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Sony Pictures Animation is an American animated film production company owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, founded in May 2002. It works closely with Sony Pictures Imageworks, which handles digital production. Theatrical releases are distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under their Columbia Pictures label, and direct-to-video releases are distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The studio's first feature film, Open Season, was released in 2006, followed by a series of direct-to-video sequels. Other work includes The Smurfs film series and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

History

In 2001, Sony Pictures Entertainment considered selling off its visual effects facility Sony Pictures Imageworks. After failing to find a suitable buyer, and having been impressed with the CGI sequences created for Stuart Little 2, and seeing the box office success of Shrek and 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.[3] In May 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 ChubbChubbs! and Early Bloomer, as a result of testing its strengths and weakness in producing all-CG animation.[5]

On its first anniversary, 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 version of the short film The ChubbChubbs!.[6]

Its first feature film is Open Season, released in September 2006, which became Sony's second-highest-grossing home entertainment film in 2007 and spawned two direct-to-video sequels. Its second feature film, Surf's Up was released in June 2007, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and won two Annie Awards. A motion-captured animated film, Neanderthals,[7] written and produced by Jon Favreau, was cancelled sometime in 2008,[8] after four years in development. SPA's first 3D movie since the IMAX 3D release of Open Season, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, was released in September 2009, and was nominated for four Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature. The Smurfs (2011) was the studio's first CGI/live-action hybrid and its most successful release. SPA's parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered in 2007 with Aardman Animations to finance, co-produce and distribute feature films.[9] Together, they produced a computer-animated film, Arthur Christmas (2011), and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Sony's first stop-motion film, although made entirely by Aardman. Sony's latest release, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, was released in September 2013. SPA has since signed Genndy Tartakovsky to a long-term deal with the studio to develop and direct original films.[10]

The studio is currently working on Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), a completely-animated Smurfs film (2016), and Popeye (2016).[11] It has many other projects in development, including Kazorn and the Unicorn,[12] Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?[11] Lauren Faust's Medusa,[13] and a live-action/stop-motion film Superbago.[14]

On November 3, 2014 they have made a deal with Cartoon Hangover to create "GO! Cartoons".[15]

According to Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation, the studio produces films on 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.

The studio also currently has plans to produce adult animated content for digital platforms.

Filmography

Feature films

Released films

# Title Release date Current Production with Animation service Notes
1 Open Season September 29, 2006 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks N/A
2 Surf's Up June 8, 2007
3 Open Season 2 January 27, 2009 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Sony Pictures Imageworks
Reel FX Creative Studios
Direct-to-video
4 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs September 18, 2009 Lord/Miller Productions Sony Pictures Imageworks N/A
5 Open Season 3 January 25, 2011 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Reel FX Creative Studios Direct-to-video
6 The Smurfs July 29, 2011 The Kerner Entertainment Company Sony Pictures Imageworks N/A
7 Arthur Christmas November 23, 2011 Aardman Animation
8 The Pirates! Band of Misfits April 27, 2012 DNEG
9 Hotel Transylvania September 28, 2012 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
10 The Smurfs 2 July 31, 2013 The Kerner Entertainment Company
11 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 September 27, 2013 Lord/Miller Productions
12 Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015 LStar Capital
MRC
13 Goosebumps October 16, 2015 LStar Capital
Village Roadshow Pictures
Original Film
Scholastic Entertainment
Moving Picture Company
14 Open Season: Scared Silly March 8, 2016 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Rainmaker Entertainment Direct-to-video
15 The Angry Birds Movie May 20, 2016 Rovio Entertainment Sony Pictures Imageworks N/A
16 Surf's Up 2: WaveMania January 17, 2017 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
WWE Studios
Rainmaker Entertainment Direct-to-video
17 Smurfs: The Lost Village April 7, 2017 The Kerner Entertainment Company
LStar Capital
Wanda Pictures
Sony Pictures Imageworks N/A
18 The Emoji Movie July 28, 2017 N/A
19 The Star: The Story of the First Christmas November 17, 2017 The Jim Henson Company
Franklin Entertainment
Walden Media
Affirm Films
Cinesite Animation
20 Peter Rabbit February 9, 2018 Olive Bridge Entertainment
2.0 Entertainment
Screen Australia
Screen NSW
Animal Logic
21 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation July 13, 2018 MRC Sony Pictures Imageworks
22 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween October 12, 2018 Original Film
Scholastic Entertainment
Silvertongue Films
Pixomondo
23 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse December 14, 2018 Marvel Entertainment
Pascal Pictures
Lord/Miller Productions
Sony Pictures Imageworks
24 The Angry Birds Movie 2 August 14, 2019 Rovio Entertainment
25 The Mitchells vs. the Machines April 30, 2021 One Cool Films
Lord/Miller Productions
Released on Netflix
26 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway June 11, 2021 2.0 Entertainment
MRC
Animal Logic N/A
27 Wish Dragon Sparkle Roll Media
Tencent Pictures
Base Media
Base FX Released on Netflix
28 Vivo August 6, 2021 One Cool Films
Laurence Mark Productions
Sony Pictures Imageworks
29 Hotel Transylvania: Transformania January 14, 2022 MRC Released on Amazon Prime Video

Upcoming films

# Title Release date Current Production with Animation service Notes
30 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse June 2, 2023 Marvel Entertainment
Arad Productions
Pascal Pictures
Lord/Miller Productions
Sony Pictures Imageworks N/A
31 Garfield November 22, 2023 Alcon Entertainment DNEG
32 Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse March 29, 2024 Marvel Entertainment
Arad Productions
Pascal Pictures
Lord/Miller Productions
Sony Pictures Imageworks

Films in development

Title
Kazorn and the Unicorn
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3
Fixed
Untitled Bad Piggies film
The Angry Birds Movie 3
Black Knight
Ghostbusters
The Dreamstone
Tao
Tut
K-Pop: Demon Hunters
Hotel Transylvania 5

Short films

# Title Release date Animation service Release with Notes
1 The ChubbChubbs! July 3, 2002 Sony Pictures Imageworks Men in Black II Theatrical release
2 Early Bloomer May 9, 2003 Daddy Day Care
3 Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run December 15, 2006 The Pursuit of Happyness
4 The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas August 8, 2007 Sony Pictures Imageworks
Prana Studios
Daddy Day Camp
5 The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol December 2, 2011 Sony Pictures Imageworks
Duck Studios
The Smurfs Home media release
6 So You Want to Be a Pirate! August 28, 2012 Double Negative
Aardman Animation
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
7 Goodnight Mr. Foot October 26, 2012 Rough Draft Studios Hotel Transylvania Limited theatrical release
8 The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow September 27, 2013 Sony Pictures Imageworks
Duck Studios
The Smurfs 2 Home media release
9 Super Manny October 2, 2013 Sony Pictures Imageworks
6 Point Harness
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Limited theatrical release
10 Earl Scouts October 9, 2013
11 Steve's First Bath January 28, 2014 Home media release
12 Attack to the 50-Foot Gummi Bear 6 Point Harness
13 The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm August 16, 2016 Sony Pictures Imageworks
Rovio Entertainment
The Angry Birds Movie
14 Puppy! July 28, 2017 Sony Pictures Imageworks The Emoji Movie Theatrical release
15 Flopsy Turvy March 30, 2018 Animal Logic Peter Rabbit Limited theatrical release
16 Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham March 19, 2019 Titmouse, Inc. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Home media release
17 Hair Love August 14, 2019 Lion Forge Entertainment The Angry Birds Movie 2 Theatrical release
18 Live Stream November 12, 2019 Sony Pictures Imageworks
Rovio Entertainment
Home media release
19 Monster Pets April 9, 2021 Sony Pictures Imageworks Various films Theatrical release
20 Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter December 14, 2021 Sony Pictures Imageworks
Alibaba Pictures
The Mitchells vs. the Machines Home media release

Upcoming shorts

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