|Founded||July 6, 2011|
Animated television shows
Number of employees
Paramount Animation is an American animation studio. It is the animation division for Paramount Pictures, and also serves as the releasing banner for other animated films based on ViacomCBS properties. The division was founded on July 6, 2011.
In July 2011, in the wake of critical and box office success of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies' animated feature, Rango, and Paramount's departure of DreamWorks Animation upon completion of their distribution contract with Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Rise of the Guardians in 2012, Paramount announced the formation of a new division, devoted to the creation of animated productions.
Brad Grey era (2011–2017)
In October 2011, Paramount named a former president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, David Stainton, president of Paramount Animation. In February 2012, Stainton resigned for personal reasons, with Paramount Film Group's president, Adam Goodman, stepping in to directly oversee the studio. It was also announced that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, a standalone sequel to 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and based upon the popular Nickelodeon TV show, SpongeBob SquarePants, is the studio's first film and would be released in 2014.
On July 31, 2013, Paramount Animation announced that they were developing a new live-action/animated franchise in the vein of the Transformers series, which was titled Monster Trucks. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger were set to write the film's script, Chris Wedge (director of 2002's Ice Age) was set to direct the film, and Mary Parent was set to produce the film, with an initial release date set for May 29, 2015.
The studio's first film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water on February 6, 2015 to positive reviews and was a box office success, grossing over $325 million worldwide and becoming the fifth highest grossing animated film of 2015. That same month, Paramount fired Adam Goodman due to the studio's thin film slate and Goodman greenlighting box office bombs at the studio. Paramount announced another SpongeBob film later that year.
In the summer of 2015, Paramount Pictures participated in a bidding war against Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Animation for the rights to produce The Emoji Movie, based on a script by Tony Leondis and Eric Siegel. Sony won the bidding war in July and released the film in 2017. The studio's head Bob Bacon also left Paramount Animation that summer.
In June 2015, it was revealed that Spain's Ilion Animation Studios (the studio behind 2009's Planet 51) won a bidding war against other animation studios to produce a 3D animated tentpole film for Paramount Animation, which was already in production since 2014. In November 2015, Paramount Animation officially announced the project as Amusement Park, (later renamed Wonder Park) with former Pixar animator Dylan Brown helming. The studio also announced Monster Trucks, The Little Prince, Sherlock Gnomes, and the third SpongeBob film.
On May 4, 2016, Paramount Pictures announced that they had signed a deal with UK-based Locksmith Animation to co-develop and co-produce three original animated projects to be released under the Paramount Animation label (with animation produced by DNEG).
The studio's second film, Monster Trucks was released to mixed reviews and became a box office failure, grossing $64.5 million on a $125 million budget and losing the studio $120 million.
In March 2017, Skydance Media formed a multi-year partnership with Ilion Animation Studios and in July, Skydance announced its first two animated feature films — Luck and Spellbound — which would be distributed by Paramount Pictures as part of their deal with Skydance. On October 10, 2017, Bill Damaschke was hired to head the division as president of animation and family entertainment. But on January 14, 2019 Paramount Animation CEO Mireille Soria announced that they will no longer work with Skydance Animation because of their partnership with John Lasseter while Luck and Spellbound will still be released by Paramount but not under the Paramount Animation brand.
Jim Gianopulos era (2017–present)
In April 2017, Paramount ended its deal with Locksmith Animation when Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey was replaced by Jim Gianopulos, who decided that their projects did not fit in with Paramount's other upcoming releases. Locksmith formed a multi-year production deal with 20th Century Fox four months later.
The studio's fourth film, Wonder Park was released on March 15, 2019. It received mixed reviews and it became a box office flop, grossing only $119.6 million worldwide on a budget of less than $100 million.
The studio's current film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run theatrically released only in Canada on August 14, 2020 with a 2021 release in the United States on CBS All Access (soon to be called Paramount+) and a November 5, 2020 release internationally on Netflix due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received mixed reviews from critics, and only grossed $4.4 million worldwide with a $60 million budget.
Initially, Paramount Animation never had an on-screen logo for their first four features. They just used the standard Paramount Pictures logo.
On September 19, 2019, Paramount Animation introduced a new animated logo featuring a character nicknamed "Star Skipper". When Mireille Soria came to Paramount Animation, one of the first goals set by Jim Gianopulos was to make a logo for the division. The crew wanted to put a female character in the logo because the studio's team is mostly female, and according to Soria, it captures "the magic" of the division. The logo and the character of Star Skipper were designed by Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie lead visual development artist and art director Christopher Zibach and animated by ATK PLN and Reel FX Creative Studios. This logo debuted in front of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run in 2020. The logo's fanfare is the same as the standard Paramount Pictures logo, which is composed by Michael Giacchino.
Similar to Warner Animation Group and Sony Pictures Animation, the studio outsources animation production to other animation studios. Rumble was developed outside of Paramount Animation by Reel FX, but the studio acquired the rights to the film and is co-producing it.
Paramount Animation will not have an in-house animation style. According to Mireille Soria, each film will have their own unique style created by the filmmakers, which would be helped by outsourcing animation to different vendors.
|#||Title||Release date||Co-production with||Animation service(s)||Directors|
|1||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[a]||February 6, 2015||Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
|Rough Draft Studios
Mike Mitchell (live-action sequence)
|2||Monster Trucks[a]||January 13, 2017||Disruption Entertainment
Moving Picture Company
|3||Sherlock Gnomes||March 23, 2018||MGM
(London and Paris)
Reel FX Creative Studios
|4||Wonder Park||March 15, 2019||Nickelodeon Movies
Midnight Radio Productions (uncredited)
|Ilion Animation Studios
||Dylan Brown (uncredited)|
|5||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run[a]||August 14, 2020[b]||Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
|Mikros Image (Montreal)
|#||Title||Release date||Ref(s)||Co-production with||Animation service(s)||Directors|
|6||Rumble||May 14, 2021||||Walden Media
Reel FX Animation Studios
|Reel FX Creative Studios||Hamish Grieve|
|7||PAW Patrol: The Movie[c]||August 20, 2021||||Nickelodeon Movies
Spin Master Entertainment
|Mikros Image (Montreal)||Cal Brunker|
|8||Untitled My Little Pony film[c]||September 24, 2021||||Entertainment One||TBA|
|9||Under the Boardwalk||July 22, 2022||||New Republic Pictures|
|10||The Tiger's Apprentice||February 10, 2023||||Mikros Image (Paris)||Carlos Baena|
Films in development
|Untitled Spice Girls film|||
|The Shrinking of Treehorn|||
|Untitled Mighty Mouse film[a]|||
|Untitled Transformers animated film|||
|Untitled Hanazuki: Full of Treasures film|||
|Untitled TMNT animated film|||
|Title||Release date||Network||Co-production with|
|Adventures in Wonder Park||TBA||Nickelodeon||Ilion Animation Studios and Nickelodeon Animation Studio|
- Combines live-action with animation
- Released theatrically only in Canada
- Not produced, but released by Paramount Animation under its label
Critical and public reception
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||81%||62/100||B|
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||77%||--||--|
Box office performance
|Film||Budget||North America||International gross||Worldwide gross
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||$74 million||$162.9 million||$162.1 million||$325.1 million|||
|Monster Trucks||$125 million||$33.3 million||$31.1 million||$64.4 million|||
|Sherlock Gnomes||$59 million||$43.2 million||$47.1 million||$90.3 million|||
|Wonder Park||$100 million||$45.2 million||$74.3 million||$119.5 million|||
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||$60 million||$4 million||$4 million|||
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|2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Animated Effects in an Animated Production||Brice Mallier, Paul Buckley, Brent Droog, Alex Whyte and Jonothan Freisler||Nominated|
|Voice Acting in an Animated Feature||Tom Kenny|
|2018||Sherlock Gnomes||Worst Actor||Johnny Depp||Nominated|
|Worst Screen Combo||Nominated|
|His fast-fading film career||Sherlock Gnomes||Nominated|
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