Universal Animation Studios (formerly known as Universal Cartoon Studios) is an American animation studio which is a division of Universal Studios. It is best known for producing sequels to Universal-released feature films, such as The Land Before Time, An American Tail, Balto, as well as other films and television series.

The actual animation production is done overseas, most notably by either Wang Film Productions or Rough Draft Studios, with pre-production and post-production is United States-based.

On August 22, 2016, the television animation divisions of Universal, Gingo and DreamWorks merged after completing the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation.


Universal Cartoon StudiosEdit

Direct-to-video feature films

Title Release date Co-production with
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure December 13, 1994
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving December 12, 1995
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists December 10, 1996
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island December 9, 1997
Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus January 6, 1998 Renaissance Pictures
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock December 1, 1998
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein September 28, 1999 Bagdasarian Productions, LLC.
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island February 15, 2000
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster July 25, 2000
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman August 29, 2000 Bagdasarian Productions, LLC.
The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire December 5, 2000
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze December 4, 2000
Balto II: Wolf Quest February 19, 2002
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water December 10, 2002
Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure March 18, 2003 Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration December 2, 2003
Van Helsing: The London Assignment May 11, 2004
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses January 11, 2005
Balto III: Wings of Change February 1, 2005
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit March 21, 2006

Universal Animation StudiosEdit

Theatrical feature films

Title Release date Co-production with
Curious George February 10, 2006 Imagine Entertainment
The Tale of Despereaux December 19, 2008 Relativity Media, Framestore Feature Animation

Direct-to-video feature films

Title Release date Co-production with
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers February 27, 2007
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends November 27, 2007
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! March 2, 2010 Imagine Entertainment, Toon City Animation
The Little Engine That Could March 22, 2011 Crest Animation Productions
Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle June 23, 2015 Imagine Entertainment, Toon City Animation
The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave February 2, 2016 Universal 1440 Entertainment
Woody Woodpecker 2017
Paint Universe 2019 GingoMotion Studios

Television seriesEdit

Title Original run Network Co-production with
Back to the Future: The Animated Series 1991–1992 CBS Amblin Entertainment, BIG Pictures, Zaloom/Mayfield Productions
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1992–1993 Showtime
Fievel's American Tails 1992 CBS Amblin Entertainment/Nelvana
Exosquad 1993–1994 Syndication
Problem Child 1993–1994 USA Network D'Ocon Films Productions (Season 1) / Lacewood Productions (Season 2)
Monster Force 1994 Syndication Lacewood Productions
Beethoven 1994–1995 CBS Northern Lights Entertainment
Earthworm Jim 1995–1996 Kids' WB Shiny Entertainment and Flextech Television Limited
Savage Dragon 1995–1996 USA Network Lacewood Productions (1995 episodes) / Studio B Productions and Admit Two Productions (1996 episodes) / P3 Entertainment
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper 1996–1998 Fox Kids Amblin Entertainment/The Harvey Entertainment Company
Wing Commander Academy 1996 USA Network
Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad 1996 Syndication Claster Television
The New Woody Woodpecker Show 1999–2002 Fox Kids
GGTV 1999–present NBC Gingo Animation
Paint World 2000–2001 Fox Kids
The Mummy: The Animated Series 2001–2003 Kids' WB
Critter Mockers 2003–2009 Discovery Kids Gingo Animation
Curious George 2006–present PBS Imagine Entertainment and WGBH
The Land Before Time 2007–2008 Cartoon Network Amblin Entertainment

Short filmsEdit

  • Fractured Fairy Tales: The Phox, the Box, & the Lox (1999)

Television specialsEdit

  • A Wish for Wings That Work (1991)
  • Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)
  • How Murray Saved Christmas (2014)

Cancelled ideasEdit

  • 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.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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Television Production
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Universal Parks & Resorts
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