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Gingo Animation is an American animation studio owned and operated by NBCUniversal through Gingo. Located in North Hollywood, California, the studio primarily produces and develops animated programs and shorts for Gingo, but has also produced programs for its preschool programming block Gingo Junior and night–time block NightHouse, as well as sibling cable channels NBC, USA Network and Universal Kids, and the streaming service Peacock.

The actual animation production is done overseas, mostly Wang Film Productions, Saerom Animation and Rough Draft Studios, with pre-production and post-production being United States-based.

History[edit | edit source]

Gingo Animation originated as a television animation division of Multimedia Entertainment that focused on producing original programming for Gingo, including The Toon Hour, Gabriel Garza, Mickey the Wicked, Ray Eilo, BJ and Wally, Metro Cone and The Whackems. Following the merger of Gingo's parent, Multimedia with MCA Inc., Multimedia Entertainment was folded into Universal Television, while the Gingo studio was integrated as a separate unit within Universal Cartoon Studios, later known as Universal Television Animation. Animators at Gingo worked on projects based at the Gingo studio, but also assisted in projects based in the Universal Feature Animation studio.

Gingo made its foray into film production in 1999 with Hatty in the Big City: The Movie.

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List of Gingo Animation productions[edit | edit source]

TV series[edit | edit source]

Gingo[edit | edit source]

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
1980s
The Toon Hour Michael Wildshill 1988–2005;
2016–present
Hanna-Barbera (seasons 1–4)
The Spacebots 1988–1989 Seasons 3–4 only.
1990s
Gabriel Garza Geo G.
(d): Geo G., Michael Wildshill, Audel LaRoque, and Steve Samono
1991–2002;
2018–present
Glass Ball Productions
Hanna-Barbera (season 1)
Klasky Csupo (seasons 2–3)
Film Roman (seasons 4–present)
Mickey the Wicked Brad Bird 1992–1994 Silver Pictures Television
Lorimar Television (season 1)
First and only Gingo/Warner Bros. series.
Ray Eilo Mala Miles
(d): Sid John and Michael Wildshill
1993–2000 Bear Bones Productions
BJ and Wally Geo G. 1994–1997 Glass Ball Productions
Metro Cone Samuel Merritt 1994–1999
The Whackems Lilli Schreiber 1995–2008 MagicolaLilli, Inc.
Hatty Steve Samono 1996–2002;
2020–present
Funky Fu! Pop Star Fighter Arlo-Avocha Vernon 1997–2004 Arlo-Avocha Vernon Productions
The Home Sweet Home of Bluis & Bubblina Wilton Lawrence 1997–2000
I Am Sammi Molly McCain 1998-2010;
2011-present
Hanna-Barbera (seasons 1-2)
McCain-Donahue Productions
Klasky Csupo (Last two episodes of season 2 until season 4)
Film Roman (seasons 5-present)
TMS Entertainment
The spin-off Sammi & Co. is seen as Seasons 13-23 of I Am Sammi on streaming services and DirecTV airings.
Puyo Puyo Kazunari Yonemitsu (original characters)
(d): Joesph von Calbury
1999–2000 Compile
TMS Entertainment
First Gingo Animation series to be based on a video game.
2000s
Zina Supermoon Geo G.
(d): Geo G., Steve Oedekerk and Sarah Silverman
2000–2009 Glass Ball Productions
O Entertainment
The Crystal Guardians Frederick Donahue
d: Davis Doi, and Alicia Sliverstone
2000-2010 McCain-Donahue Productions
The World of Danny 2000–2007
Cookie and Cream FromSoftware (original VG series)
(d): Peter Hastings
2001–2006 FromSoftware
Nelvana
Second Gingo Animation series to be based on a video game.
Jenny Zoom Samuel Merritt 2001–2004 Third Gingo Animation series to be based on a video game.
Boardwalk Friends 2001–2010
Dustin Dog Kid 2002–2012
The Supernova Spies Dave Madson 2002–2005
Kururin: The Mischief Flying Hero 2002–2008 Fourth Gingo Animation series to be based on a video game.
Adam Feldman: Amateur Wizard Conner Jones 2002–2010 Spirit Animal Studios
Planetokio Osamu Sato (original characters)
(d): Bret Haaland and Mike Moon
2002–2003 OutSide Directors Company
Asmik Ace Entertainment
Universal Digital Images
TMS Entertainment
Fifth Gingo Animation series to be based on a video game.
Foe Paws Chris Savino 2003–2007
Nature Squad Thalia Ward 2003–2008 Thalia Ward Productions
Critter Mockers Michael Wildshill 2003–2009
The Pandemoniums Henri Dosclz 2004–2011
Limo Dude Arlo-Avocha Vernon 2004–2006 Arlo-Avocha Vernon Productions
New Gingo Shorts Michael Wildshill 2005–2016
Ace of All Trades Joesph von Calbury 2005–present TMS Entertainment (seasons 1–2)
Universal Animation Japan K.K. Ltd. (seasons 3–present)
Chrysocolla & Sam Michael Wildshill (original characters)
(d): Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle
2005–2008 Sixth Gingo Animation series to be based on a video game.
Worldwide Animals Dave Madson Nelvana
Graffiti Groove Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere 2006–2009 Paul & Joe Productions
Destiny of the Super Glasses Peter Hannan Peter Hannan Productions
FusionMania Geo G. 2008–2015 Glass Ball Productions
2010s
Post-Elementary Chronicles Doug TenNapel 2010–2011
Kyle + Rosemary Jun Falkenstein 2010–2012 Frederator Studios Spin-off of "Kyle + Rosemary", a short that was aired as part of Nicktoons' Random! Cartoons.
Primate House Samuel Merritt 2010–2013
Worried Fred Henri Dosclz
Road Trip Madness Dave Madson and Cynthia True 2011–2014
Sunshine Cherry Sarah Crawford 2012–2018
My Dear King Kenneth Ant Blades 2012–2014 Blue-Zoo Animation
Jim-George Dominick Castro, Alfred Adams, and Laura Craft 2012–2016
The Really Odd Adventures of the Critter Gang Joesph von Calbury 2013–present Spin-off of Ace of All Trades.
The 5 J's in Partnership William Reiss 2014–2015
Elliot's Guide to Becoming a True Mouse Arlo-Avocha Vernon 2014–2019 Arlo-Avocha Vernon Productions
Twelve Forever Julia Vickerman 2016–2019 Puny Entertainment
The Cartel
Originally a Cartoon Network-rejected pilot.
Discovering Evolupia Michael Wildshill 2017 First Gingo Animation original miniseries.
Candy 2017–present Toei Animation
DHX Media
Niz Chicoloco Geo G. (original characters) 2018–present Glass Ball Productions
DreamWorks Animation Television
Antonio and Mr. Wacky Fox Everett Peck 2019–present
2020s
Super Polly Henri Dosclz 2020–present
Cubi! Samuel Merritt First Gingo series to be produced for Peacock. Originally planned to air on Gingo.
The Whackems Return Lilli Schreiber MagicolaLilli, Inc. Premiering on Peacock.
Upcoming
Big Chaos Arlo-Avocha Vernon 2021 Arlo-Avocha Vernon Productions
Untitled Gabriel Garza spin-off series Geo G. TBA Glass Ball Productions Spin-off of Gabriel Garza.

Universal Kids[edit | edit source]

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
Bernard Revamped Jose Luis Ucha Enriquez and Claudio Biern Lliviria (characters) 2018–present BRB Internacional
Screen21
RG Animation Studios
Reboot of Bernard.

Gingo Junior (preschool shows)[edit | edit source]

Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Years Co-production(s) Notes
1990s
Little Critter Mercer Mayer (books) 1997–2005 Nelvana
2000s
Pochacco's Famous Friends 2003–2008 Cinar
Sanrio
Universal Cartoon Studios
First Gingo series to be spun off from a Sanrio character. An edited also aired on Kids' WB to comply with e/i regulations.
2010s
David's Friends 2012–present

Short pilots[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Title Episode Creator Year Co-production Notes
Gabriel Garza "The Special Visitor" Geo G. 1989 Hanna-Barbera
Double G Productions
Ray Eilo "Evil-Bot 5000" Mala Miles 1992 Mala Miles Productions
Hanna-Barbera
BJ and Wally N/A Geo G. 1993 Hanna-Barbera
Double G Productions
The Whackems Lilli Schreiber 1994 MagicolaLilli, Inc.
Hatty "Wise Weasel" Steve Samono
Funky Fu "Meet Tad" Arlo-Avocha Vernon Arlo-Avocha Vernon Productions Re-tooled as Funky Fu! Pop Star Fighter for the series.
I Am Sammi "Hooked on Sammi" Molly McCain 1995 McCain-Donahue Productions The episode was re-tooled as An Unordinary Day for the series' first episode.
Bluis N/A Wilton Lawrence 1996 Re-tooled as The Home Sweet Home of Bluis & Bubblina for the series.
Jenny Zoom Samuel Merritt 1998
The Crystal Guardians "The Secret of the Crystals" Frederick Donahue McCain-Donahue Productions
Puyo Puyo "One Weird Afternoon" Compile
Zina Supermoon "Maximum Power!" Geo G. O Entertainment
Glass Ball Productions
The Critter Mockers N/A Michael Wildshill 1999 Re-tooled as Critter Mockers for the series.
It's the Pandemoniums! Henri Dosclz 2000 Re-tooled as The Pandemoniums for the series.
Ace of All Trades Joesph von Calbury 2001
Worldwide Animals Dave Madson 2002
Limo Dude "One Big Trip" Arlo-Avocha Vernon 2003 Arlo-Avocha Vernon Productions
FusionMania N/A Geo G. 2004 Glass Ball Productions
Big Monkey House Samuel Merritt 2008 Re-tooled as Primate House for the series.

Failed[edit | edit source]

Title Creator / Developer Year Co-production(s) Notes
Donny Dino Michael Wildshill 1988 Hanna-Barbera
Melee Girl Jim Anderson and Gary Hall 1990
Nitroman Geo G. and Gary Hall 1994 Glass Ball Productions Originally planned spin-off of Gabriel Garza.
Pepper Ann Sue Rose 1995 Fido Dido Studio Failed pilot, but successful for Disney.
Violet Amy McNeill 1996
Chrysocolla: Part-Time Agent Michael Wildshill 1997 Cancelled when Gingo executives found it too violent for children, but later reworked as the more toned-down Chrysocolla & Sam.
Time Squad Dave Wasson 1998 Failed pilot, but successful for Cartoon Network.
Meet Otis Steve Samono
Downshift Tom John Failed pilot, but successful for Nickelodeon.
The Weekenders Doug Langdale Failed pilot, but successful for Disney.
Cobra Command Dave Madson
Monster Freaks Henri Dosclz
Neo Transportation Tokyo Joesph von Calbury
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Maxwell Atoms Failed pilot, but successful for Cartoon Network and became a segment on Grim & Evil before becoming a separate TV series.

Evil Con Carne

Claire Jones Geo G. Glass Ball Productions Originally planned spin-off of Gabriel Garza. A video game was released in March 2000, but the spin-off was never produced for unknown reasons.
Untitled Paper Showdown series N/A 1999 Originally planned TV series based on the video game, a few of it's scenes from the pilot were used as cutscenes for the game.
Kero Kero Keroppi 2002 Mike Young Productions Planned reboot of Keroppi and Friends.
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Judd Winick 2003 Failed pilot, but successful for Cartoon Network.
Shantae N/A 2004 Nelvana Planned TV series based on the video game.
Fish Hooks Noah Z. Jones 2007 Failed Pilot, but successful for Disney.
Amphibia Matt Braly 2016

Television films and specials[edit | edit source]

Title Release date Co-production(s) Notes
A Gabriel Garza Christmas December 21, 1991 Glass Ball Productions
Gabriel Goes Hollywood September 11, 1993
Gabriel Gets Spooked October 21, 1995
The Whackems' Christmas December 14, 1996 MagicolaLilli, Inc.
Hatty: The Untold Story September 25, 1998
The Home Sweet Home of Bluis & Bubblina: Christmas Time December 19, 1998
Have Yourself A Merry Sammi Christmas December 25, 1998 McCain-Donahue Productions
A Very Sammi Valentine February 16, 1999 Tokyo Movie Shinsha This TV movie was edited for a TV-Y7 rating on Nickelodeon, along with Fairy Tale Adventure,
The Gabriel Project April 10, 1999 Glass Ball Productions
Funky Fu! Pop Star Fighter: A Very Funky Fu Christmas December 18, 1999 Arlo-Avocha Vernon Productions
Funky Fu! Pop Star Fighter: A Ghost in the Dojo! October 21, 2000
Haunted!! October 12, 2001 McCain-Donahue Productions
Zina's Spooked Future October 27, 2001 Glass Ball Productions
O Entertainment
Hatty's Weasel-tastic Christmas! November 17, 2001
Zina Supermoon: The Christmas Special December 8, 2001 Glass Ball Productions
O Entertainment
Cookie and Cream in the Christmas Caper November 16, 2002 Nelvana
The Jenny Zoom Christmas Hour December 21, 2002
I Am Sammi: Fairy Tale Adventure March 17, 2003 McCain-Donahue Productions
Planetokio: The Madness Isn't Over May 17, 2003 Series finale of Planetokio.
Hatty in the Night of the Living Weasel October 25, 2003
Zina/Garza‎ November 15, 2003 Glass Ball Productions
O Entertainment
Featuring characters and elements from both Gabriel Garza and Zina Supermoon.
Critter Mockers Save Christmas December 6, 2003
Jenny Zoom: A Conclusion of Confusion April 3, 2004 Series finale of Jenny Zoom.
Critter Mockers: Dude, Where's My Critter? June 15, 2004 First season finale of Critter Mockers.
Cookie and Cream: Boo, Too Scary for You! October 23, 2004 Nelvana
Critter Mockers: A Fuzzy Valentine's Day February 13, 2005 Second season finale of Critter Mockers.
I Am Sammi: Blast to The Past July 19, 2005 McCain-Donahue Productions Seventh season premiere of I Am Sammi.
The Pandemoniums: Battle Against Time May 27, 2006 Third season finale of The Pandemoniums.
Pandemonium Mockers September 30, 2006 Featuring characters and elements from both The Pandemoniums and Critter Mockers.
A Critter Mockers Summer Vacation July 15, 2007
I Love Sammi: 10 Years of Friendship August 10, 2008 McCain-Donahue Productions
Film Roman
The series' 10th anniversary special.
Zina in Christmas Madness December 11, 2008 Glass Ball Productions
O Entertainment
Zina Supermoon: Home July 18, 2009 Series finale of Zina Supermoon.
I Am Sammi: Back to Beverly Hills April 30, 2010 Film Roman The show's final episode to be produced.
The Pandemoniums: Thank You June 21, 2011 Series finale of The Pandemoniums.

Direct-to-video films[edit | edit source]

All the films (except Mickey the Wicked Witch of the City) were distributed to home video by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Title Release date Co-production(s) Notes
Mickey the Wicked Witch of the City May 4, 1993 Warner Bros. Animation
Amblin Entertainment
Only Gingo direct-to-video co-production with Warner Bros. and Amblin.
Adam Feldman's Movie Magic April 29, 2008 Universal Animation Studios
Spirit Animal Studios
Fighting Royale: Colliding Dimensions – The Premiere Movie November 25, 2008 Universal Animation Studios
Glass Ball Productions
Features extended cutscenes from the Colliding Dimensions story mode from the game Fighting Royale 2.
Dynastar Express September 27, 2016 Universal 1440 Entertainment
Universal Animation Japan K.K. Ltd.
Spin-off of Ace of All Trades.

Theatrical films[edit | edit source]

All the films are theatrically distributed by Universal Pictures.

Title Release date Co-production(s) Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Hatty in the Big City: The Movie July 2, 1999 N/A $48 million $116.2 million 60% 56
Going Francisco June 29, 2001 Imagine Entertainment
Arlo-Avocha Vernon Productions
$54 million $218.9 million 57% 51
The Gabriel Garza Movie July 31, 2002 Glass Ball Productions $60 million $89.8 million 38% 44
The Whackems: One Big Movie April 18, 2003 MagicolaLilli, Inc. $39 million $101.5 million 49% 42
Zina and the Vivid Crew December 17, 2004 Glass Ball Productions $70 million $293.5 million 80% 62
The Pandemoniums Movie June 26, 2009 N/A $68 million $170.7 million 78% 65
The Ace of All Trades Movie: Too Hot For Theaters! April 2, 2010 N/A $72 million $206.5 million 91% 75
FusionMania: The Movie July 27, 2012 Glass Ball Productions $25 million $93.1 million 73% 61
Planetokio July 2, 2014 OutSide Directors Company
Asmik Ace Entertainment
Rainmaker Entertainment
$82 million $221.3 million 54% 50
Untitled Gabriel Garza film TBA Glass Ball Productions N/A N/A N/A N/A

See also[edit | edit source]