Sony Pictures Animation

American computer-animated film production company

Sony Pictures Animation is an American computer-animated movie production company. It is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The company was founded in May 2002. It is working closely with Sony Pictures Imageworks, which takes care of the digital production. Theatrical releases are distributed by Columbia Pictures, and direct-to-video releases are distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Their first movie Open Season was released on September 29, 2006, it's latest release was The Angry Birds Movie 2 on August 13, 2019, and it's next release being The Mitchells vs. The Machines on April 30, 2021, along with three direct-to-video sequels: Open Season 2 (released on September 24, 2008), Open Season 3 (released on October 21, 2010), and Open Season: Scared Silly (released on November 6, 2015). 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.


MoviesEdit

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 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs October 23, 2009 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
4 The Smurfs September 2, 2011 The Kerner Entertainment Company Sony Pictures Imageworks
5 Arthur Christmas December 28, 2011 Aardman Animations Sony Pictures Imageworks
6 The Pirates! Band of Misfits June 1, 2012 Aardman Animations Double Negative
7 Hotel Transylvania November 2, 2012 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
8 The Smurfs 2 September 4, 2013 The Kerner Entertainment Company Sony Pictures Imageworks
9 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 November 1, 2013 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
10 Hotel Transylvania 2 October 30, 2015 LStar Capital Sony Pictures Imageworks
11 Goosebumps November 20, 2015 LStar Capital Village Roadshow Pictures Original Film Scholastic Entertainment Moving Pictures Company
12 The Angry Birds Movie June 24, 2016 Rovio Animation Sony Pictures Imageworks
13 Smurfs: The Lost Village May 12, 2017 The Kerner Entertainment Company Wanda Pictures LStar Capital Sony Pictures Imageworks
14 The Emoji Movie September 1, 2017 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
15 The Star December 22, 2017 The Jim Henson Company Franklin Entertainment Walden Media Affirm Films Cinesite Studios
16 Peter Rabbit March 16, 2018 Olive Bridge Entertainment 2.0 Entertainment Screen Australia Screen NSW Animal Logic
17 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation August 17, 2018 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
18 Goosebumps 2: Hunted Halloween November 16, 2018 Original Film Scholastic Entertainment Slivertongue Films Double Negative
19 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse December 21, 2018 Marvel Entertainment Arad Productions Pascal Pictures Lord Miller Productions Sony Pictures Imageworks
20 The Angry Birds Movie 2 August 13, 2019 Rovio Animation Sony Pictures Imageworks
21 The Mitchells vs. The Machines April 30, 2021 Lord Miller Productions Sony Pictures Imageworks
22 Vivo August 6, 2021 Laurence Mark Productions Sony Pictures Imageworks
23 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway August 6, 2021 Olive Bridge Entertainment 2.0 Entertainment Screen Australia Screen NSW Animal Logic
24 Hotel Transylvania: Transformania October 29, 2021 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks

Direct-to-video releasesEdit

# Title Release date Directed by Screenplay by Story by Produced by Music by Co-production with Animation Services
1 Open Season 2 January 27, 2009 Matthew O'Callaghan
Co-directed by:Todd Wilderman
David I. Stern Kirk Bodyfelt & O'Callaghan Ramin Djawadi Sony Pictures Imageworks

Reel FX Creative Studios

2 Open Season 3 January 25, 2011 Cody Cameron Kirk Bodyfelt Jeff Cardoni Reel FX Creative Studios
3 Open Season: Scared Silly March 8, 2016 David Feiss Carlos Kotkin David Feiss, Stephan Franck, Paul McEvoy, John Norton, Steve Parr & Kris Pearn John Bush Rupert Gregson-Williams & Dominic Lewis Rainmaker Entertainment
4 Surf's Up 2: WaveMania January 17, 2017 Henry Yu Abdul Williams Michelle L.M Wong Toby Chu WWE Studios

Upcoming FilmsEdit

Title Release Date Co-production with Animation services
25 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse June 2, 2023 Marvel Entertainment Sony Pictures Imageworks
26 Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse March 29, 2024 Marvel Entertainment Sony Pictures Imageworks

In developmentEdit

Title Notes
Black Knight [1]
Bubble Co-production with Point Grey Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions[2]
Fixed Co-production with New Line Cinema and Renegade Animation [1][3]
K-Pop Demon Hunters [4]
Tao [5]
Tut [6]
Untitled Ghostbusters spin-off film Co-production with Ghost Corps[7][8][9][10]
Untitled Spider-Women spin-off film Co-production with Marvel Entertainment, Arad Productions and Pascal Pictures[11]

FranchisesEdit

Sony Pictures Animation franchises
Titles Films Release dates
Open Season 4 2006–2016
Surf's Up 2 2007–2017
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2009–present
The Smurfs 3 2011–2017
Hotel Transylvania 4 2012–present
Goosebumps 2 2015–2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 1 2018–present
  1. 1.0 1.1 N'Duka, Amanda (July 25, 2018). "'Hotel Transylvania' Helmer Genndy Tartakovsky Sets New Projects At Sony Pictures Animation". Deadline. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  2. Justin Kroll (May 1, 2020). "Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Turning 'Bubble' Podcast Into Animated Adult Feature with Matt Tolmach at Sony (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  3. Stone, Sam (2022-07-21). "Primal: Genndy Tartakovsky Details Weaving a Bloody, Weirder Season 2". CBR. Retrieved 2022-07-23.
  4. Donnelly, Matt (2021-03-08). "Animated Musical About Demon Hunting K-Pop Girl Group in the Works at Sony (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  5. D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 20, 2019). "'Lego Movie 2' Story Artist Emily Dean Making Feature Directorial Debut On Sony Animation's 'Tao'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  6. Matt Donnelly (October 14, 2020). "Oscar Winner Matthew A. Cherry's Debut Feature 'Tut' in the Works at Sony Pictures Animation (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  7. Sneider, Jeff (October 1, 2015). "'Ghostbusters' Animated Movie in the Works at Sony Pictures Animation". The Wrap. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  8. "Ghostbusters Animated Movie is Told From a Ghost's Perspective". Screen Rant. October 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  9. Sony is also developing an animated Ghostbusters film, but that will come out after this new live-action project, and a different team will be involved in creating it. Breznican, Anthony (January 15, 2019). "Ghostbusters resurrected: Jason Reitman will direct a new film set in the original universe". Entertainment Weekly.
  10. Sneider, Jeff (June 8, 2022). "'Ghostbusters' Animated Movie Featuring New Characters Announced by Sony". Collider. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  11. "Sony Builds Out Spider-Man Universe with a Spider-Women Film". 2018-11-27.