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Paramount Animation
Type Division of Paramount Pictures
Industry CGI animation
Traditional animation
Founded June 23, 2011
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Products Animated films
Owner(s) Viacom
Parent Paramount Pictures

Paramount Animation is the animated film division of Paramount Pictures.[1] Its first animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was released on February 6, 2015.[2]


In July 10, 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.[1] 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.[3] In February 2012, Stainton resigned for personal reasons, with Paramount Film Group's president, Adam Goodman, stepping in to directly oversee the studio.[4]

On the same year, Paramount owns Geo Animation Studios, a computer animation company. Paramount has much more success with Geo, and the box office receipts of their films are competitive with that of Pixar's films, DreamWorks's films, Blue Sky's films, and Illumination's films. Also on the same year, it was announced that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, a 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.[2]

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,[5] Variety reported that Paramount Animation was in the process of starting development of several animated movies with budgets of around US$100 million. According to Variety, the intellectual property for these films is to be supplied by Nickelodeon among others and is to include Dora the Explorer, The Legend of Korra and Monkey Quest.[6]


Feature filmsEdit

Released films

# Title Release date Co-production with Budget Gross RT MC
1 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015 Nickelodeon Movies and United Plankton Pictures $74 million $323.4 million[7] 80% 63
2 Monster Trucks January 13, 2017 Disruption Entertainment and Nickelodeon Movies $125 million $64.5 million 32% 41

Upcoming films

# Title Release date Ref(s) Co-production with
3 Sherlock Gnomes March 23, 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Rocket Pictures, and Mikros Image
4 Amusement Park March 15, 2019 Ilion Animation Studios and Nickelodeon Movies
5 Sonic the Hedgehog November 15, 2019 Marza Animation Planet, Original Film, Blur Studio and Sega
6 The Loud House Movie February 7, 2020 Nickelodeon Movies
7 Untitled film May 15, 2020 Nickelodeon Movies
8 The SpongeBob Movie (working title) July 31, 2020 Nickelodeon Movies and United Plankton Pictures

Films in development

Title Ref(s)
Shedd [8]
Giant Monsters Attack Japan [9]
Untitled Sci-fi Project
The Flamingo Affair


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