Sony Pictures Animation

American computer-animated film production company

Sony Pictures Animation Inc. is an American animation studio owned by Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures Entertainment through their Motion Picture Group division and founded on May 9, 2002. The studio's films are distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Releasing under their Columbia Pictures label, while all direct-to-video releases are released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Sony Pictures Animation

Their first movie Open Season was released on September 29, 2006, it's latest release was Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse on June 6, 2023. The studio's most successful movie to date is The Smurfs. However, its most critically acclaimed movie is Arthur Christmas, which was co-produced with Aardman Animations.

History change

Sony Pictures Animation/Paramount Pictures deal (2001–03) change

In 2001, Sony Pictures considered selling off its visual effects facility Sony Pictures Imageworks but after failing to find a suitable buyer, having been impressed with the CGI sequences of Stuart Little 2 and seeing the box office successes 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, but never made it to fruition.[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-CGI animation.[5]

Sony Pictures Animation (2003–2011) change

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 film version of The ChubbChubbs!.[6]

On May 2014, it was announced that Netflix had acquired streaming rights to films produced by Sony Pictures Animation.[7]

Sony Pictures Animation (2011–18) change

In June 2019, Sony Pictures Animation announced that they had launched an "International" division headed by Aron Warner at the 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, with Wish Dragon set to be the division's first film. The same day, they also announced an "Alternative" division aimed at producing adult animated content, headed by Katie Baron and Kevin Noel. In addition to Tartakovsky's films Black Knight and Fixed, the division's TV shows are set to include The Boondocks, a reboot of the original TV series that originally aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block from 2005 to 2014; Superbago, a co-production with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios that was originally greenlit as a feature film; and Hungry Ghosts, a series based on the Dark Horse graphic novel by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose.[10] They had previously announced their plans to produce adult content at the 2017 Annecy festival.[11]

Sony Pictures Animation (2018–present) change

According to Kristine Belson, president of SPA, 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.[11]

Movies change

Title Release Date Co-production with Animation services
1 Open Season November 3, 2006 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
2 Surf's Up July 13, 2007 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
3 Open Season 2 September 24, 2008 N/A Reel FX Creative Studios
4 Open Season 3 October 21, 2010 N/A Reel FX Creative Studios
5 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs October 23, 2009 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
6 The Smurfs September 2, 2011 The Kerner Entertainment Company Sony Pictures Imageworks
7 Arthur Christmas December 28, 2011 Aardman Animations Sony Pictures Imageworks
8 The Pirates! Band of Misfits June 1, 2012 Aardman Animations Aardman Animations
9 Hotel Transylvania November 2, 2012 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
10 The Smurfs 2 September 4, 2013 The Kerner Entertainment Company Sony Pictures Imageworks
11 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 November 1, 2013 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
12 Hotel Transylvania 2 October 30, 2015 LStar Capital Sony Pictures Imageworks
13 Open Season: Scared Silly December 18, 2015 N/A Rainmaker Entertainment
14 The Angry Birds Movie June 24, 2016 Rovio Animation Sony Pictures Imageworks
15 Surf's Up 2: Wavemania September 16, 2016 WWE Studios Rainmaker Entertainment
16 Smurfs: The Lost Village May 12, 2017 The Kerner Entertainment Company Wanda Pictures LStar Capital Sony Pictures Imageworks
17 The Emoji Movie September 1, 2017 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
18 The Star December 22, 2017 The Jim Henson Company Franklin Entertainment Walden Media Affirm Films Cinesite
19 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation August 17, 2018 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
20 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse December 21, 2018 Marvel Entertainment Arad Productions Pascal Pictures Lord Miller Productions Sony Pictures Imageworks
21 The Angry Birds Movie 2 August 13, 2019 Rovio Animation Sony Pictures Imageworks
22 The Mitchells vs. The Machines April 30, 2021 Lord Miller Productions Sony Pictures Imageworks
23 Wish Dragon June 11, 2021 Tencent Pictures

Flagship Entertainment Group

24 Vivo August 6, 2021 Laurence Mark Productions Sony Pictures Imageworks
25 Hotel Transylvania: Transformania January 14, 2022 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
27 Black Knight TBA TBA TBA
28 Fixed TBA TBA TBA
29 K-Pop: Demon Hunters TBA TBA TBA
30 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse June 6, 2023 Marvel Entertainment Sony Pictures Imageworks

TV Series change

Title Aired Co-production with
1 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2017–2018 Corus EntertainmentDHX Media
2 Hotel Transylvania: The Series 2017–2020 Corus Entertainment


3 Agent Elvis 2023 Titmouse, Inc.
4 Young Love 2023–present Blue Key Entertainment

Lion Forge Animation

Short movies change

Title Release Date Animation Services Franchise
The ChubbChubbs! July 3, 2002 Sony Pictures Imageworks The ChubbChubbs!
Early Bloomer May 9, 2003 Sony Pictures Imageworks N/A
Boog & Elliot's Midnight Bun Run October 30, 2006 Sony Pictures Imageworks Open Season
The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas August 8, 2007 Sony Pictures Imageworks The ChubbChubbs!
The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol December 2, 2011 Sony Pictures Imageworks The Smurfs
Goodnight Mr. Foot October 26, 2012 Rough Draft Studios Hotel Translyvania
The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow September 10, 2013 Duck Studios The Smurfs
Puppy! July 28, 2017 Sony Pictures Imageworks Hotel Translyvania
Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham March 19, 2019 Titmouse Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Hair Love August 14, 2019 Lion Forge Animation N/A
Monster Pets: A Hotel Transylvania Short April 3, 2021 Sony Pictures Imageworks Hotel Translyvania

Franchises change

Sony Pictures Animation franchises
Titles Movies Release dates
Open Season 4 2006–present
Surf's Up 2 2007–2017
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2009–present
The Smurfs 3 2011–2017
Hotel Transylvania 4 2012–2022
The Angry Birds Movie 2 2016–2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (1 coming soon) 2018–present

References change