Cartoon Pizza

Cartoon Pizza is an American animation company located in Nashville. It was co-founded by Jim Jinkins and David Campbell as the successor to Jinkins' former company, Jumbo Pictures, Inc. A hallmark of both Jumbo Pictures and Cartoon Pizza has been their commitment to the continued use of hand-painted cel animation at a time when animated series are increasingly produced using digital ink and paint.[citation needed]

Cartoon Pizza
Animation studio
PredecessorJumbo Pictures, Inc.
Founded2001; 19 years ago (2001)
2016 (Revival)
FoundersJim Jinkins
David Campbell
Defunct2015 (Original)
HeadquartersNashville, Tennessee, United States (Formerly New York City)
Key people

The studio had partnered with several studios to help produce their shows, including Disney in 2001, Sesame Workshop in 2006, and Cuppa Coffee Studios. The studio was formerly headquartered in New York City until 2011, when the company relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2]


In 2001, a year after Jim Jinkins' former company Jumbo Pictures, Inc. was closed by The Walt Disney Company, Jim Jinkins and David Campbell formed Cartoon Pizza as a successor company.[3][4] Jinkins was helming the position as president, Campbell as CEO, Jack Spillum as the president of animated productions, Ellie Copeland as the vice president of finances and operations, and Beldeen Fortunato as the vice president of administration.[5]

In December 2001, Cartoon Pizza agreed to a two-year nonexclusive production deal with Sesame Workshop. Sesame agreed to house the company at their New York City office and handle international distribution. They would co-produce a minimum of six new kids properties.[6]

The company became a co-production partner in the Tiger Aspect animation division developed Earth Kid. Gullane Entertainment became an equal partner in Earth Kid as the show's international distributor in April 2002. Gullane also had three other projects in the works with Cartoon Pizza.[7]

In 2015, the company had been dissolved.[3] As of December 2016, Cartoon Pizza was brought back by Jim Jinkins, but in Nashville.[4]


Title Release date Channel/block Notes
Stanley 2001–2004 Playhouse Disney
Sesame Street shorts[4] (specifically Global Thingy) 2002–present PBS Kids (2002–present)
HBO (2016–present)
co-produced with Sesame Workshop
JoJo's Circus[4] 2003–2007 Playhouse Disney co-produced with Cuppa Coffee Studios
HoopDogz 2004–2008 Direct-to-DVD
Pinky Dinky Doo 2006–2011 Noggin co-production with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Sesame Workshop

and Noggin Originals

Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up 2005 Playhouse Disney
Feeling Good with JoJo 2006–2008 Playhouse Disney co-production with Cuppa Coffee Studios
Monster Monster Trucks 2006 co-production with IDT Entertainment
Musical Mornings with Coo 2007–2009 PBS Kids Sprout


  1. ^ [1] Wayback Machine Retrieved on July 27, 2015.
  2. ^ [2] Wayback Machine Retrieved on July 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Cartoon Pizza, Inc". New York Department of State Division of Corporations. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Woodbury, Jason P. (December 5, 2016). "I Was That Kid, Too: Twenty-Five Years of Nickelodeon's "Doug"". FLOOD. No. 5. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  5. ^ [3] Wayback Machine Retrieved on 27-07-15.
  6. ^ Webster, Kay Leigh (October 25, 2001). "Cartoon Pizza and Sesame Workshop team up". C21media. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Winstone, Keely (April 29, 2002). "Tiger Aspect and Cartoon Pizza sign with Gullane". C21media. Retrieved May 18, 2017.

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