Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Nickelodeon Animation Studio is an American animation studio and division of ViacomCBS. It has created many original television programs for Nickelodeon and its sister channels, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Rugrats and Avatar: The Last Airbender, among various others. Since the 2010s, the studio has also co-developed its own series based on preexisting IP purchased by ViacomCBS, 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]

Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Formerly
Games Animation (1990-1998)
Subsidiary
IndustryAnimation
PredecessorNickelodeon Studios
Founded1990 (as Games Productions Inc.)[a]
March 4, 1998
(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
OwnerViacomCBS
ParentNickelodeon
DivisionsNickelodeon Digital
Nickelodeon Digital Advertising
Websitenickanimation.com

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 Frederator Studios and 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]

HistoryEdit

1990–1998: Games AnimationEdit

 
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, Nickelodeon 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 Nickelodeon 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, Nickelodeon 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.

1998–2016: Nickelodeon Animation StudioEdit

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 studio was up for sale; this was later corrected, as the owner of the building was selling it.[14]

2016–present: Nickelodeon StudiosEdit

In 2016, Nickelodeon's animation facilities moved into a five-story glass structure that will be part of a larger new studio complex next to the current Burbank facilities, which became part of the studio as a means of bringing animated productions currently produced elsewhere in Southern California under a single production facility.[15] Because it houses both animated and live-action productions, the studio has been renamed to simply Nickelodeon Studios.[16] (Not to be confused with the original Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios Florida, which closed in 2005). 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.[17] The new studio opened on January 11, 2017.

List of Nickelodeon Animation Studio productionsEdit

TV seriesEdit

NickelodeonEdit

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
1990s
Doug Jim Jinkins 1991–1994 Jumbo Pictures
Ellipse Programmé
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; 2021[18][19] Klasky Csupo First installment of the Rugrats franchise.
Remake will debut in 2021.
The Ren & Stimpy Show John Kricfalusi 1991–1996 Spümcø (Seasons 1-2)
Rocko's Modern Life Joe Murray 1993–1996 Joe Murray Productions
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Gábor Csupó and Peter Gaffney 1994–1997 Klasky Csupo
Hey Arnold! Craig Bartlett 1996–2004 Snee-Oosh, Inc.
The Angry Beavers Mitch Schauer 1997–2001 Gunther-Wahl Productions, Inc.
CatDog Peter Hannan 1998–2005 Peter Hannan Productions
The Wild Thornberrys Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, Steve Pepoon, David Silverman, and Stephen Sustarsic 1998–2004 Klasky Csupo
SpongeBob SquarePants Stephen Hillenburg
(d): Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, and Nick Jennings
1999–present United Plankton Pictures Longest-running Nicktoon, and the only Nicktoon from the 90s still in production.
Rocket Power Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó 1999–2004 Klasky Csupo
2000s
As Told by Ginger Emily Kapnek 2000–2006 Klasky Csupo
The Fairly OddParents Butch Hartman 2001–2017 Frederator Studios
Billionfold Inc. (Seasons 6-10)
Spin-off from Oh Yeah! Cartoons.
Invader Zim Jhonen Vasquez 2001–2006
ChalkZone Bill Burnett and Larry Huber 2002–2008 Frederator Studios Spin-off from Oh Yeah! Cartoons.
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius John A. Davis 2002–2006 O Entertainment
DNA Productions
First Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film. Spin-off to the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
All Grown Up! Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain 2003–2008 Klasky Csupo Second installment of the Rugrats franchise.
My Life as a Teenage Robot Rob Renzetti 2003–2007 Frederator Studios Spin-off from Oh Yeah! Cartoons.
Danny Phantom Butch Hartman 2004–2007 Billionfold Inc.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko 2005–2008
Catscratch Doug TenNapel 2005–2007
The X's Carlos Ramos 2005–2006
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Sandra Equihua and Jorge R. Gutierrez 2007–2008 Mexopolis
Tak and the Power of Juju Avalanche Entertainment (original VG series)
(d): Jed Spingarn, Nick Jennings, and Mitch Watson
2007–2009 THQ Only Nicktoon based on the video game series of the same name.
Back at the Barnyard Steve Oedekerk 2007–2011 Omation Animation Studio Second Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film.
The Mighty B! Amy Poehler, Cynthia True, and Erik Wiese 2008–2011 Paper Kite Productions
Polka Dot Pictures
Making Fiends Amy Winfrey 2008 First Nicktoon to be based on a web series.
Only Nicktoon to air exclusively on Nicktoons Network.
The Penguins of Madagascar Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell (original characters)
(d): Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle, and Bret Haaland
2008–2015 DreamWorks Animation First Nicktoon co-produced with DreamWorks Animation.
Fanboy & Chum Chum Eric Robles 2009–2014 Frederator Studios Spin-off from Random! Cartoons.
2010s
Planet Sheen Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk 2010–2013 Omation Animation Studio Spin-off of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
Third Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film.
Second and last spin-off to the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
T.U.F.F. Puppy Butch Hartman 2010–2015 Billionfold Inc.
Winx Club Iginio Straffi 2011–2016 Rainbow S.p.A. (co-owned by Viacom) 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
2011–2016 DreamWorks Animation Second Nicktoon co-produced with DreamWorks Animation.
The Legend of Korra Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino 2012–2014 Ginormous Madman Productions
Studio Mir
Sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Robot and Monster Dave Pressler, Joshua Sternin, and J.R. Ventimilia 2012–2015 Smasho! Productions
Lowbar Productions
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (original characters)
(d): Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin, and J.R. Ventimilia
2012– 2017 Bardel Entertainment[20] First Nicktoon after Nickelodeon's acquisition of the franchise of the same name.
Monsters vs. Aliens Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman (original characters)
(d): Bret Haaland, Bob Schooley, and Mark McCorkle
2013–2014 DreamWorks Animation Third and final Nicktoon co-produced with DreamWorks Animation.
Sanjay and Craig Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell, and Andreas Trolf 2013–2016
Breadwinners Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele 2014–2016
Harvey Beaks C. H. Greenblatt 2015–2017
Pig Goat Banana Cricket Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan 2015–2018
The Loud House Chris Savino 2016–present
Bunsen Is a Beast Butch Hartman 2017–2018 Billionfold Inc. Fourth and final Nicktoon created by Butch Hartman before his departure from Nickelodeon.[21]
Welcome to the Wayne[22] Billy Lopez 2017–2019 Yowza! Animation Second Nicktoon to be based on a web series.
The Adventures of Kid Danger Dan Schneider 2018 Powerhouse Animation Studios
Schneider's Bakery
Spin-off of the live-action series Henry Danger.
Only Nicktoon to be produced by Schneider's Bakery.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (original characters)
(d): Andy Suriano and Ant Ward
2018-present Second Nicktoon after Nickelodeon's acquisition of the franchise of the same name.
Pinky Malinky Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern 2019 Originally a Cartoon Network-rejected pilot.
Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon.
Released on Netflix.[23]
Middle School Moguls Gina Heitkamp and Jenae Heitkamp Gengirl Media, Inc.
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–present Blue Zoo [24][25]
Glitch Techs Eric Robles and Dan Milano Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon.
Released on Netflix.[26]
Upcoming
Adventures in Wonder Park Robert Gordon, Josh Applebaum, and André Nemec (characters)
(d): David Zuckerman and Anne Flett-Giordano
2020 Paramount Animation
Ilion Animation Studios
Midnight Radio Productions
Fourth Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film.[27]
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years Stephen Hillenburg (original characters)
(d): Tim Hill
2021 United Plankton Pictures Spin-off of SpongeBob SquarePants.[28]
Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon.
Will be released on CBS All Access.
Middlemost Post John Trabbic III [29]
Star Trek: Prodigy Gene Roddenberry (original series)
(d): Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman
CBS Television Studios
CBS Eye Animation Productions
Secret Hideout
Roddenberry Entertainment
First Nicktoon to be based on the franchise of the same name.[30]
Man of the House Michael Molina TBA Act III Productions [31]
Meet the Voxels Chris Young Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab [32]
Garfield Jim Davis (original characters) Paws, Inc. First Nicktoon after Nickelodeon's acquisition of the franchise of the same name.[33]
Big Nate Lincoln Peirce (original characters) [34]
Phoebe and Her Unicorn Dana Simpson (original characters) [35]
The Patrick Star Show Stephen Hillenburg (original characters) United Plankton Pictures Second Spin-off of SpongeBob SquarePants.[36]

Anthology seriesEdit

Title Creator Years Co-production(s) Notes
KaBlam! Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb, and Chris Viscardi 1996–2000 Flying Mallet, Inc. (season 4)
Oh Yeah! Cartoons Fred Seibert 1998–2001 Frederator Incorporated Three segments were spun off into their own shows.
Nicktoons Film Festival Nicktoons Network 2004–2009 Frederator Studios
Random! Cartoons Fred Seibert 2008–2009 Frederator Studios

Nick Jr. showsEdit

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
Little Bill Bill Cosby and Varnette P. Honeywood (original books and illustrations)
(d): Fracaswell Hyman
1999–2004
2000s
Dora the Explorer Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes, and Eric Weiner 2000–2019
Oswald Dan Yaccarino
(d): Lisa Eve Hubman and Dan Yaccarino
2001–2003 HIT Entertainment
The Backyardigans Janice Burgess 2004–2013 Nelvana
Go, Diego, Go! Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes 2005–2011 Spin-off of Dora the Explorer
Wonder Pets! Josh Selig 2006–2016 Little Airplane Productions
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Karen Chau
(d): Mary Harrington, Karen Chau, Judy Rothman, and Sascha Paladino
2008–2011 Harringtoons Productions
2010s
Team Umizoomi Soo Kim, Michael T. Smith, and Jennifer Twomey 2010–2015 Curious Pictures

Cuppa Coffee Studios (season 1)

Bubble Guppies Johnny Belt and Robert Scull 2011–2016; 2019–present[37] WildBrain Entertainment (season 1)
Nelvana (seasons 2–4)
Jam Filled Toronto (season 5–present)
Wallykazam! Adam Peltzman 2014–2017
Dora and Friends: Into the City! Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes Sequel to Dora the Explorer.
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)
Fresh Beat Band of Spies Nadine Van der Velde and Scott Kraft 2015–2016 Nelvana
6point2
Spin-off of The Fresh Beat Band
Shimmer and Shine Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz 2015–2020
Nella the Princess Knight Christine Ricci 2017–present Brown Bag Films
Sunny Day Abie Longstaff Silvergate Media
Pipeline Studios
Butterbean's Café Jonny Belt and Robert Scull 2018–present Brown Bag Films
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.

Other Viacom networksEdit

Title Network Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
Play with Me Sesame[38][39] Noggin Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett (original characters)
(d): Jocelyn Hassenfeld and Karen Kuflik
2002–2007 Sesame Workshop
The Ren & Stimpy Show (reboot)[40] Comedy Central John Kricfalusi (original characters) TBA First series by the company produced for adult audiences.
Third series in the Ren & Stimpy franchise.
Second Ren & Stimpy series produced for adult audiences after Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon".

Digital short seriesEdit

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
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 2018 Released on YouTube.
Space Kid and Cat Greg Nix and David Kantrowitz 2018 Released on YouTube.
MooseBox Mike Scott 2019 Released on YouTube.

Short pilotsEdit

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
Re-tooled as Sniz & Fondue (a KaBlam! segment).
Arnold Craig Bartlett 1994 Eventually screened theatrically during the release of Harriet the Spy in 1996.
Re-tooled as Hey Arnold! for the series.
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.
Pilot for the show of the same name.
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.
Pilot for The Fairly OddParents.
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius "Runaway Rocketboy!" John A. Davis O Entertainment
DNA Productions
As Told by Ginger "The Party" Emily Kapnek Klasky Csupo
Rocket Beach N/A Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo Klasky Csupo Re-tooled as Rocket Power for the series.
My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot Rob Renzetti 1999 Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Oh Yeah! Cartoons.
Pilot for 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 Is the Rugrats' third TV movie.
Re-tooled 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.
Re-tooled as The Mighty B!.
Fanboy Eric Robles 2008 Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Random! Cartoons.
Pilot for Fanboy & Chum Chum.
T.U.F.F. Puppy Butch Hartman Billionfold Inc.
Planet Sheen Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk 2010 Omation Animation Studio
Pig Goat Banana Mantis! Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan 2012 Nick Cross Animation Re-tooled as Pig Goat Banana Cricket for the series.
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.
Re-tooled as Harvey Beaks for the series.
The Loud House Chris Savino Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2013 animated shorts program.
Monster Pack Graham Peterson and Pedro Eboli 2014 Birdo Studio Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2014 animated shorts program.
Re-tooled as Ollie's Pack for the series. Ordered to series by Nelvana.
Corn & Peg Russell Marcus and Chris Hamilton 2015 Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2015 animated shorts program. Ordered to series by Nelvana.
The Loud House "The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos" Chris Savino 2017 Re-tooled as The Casagrandes for the series.
Spin-off of The Loud House.

Nickelodeon (not greenlit to series)Edit

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Year Co-production(s) Notes
The Crowville Chronicles Brian Cosgrove 1990 Cosgrove Hall Films [41]
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 spin-off of Rugrats; later retooled as A Rugrats Kwanzaa special.
The Proud Family Bruce W. Smith Hyperion Animation Failed pilot, but eventually successful for Disney Channel.
Simply Sisters Mitch Schauer Gunther-Wahl Productions, Inc. Originally planned spin-off of The Angry Beavers.
Stewy the Dog Boy Dennis Messner Flying Mallet, Inc. Aired as part of KaBlam!.
Terrytoons Presents: Crubside[42] Paul Terry and Frank Moser (original characters)
(d): Mary Harrington and Robert Taylor
Planned Terrytoons reboot for the network.
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[43] Andi Watson Slave Labor Graphics
Sunbow Entertainment
Crash Nebula Butch Hartman and Steve Marmel 2004 Frederator Incorporated Aired as a stand-alone episode in The Fairly OddParents.
A failed spin-off of the show.
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
Adventure Time Pendleton Ward 2008 Frederator Incorporated Aired as part of Random! Cartoons.
Failed pilot, but eventually a successful series for 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.
Failed pilot, but successful for Cartoon Hangover and VRV.
Leroy Dorsalfin Mike Geiger Mike Geiger Animation
Super Macho Fighter Jorge R. Gutierrez 2012 Mexopolis
Sky Rat Craig Bartlett 2013 Snee-Oosh, Inc.
Crazy Block[44] Iginio Straffi 2014 Rainbow S.p.A.

Produced for other Viacom-owned networksEdit

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Year Co-production(s) Network Status Notes
Sugarless Arlene Klasky
Erin Ehrlich
2005 Klasky Csupo Noggin/The N[45] Failed
Twinkle Dora Nagy Nick Jr.

TV movies and specialsEdit

Title Year Co-production(s) Notes
Rugrats: Runaway Reptar 1999 Klasky Csupo First Rugrats TV movie
CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery 2000 Peter Hannan Productions
SpongeBob SquarePants: Christmas Who? United Plankton Pictures
Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure DIC Entertainment
Frederator Studios[46]
Completed and planned to air in 2000.[47]
Eventually aired as part of Nickelodeon Sunday Movie Toons in December 2002.
Rights co-owned by Viacom and DHX Media.
Rugrats: All Growed Up 2001 Klasky Csupo Rugrats 10th anniversary special.
Also served as the pilot for the spin-off series All Grown Up!.
As Told by Ginger: Summer of Camp Caprice
Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand 2002
Hey Arnold!: The Journal Snee-Oosh, Inc. Series finale of Hey Arnold!.
Also served as the prequel to The Jungle Movie.
The Electric Piper 2003 Frederator Incorporated
The Fairly OddParents: Abra-Catastrophe First Fairly OddParents TV movie
As Told by Ginger: Far From Home Klasky Csupo
The Fairly OddParents: Channel Chasers 2004 Frederator Incorporated
As Told by Ginger: Butterflies Are Free Klasky Csupo
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2004–06 Frederator Incorporated
O Entertainment
DNA Productions
First Nickelodeon crossover TV special.
Features characters and elements from both The Fairly OddParents and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.
Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom! 2004 O Entertainment
DNA Productions
ChalkZone: The Big Blow Up Frederator Incorporated
All Grown Up!: Dude, Where's My Horse? 2005 Klasky Csupo
The Fairly OddParents: School's Out: The Musical! Frederator Incorporated
My Life as a Teenage Robot: Escape from Cluster Prime
Danny Phantom: Reign Storm Billionfold, Inc.
Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy
Danny Phantom: Reality Trip 2006
The Fairly OddParents: Fairy Idol Frederator Incorporated
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party American Greetings
Catscratch: Spindango Fundulation 2007 Series finale of Catscratch.
Danny Phantom: Phantom Planet Billionfold, Inc. Series finale of Danny Phantom.
Atlantis SquarePantis United Plankton Pictures First SpongeBob SquarePants one-hour TV movie.
Fairly OddBaby 2008 Billionfold Inc.
Frederator Studios
Fifth Fairly OddParents TV movie.
First new episode aired after a year-long hiatus.
Sozin's Comet Series finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender
Wishology 2009 Billionfold Inc.
Frederator Studios
SpongeBob's Truth or Square United Plankton Pictures Second SpongeBob SquarePants one-hour TV movie.
10th anniversary special.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom 2011 First SpongeBob SquarePants miniseries.
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Billionfold Inc.
Frederator Studios
Pacific Bay Entertainment
First Fairly OddParents live-action TV movie.
The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole DreamWorks Animation
Timmy's Secret Wish Billionfold Inc.
Frederator Studios
It's a SpongeBob Christmas! 2012 United Plankton Pictures
Screen Novelties
First SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion episode.
A Fairly Odd Christmas Billionfold Inc.
Frederator Studios
Pacific Bay Entertainment
Second Fairly OddParents live-action TV movie.
Sequel to A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!.
A Fairly Odd Summer 2014 Third and final Fairly OddParents live-action TV movie.
Sequel to A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! and A Fairly Odd Christmas.
Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past 2015 Special based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line Half-Shelf Heroes.
Harvey Beaks: Steampunks 2016
Albert
The Loud House: 11 Louds a Leapin
Bunsen Is a Beast: Beast of Friends 2017 Billionfold Inc. Fourth Nickelodeon crossover TV special.
Features characters and elements from both The Fairly OddParents and Bunsen Is a Beast.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom United Plankton Pictures
Screen Novelties
Second SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion episode.
The Loud House: Tricked!
Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie Snee-Oosh, Inc. Sequel to Hey Arnold!: The Movie and The Journal.
Revival project for Hey Arnold! after 15 years.
Originally planned for a theatrical release.
Lucky 2019
SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout United Plankton Pictures Third SpongeBob SquarePants one-hour TV movie.
20th anniversary special.
The Loud House: Schooled! 2020 First one hour special based on The Loud House.

Digital movies and specialsEdit

Title Release date Co-production(s) Notes
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling 2019 Joe Murray Productions Revival special for Rocko's Modern Life.
Distributed by Netflix.
Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon.[48]
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Maven Animation Studio Revival film for Invader Zim.
Distributed by Netflix.
Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon.[49]
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run 2021 Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
Distributed by CBS All Access in the US and Netflix worldwide.
Originally planned for a summer 2020 theatrical release, but it was moved to streaming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[50][51]
Released in Canadian theaters on August 14, 2020.[52]
Untitled The Loud House film Distributed by Netflix.
Originally planned for a 2020 theatrical release.[53]
Untitled Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film TBA Distributed by Netflix.[54]

Direct-to-video filmsEdit

All the films (except Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 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
Only Nickelodeon co-production with Universal Pictures and Universal Cartoon Studios.
As Told by Ginger: The Wedding Frame 2004 Klasky Csupo Series finale of As Told by Ginger.
Originally planned for a TV release, but it was released on VHS and DVD instead in the US.
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 movie Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2019 Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
First Nickelodeon co-production with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.
Features characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after Nickelodeon's 2009 acquisition of the franchise of the same name.[55]

Theatrical filmsEdit

All the films are theatrically 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
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius December 21, 2001 O Entertainment
DNA Productions
$102,992,536 74% 65
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 $35,000,000 $60,694,737 80% 69
Rugrats Go Wild June 13, 2003 $25,000,000 $55,405,066 39% 38
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie November 19, 2004 United Plankton Pictures $30,000,000 $140,161,792 68% 66
Barnyard August 4, 2006 Omation Animation Studio $51,000,000 $116,476,887 22% 42
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015 Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
$74,000,000 $323,400,000 80% 62
Wonder Park March 15, 2019 Paramount Animation
Ilion Animation Studios
$100,000,000 $119,559,110 34% 46
Untitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated film[56] TBA Paramount Animation
Point Grey Pictures
N/A N/A N/A N/A

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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

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