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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.

HistoryEdit

1972–1991: Restarting the studio and Universal Cartoon StudiosEdit

Universal Cartoon Studios logo

The Universal Cartoon Studios logo from 1991 to 1997, featuring a cartoon airplane as their mascot

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.

Universal/Gingo's thirteenth film, Gabriel Garza 2, opened in the United States on July 2, 2014, earning over $895 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated film of 2014.

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.

FilmographyEdit

Feature filmsEdit

With notesEdit

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

Without notesEdit

Released filmsEdit
# 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
Upcoming filmsEdit
# Title Release date
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

Coming soon!

Short filmsEdit

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
Orientation Day
Banana
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
Wagon-Ho
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
Training Wheels
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
Noodles
Getting Annoyed
December 8, 2015 Despicable Me Cro Minion Illumination Entertainment with the home media release of Minions
Competition
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
Weenie
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

Television seriesEdit

Original seriesEdit

Title Years Network Notes
Back to the Future: The Animated Series 1991–1992 CBS Co-production with Amblin Entertainment, BIG Pictures, and Zaloom/Mayfield Productions
Gabriel Garza 1991–2002 CBS (1991–1993)
NBC (1994–2002)
Seasons 2 to 12 only
Co-production with Gingo Animation, Klasky Csupo (seasons 1 and 3), and Film Roman (seasons 4 to 12)
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1992–1993 Showtime
Fievel's American Tails 1992 CBS Co-production with Amblin Entertainment and Nelvana
Based on An American Tail.
Exosquad 1993–1994 Syndication
Problem Child USA Network co-production with D'Ocon Films Productions (Season 1) and Lacewood Productions (Season 2)
Monster Force 1994 Syndication Lacewood Productions
Beethoven 1994–1995 CBS co-production with Northern Lights Entertainment
Based on Beethoven.
Earthworm Jim 1995–1996 Kids' WB Co-production with Shiny Entertainment and Flextech Television Limited
Based on Earthworm Jim.
Savage Dragon USA Network Co-production with Lacewood Productions (1995 episodes), Studio B Productions, Admit Two Productions (1996 episodes), and P3 Entertainment
Hatty 1996–2002 NBC Co-production with Gingo Animation
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper 1996–1998 Fox Kids Co-production with Amblin Entertainment and The Harvey Entertainment Company
Wing Commander Academy 1996 USA Network
Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad Syndication Co-production with Claster Television
The New Woody Woodpecker Show 1999–2002 Fox Kids
GGTV 1999–present NBC Co-production with Gingo Animation
Paint World 2000–2001 Fox Kids Co-production with Gingo Animation
Based on Paint World
The Mummy: The Animated Series 2001–2003 Kids' WB Based on The Mummy
Planetokio 2002–2003 UPN (US)
Teletoon (Canada)
Co-production with Gingo Animation
Based on Planetokio
Critter Mockers 2003–2009 Discovery Kids Co-production with Gingo Animation and Discovery Kids Original Productions
Curious George 2006–present PBS Kids Co-production with Imagine Entertainment and WGBH
Based on Curious George
The Land Before Time 2007–2008 Cartoon Network Co-production with Amblin Entertainment
Based on The Land Before Time
The BJ and Wally Show 2007–2012 Co-production with Gingo Animation
Based on BJ and Wally
Computeropolis: Adventures of Peri and Nicky 2008–2014 Co-production with Gingo Animation
Based on Computeropolis
Woo La La 2011–2013 Co-production with Gingo Animation
Based on Woo La La
Gabriel & Friends 2015–present Netflix Co-production with Gingo Animation
The Hatty Weasel Show
Tales in Paradoria 2016–present Co-production with Gingo Animation
Based on Paradoria
Planetokio Adventures Co-production with Gingo Animation
Quest: Adventures of Ridder Co-production with Gingo Animation
Based on Quest
Imagimals: The Series 2018 Universal Kids Co-production with Gingo Animation
Based on Imagimals
Niz Chicoloco Netflix Co-production with Gingo Animation and DreamWorks Animation Television
Based on Niz Chicoloco
Sly TBA TBA Co-production with Gingo Animation
Multimedia World

Shorts seriesEdit

Coming soon!

Television specialsEdit

Release Date Title Network Notes
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.

Direct-to-video featuresEdit

Release Date Title Notes
Universal Cartoon Studios
December 13, 1994 The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
December 12, 1995 The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
December 10, 1996 The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists
December 9, 1997 The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
January 6, 1998 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus with Renaissance Pictures
August 4, 1998 The Day in the Life of Gabriel with Gingo Animation
December 1, 1998 The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock
September 28, 1999 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein with Bagdasarian Productions, LLC.
January 18, 2000 Gabriel Hits the Road! with Gingo Animation
February 15, 2000 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island
July 25, 2000 An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster
August 29, 2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman with Bagdasarian Productions, LLC.
December 5, 2000 The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire
November 13, 2001 Gabriel's World Tour with Gingo Animation
December 4, 2001 The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze
February 19, 2002 Balto II: Wolf Quest
December 10, 2002 The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water
March 18, 2003 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies; international prints only
December 2, 2003 The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
May 11, 2004 Van Helsing: The London Assignment
December 7, 2004 Niz Chicoloco: The Untold Story with Gingo Animation, DreamWorks Animation and DTV Productions; uncredited
January 11, 2005 The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses
February 1, 2005 Balto III: Wings of Change
June 7, 2005 Hatty's Big Reunion with Gingo Animation
March 21, 2006 The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
Universal Animation Studios
January 30, 2007 Iken & Naomi: A Planetokio Story with Gingo Animation, Wang Film Productions and Yowza! Animation
February 27, 2007 The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
November 27, 2007 The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends
March 2, 2010 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! with Imagine Entertainment and Toon City Animation
March 22, 2011 The Little Engine That Could with Crest Animation Productions
June 23, 2015 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle with Imagine Entertainment and Toon City Animation
February 2, 2016 The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave with Universal 1440 Entertainment
October 5, 2017 Woody Woodpecker
November 14, 2017 Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You with Universal 1440 Entertainment, Splash Entertainment, Telegael and Magic Carpet Productions
2019 Paint Universe with GingoMotion Studios (via Gingo Animation)

Cancelled ideasEdit

Main article: List of unproduced Universal Studios animated shorts and feature films
  • 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

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