Paramount Animation

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Paramount Animation
Motion pictures
PredecessorFamous Studios
FoundedJuly 6, 2011; 7 years ago (July 6, 2011)
Key people
Mireille Soria
Ramsey Naito
(Executive Vice President)[2]
ProductsAnimated films
Animated television shows
Number of employees
10 (2017)[3]
ParentParamount Pictures

Paramount Animation is the animation division and label of Paramount Pictures.[4] The division was founded on July 6, 2011 in response to the success of Rango and DreamWorks Animation's departure from Paramount in 2012. Its first animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was released on February 6, 2015,[5] and its latest release Sherlock Gnomes was released on March 23, 2018 with its next release being Wonder Park on March 15, 2019.


In July 2011, in the wake of critical and box office success of their animated feature, Rango and the departure of DreamWorks Animation upon completion of their distribution contract in 2012, Paramount announced the formation of a new division, devoted to the creation of animated productions.[4] It marks Paramount's return to having its own animated division for the first time since 1967, when Paramount Cartoon Studios shut down (it was formerly Famous Studios until 1956).

In October 2011, Paramount named a former president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, David Stainton, president of Paramount Animation.[6] In February 2012, Stainton resigned for personal reasons, with Paramount Film Group's president, Adam Goodman, stepping in to directly oversee the studio.[7] 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 was released on February 6, 2015.[5]

In August 2012, in the same month that DreamWorks Animation confirmed that it will be working with 20th Century Fox as distributor beginning in 2013,[8] Variety reported that Paramount Animation was in the process of starting development of several animated films with budgets of around US$100 million.[9]

On May 2016, Paramount Pictures announced that they had signed a deal with UK-based Locksmith Animation to co-develop and co-produce a series of animated projects to be released under the Paramount Animation label (with animation produced by Double Negative).[10] The following year, however, Paramount ended its deal with Locksmith 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.[11][12]

In July 2017, Paramount Pictures named former DreamWorks Animation co-president Mireille Soria as the president of the studio.[1]

In April 2018, Paramount Pictures named former Blue Sky Studios and Nickelodeon Movies producer Ramsey Naito as the executive vice president of the studio.[2]


Similar to the Warner Animation Group and Sony Pictures Animation, Paramount Animation relies on other animation studios and VFX companies to provide the animation on their films, with the main studio only having about 10 employees working there.[3] This includes Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Rough Draft Studios (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge), Mr. X and Moving Picture Company (Monster Trucks), Mikros Image (Sherlock Gnomes, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge[13]), Hasbro Studios (Untitled Hanazuki: Full of Treasures film) and Ilion Animation Studios (Wonder Park).

Some, such as the upcoming films like Sonic the Hedgehog (Marza Animation Planet & Blur Studio), and Monster on the Hill (Reel FX Creative Studios), are created outside of Paramount Animation, although they will be released under the studio's label.[14][15]

Unlike other animation studios, Paramount Animation doesn't 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.[16]


Feature films[edit]

Released films[edit]

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s) Directors Composers Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[S] February 6, 2015 Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
Rough Draft Studios
Paul Tibbitt
Mike Mitchell (live-action sequence)
John Debney $74 million $323.4 million[17] 80% 62
2 Monster Trucks[S] January 13, 2017 Disruption Entertainment
Nickelodeon Movies
Mr. X
Moving Picture Company
Chris Wedge Dave Sardy $125 million $64.5 million[18] 30% 41
3 Sherlock Gnomes March 23, 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Rocket Pictures
Mikros Image
(London and Paris)
Reel FX Creative Studios
John Stevenson Chris Bacon $59 million $90.3 million[19] 27% 36

Upcoming films[edit]

# Title Release date Ref(s) Co-production with Animation service(s) Directors Composers
4 Wonder Park March 15, 2019 [20][21][22][23][1] Nickelodeon Movies Ilion Animation Studios Clare Kilner
Robert Iscove
Steven Price
5 Sonic the Hedgehog[S][R] November 8, 2019 [24][25] Original Film
Marza Animation Planet
Blur Studio
Jeff Fowler TBA
6 The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge[S] July 17, 2020 [26][14][15][27] Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
Mikros Image
Tim Hill Hans Zimmer
7 Untitled film August 7, 2020 [27] TBA TBA
8 Monster on the Hill[R] 2020 [14][15] Walden Media Reel FX Creative Studios Bradley Raymond

Films in development[edit]

Title Ref(s)
Giant Monsters Attack Japan [28]
Untitled sci-fi project [29]
The Flamingo Affair [30]
Clifford the Big Red Dog[S] [31][32][33]
Split[R] [34][35]
Powerless[R] [36]
The Fourteenth Goldfish[R] [37]
Monument Valley[S][R] [38]
Untitled Hanazuki: Full of Treasures film[R] [39]
S Combines live-action with animation.
R Not produced, but released by Paramount Animation under its label.

Television series[edit]

Title Premiere date Network Co-production with
Wonder Park[40] 2019 Nickelodeon Ilion Animation Studios and Nickelodeon Animation Studio


Annie Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Recipient(s) Result
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

Kids' Choice Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Recipient(s) Result
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Favorite Animated Movie Nominated

See also[edit]


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  26. ^ Viacom (April 30, 2015). ""@ParamountPics is in development on sequels to existing franchises: @WorldWarZMovie, @JackReacher & @SpongeBobMovie" - TD". Twitter. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
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  28. ^ Rigney, Todd (August 31, 2015). "Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Giant Monsters Attack Japan Still Alive at Paramount Animation". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  29. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (October 15, 2015). "'The Signal' Scribe David Frigerio Sells Sci-Fi Pitch To Paramount Animation". Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  30. ^ Rayne, Elizabeth (June 29, 2016). "J.J. Abrams Directing Animated Comedy The Flamingo Affair". Den of Geek. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
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  36. ^ Busch, Anita (2018-02-22). "Skydance Media Taps 'Tangled's Nathan Greno In Multiyear Deal, Will Direct 'Powerless'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  37. ^ McNary, Dave (8 June 2018). "'Fourteenth Goldfish' Animated Movie in Works From Skydance". Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  38. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (August 22, 2018). "Paramount Taps Patrick Osborne for 'Monument Valley' Feature". Animation World Network. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  39. ^ "Hasbro Readies New Licensing for Power Rangers". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  40. ^ Donnelly, Matt (March 28, 2017). "Paramount's 'Amusement Park' Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release". The Wrap. Archived from the original on April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.

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