Soup2Nuts (also known as Soup2Nutz and formerly Tom Snyder Productions) was an American animation studio founded by Tom Snyder.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

FormerlyTom Snyder Productions (1980[1]–2001)
TypeAnimation studio
Founded1980; 41 years ago (1980)[2]
FounderTom Snyder
DefunctMarch 27, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-03-27)
ParentTorstar 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.[citation needed] Later, the company created and produced Home Movies which aired originally on UPN, but after cancellation, continued on Adult Swim.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] A division of Soup2Nuts produced shorts, book adaptations, commercials, and interactive online series.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[3]

Astroblast! was the company's final production.


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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
Tom Snyder
Science Court Burns & Burns Productions 1997-2000 ABC Broadcasting
Home Movies Brendon Small

Loren Bouchard

1999 UPN
2001-2004 Adult Swim Cable
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


Fridays Various 2004 Cartoon Network
O'Grady Tom Snyder

Carl W. Adams Holly Schlesinger

Noggin, LLC 2004-2006 Noggin (The N)
Time Warp Trio Jon Sciezska WGBH Boston 2005-2006 NBC
Discovery Kids Broadcast
Sunday Pants (Thadlow's Driving School and Watering Hole segments) Sven Gordon

Stuart Hill

2005 Cartoon Network Cable
WordGirl Dorothea Gillim 2007-2015 PBS Kids Broadcast
Scholastic Media
Weston Woods (various shorts) Various 2009-2015 Never aired on TV
Just for promotion and usually released to schools
Weston Woods
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

Jake Tashjian

WGBH Boston

Sesame Workshop

Chuck Vanderchuck's Something Something Explosion 2011-2015 Never aired on TV
Sesame Street shorts Joan Ganz Cooney

Lloyd Morrisett

Sesame Workshop 2014 PBS Kids Broadcast
Astroblast! Bob Kolar

Deborah Forte

Scholastic Media 2014-2015 Sprout
Aired second-run on broadcast


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  3. ^ Koch, David (August 7, 2015). "Scholastic To Shutter Soup2Nuts Animation Studio". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved August 7, 2015.

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