Universal Animation Studios

Universal Animation Studios, formerly known as Universal Cartoon Studios, is an American animation studio that is a subsidiary of Comcast's NBCUniversal and a division of Universal Pictures. It has produced sequels to Universal-released feature films, such as The Land Before Time, An American Tail, Balto, as well as other films and television series.

Universal Animation Studios
FormerlyUniversal Cartoon Studios (1991–2006)
PredecessorWalter Lantz Productions
Founded1991; 30 years ago (1991)[1]
Number of locations
Key people
Margie Cohn (Head of DWA Television)
ProductsAnimated films
Animated television shows
ParentUniversal Pictures

The actual animation production is done overseas, usually by either Wang Film Productions or Rough Draft Studios, while pre-production and post-production is United States-based.

On August 22, 2016, the television animation divisions of Universal and DreamWorks merged after Universal completed its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation.[5]


Universal Animation Studios was established in 1991 as Universal Cartoon Studios.


Titles Release dates Movies TV Seasons
Woody Woodpecker 1999–present 1 4
An American Tail 1992–1999 2 1
The Land Before Time 1994–present 13 1
Balto 2002–2004 2 -
Curious George 2006–present 5 13


Feature films

Theatrical feature films

Title Release date Co-production with
Curious George February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10) Imagine Entertainment
The Tale of Despereaux December 19, 2008 (2008-12-19) Relativity Media
Woody Woodpecker[R] October 5, 2017 (2017-10-05) Universal 1440 Entertainment
R Not released theatrically in the United States

Direct-to-video feature films

Title Release date Co-production with
as Universal Cartoon Studios
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure December 13, 1994 (1994-12-13)
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving December 12, 1995 (1995-12-12)
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists December 10, 1996 (1996-12-10)
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island December 9, 1997 (1997-12-09)
Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus January 6, 1998 (1998-01-06) Renaissance Pictures
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock December 1, 1998 (1998-12-01)
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein September 28, 1999 (1999-09-28) Bagdasarian Productions, LLC.
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island February 15, 2000 (2000-02-15)
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster July 25, 2000 (2000-07-25)
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman August 29, 2000 (2000-08-29) Bagdasarian Productions, LLC.
The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze December 4, 2001 (2001-12-04)
Balto II: Wolf Quest February 19, 2002 (2002-02-19)
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water December 10, 2002 (2002-12-10)
Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure March 18, 2003 (2003-03-18) Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration December 2, 2003 (2003-12-02)
Van Helsing: The London Assignment[A] May 11, 2004 (2004-05-11)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury[A] June 15, 2004 (2004-06-15)
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)
Balto III: Wings of Change February 1, 2005 (2005-02-01)
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)
as Universal Animation Studios
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers February 27, 2007 (2007-02-27)
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends November 27, 2007 (2007-11-27)
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey![R] July 10, 2009 (2009-07-10) Imagine Entertainment
The Little Engine That Could March 22, 2011 (2011-03-22) Crest Animation Productions
Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle[6] June 23, 2015 (2015-06-23) Imagine Entertainment, Universal 1440 Entertainment
The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave[7] February 2, 2016 (February 2, 2016) Universal 1440 Entertainment
Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You November 14, 2017 (2017-11-14) Universal 1440 Entertainment, Splash Entertainment, Telegael and Magic Carpet Productions
Curious George: Royal Monkey[8] September 10, 2019 (2019-09-10) Imagine Entertainment, Universal 1440 Entertainment
Curious George: Go West, Go Wild[9] September 8, 2020
A An adult animated production.

Television series

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Original run Network Co-production with
Back to the Future: The Animated Series Robert Zemeckis
Bob Gale
1991–1992 CBS Amblin Television
Zaloom/Mayfield Productions
BIG Pictures
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Shelley Duvall 1992–1993 Showtime
Fievel's American Tails David Kirschner 1992 CBS Amblin Television
Exosquad Jeff Segal 1993–1994 Syndication
Problem Child Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski
USA Network Imagine Entertainment
D'Ocon Films Productions (season 1)
Lacewood Productions (season 2)
Monster Force 1994 Syndication Lacewood Productions
Beethoven 1994–1995 CBS Northern Lights Entertainment
Earthworm Jim Doug TenNapel 1995–1996 Kids' WB Shiny Entertainment
Savage Dragon USA Network Lacewood Productions
(season 1)
Studio B Productions
(season 2)
P3 Entertainment
USA Studios
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Sherri Stoner
Deanna Oliver
1996–1998 Fox Kids Amblin Television
Wing Commander Academy Universal Cartoon Studios 1996 USA Network
Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad Syndication
The New Woody Woodpecker Show 1999–2002 Fox Kids
The Mummy: The Animated Series Thomas Pugsley
Greg Klein
2001–2003 Kids' WB Studios USA Television (season 1)
The Sommers Company
Curious George Margret Rey
H. A. Rey
Alan J. Shalleck
Joe Fallon
2006–present PBS Kids (2006–2015)
Peacock (2020–present)
Imagine Entertainment (seasons 1–9)
WGBH Boston (seasons 1–12)
Universal 1440 Entertainment (season 10–present)
The Land Before Time Ford Riley 2007–2008 Cartoon Network Amblin Television
Woody Woodpecker 2018–present YouTube Universal 1440 Entertainment
Splash Entertainment
Mulligan Robert Carlock
Sam Means
TBA Netflix 3 Arts Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment
Little Stranger
Bevel Gears
Q-Force Gabe Liedman
Mike Schur
3 Arts Entertainment
Hazy Mills Productions
The Adventure Zone Griffin McElroy
Justin McElroy
Travis McElroy
Clint McElroy
Indivisible[10] Jonathan Fernandez
Meg LeFauve
DJ2 Entertainment
Legendary Television

Short films

Television specials

Miscellaneous work

Cancelled projects

  • Escape from Jurassic Park, an animated TV series that takes place after the first Jurassic Park film and before The Lost World: Jurassic Park. While a pitchfilm was made and character designs, outlines and backgrounds had been created, Steven Spielberg never saw it and cancelled it after the storyboards were finished.
  • Crash Bandicoot cut scenes, cut scenes that were unused for the first Crash Bandicoot video game due to Sony wanting to push the 3D graphics. It has been theorized that these were going to be used as the basis for a Crash Bandicoot animated series.
  • Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect, another animated Jurassic Park TV series which takes place after The Lost World and before Jurassic Park III. It would also be accompanied by the toy series under the same name by Kenner Toys. It would've involved a group of scientists having created dinosaur hybrids consisting of DNA from different creatures. However, like its predecessor series, its production was cancelled.

See also


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  2. ^ "Animation Production Companies". June 8, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2020 – via Backstage.com.
  3. ^ "Motion Picture Almanac". June 6, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2020 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "2017 Studio List" (PDF). August 29, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2020 – via Animationguild.org.
  5. ^ Rainey, James (23 August 2016). "NBCUniversal Sets New DreamWorks Animation Chain of Command".
  6. ^ "Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle". Universal Studios Entertainment. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rawr: Reba's Voice Will Be In The Next Land Before Time Movie". US99.5. August 18, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "Curious George: Royal Monkey - Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  9. ^ White, Peter (2020-09-03). "'Curious George: Go West, Go Wild' Film Heads To Peacock As Part Of Kids' Slate". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  10. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/rpg-indivisible-in-development-for-peacock-animated-series/
  11. ^ Oscars (7 July 2015). "Short Film Winners: 1991 Oscars" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (1999) - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.

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