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Universal Animation Studios (formerly Universal Cartoon Studios or Universal Feature Animation or also referred to as Universal Animation) is an American animation studio that is a division of Universal Pictures, a subsidiary of Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal. Founded in 1987, it specializes in animated productions for feature films, short films, and television series for Universal, and has primarily focused upon the production of television and feature animation of other properties, notably including those direct-to-video sequels to other Universal-released feature films such as The Land Before Time, Paint!, GreenwoodsAn American Tail, and Balto. It is the successor to Walter Lantz Productions, the studio which produced Woody Woodpecker and other Walter Lantz cartoon shorts from 1929 to 1972.

Currently, Universal Animation Studios continues to produce films using both traditional animation and computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Background Edit

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 nine animated films, such as The Love Tales: A Romeo and Juliet Story (1973), Paint! (1977), My Own Pet (1979), The Adventures of the Housemaid (1982), Greenwoods, and An American Tail (1986).

After the huge success of Greenwoods and An American Tail, Universal moved into feature animation and established its own feature animated department called Universal Feature Animation to produce theatrically released animated feature films. At the time when Universal Feature Animation was founded in 1987, Universal Cartoon Studios opened its doors to produce animated feature films and television series for Universal. In 1988, the studio's first feature film, The Land Before Time (1988). The studios produced an animated television series based on Back to the Future films airing on CBS from 1991 to 1992.

From 1989–1997, Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment operated Amblimation, a traditional animation studio which was started to compete with Walt Disney Animation Studios, which was experiencing great success at the time with films such as Beauty and the BeastAladdin and The Lion King. The Amblimation studio, however, was not as successful for Universal, but the studio was successful for Paramount. Their first feature An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, a sequel to 1986's An American Tail, made $40 million at the worldwide box office in 1991, but their next feature, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, was a box office bomb, only grossed $9.3 million in the United States in 1993, while their third and final feature Balto grossed $11 million worldwide and was overshadowed by the success of the competing Disney/Pixar film Toy Story in 1995. Amblimation was shut down in 1997 and some of its staff went on to join Paramount Feature Animation and DreamWorks Animation, respectively.
Universal Animation Studios

Universal Animation Studios logo, used in 2006.

In 2006, the studio Universal Cartoon Studios and Universal Feature Animation to Universal Animation Studios.

In September 2012, Universal named former Walt Disney Feature Animation president Peter Schneider the new president of Universal Animation Studios; however, in January 2013, Schneider resigned for personal reasons. In September 2013, Universal named another former Disney Animation president David Stainton as the president of the studio.

In October 2015, Universal named former Cartoon Network president Stuart Snyder as the executive vice president of the studio.

On April 28, 2016, NBCUniversal announced its intent to acquire competing studio DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, making DreamWorks Animation a sister studio to Universal Animation Studios and Illumination Entertainment; the acquisition was later completed on August 22, 2016. On that same day, the television animation divisions of Universal and DreamWorks merged, but Universal Animation Studios was resurrected as a separate entity.

Process Edit

In a similar manner to JeremyWorks Studios, Sony Pictures AnimationWarner Animation Group, and Paramount Animation, Universal Animation Studios relies on other animation studios and VFX companies to provide the animation on their films. This includes Project Firefly (Curious George), Saerom Animation (The Endless Friendship), JeremyWorks Studios (Cartoon World: The Movie 2The Journey to AdventuresLost in Island), and Reel FX Creative Studios (Tinny!).

Additionally, for some productions such as direct-to-video films, the actual animation production is done overseas, usually by either Wang Film Productions or Rough Draft Studios, while pre-production and post-production is United States-based.

Filmography Edit

Feature films Edit

Released films Edit

Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s)
1 The Land Before Time November 18, 1988 Amblin Entertainment

Sullivan Bluth Studios Ireland Ltd.

Sullivan Bluth Studios Ireland Ltd.
2 Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood December 8, 1989 N/A Main faculties

Sweatbox Animation

3 The Secret Dreams September 12, 1990 Main faculties

Wang Film Productions

A. Film Production A/S

4 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West November 22, 1991 Amblin Entertainment

Amblimation

Amblimation
5 Cartoon World: The Movie August 21, 1992 JeremyWorks Studios JeremyWorks Studios

Rough Draft Studios

Wang Film Productions

6 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story November 24, 1993 Amblin Entertainment

Amblimation

Amblimation

Lightbox Animation

7 The Royal Kingdom December 2, 1994 N/A Main faculties

Sweatbox Animation

Lightbox Animation

8 Balto December 22, 1995 Amblin Entertainment

Amblimation

Amblimation

Bardel Entertainment

9 Cartoon World: The Movie 2 December 23, 1997 JeremyWorks Studios Main faculties

JeremyWorks Studios

Rough Draft Studios

Bardel Entertainment

Wang Film Productions

TMS Entertainment

10 Paint! 2 July 10, 1998 JeremyWorks Studios JeremyWorks Studios

Bardel Entertainment

Saerom Animation

Wang Film Productions

Fil-Cartoons

11 What About Judy & Lucy? October 15, 1999 N/A Main faculties

Bardel Entertainment

Wang Film Productions

12 Seeds Time! March 17, 2000 Main faculties

Rough Draft Studios

13 Cats April 20, 2001 Main faculties

Bardel Entertainment

Yowza! Animation

14 The Adventures of Blake & Blainley March 1, 2002 ClearWorld Entertainment ClearWorld Entertainment
15 Time Travel Releashed June 14, 2002 JeremyWorks Studios Main faculties

JeremyWorks Studios

Yowza! Animation

16 Going Races July 18, 2003 N/A Main faculties

Bardel Entertainment

Wang Film Productions

17 The Twisted Tales of Classic September 2, 2005 ClearWorld Entertainment ClearWorld Entertainment
18 Curious George February 10, 2006 Imagine Entertainment Main faculties

Project Firefly
Yowza! Animation

Mercury Filmworks

Toon City Animation

19 The Teen Gang Movie July 15, 2006 ClearWorld Entertainment ClearWorld Entertainment
20 The Tale of Despereaux December 19, 2008 Relativity Media Framestore Feature Animation
21 Hotel Motel August 5, 2011 N/A Reel FX Creative Studios
22 A Princess Life September 21, 2012
23 Little Match Girl March 8, 2013 Main faculties

Yowza! Animation


Mercury Filmworks

Toon City Animation

24 The Story of Fairy Tales September 19, 2014 Sony Pictures Imageworks
25 Girl vs. Boy Scouts March 6, 2015
26 Judy & Lucy September 6, 2017 Perfect World Pictures Mikros Image (London and Paris)
27 Freedom Trio September 21, 2018 Main faculties

Bardel Entertainment

Toon City Animation

28 Magical Palace of Dreams March 8, 2019 Sony Pictures Imageworks

Upcoming films Edit

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s)
29 The Jungle Family February 28, 2020 N/A Sony Pictures Imageworks
30 Untitled films May 14, 2021 TBA
31 November 12, 2021

Films in development Edit

Title
Judy & Lucy 2
We Met Sarah
Spiders from Space

Direct-to-video feature films Edit

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s)
1 The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure December 13, 1994 N/A Wang Film Productions
2 The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving December 12, 1995
3 The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists December 10, 1996
4 The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island December 9, 1997
5 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus January 6, 1998 Renaissance Pictures N/A
6 Emily, Ravi, and Julia: The Big Picture Show July 8, 1998 JeremyWorks Studios
7 The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock December 1, 1998 N/A Wang Film Productions
8 Greenwoods II March 16, 1999 Valentina Animation
9 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein September 28, 1999 Bagdasarian Productions, LLC. N/A
10 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island February 15, 2000 N/A Wang Film Productions
12 An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster July 25, 2000
13 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman August 29, 2000 Bagdasarian Productions, LLC. N/A
14 The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire December 5, 2000 N/A Wang Film Productions
15 The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze December 4, 2001 N/A Wang Film Productions
16 Balto II: Wolf Quest February 19, 2002
17 Natalia's Story 2: The Second Chapter May 16, 2002 Paramount Pictures

ParamountToons Studios

Nickelodeon Movies

18 Judy & Lucy 2: Double Trouble October 15, 2002 N/A
19 The Royal Kingdom: The Adventures Return November 13, 2002
20 The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water December 10, 2002
21 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure March 18, 2003 Paramount Pictures

ParamountToons Studios

Nickelodeon Movies

22 The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration December 2, 2003 N/A
23 Van Helsing: The London Assignment May 11, 2004 N/A N/A
24 Wild Racer: Drive to Win November 26, 2004 JeremySoft Animation Wang Film Productions
25 The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses January 11, 2005 N/A
26 Balto III: Wings of Change February 1, 2005
27 Natalia's Story: In Search of the Horn June 7, 2005 Paramount Pictures

ParamountToons Studios

Nickelodeon Movies

28 The Royal Kingdom: Search of the Quest November 15, 2005 N/A
29 Judy & Lucy: The Mystery Begin December 13, 2005
30 The Adventures of Brer Rabbit March 21, 2006
31 The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers February 27, 2007 N/A
32 The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends November 27, 2007 N/A Wang Film Productions
33 Judy & Lucy: The Untold Story December 16, 2008
34 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! March 2, 2010 Imagine Entertainment Toon City Animation
35 The Little Engine That CouldR March 22, 2011 Crest Animation Productions
36 Paint!: Color Forever February 10, 2013 JeremyWorks Studios JeremyWorks Studios

Bardel Entertainment

Wang Film Productions

Yowza! Animation

37 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle June 23, 2015 Imagine Entertainment Toon City Animation
38 The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave February 2, 2016 Universal 1440 Entertainment N/A
39 Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is YouR November 14, 2017 Universal 1440 Entertainment

Telegael

Magic Carpet Productions

Splash Entertainment
40 Woody WoodpeckerS February 6, 2018 Universal 1440 Entertainment N/A
41 Emily, Ravi, and Julia: World Tour Madness May 10, 2018 Universal 1440 Entertainment

JeremyWorks Studios

Toon City Animation

RNot produced, but released by Universal Animation Studios under its label.

SCombines live-action with animation.

Television specials Edit

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s) Network Notes
1 A Wish for Wings That Work December 18, 1991 Amblin Television N/A CBS
2 Emily, Ravi, and Julia: Christmas Eve December 24, 1994 JeremyWorks Studios JeremyWorks Studios

Rough Draft Studios

USA Network
3 Paint!: Christmas Carol November 25, 2000 JeremyWorks Studios

Wang Film Productions

Fox Kids
4 Judy & Lucy: The Greatest Winter Wonderland December 19, 2003 N/A Wang Film Productions Kids' WB
5 Emily, Ravi, and Julia: Friendship Never End March 10, 2005 JeremyWorks Studios JeremyWorks Studios

Rough Draft Studios

6 Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas November 25, 2009 Imagine Entertainment PBS Kids
7 How Murray Saved Christmas December 5, 2014 N/A Rough Draft Studios NBC
8 Emily, Ravi, and Julia: Grown Up! June 19, 2015 JeremyWorks Studios JeremyWorks Studios

Toon City Animation

Cartoon Network
9 Paint!: The Rise of Darker October 30, 2015 JeremyWorks Studios

Bardel Entertainment

Wang Film Productions

Yowza! Animation

10 Tales of the Kids July 17, 2018 Warner Bros. Animation

JeremyWorks Studios

JeremyWorks Studios

Toon City Animation

Bardel Entertainment

Wang Film Productions

Yowza! Animation

JWToons
11 Natalia & Fievel May 18, 2019 Paramount Television Animation

Amblin Animation

Paramount Animation

Wang Film Productions

Netflix First Universal/Paramount crossover special, featuring characters and elements from both Natalia's Story and An American Tail.

Short films Edit

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s) Release with Notes
1 Emily, Ravil, and Julia November 22, 1991 JeremyWorks Studios Wang Film Productions An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Theatrical release
2 Fractured Fairy Tales: The Phox, the Box, & the Lox August 27, 1999 Jay Ward Productions Character Builders Dudley Do-Right
3 Dial "L" for Lauren January 10, 2006 ClearWorld Entertainment ClearWorld Entertainment The Twisted Tales of Classic Home video release
4 Judy & Lucy: Lucy Who? February 10, 2006 N/A Wang Film Productions Curious George Theatrical release
5 Who Done It Again December 5, 2006 ClearWorld Entertainment ClearWorld Entertainment The Teen Gang Movie Home video release
4 Animals Nights August 5, 2011 N/A Reel FX Creative Studios Hotel Motel Theatrical release
5 How to Learn to be A Princess January 8, 2012 A Princess Life Home video release
6 5 Scouts Stories July 7, 2015 Sony Pictures Imageworks Girl vs. Boy Scouts
7 Ravi's Big Day Off November 17, 2017 JeremyWorks Studios JeremyWorks Studios

Toon City Animation

The 78M Movie Theatrical release
8 Rainy Waiting January 9, 2018 N/A Mikros Image (London and Paris) Judy & Lucy Home video release
9 One Big Secret
10 Judy's Biggest Idea
11 First Snow of the Day September 21, 2018 Freedom Trio Theatrical release
12 Blueness & Redness June 7, 2019 Main faculties

Sony Pictures Imageworks

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Television series Edit

# Title Premiere date End date Network Co-production with
1 Back to the Future: The Animated Series September 14, 1991 December 26, 1992 CBS Amblin Television

Amblimation

2 Avery the Warrior November 16, 1991 October 14, 1995 Amblin Television

Amblimation

JeremySoft

3 Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood March 14, 1992 May 18, 1996 CBS (1992–1994)

USA Network (1994–1996)

N/A
4 Fievel's American Tails September 12, 1992 December 5, 1992 CBS Amblin Television

Amblimation

5 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1992 1993 Showtime N/A
6 Emily, Ravil, and Julia April 10, 1993 June 18, 2005 Fox Kids (1993–1995)

JeremyWorld (1995–2003)

JeremyWorks Channel (2003–2005)

JeremyWorks Studios
7 Family Dog June 23, 1993 July 28, 1993 CBS Amblin Television

Tim Burton Productions

Warner Bros. Television

Nelvana

8 Exosquad September 11, 1993 November 3, 1994 Syndication N/A
9 Problem Child October 31, 1993 December 4, 1994 USA Network Imagine Television
10 Monster Force Fall 1994 Syndication N/A
11 Beethoven September 10, 1994 December 3, 1994 CBS Northern Lights Entertainment
12 Earthworm Jim September 9, 1995 December 13, 1996 Kids' WB Shiny Entertainment
13 Savage Dragon September 21, 1995 December 21, 1996 USA Network N/A
14 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper February 24, 1996 October 17, 1998 Fox Kids Amblin Television
15 Wing Commander Academy September 21, 1996 December 21, 1996 USA Network N/A
16 Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad 1996 Syndication
17 Paint!: The Series September 19, 1998 November 11, 2000 JeremyWorld JeremyWorks Studios
18 The New Woody Woodpecker Show May 8, 1999 March 28, 2002 Fox Kids N/A
19 Judy & Lucy April 15, 2000 February 18, 2006 Kids' WB
20 The Mummy: The Animated Series September 29, 2001 June 7, 2003
21 Curious George September 4, 2006 April 1, 2015 PBS Kids Imagine Television
22 The Land Before Time March 5, 2007 January 21, 2008 Cartoon Network

Universal Kids (USA)

YTV (Canada)

Amblin Television
23 Hotel Motel: The New Era June 10, 2013 April 9, 2016 Cartoon Network N/A
24 A Princess Life February 14, 2014 August 4, 2017 Netflix
25 Paint!: The Chronicles of Ashley November 14, 2014 present Cartoon Network (2014-2017)

JWToons (2017-present)

Universal 1440 Entertainment

JeremyWorks Studios

26 Emily, Ravil, and Julia January 6, 2017 JWToons
27 Avery the Warrior: The Returning May 20, 2017 Netflix JeremySoft Animation

Amblin Animation

28 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Adventures March 10, 2018 JWToons Activision Blizzard Studios
29 Judy & Lucy: The Series June 16, 2018 Universal Kids Universal 1440 Entertainment
30 An American Tail: The New Beginning October 6, 2018 Universal 1440 Entertainment 

Amblin Animation

31 Woody Woodpecker December 3, 2018 YouTube Universal 1440 Entertainment

Splash Entertainment

32 Spyro: Reignited Journey June 15, 2019 JWToons Activision Blizzard Studios
33 Jem and the Holograms September 7, 2019 JeremyNow! JeremyWorks Studios

Allspark Animation

Miscellaneous work Edit

  • 63rd Academy Awards (1991) - animation for Woody Woodpecker presenting the award for Best Animated Short Film
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (1999) - traditionally-animated introduction
  • Paramount & Universal: The Ultimate Battle (2018) - traditionally-animated cutscenes

Franchises Edit

Title Release date
The Love Tales: A Romeo and Juliet Story 1973–2005
Paint! 1977–present
An American Tail 1986–1999
The Land Before Time 1988–2016
Emily, Ravi, and Julia 1991–present
Balto 1995–2005
Judy & Lucy 1999–present
Natalia's Story 1996–2005
Curious George 2006–2015

Accolades Edit

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Gallery Edit

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Trivia Edit

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See also Edit

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