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Sony Pictures Animation Inc. is an American animation studio that is a division of Sony Pictures, founded on May 9, 2002. The studio works closely with Sony Pictures Imageworks, which handles digital production. All of its theatrical releases are currently distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Releasing under their Columbia Pictures label, and all direct-to-video and home video releases are distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The studio's movies and franchises include Open Season, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Smurfs, Hotel Transylvania, the 2007 Oscar-nominated film Surf's Up, and the poorly received 2017 film The Emoji Movie.

Sony Pictures Animation
Division of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
Industry Computer animated film industry
Founded May 9, 2002; 15 years ago (2002-05-09)
Headquarters Culver City, California, United States
Key people
Kristine Belson (President)[1]
Owner Sony
Number of employees
50 (2013)[2]
Parent Sony Pictures
Website Official website

Contents

HistoryEdit

In 2001, Sony Pictures 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 DreamWorks Animation's Shrek and Disney/Pixar's 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] On May 9, 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 weaknesses in producing all-CG animation.[5]

On its first anniversary on May 9, 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, 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 is currently its most successful release. SPA's parent company Sony Pictures has partnered in 2007 with Aardman Animations to finance, co-produce and distribute feature films.[9] Together, they produced two films; Arthur Christmas (2011), and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012), which was SPA's first stop-motion film. In September 2012, SPA released Hotel Transylvania, which grossed over $350 million worldwide and launched a successful franchise with a sequel, a TV series, and an upcoming third installment, which is slated for a 2018 release. SPA's latest releases are Smurfs: The Lost Village, the fully animated reboot to the live-action Smurfs films; The Emoji Movie, a computer-animated film based off emojis, and The Star, an animated comedy based on the Nativity of Jesus. SPA has since signed Genndy Tartakovsky to a long-term deal with the studio to develop and direct original films.[10]

The studio is currently working on Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018), an animated Spider Man film (2018), and Vivo (2020). It has many other projects in development, including an untitled robot apocalypse/road trip film directed by Michael Rianda;[11][12] an animated Ghostbusters film,[13][14] and an untitled superhero film directed by Shannon Tindle, creator of Focus Features/Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings.[15] Additionally, SPA has three currently untitled projects slated for 2020; the release dates are April 3, 2020,[16] July 24, 2020[17] and September 25, 2020.[18][19]

On November 3, 2014, the studio made a deal with Cartoon Hangover to create "GO! Cartoons".[20]

According to Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation, the studio produces films on a 1:1 development-to-production ratio, meaning that the studio puts films into development as much as it places films in production, unlike other animation studios.[21]

The studio also currently has plans to produce adult animated content for digital platforms.[21]

FilmographyEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Released filmsEdit

# Title Release date Budget[22] Gross[22] RT MC[23]
1 Open Season September 29, 2006 $85 million $197 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 $243 million 87% 66
4 The Smurfs July 29, 2011 $110 million $563 million 22% 30
5 Arthur Christmas[R] November 23, 2011 $100 million $147 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 million 45% 47
8 The Smurfs 2 July 31, 2013 $105 million $347 million 14% 34
9 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 September 27, 2013 $78 million $274 million 70% 59
10 Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015 $80 million $473 million 55% 44
11 Goosebumps[R] October 16, 2015 $58 million $150 million 76% 60
12 Smurfs: The Lost Village April 7, 2017 $60 million $197 million 37% 40
13 The Emoji Movie July 28, 2017 $50 million $215 million 9% 12
14 The Star November 17, 2017 $20 million $10 million 62% 43

Upcoming filmsEdit

# Title Release date Ref(s)
15 Peter Rabbit[R] February 9, 2018 [24]
16 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation July 13, 2018 [25][26]
17 Goosebumps: Horror Land[R] September 21, 2018 [27][28][29]
18 Untitled Animated Spider-Man film December 14, 2018 [24][30]
19 Untitled films April 3, 2020 [16][22]
20 July 24, 2020 [17][19]
21 September 25, 2020 [18][19]
22 Vivo December 18, 2020 [31][21]
R Not produced, but released by Sony Pictures Animation under its label.[32][33][34]

Films in developmentEdit

Title Ref(s)
How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack [35][36]
Harold and the Purple Crayon [37][38][39]
Manimal [40][41]
Medusa [42][43]
Superbago [44][45]
Popeye [46][47][48][49][50][51]
Ghostbusters [52] [53][54]
Untitled Michael Rianda film [55][56][21]
Untitled Shannon Tindle film [57][21]
Untitled Jon Saunders film [58]

Direct-to-video feature filmsEdit

# Title Release date
1 Open Season 2 January 27, 2009
2 Open Season 3 January 25, 2011
3 Open Season: Scared Silly[59] March 8, 2016
4 Surf's Up 2: WaveMania January 17, 2017

Television showsEdit

Television seriesEdit

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs[60] February 20, 2017[61] TBA Cartoon Network[61][62]
2 Hotel Transylvania: The Series[63][61] June 25, 2017 TBA Disney Channel[61]
3 Ghostbusters: Ecto Force[61] TBA[54] TBA TBA

Online seriesEdit

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 GO! Cartoons[64] November 7, 2017[65] April 10, 2018[66] Cartoon Hangover

Short filmsEdit

# 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
13 Puppy! July 28, 2017

See alsoEdit

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