Sony Pictures Animation

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Sony Pictures Animation, Inc.
Subsidiary
Industry Animated film industry
Founded May 2002; 14 years ago (2002-05)
Headquarters Culver City, California, U.S.
Key people
Kristine Belson (President)[1]
Owner Sony
Number of employees
50 (2013)[2]
Parent Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Website Official website

Sony Pictures Animation is an American animated film production company owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, founded in May 2002. It works closely with Sony Pictures Imageworks, which handles digital production. Theatrical releases are distributed by Columbia Pictures, and direct-to-video releases are distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The studio's franchises include Open Season, Surf's Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Smurfs and Hotel Transylvania.

History[edit]

In 2001, Sony Pictures Entertainment considered selling off its visual effects facility Sony Pictures Imageworks. After failing to find a suitable buyer, having been impressed with the CGI sequences created for Stuart Little 2, and seeing the box office success of Shrek and Monsters, Inc., SPI was reconfigured to become an animation studio. Astro Boy, which had been in development at Sony since 1997 as a live-action film, was set to be SPI's first all-CGI film.[3] In May 2002, Sony Pictures Animation was established to develop characters, stories and movies, with SPI taking over the digital production while maintaining its visual effects production.[4] Meanwhile, SPI produced two short films, the Academy Award-winning The ChubbChubbs! and Early Bloomer, as a result of testing its strengths and weakness in producing all-CG animation.[5]

In May 2003, Sony Pictures Animation announced a full slate of animated projects in development: Open Season, an adaptation of a Celtic folk ballad Tam Lin, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Surf's Up, and a feature-length version of the short film The ChubbChubbs!.[6]

Its first feature film was Open Season, released in September 2006, which became Sony's second-highest-grossing home entertainment film in 2007 and spawned three direct-to-video sequels. Its second feature film, Surf's Up was released in June 2007, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and won two Annie Awards. A motion-captured animated film, Neanderthals,[7] written and produced by Jon Favreau, was cancelled sometime in 2008,[8] after four years in development. SPA's first 3D movie since the IMAX 3D release of Open Season, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, was released in September 2009, and was nominated for four Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature. The Smurfs (2011) was the studio's first CGI/live-action hybrid and its most successful release. SPA's parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered in 2007 with Aardman Animations to finance, co-produce and distribute feature films.[9] Together, they produced a computer-animated film, Arthur Christmas (2011), and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Sony's first stop-motion film, although made entirely by Aardman. SPA's latest releases are Hotel Transylvania 2, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and released in September 2015, and the live-action/computer-animated film Goosebumps, released in October. SPA has since signed Tartakovsky to a long-term deal with the studio to develop and direct original films.[10]

The studio is currently working on a completely-animated Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017),[11] Emojimovie: Express Yourself (2017), The Star (2017), the live-action/animated film Peter Rabbit (2018), Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018), and the Untitled animated Spider-Man movie (2018). It has many other projects in development, including Kazorn and the Unicorn,[12] Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?,[11] Medusa,[13] and a live-action/stop-motion film Superbago.[14]

On November 3, 2014, the studio made a deal with Cartoon Hangover to create "GO! Cartoons".[15]

Filmography[edit]

Theatrical feature films[edit]

Released films

# Title Release date Budget[16] Gross[16] RT MC[17]
1 Open Season September 29, 2006 $85 million $197.3 million 48% 49
2 Surf's Up June 8, 2007 $100 million $149 million 78% 64
3 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs September 18, 2009 $100 million $243 million 87% 66
4 The Smurfs July 29, 2011 $110 million $563.7 million 22% 30
5 Arthur Christmas[R] November 23, 2011 $100 million $147.4 million 92% 69
6 The Pirates! Band of Misfits[R] April 27, 2012 $55 million $123 million 86% 73
7 Hotel Transylvania September 28, 2012 $85 million $358.4 million 45% 47
8 The Smurfs 2 July 31, 2013 $105 million $347.5 million 13% 34
9 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 September 27, 2013 $78 million $274.3 million 70% 59
10 Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015 $80 million $473.2 million 54% 44
11 Goosebumps[R] October 16, 2015 $58 million $150.2 million 76% 60
R Not produced, but released by Sony Pictures Animation under its label.[18][19][20]

Upcoming films

Title Release date Refs.
Smurfs: The Lost Village April 7, 2017 [21][22][23][24][25][26][27]
Emojimovie: Express Yourself August 4, 2017 [28][29][27][30]
The Star November 10, 2017 [31][32][33][27]
Peter Rabbit March 23, 2018 [29]
Hotel Transylvania 3 September 21, 2018 [34]
Untitled animated Spider-Man Movie December 21, 2018 [29][35]

Films in development

Title Refs.
How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack [36][37]
Secret Histories [38][39][40]
Kazorn and the Unicorn [2][41]
ALF [42]
Manimal [43][44]
Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine? [11]
Medusa [13][45]
Superbago [14][46]
Popeye [11][47][48][49][50][51]
Untitled Goosebumps sequel [52]
Ghostbusters [53] [54]

Direct-to-video feature films[edit]

# Title Release date
1 Open Season 2 January 27, 2009
2 Open Season 3 January 25, 2011
3 Open Season: Scared Silly[55] March 8, 2016
4 Surf's Up 2: WaveMania January 17, 2017

Short films[edit]

# Title Release date
1 The ChubbChubbs! July 3, 2002
2 Early Bloomer May 9, 2003
3 Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run January 30, 2007
4 The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas August 8, 2007
5 The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol December 2, 2011
6 So You Want to Be a Pirate! August 28, 2012
7 Goodnight Mr. Foot October 26, 2012
8 The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow September 10, 2013
9 Super Manny October 2, 2013
10 Earl Scouts October 11, 2013
11 Steve's First Bath January 28, 2014
12 Attack of the 50-Foot Gummi Bear January 28, 2014

Television series[edit]

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Series[56] 2017[27] TBA Teletoon (Canada)
Cartoon Network (United States)[27]
2 Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series[57][27] Early 2017 TBA Disney Channel[27]
3 Ghostbusters: Ecto Force[27] Early 2018 TBA TBA

Online series[edit]

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 GO! Cartoons[58] Upcoming, 2016–2017 TBA Cartoon Hangover

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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