Sony Pictures Animation is an American computer-animated film production company owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, founded in 2002.

Theatrical releases are distributed by Columbia Pictures, and direct-to-video releases are distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sony Pictures Animation was created due to the success of ImageWorks' short animated film The ChubbChubbs!.[1]

Their first feature film, Open Season, was released on September 29, 2006. The SPA logo seen at the beginning of their films features original music composed by James Newton Howard.

Its most successful movie to date is, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.


Sony Pictures Animation was established in May 2002 in order to enable Sony Pictures Entertainment to tap into CGI Movie scene and to develop characters, stories and movies that are best realized through digital production. Its first full feature film was Open Season; it was released in September 2006 and it became the studios #2 home entertainment film in 2007 and followed by two sequels: Open Season 2 and Open Season 3. Its second film, Surf's Up was released in June 2007. It was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award, and won two Annie Awards. SPA's most recent release, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, was released in September 2009, and was nominated for four Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature. The movie was also the first SPA movie in 3D.

The studio is currently producing a feature film The Smurfs, together with Aardman Animations an animated film Arthur Christmas, and an animated film Hotel Transylvania.

They have also acquired the rights to Popeye and a children's book Muncle Trogg to produce animated films.


Feature filmsEdit

# Title Release date Budget Gross RT IMDb
1 Open Season Template:Dts $85,000,000$197,309,027 47%6.1
2 Surf's Up Template:Dts$100,000,000$149,044,51377%7.0
3 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Template:Dts$100,000,000$243,006,12686%7.2
4 The Smurfs July 29, 2011
5 Arthur Christmas November 23, 2011
6 The Pirates: Bands of Misfits April 27, 2012

Short filmsEdit

# Title Release date IMDb
1 The ChubbChubbs! Template:Dts 7.7
2 Early Bloomer Template:Dts 5.6
3 Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run Template:Dts 4.8
4 The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas Template:Dts 6.0
5 The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol December 2011
6 How To Be A Pirate 2012


# Title Release date IMDb
1 Open Season 2 Template:Dts 5.6
2 Open Season 3 Template:Dts 5.5

Upcoming filmsEdit

Title Release date Ref(s)
Hotel Transylvania September 28, 2012[2][3]
The Smurfs 2 July 31, 2013
Johnny Test: The Movie 2013
Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers February 7, 2014
The Familiars 2014 [4]

Films in developmentEdit

  • Popeye
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon
  • Futropolis
  • Make My Own Monster
  • Stephan Franck's Untitled Project
  • Muncle Trogg
  • How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack
  • Instant Karma
  • Chickenhare
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • How to Live Forever
  • Secret Histories
  • Untitled David Sussman project
  • Pooch Cafe
  • Untitled Tonka Trucks project
  • Kazorn and the Unicorn
  • ALF
  • Manimal


  1. Theo, Leonard (2003-01-02). ""The ChubbChubbs"". Retrieved on 2010-11-06.
  2. Fritz, Ben (2006-07-31). "'Hotel' key to Sony toons". Variety. Retrieved on 2010-11-15.
  3. Finke, Nikki (2010-06-16). "Changing Release Dates: Sony Pics Sked". Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  4. Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (2010-09-24). ""The Familiars" movie gets a director". The Familiars. Retrieved on 2010-10-04.

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