Nickelodeon Movies is the theatrical motion picture production arm of the Nickelodeon TV channel. Founded in 1995, the company released its first film Harriet the Spy in 1996. It has produced family features and films based on Nickelodeon programs, as well as other adaptations and original projects. Its films are co-produced and/or distributed by fellow ViacomCBS division Paramount Pictures. The studio's highest-grossing films are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), which grossed $493.3 million worldwide, The Adventures of Tintin (2011), which grossed $374 million worldwide, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015), which grossed $323.4 million worldwide.
|Production arm of Nickelodeon|
|Founded||February 25, 1995|
Nickelodeon/20th Century Fox deal (1993–95)Edit
In 1993, Nickelodeon forged a 2-year contract with 20th Century Fox to make feature films. The joint venture would mostly produce new material, though a Nickelodeon executive did not rule out the possibility of making films based on The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats and Doug. None of the movies were produced due to the 1994 acquisition of Paramount Pictures by Nickelodeon's parent company, Viacom, and they would distribute the movies instead. With the creative differences with John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy and an inability to market that property in a family-friendly manner instead of a "cynical and gross humor" scuttled the film. However, Paramount and Viacom would go forward and start development on The Rugrats Movie a year after the acquisition.
The Nickelodeon version of the Doug film was not made due to the acquisition of the show's production studio, Jumbo Pictures, by The Walt Disney Company in 1996. With this, the show moved to Disney's ABC network and new seasons aired as a part of it’s programming block Disney’s One Saturday Morning as Disney's Doug. In 1999, Walt Disney Pictures released a film finale to the series, Doug's 1st Movie.
Nickelodeon Movies (1995–98)Edit
On July 25, 1997, the studio then released another film, Good Burger, a comedy film, starring Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Abe Vigoda, Dan Schneider, Shar Jackson, Josh Server, Lori Beth Denberg, Jan Schweiterman, Linda Cardellini and Sinbad. It was based on the Good Burger sketch on Nickelodeon's popular sketch comedy series All That.
On November 20, 1998, the studio released The Rugrats Movie, Nickelodeon Movies' first animated film and the first Nicktoon to be shown in theaters. It received mixed critical reception, but despite this, the movie became a box office success, earning $100,494,675 in the domestic box office and $140,894,675 worldwide. It also became the first non-Disney animated film to gross over $100 million domestically. The success of the film led to two sequels.
On February 11, 2000, the studio released Snow Day, a comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Chris Elliott, Zena Grey, Josh Peck, Mark Webber, Schuyler Fisk, Jade Yorker and Emmanuelle Chriqui. This film met negative reviews, yet it grossed $62,464,731 worldwide.
Nine months later, the studio released Rugrats in Paris: The Movie on November 17, 2000. It is the first sequel to The Rugrats Movie, and grossed $76,507,756 at the domestic box-office and $103,291,131 worldwide. The movie received favorable reviews, becoming the most critically acclaimed Rugrats film to date.
On December 21, 2001, the studio released its first CGI animated film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It is based on a series of shorts that aired on Nickelodeon in 1998. It became a critical and box-office success, earning $80,936,232 in the United States and $102,992,536 worldwide. It stars voice actors Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Carolyn Lawrence, Jeffrey Garcia, and Candi Milo, and co-starred Martin Short and Patrick Stewart. On March 24, 2002, this movie was nominated for the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Shrek. It is the first Nickelodeon film to be nominated for an Academy Award. The success of the film spawned this film into a TV series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, which aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006.
On March 29, 2002, the studio released Clockstoppers, a sci-fi action film, starring Jesse Bradford, Paula Garcés, and French Stewart. This film received negative reviews and was a box office disappointment, only earning $36,989,956 in the United States and $38,793,283 worldwide.
On June 28, 2002, Nickelodeon Movies released Hey Arnold!: The Movie, starring the series's original cast members and guest starring Paul Sorvino as Scheck, the CEO of a real estate company called Future Tech Industries (FTI). The film received negative reviews and grossed $15.2 million. It was originally going to be a TV film entitled Arnold Saves the Neighborhood, but executives of Paramount Pictures decided to release this film theatrically. It was the first animated film from Nickelodeon to get a PG rating.
In 2002 and 2003, the studio, along with Klasky Csupo, released two films based on popular TV shows, The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Rugrats Go Wild, respectively. The Wild Thornberrys Movie was released on December 20, 2002, starring the show's original cast members, Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, Danielle Harris, Michael "Flea" Balzary, and Tom Kane. This film received positive reviews and was a box office success. It only grossed $40.1 million domestically and $60.7 million worldwide. On March 23, 2003, this film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Rugrats Go Wild was later released on June 13, 2003. This film met with mixed critical reception and was a minor box office success, unlike previous Rugrats movies, only earning $39.4 million in the United States and $55.4 million worldwide. This film is also the only Rugrats film to receive a PG rating.
On November 19, 2004, Nickelodeon released The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, based on the popular Nickelodeon television series, SpongeBob SquarePants. This film received positive reviews and grossed $85.4 million in the United States and $140.2 million worldwide. The success of this film led to a sequel, and it was adapted into various media, including its own video game, soundtrack, books, and toy line.
With the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Nickelodeon Movies returned to making box-office hits. The studio purchased the film rights of the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series in May 2000. Paramount Pictures, owner of Nickelodeon Movies, agreed to co-finance, along with Scott Rudin. Various directors, including Terry Gilliam and Roman Polanski, were interested in making the film. One of author Daniel Handler's favorite candidates was Guy Maddin. In June 2002, Barry Sonnenfeld was hired to direct. He was chosen because he had previously collaborated with Rudin and because of his black comedy directing style as seen in The Addams Family, Addams Family Values and Get Shorty. Sonnenfeld referred to the Lemony Snicket books as his favorite children's stories. The director hired Handler to write the script with the intention of making Lemony Snicket as a musical, and cast Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in September 2002. Sonnenfeld eventually left over budget concerns in January 2003 and director Brad Silberling took over. This film was released on December 17, 2004, a month after The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released. It received positive reviews and became a huge box office success, earning $118,634,549 at the United States box office and $209,073,645 worldwide. This film won an Academy Award for Best Makeup in 2005.
In 2005, the studio and Paramount Classics purchased a documentary film, Mad Hot Ballroom, at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It became the studios' first (and, so far, only) documentary film and their only film to have a limited theatrical release. It grossed $8,117,961 in the United States and $9,079,042 worldwide. It also was a huge critical success.
Several months later, the studio and Paramount Pictures released their first co-production with both Columbia Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer and released a family comedy film, Yours, Mine and Ours, a remake of the 1968 film of the same name. This film stars Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. This film was critically panned, but was a modest box office success, earning $53,412,862 in the United States and $72,028,752 worldwide.
On June 16, 2006, Nickelodeon released the wrestling comedy film Nacho Libre. It is very loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta. This film stars Jack Black, Héctor Jiménez, and Ana de la Reguera. This film met with mixed critical reception, but was a box office success, earning $80,197,993 in the domestic box office and grossed $99,255,460 worldwide. A sequel to this film is being considered.
Two months later, the studio released another CGI film, Barnyard, starring the voices of Kevin James, as Otis, a carefree cow who loves throwing parties, David Koechner as Dag, a red coyote, Sam Elliott as Ben, Otis's father and the leader of the barnyard, and voice actors Cam Clarke, Jeff Garcia, S. Scott Bullock, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Fred Tatasciore, and Rob Paulsen. This film met with negative critical reception, but was a box office success, earning $72,637,803 at the United States box office and grossed $116,476,887 worldwide. Like Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the film's success has spawned into a TV show, Back at the Barnyard, which ran from 2007 to 2011 on Nickelodeon, longer than The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Chris Hardwick replaced Kevin James as the role for Otis.
On December 15, 2006, the studio released Charlotte's Web, a family drama film based on E. B. White's popular book of the same name, starring Dakota Fanning, Kevin Anderson, Beau Bridges, and the voices of Dominic Scott Kay, Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates, with Thomas Haden Church and Cedric the Entertainer. This film became a critical and box office success, earning $82,985,708 in the United States and $144,877,632 worldwide. This is Nickelodeon's first G-rated film in five years and first live-action film rated G as well as being the studio's highest-grossing film with that rating. Dakota Fanning won a Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress at the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards.
2 years later on February 14, 2008, the studio released The Spiderwick Chronicles, a fantasy drama film based on the bestselling book of the same name, starring Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Short, Nick Nolte, and Seth Rogen. This film was released in both regular and IMAX theaters and received favorable reviews and was a box office success, earning $71,195,053 in the United States and $162,839,667 outside of the United States.
On July 28, 2008, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies released a coming-of-age comedy film, Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging, based on two bestselling British novels by Louise Rennison, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers. The film met with positive reviews and was a box office success. It was released in theaters in the United Kingdom, earning £8,647,770 and grossed £13,835,569 worldwide. To date, it has a direct-to-DVD release in the United States and has made its U.S. premiere on Nick at Nite on March 12, 2009. It is also the first film from Nickelodeon Movies to receive a PG-13 rating.
On January 16, 2009, Hotel for Dogs was released, starring Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Johnny Simmons, Kyla Pratt, Troy Gentile, with Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle. It is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. This film received mixed reviews from film critics, but was a box office success, earning $73,034,460 in the United States box office and grossed $117,000,198 worldwide. It is distributed by DreamWorks. This marks the first film from Nickelodeon to be distributed outside of Paramount Pictures. However, it is still distributed under Paramount.
Five months later on June 12, 2009, Paramount Pictures released Nickelodeon Movies' Imagine That, a comedy-drama film starring Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker, Martin Sheen, Marin Hinkle, and Yara Shahidi. The film received negative reviews, mainly criticizing Murphy's performance. It was also a box office failure, only earning $16,123,323 at the domestic box office and grossed only $22,985,194 worldwide.
On January 8, 2007, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies announced that they had signed M. Night Shyamalan to write, direct and produce a trilogy of live-action films based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, the first of which would encompass the main characters' adventures in Book One. The film was later released in theaters in 3D on July 1, 2010 and was universally panned by critics, fans, and even from audiences who weren't familiar with the TV series and is nowadays often considered one of the worst movies ever made. A year later, it won five Razzies, including worst screenplay, worst director and worst picture of the year. This was the studio's first feature film released in 3-D. On its opening day in the United States, The Last Airbender made $16 million, ranking fifth overall for Thursday openings. Despite negative critical reception, the film was a box office success, and grossed $131,601,062 in the United States box office, also grossed $187,340,196 in other countries, making for a total of $318,941,258 worldwide. That planned trilogy was finally scrapped in 2018, to make way for a new, unrelated, live-action series produced by Netflix.
On March 4, 2011, Nickelodeon Movies released Rango, a CGI-animated western comedy film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant and Ned Beatty. The film was produced by Gore Verbinski's production company Blind Wink, and Graham King's GK Films. The CGI animation was created by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), marking its first full-length animated feature. ILM usually does visual effects for live-action films. It is also the first animated film for Verbinski. During voice recording, the actors received costumes and sets to "give them the feel of the Wild West"; star Johnny Depp had 20 days in which to voice Rango and the filmmakers scheduled the supporting actors to interact with him. Verbinski said his attempt with Rango was to do a "small" film after the large-scale Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, but that he underestimated how painstaking and time-consuming animated filmmaking is. This film has met universal acclaim from critics and general audiences alike and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The success of Rango led Paramount to create its own animation studio, Paramount Animation.
9 months later, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies partnered with Columbia Pictures once again and released The Adventures of Tintin, a performance-captured animated 3D film, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, with the voices of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and based on three from the comic book series of the same name by Hergé, The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham's Treasure (1944). This film was released in 3D and IMAX 3D theaters, as well normal "2D" theaters, and earned $77,591,831 in North America and $296,402,120 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $373,993,951. It also was studio's first animated film to be shown in 3D. John Williams, the composer for the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score. This film became the first non-Pixar film to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and is the first Nickelodeon film to do so.
On February 28, 2012, a sequel to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie titled The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was announced to be in production, and was scheduled to be released in 2015.[needs update]Philippe Dauman, the president and CEO of the studio's parent company Viacom, told sources:
"We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort."
Dauman also once again said that the Paramount animation productions will be a new opportunity for his company as they will each cost less than $100 million, and the animation unit will only have 30 to 40 people, allowing for good financial returns and profits. Thanks to modern technology, the films still look "great" despite the lower cost, he said. He also lauded his studio team for winning an animation Oscar for Rango, the studio's first fully owned CGI effort. "We're very proud of that," he said.
The sequel was directed by Paul Tibbitt, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, produced by Mary Parent, and executive-produced by the series' creator, Stephen Hillenburg. The series' cast members reprised their roles from the first film. The sequel was animated using the same animation style (traditional animation) as the TV show was.
In 2012, following the news of the Viacom buyout of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, it was announced that Nickelodeon would produce a new film through Paramount Pictures with an expected release date sometime in 2012. In late May 2011, it was announced that Paramount and Nickelodeon had brought Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form on to produce the next film that would reboot the film series. Bay, Fuller, and Form would produce alongside Walker and Mednick. For the script, the studio originally hired Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to write the film for close to a million dollars. A year later the studio turned to writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec to rewrite the script. In February 2012, Jonathan Liebesman was brought into negotiations to direct the film. It was released on August 8, 2014.
The studio released a Halloween comedy film, Fun Size, which opened on October 26, 2012, starring Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, and Thomas Mann. This film met with negative reviews, and was a box office failure. It grossed $11.4 million, and is the lowest wide-grossed film ever produced by Nickelodeon Movies.
A reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened on August 8, 2014. It was the biggest opening weekend for any movie produced by Nickelodeon Movies, grossing over $65 million in its first three days of release in the United States. It has since become Nickelodeon Movies's highest-grossing movie domestically (in North America) and worldwide, with over $191 million domestically and a total of $493.3 million worldwide.
On February 6, 2015, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the second film based on SpongeBob SquarePants, was released. The film grossed almost $163 million in the United States and $323.4 million worldwide, making it the third-most successful film produced by the studio.
On June 3, 2016, the studio released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The film was met with mixed reviews and grossed $240.6 million worldwide.
Nickelodeon Movies was also involved in the film Monster Trucks, though merely as a label partner as Paramount vacillated several times about including the Nickelodeon Movies vanity card within the film. It was released on January 13, 2017 as a critical and box-office flop.
An original animated feature produced by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies in association with Ilion Animation Studios, titled Wonder Park, released on March 15, 2019 with reviews being mixed and was a box office disappointment. A television series based on it, which is titled Adventures in Wonder Park, is scheduled to air on Nickelodeon in the near future.
On August 9, 2019, the studio released the first film based on the Nick Jr. animated series Dora the Explorer, titled Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Produced by Paramount Players, it is directed by James Bobin. It received positive reviews and was a box office success.
Nickelodeon Movies distributed an original feature called Playing with Fire, starring John Cena, and directed by Andy Fickman. The film was released on November 8, 2019. It received negative reviews, but was a modest box office success.
A third SpongeBob film, Sponge on the Run, was released in Canadian theaters on August 14, 2020, and will be followed by a release on CBS All Access, in the United States, in early 2021, following the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is directed and co-written by former writer Tim Hill. It is the last SpongeBob film to involve series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died on November 26, 2018 from ALS.
In August 2020, a new Nickelodeon Movies logo, featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon's trademark green slime and the Kids Choice Award blimp, was released. This logo made its debut on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, which was released early in Canada that summer, before its worldwide release in 2021, and will be featured in future Nickelodeon theatrical films.
In September 2020, Ramsey Naito, who was formerly the Nickelodeon Group's EVP of animation production and development, will oversee the animation material in all media and channels, including visual, streaming, TV videos, theatrical motion pictures and SVOD, as the new animation president.
On May 19, 2019, it was announced that a film based on the popular Nick Jr. series PAW Patrol was in development, with Cal Brunker as director. The film is projected for an August 20, 2021 release.
Nickelodeon Movies is also teaming up with Seth Rogen's Point Grey Pictures to make a CG-animated film reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which is currently in development with Jeff Rowe directing.
|Release date||Film||Director(s)||Story by||Screenwriter(s)||Producer(s)||Co-production with||Budget||Gross (millions)|
|July 10, 1996||Harriet the Spy||Bronwen Hughes||Greg Taylor and Julie Talen||Douglas Petrie and Theresa Rebeck||Mary Kay Powell and Nava Levin||Rastar||$12,000,000||$26.6|
|July 25, 1997||Good Burger||Brian Robbins||Dan Schneider, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert||Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins||Tollin/Robbins Productions||$8,500,000||$23.7|
|November 20, 1998||The Rugrats Movie||Norton Virgien and Igor Kovalyov||David N. Weiss and J. David Stem||Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó||Klasky Csupo||$24,000,000||$140.9|
|February 11, 2000||Snow Day||Chris Koch||Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi||Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor||C.O.R.E.||$13,000,000||$62.5|
|November 17, 2000||Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||Stig Bergqvist and Paul Demeyer||J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jill Gorey, Barbara Herndon and Kate Boutilier||Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó||Klasky Csupo||$30,000,000||$103.3|
|December 21, 2001||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||John A. Davis||John A. Davis and Steve Oedekerk||John A. Davis, Steve Oedekerk, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss||Steve Oedekerk, John A. Davis and Albie Hecht||O Entertainment
|March 29, 2002||Clockstoppers||Jonathan Frakes||Rob Hedden, Andy Hedden, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss||Rob Hedden, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss||Gale Anne Hurd and Julia Pistor||Valhalla Motion Pictures||$26,000,000||$38.8|
|June 28, 2002||Hey Arnold!: The Movie||Tuck Tucker||Craig Bartlett and Steve Viksten||Craig Bartlett and Albie Hecht||Snee-Oosh, Inc.||$3,000,000||$15.2|
|December 20, 2002||The Wild Thornberrys Movie||Cathy Malkasian and Jeff McGrath||Kate Boutilier||Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó||Klasky Csupo||$25,000,000||$60.7|
|June 13, 2003||Rugrats Go Wild||Norton Vergien and John Eng||$25,000,000||$55.4|
|November 19, 2004||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Stephen Hillenburg||Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, Stephen Hillenburg, Kent Osborne, Aaron Springer and Paul Tibbitt||Stephen Hillenburg and Julia Pistor||United Plankton Pictures||$30,000,000||$140.2|
|December 17, 2004||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Brad Silberling||Robert Gordon||Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes and Jim Van Wyck||DreamWorks Pictures
|May 13, 2005||Mad Hot Ballroom||Marilyn Argrelo||Amy Sewell||Marilyn Agrelo, Amy Sewell, Brian David and Cange Wilder Knight II||Paramount Classics
Just One Productions
|November 23, 2005||Yours, Mine & Ours||Raja Gosnell||Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr.||Bob Hilgenberg, Rob Muir, Ron Burch and David Kidd||Robert Simonds and Michael G. Nathanson||Robert Simonds Company
|June 16, 2006||Nacho Libre||Jared Hess||Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess and Mike White||Jack Black, David Klawans, Julia Pistor, Mike White and Ricardo Del Río||HH Films||$35,000,000||$99.3|
|August 4, 2006||Barnyard||Steve Oedekerk||Steve Oedekerk and Paul Marshal||O Entertainment||$51,000,000||$116.5|
|December 15, 2006||Charlotte's Web||Gary Winick||Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick||Jordan Kerner||The Kerner Entertainment Company
|February 14, 2008||The Spiderwick Chronicles||Mark Waters||Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum and John Sayles||Mark Canton, Larry Franco, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Karey Kirkpatrick||The Kennedy/Marshall Company
|July 25, 2008||Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging||Gurinder Chadha||Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi||Gurinder Chadha and Lynda Obst||N/A||$997,955||$14.9|
|January 16, 2009||Hotel for Dogs||Thor Freudenthal||Jeff Lowell, Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley||Lauren Shuler Donner, Ewan Leslie, Jonathan Gordon and Jason Clark||DreamWorks Pictures
Cold Spring Pictures
The Montecito Picture Company
The Donners' Company
|June 12, 2009||Imagine That||Karey Kirkpatrick||Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson||Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ed Solomon||Di Bonaventura Pictures
Internationale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Sud III GmbH Ko.
|June 30, 2010||The Last Airbender||M. Night Shyamalan||M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mercer and Frank Marshall||Blinding Edge Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
|March 4, 2011||Rango||Gore Verbinski||John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit||John Logan||Gore Verbinski, Graham King and John B. Carls||Blind Wink Productions
Industrial Light & Magic
|December 21, 2011||The Adventures of Tintin||Steven Spielberg||Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish||Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy||Columbia Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Hemisphere Media Capital
|October 26, 2012||Fun Size||Josh Schwartz||Max Werner||Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Bard Dorros and David Kanter||Anonymous Content
Fake Empire Productions
|August 8, 2014||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Jonathan Liebesman||Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty||Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick and Ian Bryce||Platinum Dunes
|February 6, 2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Paul Tibbitt||Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt||Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger||Paul Tibbitt, Mary Parent||United Plankton Pictures
|June 3, 2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||Dave Green||Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec||Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker and Scott Mednick||Platinum Dunes
China Movie Media Group
|January 13, 2017||Monster Trucks||Chris Wedge||Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Matthew Robinson||Derek Connolly||Mary Parent and Denis L. Stewart||Paramount Animation
|March 15, 2019||Wonder Park||Dylan Brown (uncredited)||Robert Gordon, Josh Appelbaum, and André Nemec||Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec||Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Kendra Halland||Ilion Animation Studios
|August 9, 2019||Dora and the Lost City of Gold||James Bobin||Tom Wheeler and Nicholas Stoller||Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson||Kristin Burr||Paramount Players
Media Rights Capital
|November 8, 2019||Playing with Fire||Andy Fickman||Dan Ewen||Dan Ewen and Matthew Lieberman||Todd Garner and Sean Robins||Paramount Players
Broken Road Productions
|August 14, 2020||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||Tim Hill||Tim Hill, Jonathan Aibel, and Glenn Berger||Tim Hill||Ryan Harris||United Plankton Pictures
|August 20, 2021||PAW Patrol: The Movie||Cal Brunker||Billy Frolick, Cal Brunker, and Bob Barlen||Adam Beder, Jennifer Dodge and, Ronnen Harary||Paramount Animation
Spin Master Entertainment
List of Cancelled or inactive projects from Nickelodeon MoviesEdit
|Bone||Moved to Netflix||In the late 1990s, an attempt was made through Nickelodeon Movies to produce a film based on the Bone comics. Jeff Smith, author of the Bone comics, stated in a 2003 interview that Nickelodeon had insisted on the Bone cousins being voiced by child actors and wanted the film's soundtrack to include pop songs by the likes of N'Sync. Smith's response was that nobody would insert pop songs in the middle of The Lord of the Rings or The Empire Strikes Back and therefore pop songs should not be placed in Bone either. The film was then developed at Warner Bros. under their Warner Animation Group banner instead. However in 2019, Netflix purchased the rights to turn Bone into an animated series.|
|Prometheus and Bob||Cancelled||A live-action Prometheus and Bob film was announced in 1998 as an adaptation of the KaBlam! series. The film was to be produced by Amy Heckerling and directed by Harald Zwart, but the film later fell through due to lack of interest.|
|Sector 7||Development Hell||In May 2000, Nickelodeon won a bidding war against Pixar in acquiring the film rights to the novel Sector 7 with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct and Good Machine as co-producer. As of March 2019, the project remains in development hell.|
|Ectokid||Unknown||After the cancellation of Razorline, Barker sold the television and film rights of the Ectokid series to Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures in 2001. The film was set to have Barker, Don Murphy, and Nickelodeon's Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor as producers, Joe Daley as executive producer, and Karen Rosenfelt overseeing development at Paramount. Barker would also act as executive producer of the television series, with Daley and Murphy as producers. Talking to Daily Variety, Barker explained that his aim was to create "a franchisable world" for the studio, "of great, transcendent beauty; one that reconfigures people's expectations of what ghosts are, of what comes after death." As of November 2018, no further information regarding both the film and the television series surfaced, presumably both were cancelled.|
|Jimmy Neutron 2: The Search for Carl||Cancelled||In February 2002, a sequel for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was reported in development for a summer 2004 release. Producer Albie Hecht reported to The Los Angeles Times that the sequel "would be made on the same budget as the first, but with a new batch of inventions and adventures in Jimmy's town of Retroville." On June 20, 2002, The Hollywood Reporter reported that writer Kate Boutilier had signed a writing deal with Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures to write a sequel for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius titled Jimmy Neutron 2: The Search for Carl, but the sequel was never materialized. Instead the sequel's plot was used as the basis for the Game Boy Advance version of the video game Jimmy Neutron vs. Jimmy Negatron. Another reason the film was cancelled is because the writers could not agree on a story and Alcorn later stated in an interview that "once the TV series came out, there wasn't a lot of incentive to make a movie when fans could simply watch Jimmy Neutron for free at home."|
|Sequels to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies hoped Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events would become a franchise like the Harry Potter film series. Jim Carrey thought his character would be good as the basis for a film franchise since it would allow him to dive into a new role. "I don't have a deal [for a sequel], but it's one that I wouldn't mind doing again because there are so many characters," the actor explained in December 2004. "I mean, it's just so much fun. It's so much fun being a bad actor playing a character..." In May 2005, producer Laurie MacDonald said "Lemony Snicket is still something Paramount is interested in pursuing and we're going to be talking with them more." In October 2008, Daniel Handler said that "a sequel does seem to be in the works. Paramount has had quite a few corporate shakeups, which has led to many a delay. Of course, many, many plans in Hollywood come to naught, but I'm assured that another film will be made. Someday. Perhaps." In June 2009, Silberling confirmed he still talked about the project with Handler, and suggested the sequel be a stop motion film, with each film being in a new medium, due to the young lead actors having grown too old to continue their roles. "In an odd way, the best thing you could do is actually have Lemony Snicket say to the audience, 'Okay, we pawned the first film off as a mere dramatization with actors. Now, I'm afraid I'm going to have to show you the real thing.'" The franchise ran a live-action series for 3 seasons on Netflix.|
|The Anybodies film adaptation||Unknown||In December 2004, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon acquired the film rights from the book series of the same name. It was originally set to be released sometime in 2006, but it has not been released since then.|
|Untitled The Fairly OddParents animated film||Cancelled||In 2005 or 2006, Butch Hartman considered making a theatrical adaptation of his animated television series The Fairly OddParents after the show's initial cancellation in 2006,[vague] to be produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures. The film was to be animated much like the series as well as previous Nickelodeon fare such as the Rugrats trilogy and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, but was scrapped due to a management change at Paramount although the script was already written. Despite this, Hartman expressed interest in releasing the film for DVD someday, and stated that the script could serve for another TV movie of the show. The series ended on July 26, 2017 and Butch Hartman left Nickelodeon in early 2018 before moving to Sony Pictures Animation to plan any direct-to-video sequels to the original film, seemingly ending any chances of the film happening. Despite several TV films, The Fairly OddParents is the longest running series on the network to not receive a theatrical film release.|
|Sequels to The Last Airbender||The Last Airbender, released in 2010, was originally intended to be the first film in a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender film trilogy each based on the series' three seasons. Due to the poor reception of the film, Nickelodeon and Paramount decided to put further plans for the sequels on hold. In September 2018, a new unrelated live-action remake of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender for Netflix was announced, effectively cancelling any lingering chances of possible sequels to the film.|
|Mighty Mouse||Moved to Paramount Animation||As early as 2004, Omation Animation Studios and Nickelodeon announced their intention to bring Mighty Mouse (a property held by CBS Corporation) back to the big screen with a CGI Mighty Mouse feature film that was tentatively scheduled to be released sometime in 2013. This film never materialized and the project's fate was unknown until in 2019, when it was confirmed that the project would be revived by Paramount Animation, and that Jon and Erich Hoeber were announced to be the writers for the film.|
|The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun||Development Hell||In November 2011, Steven Spielberg announced a sequel to the 2011 film The Adventures of Tintin and was planned to be released sometime in the future. As of 2019, there have been little to no info about the film, but Peter Jackson is still involved with the project.|
|Untitled Henry Danger film||Cancelled||On May 5, 2017, former president of Viacom's Nickelodeon group, Cyma Zarghami, announced that a film based on the live-action series Henry Danger was in development, but as of 2019, no further information about the film was announced. The series ended on March 21, 2020 and both Dan Schneider and Cyma Zarghami left Nickelodeon in 2018, seemingly ending any chances of the film happening.|
|Untitled Are You Afraid of the Dark? film||On November 13, 2017, it was announced that a film adaptation and reboot of Are You Afraid of the Dark? was in the works at Paramount Players, with a release date set for October 11, 2019. It writer Gary Dauberman was going to write the screenplay, Matt Kaplan was going to produce, and D.J. Caruso was going to direct the film. The film was removed from Paramount's release schedule on February 27, 2019, and decided to instead do a miniseries revival which premiered on October 11, 2019.|
|Untitled Rugrats film||On July 16, 2018, Variety reported that a new Rugrats movie was in production alongside a revival of the series with a release date originally set for November 13, 2020. The movie would've been a live action/CGI hybrid film, to be written by David Goodman and would be produced by Paramount Players, a division of Paramount Pictures. On February 27, 2019, it was announced that the movie would be pushed back to January 29, 2021, with Clifford the Big Red Dog taking over the original release date. On April 26, 2019, it was announced that David Bowers would be set as director, along with Karen Rosenfelt as producer. However, on November 12, 2019, the film was pulled from Paramount’s release schedule.|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2002||Best Animated Feature||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Steve Oedekerk
John A. Davis
|2003||Best Original Song||The Wild Thornberrys Movie||Paul Simon ("Father and Daughter")||Nominated|
|2005||Best Makeup||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Valli O'Reilly
|Best Original Score||Thomas Newman||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Rick Heinrichs
|Best Costume Design||Colleen Atwood||Nominated|
|2012||Best Animated Feature||Rango||Gore Verbinski||Won|
|Best Original Score||The Adventures of Tintin||John Williams||Nominated|
Golden Globe AwardsEdit
|2003||Best Original Song – Motion Picture||The Wild Thornberrys Movie||Paul Simon ("Father and Daughter")||Nominated|
|2012||Best Animated Feature Film||Rango||Gore Verbinski||Nominated|
|The Adventures of Tintin||Steven Spielberg||Won|
Kids' Choice AwardsEdit
|1997||Favorite Movie Actress||Harriet the Spy||Rosie O'Donnell||Won|
|1999||Favorite Movie||The Rugrats Movie||N/A||Won|
|2001||Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||Susan Sarandon||Won|
|2004||Rugrats Go Wild||Bruce Willis||Nominated|
|2005||Favorite Movie Actor||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Jim Carrey||Nominated|
|2007||Nacho Libre||Jack Black||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actress||Charlotte's Web||Dakota Fanning||Won|
|2012||Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Rango||Johnny Depp||Nominated|
|2015||Favorite Movie||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||N/A||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actor||Will Arnett (also for The Lego Movie)||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actress||Megan Fox||Nominated|
|Favorite Animated Movie||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||N/A||Nominated|
|2017||Favorite Movie||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||N/A||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actor||Will Arnett||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actress||Megan Fox||Nominated|
|#Squad||Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson||Nominated|
|2005||Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||N/A||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Make-Up||Valli O'Reilly and Bill Corso||Nominated|
|2007||Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film||Charlotte's Web||N/A||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Special Effects||Karin Joy, John Andrew Berton, Jr., Blair Clark and John Dietz||Nominated|
|2008||Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film||The Spiderwick Chronicles||N/A||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Freddie Highmore||Nominated|
|2012||Saturn Award for Best Animated Film||Rango||N/A||Nominated|
|The Adventures of Tintin||N/A||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Director||Steven Spielberg||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Music||John Williams||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Special Effects||Matt Aiken, Jamie Beard, Joe Letteri, Keith Miller, Wayne Stables and Matthias Menz||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Editing||Michael Kahn||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Production Design||Kim Sinclair||Nominated|
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