Universal Animation Studios (formerly known as Universal Cartoon Studios and alternatively as Universal Feature Animation for theatrically released films or simply known as Universal Animation) is the animation division of Universal Studios. The studio is the successor to Walter Lantz Productions, the studio which produced Woody Woodpecker cartoon shorts for Universal from 1929 to 1972. Universal reestablished its animation division in 1991 to produce animated films and television series.
Since 1991, Universal Animation Studios has primarily focused upon the production of television and feature animation of other properties, most notably that of Gingo Animation and Illumination Entertainment, respectively. The studio also has produced direct-to-video sequels to other Universal-released feature films, such as The Land Before Time, An American Tail, Balto, as well as other films and television series.
1972–1991: Restarting the studio and Universal Cartoon StudiosEdit
The original Walter Lantz Productions cartoon studio was closed down by Universal Studios in 1972 due to the rising costs and declining returns of short subject production. However, before Universal restarted its animation division in 1991, Universal released its first three animated films, such as An American Tail in 1986, The Land Before Time in 1988, and Jetsons: The Movie in 1990.
Universal Cartoon Studios opened its doors in 1991 to produce animated feature films and television series for Universal. That same year, the studio produced its very first production, which is an animated television series based on Back to the Future films airing on CBS from 1991 to 1992.
1991–present: Feature filmsEdit
1991–2008: Universal Feature AnimationEdit
At the time when Universal Cartoon Studios was founded in 1991, Universal established its feature animated department called Universal Feature Animation to produce theatrically released animated feature films. The same year, Amblimation, an animated division of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, released its first feature film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, a sequel to 1986's An American Tail. The film performed modestly at the box office grossing $40 million and received mixed reviews from critics.
Universal/Amblimation's next animated feature film was We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, which was originally released to theaters on November 24, 1993 for the United States and features the voice talents of John Goodman, Jay Leno, Walter Cronkite, Julia Child, and Martin Short. However, the film was a box office bomb, with an US gross of $9.3 million.
On December 22, 1995, Amblimation's third and final feature was Balto, featuring the voice talents of Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Phil Collins, and Bob Hoskins; it is loosely based on a true story about the dog of the same name who helped save children from the diphtheria epidemic in the 1925 serum run to Nome. Although the film's theatrical run was overshadowed by the success of the competing Pixar film Toy Story, its subsequent strong sales on home video led to two direct-to-video sequels: Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002) and Balto III: Wings of Change (2004) though none of the voice cast reprised their roles.
In May 1996, five months after the release of Amblimation's Balto in 1995, Universal partnered with Gingo Animation, an North Hollywood-based animation studio known for the Gabriel Garza franchise, to co-produce and distribute Gingo's first feature-length film Paint World, which was already in pre-production. In August 1998, Universal and Gingo extended the deal for an additional ten films.
Featuring the voices of Haley Joel Osment, Patricia Arquette, Beverley Mitchell, David Gallagher, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon and Dennis Hopper, Paint World was released by Universal on Christmas Day, December 25, 1999 in the United States; it received mostly positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, by grossing over $452.1 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film of the year, as well as the second highest-grossing animated film of 1999 behind Toy Story 2.
On July 31, 2002, Universal/Gingo released their second feature film and their final traditionally animated film, The Gabriel Garza Movie, an adaptation of Gabriel Garza. It features the voices of Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, E.G. Daily, Kath Soucie, Billy West, Doug Lawrence, and Charlie Adler, with guest roles from Jodi Benson, Dan Aykroyd, Richard Kind, and John Goodman. The film was released on July 31, 2002, and received mixed to negative reviews from critics. It earned over $89 million worldwide on its $60 million budget; despite being a modest box office success, it fell short of Universal's financial expectations; as a result, Gingo abandoned traditional animation in favor of computer animation shortly after the film's release.
On July 2, 2004, Universal released its first fully computer-animated feature, Computeropolis, which was produced by Gingo and it stars the voices of Jesse McCartney, David Spade, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Fogler, David Hyde Pierce, Jodi Benson, Jon Lovitz, Jennifer Tilly, William Shatner, and Harland Williams; it was met with favorable reviews and grossed $687 million worldwide, becoming the third highest-grossing film of 2004. Computeropolis was also both Universal's and Gingo's first fully CGI animated film, respectively. Due to its success, Universal and Gingo were requested to greenlight a sequel. The following year, Universal released its second all-CGI film M.I.S.S.I.O.N., its fourth collaboration with Gingo, on July 15, 2005 in the United States, to generally positive reviews. The film features the voices of Zach Tyler Eisen, Gary LeRoi Gray, Avril Lavigne, Stanley Tucci and Wally Kurth. Although it was a modest box office success, it fell short of expectations upon its release, resulting in a $93 million write-down for Universal/Gingo; they abandoned plans for a sequel titled M.I.S.S.I.O.N. #2 as a result.
2006–present: Universal Animation StudiosEdit
In 2006, Universal Cartoon Studios was renamed into Universal Animation Studios.
Curious George, directed by Matthew O'Callaghan and based on the Curious George books by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey, was Universal's first theatrically-released traditionally animated film since 2002's The Gabriel Garza Movie. Featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Dick Van Dyke, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright and Frank Welker, the film was released on February 10, 2006 and grossed $69.8 million from a $50 million budget and has a 69% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, which calls it "a bright, sweet, faithful adaptation".
Universal/Gingo's fifth film BJ and Wally, an adaptation of the comic strip of the same name, debuted on July 7, 2006, earning $486 million worldwide. Directed by Geo G. and produced by Michael Wildshill, the film features the voices of Zach Braff, Greg Cipes, Matthew Broderick, Joan Cusack, Tim Curry, Wayne Knight, Isla Fisher, Richard Kind, Reese Witherspoon, Dana Carvey, and William Shatner.
Universal/Gingo's first sequel and sixth film, Computeropolis 2, opened in the United States on July 6, 2007, earning over $953 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing 2007 animated film and breaking a record as the most profitable Universal/Gingo film.
2008–present: Gingo and IlluminationEdit
In 2008, Illumination Entertainment, an animation production company founded by Chris Meledandri, made a deal with Universal which positioned Illumination as NBCUniversal's family entertainment arm within its feature animation group (which consists of Gingo) that would produce one to three films a year starting in 2010, divided between Gingo and Illumination. Like Gingo, Illumination retains creative control and Universal exclusively distributes the films; critics and fans felt that Gingo and Illumination were meant to help Universal to establish a feature animation group and a competitor to Disney's feature animation group which consists of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios (including its division DisneyToon Studios).
To maintain the separation of Illumination and Gingo despite their now common ownership and management, Gingo founders Geo G. and Michael Wildshill "drew a hard line" that each studio was solely responsible for its own projects and would not be allowed to borrow personnel from or lend tasks out to the other. Wildshill said that he and Geo "make sure the studios are quite distinct from each other. We don’t want them to merge; that would definitely be the wrong approach. Each should have its own personality."
Universal/Gingo's seventh feature Swapped was released into American theaters on July 2, 2008. Featuring the voices of Sarah Vowell, Freddie Highmore, Ashley Johnson, Luke Benward, Michael Yarmush and Leslie Mann, Swapped follows a young girl and a teenage goth boy who swap bodies. The film opened to a much bigger than expected $43 million opening, and ended up with $376 million worldwide.
The second non-Gingo CGI-animated feature from Universal (the first one being The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie) was The Tale of Despereaux, which was released on December 19, 2008 and grossed $86,947,965 on a $60 million budget. Loosely based on the 2003 fantasy book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, the movie is narrated by Sigourney Weaver and stars Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane, Frances Conroy, Tony Hale, Ciarán Hinds, Dustin Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Kevin Kline, Frank Langella, William H. Macy, Charles Shaughnessy, Stanley Tucci, Tracey Ullman, and Emma Watson.
Woo La La, Universal/Gingo's eighth feature film, was released on March 13, 2009 by Universal in the United States. Featuring the voices of Josh Hutcherson, Debra Messing, George Takei, Ian McShane, Ken Jeong, Brad Garrett, Gong Li and Hiroyuki Sanada, Woo La La earned $532 million worldwide, making it Universal's highest-grossing film of 2009.
Universal/Gingo's ninth feature Computeropolis 3, the third installment in the Computeropolis franchise, was released into theaters on March 5, 2010. The film earned over $383 million worldwide, but unlike the first two Computeropolis films, Computeropolis 3 was not well-received critically and its box office performance was seen as an underperformance due to competition with Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
On July 9, 2010, Illumination's first feature film Despicable Me, starring Steve Carell, was released. It was a smash hit, earning $56 million on its opening weekend, and going on to earn $251 million domestically and $543 million worldwide.
Illumination's second film was the live action/CGI hybrid Hop (2011), starring Russell Brand and James Marsden. The film opened to a much bigger than expected $37 million opening, and ended up with $108 million domestically and $183 million worldwide.
On July 5, 2011, Universal/Gingo's tenth feature Gabriel Garza, a reboot of the Gabriel Garza franchise, was released in the United States. Starring the voices of Zachary Gordon, Elijah Wood, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Jason Lee, Jenny Slate, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jack McBrayer, the film grossed $645 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2011.
In 2012, an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, starring Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms and Taylor Swift, was released on March 2, 2012 by Universal and Illumination; the film grossed $70 million on its opening weekend, and eventually found its way to $214 million stateside and $348 million worldwide.
Universal/Gingo's eleventh film was Plucky Chicken, released on July 27, 2012 and grossed $426 million worldwide. Featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Joan Cusack, Danny McBride, Neil Patrick Harris, Wilmer Valderrama and Steve Buscemi, Plucky Chicken received mixed reviews, with some criticism disliked the film's unexpected similarities with Aardman Animations' Chicken Run.
On March 1, 2013, Universal/Gingo released their twelfth film Quest in the United States and earned over $524 million worldwide. The film features the voices of Justin Long, Simon Pegg, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Clarke Duncan, Danny McBride, Jennifer Tilly and Alan Tudyk, and was met with positive reviews, with critics praising its animation, story, direction, and voice acting.
On July 3, 2013, Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me, was released. Earning worldwide over $970 million, Despicable Me 2 became the second highest-grossing 2013 animated film and broke a record as the most profitable Universal Studios film in its 100-year history.
In August 2014, it was announced that Gingo would launch a new division named GingoMotion Studios, which would rely on other animation studios to provide the animation on their films, with the main studio in Burbank only having about 20 employees working there at the time.
In October 2014, just a month before the release of Disney's Big Hero 6, Universal entered a licensing agreement with Disney to use the Hiro Hamada character and trademark for Universal's Gingo productions (such as films, television series, shorts, specials, video games, etc.), which sparked media speculation that Hiro will guest star in Gingo's animated comedy sketch series GGTV as well as appearing in one Gingo film. Gingo coincidentally planned an animated film based on the original Big Hero 6 comics by Marvel in the mid 2000s until it got cancelled years before Disney released their own version of Big Hero 6 in 2014. Gingo's CEO and founder Geo G. stated that the reasoning was due to wanting to have Hiro in Gingo media because of the increasing popularity of "Liro", an internet crossover fan-fiction relationship between Hiro and Leno Garza, a character from Gingo's Gabriel Garza franchise, as they both share the similar appearance and characteristics. Universal and Gingo stated in July 2017 that they intend to keep the Hiro Hamada character license from Disney until the contract expires in 2027.
Paradoria was released on March 6, 2015 as Gingo/Universal's fourteenth film. Directed by Steve Samono, it features the voices of Finn Wolfhard, AnnaSophia Robb, Rob Riggle, Bryan Cranston, Jenny Slate, Maya Rudolph, Patrick Stewart, Wendie Malick, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Paradoria received positive reviews from critics and grossed over $717 million worldwide, becoming the eighth highest-grossing film of 2015.
A spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise titled Minions was released into theaters on July 10, 2015 in the United States; starring the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders and Pierre Coffin (as the Minions, including: Kevin, Stuart and Bob), Minions was the first Universal animated film to earn over $1 billion in worldwide box office revenue and is currently the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film and the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, behind Disney's Frozen in 2013.
Meanwhile, Gingo's fifteenth film, The Planetokio Movie, based on the video game series Planetokio, directed by Audel LaRoque, was released on December 11, 2015 by Universal, and stars Griffin Gluck, Jessica Biel, George Takei, Danny McBride, Nathan Lane, Bill Hader, Wallace Shawn, Bobby Moynihan and Tom Kane as the voices of the characters.
On April 5, 2016, Universal/Gingo released their sixteenth feature film DCL: Desktop Component League, a spin-off of the Computeropolis franchise; the film stars the voices of David Hyde Pierce, Jon Lovitz, Jodi Benson, Jennifer Tilly, Bill Hader, James Corden, Rob Corddry, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Coogan and has grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Gingo film (surpassing Computeropolis 2 in 2007).
2016–present: Comcast buys DreamWorks AnimationEdit
On April 28, 2016, two weeks after the successful release of Gingo's DCL: Desktop Component League, Universal's parent company NBCUniversal/Comcast officially announced its intent to acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, valuing the company at $41 per share. Universal will take over the distribution for DreamWorks Animation films starring with the 2018 release of Mistaken Identity after their deal with 20th Century Fox expires. The sale was approved by board members, but was subject to regulatory approval. On June 21, 2016, the acquisition was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Meanwhile, The Secret Life of Pets was released on July 8, 2016. Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, it features the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks.
On August 22, NBCUniversal's acquisition of DreamWorks Animation was completed, and DreamWorks Animation is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast-NBCUniversal. This will give Universal Pictures distribution to all DreamWorks Animation, Illumination Entertainment and Gingo Animation films beginning in 2019. Also, the television animation divisions of Universal, Gingo and DreamWorks merged after Universal completed its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation.
Illumination's seventh film, Sing, a comedy written and directed by Garth Jennings, was released on December 21, 2016. In addition to The Secret Life of Pets and Sing, Universal's other latest animated releases are the Geo G.-directed animated film Imagimals, released on March 3, 2017, the third installment in the Despicable Me series, Despicable Me 3, released on June 30, 2017, and the third installment in the Gabriel Garza reboot film series, Gabriel Garza 3, released on July 19, 2017.
|Title||Release Date||Rotten Tomatoes||Metacritic||Budget||Gross||Notes|
|Universal Feature Animation|
|An American Tail: Fievel Goes West||November 22, 1991||40%||N/A||N/A||$40.8 million||Co-production with Amblin Entertainment and Amblimation|
|We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story||November 24, 1993||38%||N/A||N/A||$9.3 million (US)|
|Balto||December 22, 1995||50%||N/A||$31 million||$11.3 million|
|Paint World||December 25, 1999||94%||69||$80 million||$452.1 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|The Gabriel Garza Movie||July 31, 2002||38%||44||$60 million||$89.8 million|
|Computeropolis||July 2, 2004||89%||91||$85 million||$687.1 million|
|M.I.S.S.I.O.N.||July 15, 2005||84%||76||$78 million||$93.2 million|
|Curious George||February 10, 2006||69%||62||$50 million||$69.8 million||Co-production with Imagine Entertainment|
|BJ and Wally||July 7, 2006||53%||51||$140 million||$486.5 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Computeropolis 2||July 6, 2007||84%||80||$180 million||$953.4 million|
|Universal Animation Studios|
|Swapped||July 2, 2008||51%||49||$74 million||$376.8 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|The Tale of Despereaux||December 19, 2008||56%||53||$60 million||$86.9 million||Co-production with Relativity Media, Larger Than Life Productions, and Framestore Feature Animation|
|Woo La La||March 13, 2009||98%||81||$164 million||$532.4 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Computeropolis 3||March 5, 2010||43%||57||$75 million||$383.6 million|
|Despicable Me||July 9, 2010||81%||72||$70 million||$543.1 million||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Hop||April 1, 2011||25%||41||$63 million||$184.0 million||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment and Relativity Media|
|Gabriel Garza||July 5, 2011||94%||62||$80 million||$645.3 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|The Lorax||March 2, 2012||53%||46||$70 million||$348.8 million||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Plucky Chicken||July 27, 2012||59%||51||$160 million||$426.7 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Quest||March 1, 2013||97%||89||$110 million||$524.9 million|
|Despicable Me 2||July 3, 2013||73%||62||$76 million||$970.8 million||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Gabriel Garza 2||July 2, 2014||96%||84||$86 million||$895.6 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Paradoria||March 6, 2015||93%||87||$103 million||$717.3 million|
|Minions||July 10, 2015||56%||56||$74 million||$1,159.4 million||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|The Planetokio Movie||December 11, 2015||74%||69||$80 million||$536.3 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|DCL: Desktop Component League||April 5, 2016||61%||55||$93 million||$1,018.5 million|
|The Secret Life of Pets||July 8, 2016||74%||61||$75 million||$875.5 million||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Sing||December 21, 2016||73%||59||$75 million||$632.2 million|
|Imagimals||March 3, 2017||78%||67||$80 million||$837.2 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Despicable Me 3||June 30, 2017||61%||49||$79 million||$1,029.4 million||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Gabriel Garza 3||July 19, 2017||65%||47||$80 million||$766.8 million||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Niz Chicoloco||December 6, 2017||73%||64||$55 million||N/A||Co-production with GingoMotion Studios|
|Computeropolis: The Deep Web||July 31, 2018||N/A||N/A||$92 million||N/A||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|How the Grinch Stole Christmas||November 9, 2018||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|The Secret Life of Pets 2||June 7, 2019||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Paradoria 2||December 6, 2019||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Imagimals 2||May 29, 2020||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Minions 2||July 3, 2020||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Sing 2||December 25, 2020||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Untitled Gingo film||May 21, 2021||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Untitled Illumination film||July 2, 2021||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Lix||December 22, 2021||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Untitled Gingo film||March 4, 2022||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Untitled Illumination films||July 1, 2022||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|December 21, 2022||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Untitled Gingo film||March 3, 2023||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Untitled Illumination film||June 30, 2023||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Untitled Gingo film||December 22, 2023||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Despicable Me 4||TBA||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment|
|Gabriel Garza 4||TBA||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Gingo Animation|
|Untitled Mario film||TBA||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Co-production with Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo|
|#||Title||Release date||Budget||Box office||RT||MC|
|1||An American Tail: Fievel Goes West||November 22, 1991||N/A||$40.8 million||40%||N/A|
|2||We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story||November 24, 1993||$9.3 million (US)||38%|
|3||Balto||December 22, 1995||$31 million||$11.3 million||50%|
|4||Paint World||December 25, 1999||$80 million||$452.1 million||94%||69|
|5||The Gabriel Garza Movie||July 31, 2002||$60 million||$89.8 million||38%||44|
|6||Computeropolis||July 2, 2004||$85 million||$687.1 million||89%||91|
|7||M.I.S.S.I.O.N.||July 15, 2005||$78 million||$93.2 million||84%||76|
|8||Curious George||February 10, 2006||$50 million||$69.8 million||69%||62|
|9||BJ and Wally||July 7, 2006||$140 million||$486.5 million||53%||51|
|10||Computeropolis 2||July 6, 2007||$180 million||$953.4 million||84%||80|
|11||Swapped||July 2, 2008||$74 million||$376.8 million||51%||49|
|12||The Tale of Despereaux||December 19, 2008||$60 million||$86.9 million||56%||53|
|13||Woo La La||March 13, 2009||$164 million||$532.4 million||98%||81|
|14||Computeropolis 3||March 5, 2010||$75 million||$383.6 million||43%||57|
|15||Despicable Me||July 9, 2010||$70 million||$543.1 million||81%||72|
|16||Hop||April 1, 2011||$63 million||$184.0 million||25%||41|
|17||Gabriel Garza||July 5, 2011||$80 million||$645.3 million||94%||62|
|18||Dr. Seuss' The Lorax||March 2, 2012||$70 million||$348.8 million||53%||46|
|19||Plucky Chicken||July 27, 2012||$160 million||$426.7 million||59%||51|
|20||Quest||March 1, 2013||$110 million||$524.9 million||97%||89|
|21||Despicable Me 2||July 3, 2013||$76 million||$970.8 million||73%||62|
|22||Gabriel Garza 2||July 2, 2014||$86 million||$895.6 million||96%||84|
|23||Paradoria||March 6, 2015||$103 million||$717.3 million||93%||87|
|24||Minions||July 10, 2015||$74 million||$1.159 billion||56%||56|
|25||The Planetokio Movie||December 11, 2015||$80 million||$536.3 million||74%||69|
|26||DCL: Desktop Component League||April 5, 2016||$93 million||$1.018 billion||61%||55|
|27||The Secret Life of Pets||July 8, 2016||$75 million||$875.5 million||74%||61|
|28||Sing||December 21, 2016||$632.2 million||73%||59|
|29||Imagimals||March 3, 2017||$80 million||$837.2 million||78%||67|
|30||Despicable Me 3||June 30, 2017||$79 million||$1.029 billion||61%||49|
|31||Gabriel Garza 3||July 19, 2017||$80 million||$766.8 million||65%||47|
|32||Niz Chicoloco||December 6, 2017||$55 million||TBA||73%||64|
|33||Computeropolis: The Deep Web||July 31, 2018|
|34||Dr. Seuss' The Grinch||November 9, 2018|
|35||The Secret Life of Pets 2||June 7, 2019|
|36||Paradoria 2||December 6, 2019|
|37||Imagimals 2||May 29, 2020|
|38||Minions 2||July 3, 2020|
|39||Sing 2||December 25, 2020|
|40||Untitled films||May 21, 2021|
|41||July 2, 2021|
|42||Lix||December 22, 2021|
|43||Untitled films||March 4, 2022|
|44||July 1, 2022|
|45||December 21, 2022|
|46||March 3, 2023|
|47||June 30, 2023|
|48||December 22, 2023|
Films in developmentEdit
|Release Date||Film series||Title||Co-production with||Release|
|1999||Fractured Fairy Tales||Fractured Fairy Tales: The Phox, the Box, & the Lox||Jay Ward Productions|
|March 2001||N/A||Lina||Gingo Animation||limited release only|
|December 14, 2004||Computeropolis||Print 3D Errors||with the home media release of Computeropolis|
|June 11, 2006||Computeropolis: A Technical Ride||Theme Park release|
|December 11, 2007||Peri and Nicky Get a Flu||with the home media release of Computeropolis 2|
|March 13, 2009||N/A||The Sounds of the Ocean||with Woo La La|
|September 7, 2010||Computeropolis||The Chat||with the home media release of Computeropolis 3|
|December 14, 2010||Despicable Me||Home Makeover||Illumination Entertainment||with the home media release of Despicable Me|
|December 6, 2011||Gabriel Garza||Game Boys||Gingo Animation||with the home media release of Gabriel Garza|
|2011||N/A||Brad & Gary||Illumination Entertainment||limited release only|
|March 23, 2012||Hop||Phil's Dance Party||with the home media release of Hop|
|July 2, 2012||Despicable Me||Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem||Theme Park release|
|July 27, 2012||Computeropolis||Go Party!||Gingo Animation||with Plucky Chicken|
|August 7, 2012||The Lorax||Serenade||Illumination Entertainment||with the home media release of The Lorax|
|Forces of Nature|
|July 3, 2013||Gabriel Garza||Virtual Madness||Gingo Animation||with Despicable Me 2|
|December 10, 2013||Despicable Me||Puppy||Illumination Entertainment||with the home media release of Despicable Me 2|
|Panic in the Mailroom|
|December 9, 2014||Gabriel Garza||Back in Time||Gingo Animation||with the home media release of Gabriel Garza 2|
|July 7, 2015||Paradoria||Camp Jamo||with the home media release of Paradoria|
|December 8, 2015||Despicable Me||Cro Minion||Illumination Entertainment||with the home media release of Minions|
|Binky Nelson Unpacified|
|March 22, 2016||Planetokio||Monkey See, Monkey Sued||Gingo Animation||with the home media release of The Planetokio Movie|
|April 5, 2016||Gabriel Garza||Hi-jinks||with DCL: Desktop Component League|
|July 8, 2016||Despicable Me||Mower Minions||Illumination Entertainment||with The Secret Life of Pets|
|December 6, 2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Norman Television||with the home media release of The Secret Life of Pets|
|March 3, 2017||Computeropolis||Zip||Gingo Animation||with Imagimals|
|March 21, 2017||Sing||Gunter Babysits||Illumination Entertainment||with the home media release of Sing|
|Love at First Sight|
|Eddie's Life Coach|
|June 6, 2017||Imagimals||Busho's Guide to Cool Things||Gingo Animation||with the home media release of Imagimals|
|July 19, 2017||N/A||Double Date||with Gabriel Garza 3|
|November 21, 2017||Gabriel Garza||Leno Finds Love||with the home media release of Gabriel Garza 3|
|December 5, 2017||Despicable Me||The Secret Life of Kyle||Illumination Entertainment||with the home media release of Despicable Me 3|
|July 31, 2018||N/A||Neon||Gingo Animation||with Computeropolis: The Deep Web|
|November 16, 1991||A Gabriel Garza Christmas||CBS||co-production with Gingo Animation.|
|December 18, 1991||A Wish for Wings That Work||co-production with Amblin Television.|
|September 11, 1993||Gabriel Goes Hollywood||NBC||co-production with Gingo Animation.|
|October 21, 1995||Gabriel Gets Spooked|
|September 12, 1998||Hatty: The Untold Story|
|April 6, 1999||The Gabriel Project|
|November 17, 2001||Hatty's Weasel-tastic Christmas!|
|October 14, 2003||Hatty in the Night of the Living Weasel|
|September 12, 2009||Planetokio Rules!|
|November 25, 2009||Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas||PBS Kids||co-production with Imagine Entertainment.|
|November 22, 2011||Computeropolis Xmas||NBC||co-production with Gingo Animation.|
|November 20, 2013||It's a Very Gabriel Christmas!|
|December 5, 2014||How Murray Saved Christmas||co-production with Rough Draft Studios.|
|November 15, 2016||Planetokio Holiday||co-production with Gingo Animation.|
- Jurassic Park: The Animated Series, an animated TV series that takes place after the first Jurassic Park movie and before The Lost World: Jurassic Park. While the trailer was made, 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 the partner companies wanted it all CGI. It was also rumored that these were going to be produced as a TV special or series.
- The Legend of Spyro 3-D, a feature film based on The Legend of Spyro video games.
- Universal Cartoon Studios at Internet Movie Database
- Universal Animation Studios at Internet Movie Database