Soup2Nuts (also known as Soup2Nutz and formerly Tom Snyder Productions) was an American animation studio founded by Tom Snyder. The studio is known for its animated comedy series, its use of Squigglevision, a technique of animation that reuses frames to make the animation look more kinetic, and for its style of improvisation in voice acting.
|Formerly||Tom Snyder Productions (1980–2001)|
|Defunct||March 27, 2015|
|Parent||Torstar Corporation (1996-2001)|
Scholastic Corporation (2001-2015)
The company started as part of Tom Snyder Productions, when it created and produced its first TV show, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist in 1995 for Comedy Central. Later, the company created and produced Home Movies which aired originally on UPN, but after cancellation, continued on Adult Swim. In 2001, they were renamed Soup2Nuts, because of the company's involvement in the production of programs from beginning to end. Tom Snyder Productions was purchased by Scholastic Corporation in 2001, and Torstar owned Soup2Nuts. A division of Soup2Nuts produced shorts, book adaptations, commercials, and interactive online series.
Soup2Nuts began work on WordGirl, a superhero educational show for PBS Kids, in 2007. It had won numerous national awards including Best Direction for an Animated Children's Program and Outstanding Writing in Animation.
On March 13, 2015, Scholastic Inc. announced they were closing the studio. According to Kyle Good, the senior vice president of corporate communications for Scholastic, the decision was made to shut down Soup2Nuts as part of an overall restructuring of the parent company. Good commented, "We are restructuring that part of the business closer to our core businesses which are children's publishing and education. We have other options to continue television programming." Scholastic had cut the number of employees to just nine people earlier in 2015.
Astroblast! was the company's final production.
- Personk (1978)
- The Search Series (1980)
- In Search of the Most Amazing Thing (1983)
- Agent USA (1984)
- American Challenge: A Sailing Simulation (1986)
- Sub Mission (1987)
- Gamma Force in Pit of a Thousand Screams (1988)
- Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen (1988)
- Decisions, Decisions (1988)
- ZorkQuest: Assault on Egreth Castle (1988)
- ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom (1989)
- Fizz & Martina (1992)
- Math Mysteries (2000)
- Science Seekers (2000)
|Cartoon Title||Creator||Co-produced by||Run time||Network||Cable or broadcasting?|
|Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Jonathan Katz||HBO Downtown Productions||1995-1999; 2002||Comedy Central||Cable|
|Science Court||Burns & Burns Productions||1997-2000||ABC||Broadcasting|
|Home Movies||Brendon Small
|The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special||Tom Snyder||FX Productions||1999-2000||FX|
|Lewis Lectures||2000; released in 2002||Adult Swim|
|Hey Monie!||Colleen Penopolis||2003||Oxygen|
Carl W. Adams Holly Schlesinger
|Noggin, LLC||2004-2006||Noggin (The N)|
|Time Warp Trio||Jon Sciezska||WGBH Boston||2005-2006||NBC|
|Sunday Pants (Thadlow's Driving School and Watering Hole segments)||Sven Gordon
|WordGirl||Dorothea Gillim||2007-2015||PBS Kids||Broadcast|
|Weston Woods (various shorts)||Various||2009-2015||Never aired on TV|
|Just for promotion and usually released to schools|
|SciGirls (replaced by Curious Media)||Twin Cities PBS||2010-2015||PBS Kids||Broadcast|
|My Life (replaced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio and then Rough Draft Korea)||Janet Tashjian
|Chuck Vanderchuck's Something Something Explosion||2011-2015||pbskids.org||Never aired on TV|
|Sesame Street shorts||Joan Ganz Cooney||Sesame Workshop||2014||PBS Kids||Broadcast|
|Aired second-run on broadcast|
- Koch, David (August 7, 2015). "Scholastic To Shutter Soup2Nuts Animation Studio". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved August 7, 2015.