Nickelodeon Animation Studio
|Nickelodeon Animation Studio Olive Burbank.jpg|
The Nickelodeon Animation Studio on Olive Avenue in Burbank, California
|Games Productions (1990)|
Games Animation (1990-1998)
|Founded 📆||1990 (as Games Productions Inc.)[lower-alpha 1]|
March 4, 1998
(as Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
|Founders 👔||Vanessa Coffey|
|Headquarters 🏙️||Studio City, Los Angeles, California, U.S. (1990–1998)|
Burbank, California, U.S. (1998–present)
New York City, New York, U.S. (second facility, 1999–present)
Area served 🗺️
|Ramsey Ann Naito (President)|
Number of employees
|Parent||ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks|
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Nickelodeon Animation Studio (sometimes often shortened to Nick Animation) is an American animation studio owned by ViacomCBS. It has created many original television programs for Nickelodeon, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Rugrats and Avatar: The Last Airbender, among various others. Since the 2010s, the studio has also co-developed its own series based on preexisting IP purchased by ViacomCBS, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Winx Club. In November 2019, Nickelodeon Animation Studio signed a multiple-year output deal for Netflix, which will include producing content, in both new and preexisting IP, for the streaming platform.
The studio was founded in 1990, originally named Games Productions Inc. and later Games Animation. It oversaw the production of three animated programs for Nickelodeon: Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show. In 1992, Nickelodeon began work on Games Animation's first fully in-house series, Rocko's Modern Life. Games Animation produced much of the network's mid-1990s output in partnership with other animation companies like Frederator Studios and Klasky Csupo. In 1998, the studio moved from Studio City, California to Burbank with the construction of a new facility. It was renamed Nickelodeon Animation Studio and later Nickelodeon Studios Burbank. In 1999, a second facility in New York City was opened, named Nickelodeon Animation Studio New York.
1990–1998: Games Animation
The Nickelodeon Animation Studio's earliest beginnings lie in the roots of the channel's Nicktoons endeavor. In 1990, Nickelodeon hired Vanessa Coffey as a creative consultant to develop Nicktoons, charging her with the quest of seeking out new characters and stories that would allow the channel a grand entrance into the animation business. The high cost of high-quality animation discouraged the network from developing weekly animated programming. Although most television networks at the time tended to go to large animation houses with proven track records to develop Saturday-morning series, often generally pre-sold characters from movies, toys or comics, Nickelodeon desired differently. Inspired by the early days of animation and the work of Bob Clampett, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, Nickelodeon set out to find frustrated cartoonists swallowed up by the studio system. Nickelodeon president Geraldine Laybourne commissioned eight six-minute pilots at a cost of $100,000 each before selecting three. Seeking the most innovative talents in the field, the products of this artists' union – Doug, Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show – represented twelve years of budget-building toward that end. Coffey was hired as Nickelodeon's Executive Producer of Animation between the pilots and series production.
However, despite the best efforts, relations became strained with Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. In fall 1992, Nickelodeon fired Kricfalusi. Coffey asserts that John was in breach of contract for not delivering on time, creating disturbing content and going over budget. Kricfalusi suspected the real reason was that the network was uncomfortable with more crude humor. Nickelodeon objected to most of his proposed plotlines and new characters—including George Liquor, an Archie Bunker-ish "All-American Male." After Kricfalusi and Nickelodeon missed several promised new-episode delivery and air dates, the network—which had purchased the rights to the Ren & Stimpy characters from Kricfalusi—negotiated a settlement with him. The creative tug of war was closely watched by both animators and the television industry and covered in the national press.
In response, Nickelodeon formed its own animation studio, Games Productions Inc. The name was later shortened to Games Animation. The series was moved to Games and put under the creative supervision of Bob Camp, one of Kricfalusi's former writer-director partners. Nick's plan was to hire bright, young animators and let them do almost anything they want. Coffey soon stepped down as animation vice president for Nickelodeon, to pursue her own projects. She was replaced by Mary Harrington, a Nickelodeon producer who moved out from New York to help run the Nicktoons division that was a near-shambles after Kricfalusi was fired.
In 1992, animator Joe Murray was approached by Nickelodeon with intentions of developing a new animated series for Games Animation. Murray's Joe Murray Productions and Games Animation rented office space on Ventura Boulevard in the Studio City neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The production moved to a different office building on Vineland Avenue in Studio City. Executives did not share space with the creative team. Games Animation's first in-house production, Rocko's Modern Life, premiered on the network in 1993.
The initial duty was to continue producing The Ren & Stimpy Show as Nickelodeon dropped Spümcø and its creator John Kricfalusi from their duties on the show. At the time, Games was located in an office building in Studio City, California. Apart from The Ren & Stimpy Show, Nickelodeon's other Nicktoons were done out-of-house at Jumbo Pictures (whose next deal with Nickelodeon would be a live-action/puppet series Allegra's Window for Nick Jr.) in New York City and Klasky-Csupo (who entered mainstream popularity as animation producers from Fox's longest-running animated sitcom The Simpsons from 1987 to 1992 when animation production duties were given to Film Roman, as well as Everett Peck's Duckman which was produced by Nickelodeon's sister company Paramount Television and aired on USA Network in 1994 through 1997).
In 1993, Nickelodeon greenlit its first fully original in-house series, Rocko's Modern Life, produced by Games Animation with the partnership of Joe Murray Studio. Games worked on the show for three years and employed over 70 people during the course of its run. The show was canceled in 1996 by Nickelodeon due to its creator Joe Murray wanting to spend more time with his family. Following the cancellation, Games Animation produced the pilots of Hey Arnold!, The Angry Beavers, and CatDog, along with the former's first 26 episodes, and the second's 13 episodes. The latter was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios along with the other two by this point forward.
1998–2016: Nickelodeon Animation Studio
In 1996, Albie Hecht, then-president of Film and TV Entertainment for Nickelodeon, met with Nickelodeon artists for a brainstorming session on the elements of their ideal studio, and, with their feedback (and some inspiration from the fabled Willy Wonka chocolate factory), created "a playful, inspirational and cutting-edge lab which will hopefully give birth to the next generation of cartoon classics." He added, "For me, this building is the physical manifestation of a personal dream, which is that when people think of cartoons, they'll say Nicktoons." Nickelodeon and parent company Viacom threw a bash to celebrate the opening of the new Nicktoons animation studio on March 4, 1998. During the launch party, a gathering of union labor supporters formed a picket line to protest Nickelodeon's independent hiring practices outside the studio's iron gates.
Located at 231 West Olive Avenue in Burbank, California, the 72,000-square-foot (6,700 m2) facility, designed by Los Angeles architecture firm AREA, houses 200–300 employees and up to five simultaneous productions. It also contains a miniature golf course (with a hole dedicated to Walt Disney), an indoor basketball course/screening room, an artists' gallery, a studio store, and a fountain that shoots green water into the air. The Nicktoons studio houses five, project driven production units. Each has its own color and design environment and includes a living room, writer's lounge, and storyboard conference room. The studio also has a Foley stage (for recording live sound effects), a post-production area, sound editing and mixing rooms and an upstairs loft area with skylights for colorists.
In September 1999, Nickelodeon opened a major new digital animation studio at 1633 Broadway in Manhattan. The New York studio primarily took over production of Nick Jr. animated properties. At the same time, the Los Angeles facility animated the intro for The Amanda Show.
It was reported in 2005 that the Burbank studio was up for sale; this was later corrected, as the owner of the building was selling it.
2016–present: Nickelodeon Studios
In 2016, Nickelodeon's animation facilities moved into a five-story glass structure that will be part of a larger new studio complex next to the current Burbank facilities, which became part of the studio as a means of bringing animated productions currently produced elsewhere in Southern California under a single production facility. Because it houses both animated and live-action productions, the studio has been renamed to simply Nickelodeon Studios (which is not to be confused with the original Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios Florida, which closed in 2005). The studio also houses the Nickelodeon time capsule, first buried in Orlando, Florida in 1992 at the original Nickelodeon Studios and later at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in 2006, which has moved to the new studio by the latter's closure and rebrand on June 1, 2016. The new studio opened on January 11, 2017.
List of Nickelodeon Animation Studio productions
|Title||Creator(s) / Developer(s)||Years||Co-production(s)||Notes|
|Doug||Jim Jinkins||1991–94||Jumbo Pictures
|Seasons 1–4 only; Disney acquired the series in 1996 and produced three more seasons, which aired on ABC.|
|Rugrats||Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain||1991–2004||Klasky Csupo|
|The Ren & Stimpy Show||John Kricfalusi||1991-96||Spümcø||Oversaw the production of seasons 1–2, directly produced seasons 3–5.|
|Rocko's Modern Life||Joe Murray||1993–96||Joe Murray Productions|
|Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Gábor Csupó and Peter Gaffney||1994–97||Klasky Csupo|
|Hey Arnold!||Craig Bartlett||1996–2004||Snee-Oosh, Inc.|
|The Angry Beavers||Mitch Schauer||1997–2001||Gunther-Wahl Productions, Inc.|
|CatDog||Peter Hannan||1998–2005||Peter Hannan Productions|
|The Wild Thornberrys||Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, Steve Pepoon, David Silverman, and Stephen Sustarsic||1998–2004||Klasky Csupo|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||Stephen Hillenburg
(d): Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, and Nick Jennings
|1999–present||United Plankton Pictures|
|Rocket Power||Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó||1999–2004||Klasky Csupo|
|As Told by Ginger||Emily Kapnek||2000–06||Klasky Csupo|
|The Fairly OddParents||Butch Hartman||2001–17||Frederator Incorporated
Billionfold Inc. (seasons 6-10)
|Invader Zim||Jhonen Vasquez||2001–06|
|Action League Now!||Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb, and Albie Hecht||2001-02||Flying Mallet, inc.
|Spin-off of KaBlam!.|
|ChalkZone||Bill Burnett and Larry Huber||2002–08||Frederator Incorporated|
|The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius||John A. Davis||2002–06||O Entertainment
|First Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film. Spin-off of the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.|
|All Grown Up!||Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain||2003–08||Klasky Csupo||Spin-off of Rugrats.|
|My Life as a Teenage Robot||Rob Renzetti||2003–09||Frederator Incorporated|
|Danny Phantom||Butch Hartman||2004–07||Billionfold Inc.|
|Avatar: The Last Airbender||Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko||2005–08|
|The X's||Carlos Ramos||2005–06|
|El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera||Sandra Equihua and Jorge R. Gutierrez||2007–08||Mexopolis|
|Tak and the Power of Juju||Avalanche Entertainment (original video game series)
(d): Jed Spingarn, Nick Jennings, and Mitch Watson
|2007–09||THQ||Only Nicktoon based on the video game series of the same name.|
|Back at the Barnyard||Steve Oedekerk||2007–11||Omation Animation Studio||Second Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film. Spin-off of the 2006 film Barnyard.|
|The Mighty B!||Amy Poehler, Cynthia True, and Erik Wiese||2008–11||Paper Kite Productions
Polka Dot Pictures
|Making Fiends||Amy Winfrey||2008||First Nicktoon to be based on a web series.|
Only Nicktoon that aired exclusively on Nicktoons Network.
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell (original characters)
(d): Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley
|2008–15||DreamWorks Animation||First of three co-productions with DreamWorks Animation.|
|Fanboy & Chum Chum||Eric Robles||2009–14||Frederator Studios|
|Planet Sheen||Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk||2010–13||Omation Animation Studio||Third Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film. Spin-off of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.|
|T.U.F.F. Puppy||Butch Hartman||2010–15||Billionfold Inc.|
|Winx Club||Iginio Straffi||2011–16||Rainbow S.p.A. (co-owned by Viacom)||Seasons 5–7 and four specials were co-produced in-house at Nick Animation.|
|Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (original characters)
(d): Peter Hastings
|2011–16||DreamWorks Animation||Second co-production with DreamWorks Animation.|
|The Legend of Korra||Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino||2012–14||Ginormous Madman Productions||Sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender.|
|Robot and Monster||Dave Pressler, Joshua Sternin, and J.R. Ventimilia||2012–15||Smasho! Productions
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (original characters)
(d): Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin, and J.R. Ventimilia
|2012–17||First Nicktoon after Viacom's acquisition of the franchise of the same name.|
|Monsters vs. Aliens||Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman (original characters)
(d): Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Bret Haaland
|2013–14||DreamWorks Animation||Third and final Nicktoon co-produced with DreamWorks Animation.|
|Sanjay and Craig||Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell, and Andreas Trolf||2013–16||Forest City Rockers|
|Breadwinners||Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele||2014–16|
|Harvey Beaks||C. H. Greenblatt||2015–17|
|Pig Goat Banana Cricket||Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan||2015–18|
|The Loud House||Chris Savino||2016–present|
|Bunsen Is a Beast||Butch Hartman||2017–18||Billionfold Inc.|
|Welcome to the Wayne||Billy Lopez||2017–19||Yowza! Animation||Second Nicktoon to be based on a web series.|
|The Adventures of Kid Danger||Dan Schneider||2018||Powerhouse Animation Studios
|Animated spin-off of Henry Danger.|
|Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (original characters)
(d): Andy Suriano and Ant Ward
|2018–present||Second Nicktoon after Nickelodeon's acquisition of the franchise of the same name.|
|Pinky Malinky||Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern||2019||Originated as a Cartoon Network-rejected pilot. Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, it was later released on Netflix.|
|Middle School Moguls||Gina Heitkamp and Jenae Heitkamp||Gengirl Media, Inc.||Miniseries.|
|The Casagrandes||Chris Savino and Miguel Puga (original characters)
(d): Michael Rubiner
|2019–present||Spin-off of The Loud House.|
|It's Pony||Ant Blades||2020–present||Blue Zoo|||
|Glitch Techs||Eric Robles and Dan Milano||Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, it was later released on Netflix.|
|Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years||Stephen Hillenburg (original characters)
(d): Vincent Waller, Marc Ceccarelli, Mr. Lawrence, Kaz, Luke Brookshier and Andrew Goodman
|2021–present||United Plankton Pictures||Spin-off of SpongeBob SquarePants. Released on Paramount+ and will be released later on Nickelodeon.|
|Rugrats||Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain (original characters)||2021||Klasky Csupo||Reboot of the original 1991 animated series. Will be released on Paramount+ and later on Nickelodeon.|
|The Patrick Star Show||Stephen Hillenburg (original characters)
(d): Claudia Spinelli
|United Plankton Pictures||Second spin-off of SpongeBob SquarePants.|
|Middlemost Post||John Trabbic III|||
|Star Trek: Prodigy||Gene Roddenberry (original series)
(d): Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman
CBS Eye Animation Productions
|First Nicktoon to be based on the Star Trek franchise. Will be released on Paramount+ and later on Nickelodeon.|
|Big Nate||Lincoln Peirce (original characters)||Based on the comic book franchise of the same name. |
|Monster High||Garrett Sander (original characters)||2022||Mattel Television||Based on the franchise of the same name.|
|Based on the franchise of the same name.|
|Adventures in Wonder Park||Robert Gordon, Josh Applebaum, and André Nemec (characters)
(d): David Zuckerman and Anne Flett-Giordano
Ilion Animation Studios
Midnight Radio Productions
|Fourth Nicktoon to be spun off from a theatrical film.|
|Garfield||Jim Davis (original characters)||Paws, Inc.||First Garfield series since Viacom's acquisition of the franchise.|
|Phoebe and Her Unicorn||Dana Simpson (original characters)|||
|KaBlam!||Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb, and Chris Viscardi||1996–2000||Flying Mallet, Inc. (season 4)|
|Oh Yeah! Cartoons||Fred Seibert||1998–2001||Frederator Incorporated|
|Nicktoons Film Festival||Nicktoons Network and Fred Seibert||2004–09|
|Random! Cartoons||Fred Seibert||2008–09|
|Title||Creator(s) / Developer(s)||Years||Co-production(s)||Notes|
|Blue's Clues (original series)||Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler, and Angela Santomero||1996–2006|
|Little Bill||Bill Cosby and Varnette P. Honeywood (original books and illustrations)
(d): Fracaswell Hyman
|Dora the Explorer||Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes, and Eric Weiner||2000–14; 19|
(d): Lisa Eve Hubman and Dan Yaccarino
|The Backyardigans||Janice Burgess||2004–13||Nelvana|
|Go, Diego, Go!||Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes||2005–11||Spin-off of Dora the Explorer.|
|Wonder Pets!||Josh Selig||2006–16||Little Airplane Productions|
|Ni Hao, Kai-Lan||Karen Chau
(d): Mary Harrington, Karen Chau, Judy Rothman, and Sascha Paladino
|Team Umizoomi||Soo Kim, Michael T. Smith, and Jennifer Twomey||2010–15||Curious Pictures|
|Bubble Guppies||Johnny Belt and Robert Scull||2011–present||WildBrain Entertainment (season 1)
Nelvana (seasons 2–4)
Jam Filled Toronto (season 5–present)
|Dora and Friends: Into the City!||Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes||Second spin-off of and sequel to Dora the Explorer.|
|Blaze and the Monster Machines||Jeff Borkin and Ellen Martin||2014–present||Nerd Corps Entertainment (season 1)
DHX Media (seasons 2–5)
WildBrain Studios (season 5–present)
|Fresh Beat Band of Spies||Nadine Van der Velde and Scott Kraft||2015–16||Nelvana
|Animated spin-off of The Fresh Beat Band.|
|Shimmer and Shine||Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz||2015–20|
|Nella the Princess Knight||Christine Ricci||2017–19||Brown Bag Films|
|Sunny Day||Abie Longstaff||Silvergate Media
|Butterbean's Café||Jonny Belt and Robert Scull||2018–present||Brown Bag Films|
|Blue's Clues & You!||Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler, and Angela Santomero
(d): Traci Paige Johnson and Angela Santomero
|2019–present||9 Story Media Group
Brown Bag Films
|Reboot of Blue's Clues.|
|Santiago of the Seas||Niki Lopez, Leslie Valdes, and Valerie Walsh Valdes||2020–present||Walsh Valdés Productions|
|Baby Shark's Big Show!||Pinkfong
(d): Whitney Ralls, Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele, and Tommy Sica
Other ViacomCBS networks
|Title||Network||Creator(s) / Developer(s)||Years||Co-production(s)||Notes|
|Play with Me Sesame||Noggin||Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett (original characters)
(d): Jocelyn Hassenfeld and Karen Kuflik
|The Ren & Stimpy Show (reboot)||Comedy Central||John Kricfalusi (original characters)||TBA||First series by the company produced for adult audiences.|
Digital short series
|Title||Creator(s) / Developer(s)||Years||Co-production(s)||Notes|
|Welcome to the Wayne||Billy Lopez||2014||Yowza! Animation||Released on Nick.com.|
|Bug Salad||Carl Faruolo||2018||Released on YouTube.|
|Mr. Sheep & Sleepy Bear||Alan Foreman|
|Space Kid and Cat||Greg Nix and David Kantarowicz|
|Kinderwood||Otto Tang||2020||Titmouse, Inc.||Released on Noggin.|
Nickelodeon (greenlit to series)
|Title||Episode||Creator(s) / Developer(s)||Year||Co-production(s)||Notes|
|Rugrats||"Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing"||Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain||1990||Klasky Csupo|
|Ren & Stimpy||"Big House Blues"||John Kricfalusi||Carbunkle Cartoons
|Doug||"Doug Can't Dance"||Jim Jinkins||Jumbo Pictures|
|Rocko's Modern Life||"Trash-O-Madness"||Joe Murray||1992||Joe Murray Studios Company|
|Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||N/A||Gábor Csupó and Peter Gaffney||1993||Klasky Csupo|
|Psyched for Snuppa||Michael Pearlstein||Stretch Films, Inc.
|Pilot for the KaBlam! segment Sniz & Fondue.|
|Arnold||Craig Bartlett||1994||Later screened theatrically during the release of Harriet the Spy in 1996. |
Greenlit as Hey Arnold!.
|The Angry Beavers||"Snowbound"||Mitch Schauer||Gunther-Wahl Productions, Inc.|
|CatDog||"Dog Gone"||Peter Hannan||1995||Peter Hannan Productions|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||"Help Wanted"||Stephen Hillenburg||1997||United Plankton Pictures|
|ChalkZone||N/A||Bill Burnett and Larry Huber||1998||Frederator Incorporated||Aired as part of Oh Yeah! Cartoons.|
|The Wild Thornberrys||Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, Steve Pepoon, David Silverman, and Stephen Sustarsic||Klasky Csupo|
|The Fairly OddParents!||Butch Hartman||Frederator Incorporated||Aired as part of Oh Yeah! Cartoons.|
|Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||"Runaway Rocketboy!"||John A. Davis||O Entertainment
|First Nicktoon based on a feature-length movie. Greenlit as The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.|
|As Told by Ginger||"The Party"||Emily Kapnek||Klasky Csupo|
|Rocket Beach||N/A||Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo||Klasky Csupo||Greenlit as Rocket Power.|
|My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot||Rob Renzetti||1999||Frederator Incorporated||Aired as part of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Greenlit as My Life as a Teenage Robot.|
|Invader Zim||Jhonen Vasquez||Wumberlog Productions|
|All Growed Up||Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain||2001||Klasky Csupo||Greenlit as All Grown Up!.|
|Danny Phantom||Butch Hartman||2003||Billionfold Inc.|
|Avatar: The Last Airbender||Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko||2004|
|El Tigre||"A Fistful of Nickels"||Sandra Equihua and Jorge R. Gutierrez||2005|
|The X's||N/A||Carlos Ramos|
|Super Scout||Cynthia True and Amy Poehler||2006||Frederator Incorporated
Polka Dot Pictures
Paper Kite Productions
|Aired as part of Nicktoons Film Festival. Greenlit as The Mighty B!.|
|Fanboy||Eric Robles||2008||Frederator Incorporated||Aired as part of Random! Cartoons. Greenlit as Fanboy & Chum Chum.|
|T.U.F.F. Puppy||Butch Hartman||Billionfold Inc.|
|Planet Sheen||Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk||2010||Omation Animation Studio|
|Pig Goat Banana Mantis!||Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan||2012||Nick Cross Animation||Greenlit as Pig Goat Banana Cricket.|
|Breadwinners||Steve Borst and Gary Doodles||Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2012 animated shorts program.|
|Bad Seeds||C. H. Greenblatt||2013||Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2013 animated shorts program. Greenlit as Harvey Beaks.|
|The Loud House||Chris Savino||Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2013 animated shorts program.|
|Monster Pack||Graham Peterson and Pedro Eboli||2014||Birdo Studio||Released as part of Nickelodeon's 2014 animated shorts program. Greenlit as Ollie's Pack, which was produced by Nelvana.|
|The Loud House||"The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos"||Chris Savino||2017||Pilot for The Casagrandes.|
Nickelodeon (not greenlit to series)
|Title||Creator(s) / Developer(s)||Year||Co-production(s)||Notes|
|The Crowville Chronicles||Brian Cosgrove||1990||Cosgrove Hall Films|||
|Big Beast Quintet||Joey Ahlbum and Marc Catapano||Ahlbum Animation, Inc.|
|The Weasel Patrol||Ken Macklin and Lela Dowling||Mark Zander Productions|
|Kid Komet and Galaxy Gal||Bob Camp and Jim Gomez||1997|
|Hector the Get-Over Cat||John R. Dilworth||1998||Stretch Films, Inc.|
|The Carmichaels||Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó||1999||Klasky Csupo||Originally planned as a spin-off of Rugrats, it was eventually made into A Rugrats Kwanzaa.|
|The Proud Family||Bruce W. Smith||Hyperion Animation||Later picked up as a series by Disney Channel.|
|Simply Sisters||Mitch Schauer||Gunther-Wahl Productions, Inc.||Planned spin-off of The Angry Beavers.|
|Stewy the Dog Boy||Dennis Messner||Flying Mallet, Inc.||Aired as part of KaBlam!.|
|Terrytoons Presents: Crubside||Paul Terry and Frank Moser (original characters)
(d): Mary Harrington and Robert Taylor
|Planned Terrytoons reboot for the network.|
|Constant Payne||Micah Wright||2001|
|Psyko Ferret||Atul Rao, Kim Saltarski, and Greg van Riel
(d): Atul Rao, Kim Saltarski, Greg van Riel, Karen Krenis, Brian Strause, Emily Kapnek, and Paul Greenberg
|Skeleton Key||Andi Watson||Slave Labor Graphics
|Crash Nebula||Butch Hartman and Steve Marmel||2004||Frederator Incorporated||Planned spin-off of The Fairly OddParents.|
|The Patakis||Craig Bartlett||Snee-Oosh, Inc.||Planned spin-off of Hey Arnold!.|
|What's Cooking?||Arlene Klasky||Klasky Csupo|
|Chicken Town||Niko Meulemans||2005|
|Commander Bunsworth||Aglaia Mortcheva|
|Junkyard Teddies||Arlene Klasky|
|Kung Fu Spy Troll||David Fremont|
|Rollin' Rock Starz||Gábor Csupó||Klasky Csupo|
|SCHMUTZ||James Proimos and David Hale|
|Wiener Squad||Niko Meulemans|
|Zeek & Leo|
|Ace Bogart: Space Ape||Neal Sopata||2006|
|Big Babies||Arlene Klasky|
|Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters||Jef Czekaj|
|Little Freaks||Erin Ehrlich|
|My Stupid Cat||Everett Peck|
|Ricky Z||Arlene Klasky|
|Ronnie Biddles||John Matta and Ken Daly|
|The Modifyers||Lynne Naylor and Chris Reccardi||2007||Aired as part of Shorts in a Bunch.|
|Adventure Time||Pendleton Ward||2008||Frederator Incorporated||Aired as part of Random! Cartoons. Later picked up as a series by Cartoon Network.|
|Mall Spies||Al Madrigal|
|Space Animals||Fabrice Sénia||Planktoon Studios|
|The Bravest Warriors||Pendleton Ward||2009||Frederator Incorporated||Aired as part of Random! Cartoons. Later picked up as a series by Cartoon Hangover and VRV.|
|Leroy Dorsalfin||Mike Geiger||Mike Geiger Animation|
|Super Macho Fighter||Jorge R. Gutierrez||2012||Mexopolis|
|Sky Rat||Craig Bartlett||2013||Snee-Oosh, Inc.|
|Crazy Block||Iginio Straffi||2014||Rainbow S.p.A.|||
Produced for other Viacom-owned networks
|Title||Creator(s) / Developer(s)||Year||Co-production(s)||Network||Status||Notes|
|2005||Klasky Csupo||Noggin/The N||Failed|
|Twinkle||Dora Nagy||Nick Jr.|
TV movies and specials
|Rugrats: Runaway Reptar||1999||Klasky Csupo|
|CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery||2000||Peter Hannan Productions|
|SpongeBob SquarePants: Christmas Who?||United Plankton Pictures|
|Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure||DIC Entertainment
|Originally planned to premiere in 2000, the film eventually premiered as part of Nickelodeon Sunday Movie Toons in December 2002.|
|Rugrats: All Growed Up||2001||Klasky Csupo|
|As Told by Ginger: Summer of Camp Caprice|
|Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand||2002|
|Hey Arnold!: The Journal||Snee-Oosh, Inc.||Original series finale of Hey, Arnold!.|
|The Electric Piper||2003||Frederator Incorporated|
|The Fairly OddParents: Abra-Catastrophe|
|As Told by Ginger: Far From Home||Klasky Csupo|
|The Fairly OddParents: Channel Chasers||2004||Frederator Incorporated|
|As Told by Ginger: Butterflies Are Free||Klasky Csupo|
|The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour||2004–06||Frederator Incorporated
|First Nickelodeon crossover special, featuring characters and elements from both The Fairly OddParents and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.|
|Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom!||2004||O Entertainment
|ChalkZone: The Big Blow Up||Frederator Incorporated|
|All Grown Up!: Dude, Where's My Horse?||2005||Klasky Csupo|
|The Fairly OddParents: School's Out: The Musical!||Frederator Incorporated|
|My Life as a Teenage Robot: Escape from Cluster Prime|
|Danny Phantom: Reign Storm||Billionfold, Inc.|
|Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy|
|Danny Phantom: Reality Trip||2006|
|The Fairly OddParents: Fairy Idol||Frederator Incorporated|
|Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party||American Greetings|
|Catscratch: Spindango Fundulation||2007||Series finale of Catscratch.|
|Danny Phantom: Phantom Planet||Billionfold, Inc.||Series finale of Danny Phantom.|
|Atlantis SquarePantis||United Plankton Pictures|
|Fairly OddBaby||2008||Billionfold Inc.
|Sozin's Comet||Series finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender.|
|SpongeBob's Truth or Square||United Plankton Pictures||10th anniversary special episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.|
|SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom||2011||Miniseries.|
|A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!||Billionfold Inc.
Pacific Bay Entertainment
|First live-action television film based on The Fairly OddParents!.|
|The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole||DreamWorks Animation|
|Timmy's Secret Wish||Billionfold Inc.
|It's a SpongeBob Christmas!||2012||United Plankton Pictures||First SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion episode.|
|A Fairly Odd Christmas||Billionfold Inc.
Pacific Bay Entertainment
|Second live-action television film based om The Fairly OddParents!. Sequel to A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!.|
|A Fairly Odd Summer||2014||Third and final live-action television film based on The Fairly OddParents!. Sequel to A Fairly Odd Christmas.|
|Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past||2015||Special based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line Half-Shelf Heroes.|
|Harvey Beaks: Steampunks||2016|
|The Loud House: 11 Louds a Leapin|
|Bunsen Is a Beast: Beast of Friends||2017||Billionfold Inc.||Fourth Nickelodeon crossover special, featuring characters and elements from both The Fairly OddParents and Bunsen Is a Beast.|
|SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom||United Plankton Pictures||Second SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion episode.|
|The Loud House: Tricked!|
|Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie||Snee-Oosh, Inc.||Sequel to Hey Arnold!: The Movie and The Journal. Revival film and series finale of Hey, Arnold!.|
|SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout||United Plankton Pictures||20th anniversary special episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.|
|The Loud House: Schooled!||2020|
Digital movies and specials
|Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling||2019||Joe Murray Productions||Revival special of Rocko's Modern Life. Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, it was later released on Netflix.|
|Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus||Maven Animation Studio||Revival film of Invader Zim. Originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, it was later released on Netflix.|
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||2020||Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
|Distributed by Paramount+ and premium VOD services in the U.S. in 2021. Released on Netflix worldwide on November 5, 2020.|
Originally planned for a summer 2020 theatrical release, but it was moved to streaming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Released in Canadian theaters on August 14, 2020.
|The Loud House Movie||May 2021||Originally planned for a 2020 theatrical release, it will be later released on Netflix.|
|Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie||June 2021||Will be released on Netflix.|
All the films (except Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the international release of Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure) were distributed to home video by Paramount Home Entertainment.
|Blue's Big Musical Movie||2000|
|Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure||2003||Universal Pictures
Universal Cartoon Studios
|As Told by Ginger: The Wedding Frame||2004||Klasky Csupo||Series finale of As Told by Ginger. Originally planned to air on television, it was later released on VHS and DVD instead in the United States.|
|Rugrats Tales from the Crib: Snow White||2005|
|Rugrats Tales from the Crib: Three Jacks and a Beanstalk||2006|
|Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes||American Greetings||Sequel to the TV movie Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party.|
|Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||2019||Warner Bros. Animation
|Featuring characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after Nickelodeon's 2009 acquisition of the franchise of the same name.|
All the films are distributed by Paramount Pictures and produced by Nickelodeon Movies.
|Title||Release date||Co-production(s)||Budget||Gross||Rotten Tomatoes||Metacritic|
|The Rugrats Movie||November 20, 1998||Klasky Csupo||$24,000,000||$140,894,675||59%||N/A|
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||November 17, 2000||$30,000,000||$103,291,131||76%||62|
|Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||December 21, 2001||O Entertainment
|Hey Arnold!: The Movie||June 28, 2002||Snee-Oosh, Inc.||$3–4,000,000||$15,249,308||29%||47|
|The Wild Thornberrys Movie||December 20, 2002||Klasky Csupo||$25,000,000||$60,694,737||80%||69|
|Rugrats Go Wild||June 13, 2003||$55,405,066||39%||38|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||November 19, 2004||United Plankton Pictures||$30,000,000||$140,161,792||68%||66|
|Barnyard||August 4, 2006||O Entertainment
Omation Animation Studio
|Rango||March 4, 2011||Blind Wink Productions
Industrial Light & Magic
|The Adventures of Tintin||December 21, 2011||Columbia Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Hemisphere Media Capital
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||February 6, 2015||Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
|Wonder Park||March 15, 2019||Paramount Animation
Ilion Animation Studios
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||March 4, 2021||Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
|Untitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated film||2023||Point Grey Pictures||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
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- Paramount Animation, the animation division of Paramount Pictures
- MTV Animation
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- Warner Bros. Animation, the animation division of Warner Bros.
- Cartoon Network Studios, the animation division of Cartoon Network
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