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.


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.


Feature films

Released films

# Title Release date Other Companies Production
1 align="left" | Open Season 29th September 2006 None $197 million 48% 49
2 Surf's Up 8th June 2007 None $149 million 78% 64
3 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 18th September 2009 None $243 million 87% 66
4 The Smurfs 29th July 2011 The Kerner Entertainment Company $563 million 22% 30
5 Arthur Christmas 23th November 2011 Aardman Animations $147 million 92% 69
6 The Pirates! Band of Misfits 27th April 2012 Aardman Animations $123 million 86% 73
7 Hotel Transylvania 28th September 2012 None $358 million 45% 47
8 The Smurfs 2 31st July 2013 The Kerner Entertainment Company $347 million 14% 34
9 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 27th September 2013 None $274 million 70% 59
10 Hotel Transylvania 2 25th September 2015 None $468 million 54% 44
11 Goosebumps 16th October 2015 Village Roadshow Pictures, Scholastic, LStar Capital, Original Film $146 million 76% 59
12 Smurfs: The Lost Village 7th April 2017 The Kerner Entertainment Company $189.9 million 38% 40
13 The Emoji Movie 28th July 2017 None $160.4 million 9% 12
14 The Star 17th November 2017 The Jim Henson Company,

Franklin Entertainment, Walden Media, Affirm Films

$37 million 45%
15 Peter Rabbit 9th February


Olive Bridge Entertainment, Animal Logic,

2.0 Entertainment, Screen Australia, Screen NSW

$50 million

16 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 13th July 2018 None $100


17 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween 19th October 2018 Original Film, Scholastic Entertainment, Silvertongue Films $20


18 Spider-Man: Into Spider Verse 14th December 2018 Marvel, Arad Productions, Pascal Pictures, Lord Miller Productions $90


19 The Wish Dragon 26th July 2019 Beijing Sparkle Roll Media Corporation

Flagship Entainment Group

Boss Collabororation



20 Cats vs. Dogs 27th December 2019 None
21 The Mitchells vs. the Machines 10th January 2020 Lord Miller Productions
22 Peter Rabbit 2 7th February 2020 Olive Bridge Entainment, Animal Logic, 2.0 Entainment Screen Austraila,screen NSW
23 ALF 3rd April 2020 The Kerner Entainment Company
24 Popeye 24th July 2020 None
25 Ghostbusters: Ghost City 25th September 2020 None
26 Vivo 6th November 2020 None
27 Harold and the Purple Crayon 8th January 2021 Scholastic, Overbrook Entertainment
28 Rabbids 26th February 2021 Ubisoft, Stoopid Monkey Studios
29 Medusa 16th April 2021 None
30 Peter Rabbit 3 4th February 2022 Olive Bridge Entainment, Animal Logic, 2.0 Entainment Screen Austraila, screen NSW
31 The Web Ghost Pi Po Pa Movie August 11, 2022 TV Tokyo

With The

Participation of

Spacetoon Disney Channel Japan Studio Hibari Mattel Rovio Entertainment Kerokero Ace Samg Animation Marvel Studios

$90 million 200%
32 Cloudy with the chance of Meatballs 3 23rd September 2022 None
33 Tonka Trucks 4th November 2022 Hasbro
34 Untitled film 31st March 2023 None
35 Dog Man 2nd June 2023 None
36 The Emoji Movie 2: The Digital Part 7th March 2025 None $34


37 Mountain Everest 26th September 2025 None $89


38 The Star 2 3rd April 2026 Affirm Films, Walden Media $56


39 Spider Man 2 19th September 2026 Marvel $56


40 Goosebumps 3: Tricks and Treats 21st October 2026 Original Film $56


41 Smurfs: It's a Wonderful Smurf 28th May 2027 The Kener Entainment Company $89


42 The Star 3: The Final Chapter 27th August 2027 Affirm Films, Walden Media $78


43 Spider Men 3: The Final Chapter 7th January 2028 Marvel $98


44 Peter Rabbit 4: The Final Chapter 4th February 2028 Olive Bridge Entainment, Animal Logic, 2.0 Entainment Screen Austraila, screen NSW $89


45 Goosebumps 4: The Final Chapter 10th March 2028 Original Film $568


46 The Web Ghost Pi Po Pa Movie 2: The Final Chapter 31 July


TV Tokyo

With The

Participation of

Spacetoon, Disney Channel Japan, Studio Hibari, Mattel, Rovio Entertainment, Kerokero Ace ,DreamWorks Animation Samg Animation, Marvel Studios

$800 million 600000%
45 align= right | The Emoji Movie 3: Emojis are I-pads 14th December 2028 None $98



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