wild June 13, 2003 $55,405,066 39% 38
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie November 19, 2004 United Plankton Pictures $30,000,000 $140,161,792 68% 66
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015 Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
$74,000,000 $323,400,000 80% 62
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run August 14, 2020 Nickelodeon Movies
Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
MRC
$60,000,000 $4,810,790 68% 63
Untitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film[58] August 11, 2023[59] Point Grey Pictures N/A N/A N/A N/A

Untitled Smurfs musical animated film[60]

December 20, 2024 LAFIG Belgium
IMPS (Peyo)
Paramount Animation
N/A N/A N/A N/A

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The studio was founded under the name "Games Productions Inc." in 1990. Although the studio was rebranded as Nickelodeon Animation Studio in 1998, several later productions still credit Games Productions.

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