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This article is about the main feature animation division of Universal Pictures. For the animation studio that maintains both the Universal City and Glendale studios, see Universal Animation Studios.

Universal Animation is an American animation studio that is the in-house feature animation division of Universal Pictures, itself a division of Comcast through its wholly-owned subsidiary NBCUniversal, and is based at the Universal Studios Lot in Universal City, California. Established on May 8, 1993 by Michael Wildshill and alumni of Multimedia Animation, the division was formerly known as Universal Feature Animation before being renamed to Universal Animation Studios in 2008, and was shortened in 2018 to its current name.

Universal Animation has produced 20 feature films; its first film Ama and the Mysterious Crystal was released on December 19, 1997 and its latest release was Imagimals 2 on September 18, 2020 with their next release release being Computeropolis: Webcation on July 9, 2021. Four of the studio's films — Paradoria 2 (2019), Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018), Paradoria (2015), and Imagimals (2017) — are among the highest-grossing films of all time, and ten of its films are among the highest-grossing animated films of all time, with Paradoria 2 being the all-time highest.

History[edit | edit source]

Early founding (1993–2000)[edit | edit source]

During the production of Romeo and Juliet from Multimedia's feature animation department Multimedia Animation in early 1993, animator Michael Wildshill met with MCA president Sid Sheinberg to discuss the creation of a feature animation division for Universal Pictures, an offer that Wildshill immediately accepted. That same year, Universal and several other Hollywood studios moved into feature animation following the success of Disney animated features. Universal Feature Animation was officially established on May 8, 1993 to produce theatrical animated films to compete with Disney. John Cohen was brought in to head the new division as president, which was set up in a building on the Universal Studios lot. To build the talent base, Wildshill brought over artists from Multimedia Animation, while Cohen recruited some of the staff from Walt Disney Feature Animation and Amblimation.

Some of Multimedia Animation's artists in North Hollywood came to Universal Feature Animation in 1994, when their last feature was in production, with the rest doing so in the following year when Multimedia's assets were sold to MCA in early 1996. In October 1994, Universal Feature Animation announced a full slate of animated projects in development: The Sisters and the Crystal of Jewels, an adaptation of T. H. White's Mistress Masham's Repose, and Oceanic (which was later shelved).

Following MCA's purchase of Multimedia in 1996, the latter company's CGI division, Multimedia Digital Images, was renamed Universal Digital Images as the computer-graphics division of Universal Feature Animation.

The first of Universal's animated features was Ama and the Mysterious Crystal (1997), which starred the voices of Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Jodi Benson, Hank Azaria, Patrick Stewart, and Jennifer Aniston. Directed by Michael Wildshill, it received positive reviews from critics and was a success at the box office, grossing over $324 million worldwide and establishing Universal as one of Disney's first major competitors in feature animation. Animation production for Ama was primarily done at the new Universal feature animation studio, although much of the work was outsourced to animation studios around the world.

In 1999, its next film, Paint World (1999), was released to critical and financial success, grossing over $182 million worldwide and also winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song ("What I'll Do for the World"), tied with "You'll Be in My Heart" from Disney's Tarzan. The following year, the third animated feature from Universal Feature Animation, Mistress Masham's Repose (2000), received a positive reception from critics and audiences. However, the film underperformed at the box office, only grossing $96 million worldwide which forced a writedown of $57.3 million for Universal. It was accompanied in theaters by the Academy Award-winning CGI animated short Aero, produced by the Universal Digital Images division as a result of testing its strengths and weaknesses in producing all-CGI animation.

John Cohen's departure (2001–2003)[edit | edit source]

Just after Mistress Masham's Repose's December 2000 release, it was announced that Feature Animation president John Cohen would be resigning from the studio, before moving on to become VP production at 20th Century Fox Animation, while Tom Ruzicka has been named president of Universal Feature Animation. In April 2001, Universal announced Roy Kobayashi and Melissa Hester had been named Co-Heads of Production at Feature Animation.

Michael Wildshill and the Universal Animation team assisted with the animation and story development of Going Francisco (2001), which originally started as a solo Universal Feature Animation-produced project. Going Francisco was eventually produced under the Gingo Movies label and directed by Funky Fu! Pop Star Fighter creator Arlo-Avocha Vernon, with Universal Digital Images providing the CGI animated sequences. Released in June 2001 in theaters with the new Woody Woodpecker short Construction Royale, Going Francisco opened to a mixed reception but a commercial success, grossing $218 million worldwide against a budget of $54 million.

In July 2001, Universal Feature Animation announced a slate of CGI animated feature films in development to be produced by its Digital Images division as a result of the successes of Aero and Going Francisco; these films included Computeropolis, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen, Mobo, Greenwoods, Nerd Boy, and a feature-length film version of Aero.

The studio's next film, Magina, released in September 2003, underwent production difficulties and received mixed reviews from critics and under-performed at the box office which led to a growing perception that hand-drawn animation was becoming outdated and falling out of fashion in favor of the increasing popularity of computer animation.

Moving to computer animation (2003–2008)[edit | edit source]

After the box office failure of Magina, Universal laid off most of the employees at the Feature Animation studio, downsizing it to one unit and beginning plans to move into fully computer-animated features. A handful of employees were offered positions for computer animation. Subsequently, on October 9, 2003, Universal Feature Animation officially announced they were becoming a fully CGI studio, now with a staff of 460 people, and began selling off all of its traditional animation equipment. In addition, the Universal Digital Images division was also closed and later merged with Universal Feature Animation.

In 2004, Universal released its first fully computer-animated feature film Computeropolis to critical and commercial success. It grossed $587 million worldwide, becoming the third highest-grossing film of 2004. Computeropolis established Universal as the fourth studio after Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, and Blue Sky Studios to have launched a successful CGI franchise.

In April 2005, Universal announced that it would be creating Computeropolis: A Technical Ride, a 3-D ride at Universal Parks & Resorts locations in Orlando, Hollywood, Sentosa, and Osaka. The ride officially opened on June 11, 2006 in Orlando, in Hollywood on March 15, 2008, in Sentosa on March 18, 2010, and in Osaka on March 4, 2011.

In July 2006, the studio released its second computer-animated film Me & Mobo, which had been in active development since 1999, to mixed reviews from critics. However, it was a box office success, earning $486 million worldwide. The studio's next feature and first sequel Computeropolis 2 opened in 2007. It earned over $853 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of the year and breaking a record as the most profitable film from Universal Animation.

Reorganization, renaming (2008–2015)[edit | edit source]

In January 2008, Universal renamed its Feature Animation unit as Universal Animation Studios and merged its direct-to-video and television animation unit with the feature animation. Animators at Universal City worked on projects based at the Universal City studio, but also assisted in projects based in the Glendale UAS studio. Two months later, Universal announced a deal with up-and-coming animation studio Illumination Entertainment, positioning it as NBCUniversal's family entertainment arm within its feature animation group consisting of Universal Animation, with Wildshill overseeing Illumination as Head of Animation. This meant that Universal would be able to release as many as three animated films in a year divided between the two studios. Many felt that this decision was made to help Universal to establish itself as a competitor to Disney's feature animation group, which consists of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Wildshill later explained that, after the merger, to maintain the studios' separate identities and cultures (notwithstanding the fact of common ownership and common senior management), he and the Universal Animation executives "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; the rule ensured that each studio would maintain "local ownership" of projects and could "be proud of its own work". Thus, for example, when Universal Animation had issues with Nepola's Odyssey (2011) and Illumination with The Lorax (2012), "nobody bailed them out", and each studio was required "to solve the problem on [their] own", even when they knew there were personnel at the other studio who, theoretically, could have helped.

In July 2008, Universal Animation released its eighth feature Swapped, a CGI animated comedy that follows a young girl who uses a brain switching helmet to swap bodies in order to ditch her human life. The film opened to a much bigger than expected $43 million opening, and ended up with $376 million worldwide. Woo La La, the studio's ninth feature film, was released in 2009 and became a significant critical and commercial success, earning $532 million worldwide. The following year, Computeropolis 3, the third installment in the Computeropolis franchise, was released. The film was a box office success, earning over $783 million worldwide. However, unlike the first two Computeropolis films, Computeropolis 3 was not well-received critically. In January 2010, Melissa Hester stepped down from her position as co-head of production of Universal Animation Studios.

After Computeropolis 3, Nepola's Odyssey, directed by Gabriel Garza and Zina Supermoon creator Geo G., followed in 2011 to critical acclaim and commercial success and was nominated for several accolades; it earned $445 million in worldwide box office revenue. In September 2012, Universal named former Walt Disney Feature Animation president Peter Schneider the new president of Universal Animation and Illumination; however, in January 2013, Schneider resigned for personal reasons. The studio's next feature was Quest, released in December 2012 with mostly positive reviews from critics and grossed $426 million worldwide.

In September 2013, Universal named David Stainton, another former Disney Animation president, as the president of the Universal Animation and Illumination divisions. In December 2013, the studio released Luna & Zak, directed by Mark Dindal, to positive reviews and earned over $624 million worldwide, becoming a box office hit. Universal Animation's fourteenth film Nepola's Odyssey II, a sequel to the studio's 2011 film Nepola's Odyssey, opened in theaters in 2014, earning over $554 million worldwide, but received mixed reviews.

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

Paradoria, a CGI musical film inspired by George MacDonald's fairy tale "The Light Princess", was released in December 2015 to widespread acclaim and became a blockbuster hit. Directed by Steve Samono and Gary Hall with songs by Alan Menken, Cinco Paul and Marc Shaiman, it was the first Universal animated film to earn over $1 billion in worldwide box office revenue. It also received two Academy Award nominations.

Current years (2016–present)[edit | edit source]

On April 28, 2016, NBCUniversal announced its intent to acquire competing studio DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, making DreamWorks a sister studio to Universal Animation and Illumination Entertainment; the acquisition was later completed on August 22, 2016.

The studio's next film Imagimals, a Geo G.-directed animated film set in the world of imaginary creatures, was released in March 2017. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, it was the second Universal Animation film to cross the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office revenue. Lix, a musical comedy animated film directed by Amy McNeill which marks Universal Animation's first film to be directed by a woman, was released in December 2017 and was another commercial and critical success for the studio, grossing over $800 million worldwide and receiving two Academy Award nominations.

In June 2018, the studio, now renamed again as just Universal Animation, released the fourth installment in the Computeropolis franchise, Computeropolis: The Deep Web. The film became the third film to earn $1 billion for the studio.

The studio's next feature film was the sequel Paradoria 2, released in November 2019. The film grossed over $1 billion worldwide and received two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. According to Universal (who does not consіder the 2019 The Lion King remake to be an anіmated fіlm), Paradoria 2 is the hіghest-grossing anіmated fіlm of all tіme even after surpassing that film's box office total.

The studio's current film Imagimals 2 was theatrically released first in Canada in September 2020 while with a March 2021 release in the United States in theaters and on Peacock simultaneously and a December 2020 release internationally on Netflix due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, and grossed $52.3 million worldwide with a $200 million budget.

Upcoming releases[edit | edit source]

As of March 2021, Universal Animation is currently working on Computeropolis: Webcation (July 9, 2021) and Mechagirl (December 21, 2022), with two more films whose titles have not been announced set for release on December 20, 2023 and December 25, 2024. Other Universal Animation films in development include a film adaptation of the video game Oxenfree written and directed by Frans Vischer, an original film about a leopard gecko written and directed by John France, an adaptation of the webcomic Makeshift Miracle by Jim Zub, and an animated Woody Woodpecker film written and directed by Michael Wildshill.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Feature films[edit | edit source]

Further information: List of Universal Animation films

Released films[edit | edit source]

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s) Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 Ama and the Mysterious Crystal December 19, 1997 Universal Pictures Universal Animation facilities
Bardel Entertainment
$44 million $324 million 81% 70
2 Paint World December 25, 1999 $65 million $182 million 79% 61
3 Mistress Masham's Repose December 20, 2000 Universal Animation facilities
Bardel Entertainment
Yowza! Animation
$96 million 75% 64
4 Magina September 19, 2003 $80 million $78 million 53% 57
5 Computeropolis July 2, 2004 Universal Animation facilities $65 million $587 million 90% 76
6 Me & Mobo July 7, 2006 $74 million $486 million 41% 49
7 Computeropolis 2 July 6, 2007 $77 million $853 million 78% 62
8 Swapped July 2, 2008 Universal Animation facilities
Yowza! Animation[a]
$70 million $376 million 60% 49
9 Woo La La November 25, 2009 Universal Animation facilities
Production IG[a]
Saerom Animation[a]
$81 million $532 million 85% 73
10 Computeropolis 3 December 10, 2010 Universal Animation facilities $85 million $783 million 43% 47
11 Nepola's Odyssey September 23, 2011 Universal Pictures
Glass Ball Productions[b]
$445 million 78% 66
12 Quest December 7, 2012 Universal Pictures $82 million $426 million 77% 70
13 Luna & Zak December 13, 2013 $97 million $624 million 75% 69
14 Nepola's Odyssey II December 12, 2014 Universal Pictures
Glass Ball Productions[b]
$99 million $554 million 61% 54
15 Paradoria December 11, 2015 Universal Pictures $103 million $1.126 billion 97% 87
16 Imagimals March 3, 2017 Universal Pictures
Glass Ball Productions[b]
$110 million $1.018 billion 46% 44
17 Lix December 8, 2017 Universal Pictures $838 million 80% 70
18 Computeropolis: The Deep Web June 1, 2018 Universal Animation facilities
Yowza! Animation[a]
$200 million $1.373 billion 69% 59
19 Paradoria 2 November 8, 2019 Universal Animation facilities $200–250 million $1.682 billion 86% 75
20 Imagimals 2 September 18, 2020[c] Universal Pictures
Glass Ball Productions[b]
$200 million $52 million 72% 60

Upcoming films[edit | edit source]

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s)
21 Computeropolis: Webcation July 9, 2021 Universal Pictures Universal Animation facilities
22 Mechagirl December 21, 2022
23 Untitled Woody Woodpecker animated film 2023
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2D animated sequences only
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Uncredited
  3. Released theatrically in Canada before its American theatrical release on March 19, 2021


Television specials[edit | edit source]

# Title Release date Distributor/Co-production with Animation service(s) Network
1 Computeropolis Xmas November 22, 2011 NBCUniversal Television Distribution Universal Animation facilities NBC
2 Nepola's Mythological Holiday November 20, 2013 Reel FX Creative Studios
3 Paradoria Holiday November 15, 2016 Universal Animation facilities

Short films[edit | edit source]

# Title Release date Distributor/Co-production with Animation service(s) Release with Notes
1 Aero December 20, 2000 Universal Pictures Universal Digital Images Mistress Masham's Repose Theatrical release
2 Construction Royale June 29, 2001 Universal Animation facilities Going Francisco
3 Print 3D Errors December 7, 2004 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Computeropolis Home video release
4 Just Sommi December 5, 2006 Me & Mobo
5 Peri and Nicky Get a Flu December 11, 2007 Computeropolis 2
6 The Sounds of the Ocean November 25, 2009 Universal Pictures Woo La La Theatrical release
7 The Chat March 22, 2011 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Computeropolis 3 Home video release
8 Zeus on the Loose January 17, 2012 Rough Draft Studios Nepola's Odyssey
9 Go Party! December 7, 2012 Universal Pictures Universal Animation facilities Quest Theatrical release
10 How to Act Like a Player March 4, 2014 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Luna & Zak Home video release
11 No More Mr. Cyclops March 3, 2015 Rough Draft Studios Nepola's Odyssey II
12 Camp Jamo March 22, 2016 Universal Animation facilities Paradoria
13 Noodles
14 Getting Annoyed
15 Zip March 3, 2017 Universal Pictures Imagimals Theatrical release
16 Busho's Guide to Cool Things June 6, 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Universal Animation facilities
6 Point Harness
Home video release
17 Keena's Magical Journey December 8, 2017 Universal Pictures Universal Animation facilities Lix Theatrical release
18 Hotel Room Music March 20, 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home video release
19 An Interview with an Idol
20 Neon June 1, 2018 Universal Pictures Computeropolis: The Deep Web Theatrical release
21 Zola's Makeover October 23, 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home video release
22 Monkey Business
23 Mine! November 8, 2019 Universal Pictures Paradoria 2 Theatrical release
24 Birth November 22, 2019 NBCUniversal Television Distribution Paradoria Television release
25 Falia's Challenge February 18, 2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Paradoria 2 Home video release
26 Virtual Vinna March 20, 2020 Universal Pictures Esqua‎‎ Theatrical release
27 Cookie's Tale March 19, 2021 Imagimals 2 Theatrical and Peacock release
28 Rough Play June 8, 2021 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home video release

Miscellaneous work[edit | edit source]

Year Title Notes
2001 Going Francisco Provided story development and animation.
Co-production with Gingo Movies and Imagine Entertainment
2003 Puyo Puyo Live-action/CGI animated hybrid.
Provided animation, animated segments, and special effects.
Co-production with Gingo Movies and Amblin Entertainment
2005 Puyo Puyo 2
2006 Computeropolis: A Technical Ride Theme park ride at several Universal Studios parks and resorts.
Co-production with Universal Creative and Blur Studio
The Princess and the Pied Piper Provided story development.
Co-production with Frenzy Animation and IDT Entertainment
2011 Woo La La Experience Theme park ride at several Universal Studios parks and resorts.
Co-production with Universal Creative
2013 Nepola's Olympus Theme park ride at several Universal Studios parks and resorts.
Co-production with Universal Creative
2020 Paradoria Theme park ride at several Universal Studios parks and resorts.
Co-production with Universal Creative

Franchises[edit | edit source]

Titles Release dates Movies TV Seasons
Ama 1997–2008 4 3
Paint World 1999–2003 1 2
Computeropolis 2004–present 4 10
Woo La La 2009–2013 1 2
Nepola's Odyssey 2011–2020 2 4
Luna & Zak 2013–2020 1 3
Paradoria 2015–present 2 3
Imagimals 2017–present 2 0
Lix 2017–present 1 2

Accolades[edit | edit source]

Academy Awards[edit | edit source]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
1997 Ama and the Mysterious Crystal Best Original Score James Horner Nominated
Best Original Song "Find Your Dreams"
1999 Paint World Best Supporting Actor Haley Joel Osment (also for The Sixth Sense)
Best Original Score John Debney
Best Original Song "What I'll Do for the World" (tied with "You'll Be in My Heart") Won
2000 Aero Best Animated Short Film Amy McNeill
2004 Computeropolis Best Animated Feature Audel LaRoque and David Silverman Nominated
2007 Computeropolis 2 Audel LaRoque
Best Adapted Screenplay Thomas Lennon, Audel LaRoque and Mike Reiss
2009 The Sounds of the Ocean Best Animated Short Film Ash Brannon
Woo La La Best Animated Feature Michael Wildshill
2011 Nepola's Odyssey Geo G., Teresa Cheng and Cynthia Marion
2013 Luna & Zak Mark Dindal and Randy Fullmer
Best Original Score John Debney
2015 Paradoria Best Animated Feature Steve Samono and Gary Hall
Best Original Song "How Much I Love You"
2017 Lix Best Animated Feature Amy McNeill and John France
Best Original Song "I Wanna Be a Superstar"
2019 Paradoria 2 Best Animated Feature Steve Samono
Best Original Song "Cutest Dreams"

Golden Globe Awards[edit | edit source]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
1997 Ama and the Mysterious Crystal Best Animated Feature Film Michael Wildshill and Ralph Zondag Nominated
1999 Paint World Best Original Score John Debney
Best Original Song "What I'll Do for the World"
2004 Computeropolis Best Animated Feature Film Audel LaRoque and David Silverman
2007 Computeropolis 2 Audel LaRoque
2008 Swapped Larry Huber and Jess Riol
2009 Woo La La Michael Wildshill Won
2011 Nepola's Odyssey Geo G. Nominated
2013 Luna & Zak Mark Dindal
2014 Nepola's Odyssey II Geo G.
2015 Paradoria Steve Samono and Gary Hall
2017 Lix Best Animated Feature Amy McNeill
Best Original Song "I Wanna Be a Superstar"
2019 Paradoria 2 "Cutest Dreams"

Annie Awards[edit | edit source]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
1997 Ama and the Mysterious Crystal Best Animated Feature Film John Cohen and Roy Kobayashi Won
Directing in an Animated Feature Production Michael Wildshill and Ralph Zondag Nominated
Music in an Animated Feature Production James Horner
Voice Acting in a Feature Production Christina Ricci Won
Jason Biggs Nominated
Writing in an Animated Feature Production Michael Wildshill, Len Blum, Jonathan Roberts, and John August
1999 Paint World Best Animated Feature Film John Cohen
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Gary Hall
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production John France
Voice Acting in a Feature Production Beverley Mitchell
Music in an Animated Feature Production John Debney Won
2000 Mistress Masham's Repose Best Animated Feature Film John Cohen Nominated
Directing in an Animated Feature Production Michael Wildshill
Writing in an Animated Feature Production Michael Wildshill, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Michael J. Wilson
2003 Magina Best Animated Feature Film Chris Jenkins and Michael Wildshill
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Carlos Grangel
Animated Effects Mark Dunn
Directing in a Feature Production Ash Brannon
Music in an Animated Feature Production Randy Edelman and Stephen Schwartz
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Gregory Perler
Writing in a Feature Production Irene Mecchi and Gary Hall
2004 Computeropolis Best Animated Feature Brandon Minez and Michael Wildshill
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Shane Prigmore
Carter Goodrich
Directing in a Feature Production Audel LaRoque and David Silverman
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Yarrow Cheney
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Kurt R. Anderson, Ash Brannon, John France and Frans Vischer
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production David Spade Won
2006 Me & Mobo Best Animated Feature Roy Kobayashi Nominated
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Craig Kellman
Music in an Animated Feature Production Mark Mothersbaugh
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production John France and Jim Anderson
Voice Acting in a Feature Production Jim Carrey
Isla Fisher
2007 Computeropolis 2 Best Animated Feature Brandon Minez and Michael Wildshill
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial "Computeropolis 2" Won
Voice Acting in a Feature Production Jesse McCartney Nominated
David Spade
Sarah Silverman
Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production Nick Boening
Character Design In an Animated Film John France
Directing in a Feature Production Audel LaRoque
Music in a Feature Production John Debney and Heitor Pereira
Production Design in a Feature Production Cynthia Marion and Shane Prigmore
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Sherm Cohen
2008 Swapped Voice Acting in a Feature Production Dave Foley
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Cynthia Marion and Shannon Tindle
2009 Woo La La Best Animated Feature Jess Riol
Voice Acting in a Feature Production Matt Damon
George Takei
Character Design In an Animated Film Carter Goodrich
Directing in a Feature Production Michael Wildshill
Music in a Feature Production Hans Zimmer
Production Design in a Feature Production Yarrow Cheney
2010 Computeropolis 3 Best Animated Feature Cynthia Marion
Animated Effects in an Animated Production Karen Stimson, Nero Speckman, Marius Lennon, Matt Tong and Mike Warden
Character Design In an Animated Film Craig Kellman and John France
Music in a Feature Production John Debney
Production Design in a Feature Production Yarrow Cheney
2011 Nepola's Odyssey Best Animated Feature Teresa Cheng and Cynthia Marion
Outstanding Achievement in Animated Effects in an Animated Production William Jennings, Adam Macklin, Sansone Henery, Nobe Rando, Jack Reed, Ken Russel and Nick Boening
Voice Acting in a Feature Production Sarah Jessica Parker
Elijah Wood
Seth Rogen
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Craig Kellman
Character Design In an Animated Film
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Gary Hall, Nester Ormond, Emmott Charny and Darren Renaud
2012 Quest Best Animated Feature Daniel Ross
Voice Acting in a Feature Production Ryan Reynolds
Simon Pegg
Constance Wu
Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production Alexander Bates
Character Design In an Animated Film Carlos Grangel
Directing in a Feature Production Audel LaRoque and Karey Kirkpatrick
Music in an Animated Feature Production Mark Mancina
2013 Luna & Zak Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Craig Kellman and Carlos Grangel
Storyboarding in a Feature Production Martin Fuller
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Anne Hathaway
Writing in an Animated Feature Production David Reynolds, Mike Moon, Brad Copeland, and J. Stewart Burns
2014 Nepola's Odyssey II Best Animated Feature Teresa Cheng and John Cohen
Voice Acting in a Feature Production Elijah Wood
Isla Fisher
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Craig Kellman
Directing in a Feature Production Geo G.
Music in a Feature Production Mark Mothersbaugh
Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production Chris Abazzi, Kendrick Overly, Orren Sulzberger, Chrissy Frechette and Henry Adams
2015 Paradoria Best Animated Feature Amy McNeill and Daniel Ross
Outstanding Achievement in Animated Effects in an Animated Production Chris Abazzi, Matt Beckson, Nick Boening, Chrissy Frechette, Rick Greene, Greg Marshall and Randy Travelers
Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production Carlos Baena, Bob Cokinn
Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Carlos Grangel, Glen Keane, Craig Kellman, Jin Kim, Shiyoon Kim, Shannon Tindle and Peter de Sève
Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Feature Production Steve Samono and Gary Hall
Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature Production Alan Menken
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Yarrow Cheney, John France, Craig Kellman, Pete Oswald and Shane Prigmore
Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Louie del Carmen and Emmott Charny
Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Finn Wolfhard
Outstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated Feature Production Steve Samono, John Hamburg, and Laurie Craig
Outstanding Achievement in Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Rob Carpenter, Cody Moore, Frank S. Oliver, Alan Rodgers and Tom F. Warner
2017 Imagimals Best Animated Feature John Cohen and Michael Wildshill
Animated Effects in an Animated Production Alexander Bates, William Jennings, Bob Cokinn and Chris Abazzi
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Craig Kellman
Music in an Animated Feature Production Mark Mothersbaugh
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production H. Lee Peterson, John Bryant, Alan Rodgers and Tom F. Warner
Lix Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Shiyoon Kim and Cynthia Marion
Music in an Animated Feature Production John Debney
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Shannon Stein
2018 Computeropolis: The Deep Web Best Animated Feature Mary Parent and Adam Stephenson Miller
Music in an Animated Feature Production John Debney and Heitor Pereira
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Floyd Norman
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Cody Moore
2019 Paradoria 2 Best Animated Feature Amy McNeill and Daniel Ross
Voice Acting in a Feature Production AnnaSophia Robb
Music in an Animated Feature Production Alan Menken

Critics' Choice Awards[edit | edit source]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
1997 Ama and the Mysterious Crystal Best Animated Feature Michael Wildshill and Ralph Zondag Won
1999 Paint World Best Composer John Debney
2000 Mistress Masham's Repose Best Animated Feature Michael Wildshill Nominated
2003 Magina Ash Brannon
2004 Computeropolis Audel LaRoque and David Silverman
2007 Computeropolis 2 Audel LaRoque
2009 Woo La La Michael Wildshill
2011 Nepola's Odyssey Geo G.
2014 Nepola's Odyssey II
2015 Paradoria Steve Samono and Gary Hall Won
2017 Imagimals Geo G. and Charles Zembillas Nominated
Lix Amy McNeill and John France
2018 Computeropolis: The Deep Web Audel LaRoque
2019 Paradoria 2 Steve Samono

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Universal Animation is often described by fans as the Universal counterpart of Walt Disney Animation Studios while Illumination is described as the Universal counterpart of Pixar.
  • Starting with Computeropolis: The Deep Web in 2018, the word "studios" was removed from the logo, making the company known simply as Universal Animation.

See also[edit | edit source]


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Theatrical films
Ama and the Mysterious Crystal (1997) • Paint World (1999) • Mistress Masham's Repose (2000) • Magina (2003) • Computeropolis (2004) • Me & Mobo (2006) • Computeropolis 2 (2007) • Swapped (2008) • Woo La La (2009) • Computeropolis 3 (2010) • Nepola's Odyssey (2011) • Quest (2012) • Luna & Zak (2013) • Nepola's Odyssey II (2014) • Paradoria (2015) • Imagimals (2017) • Lix (2017) • Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018) • Paradoria 2 (2019) • Imagimals 2 (2020)
Upcoming films
Computeropolis: Webcation (2021) • Mechagirl (2022)
Short films
Aero (2000) • Construction Royale (2001) • Print 3D Errors (2004) • Computeropolis: A Technical Ride (2006) • Just Sommi (2006) • Peri and Nicky Get a Flu (2007) • The Sounds of the Ocean (2009) • The Chat (2011) • Zeus on the Loose (2012) • Go Party! (2012) • How to Act Like a Player (2014) • No More Mr. Cyclops (2015) • Camp Jamo (2016) • Noodles (2016) • Getting Annoyed (2016) • Zip (2017) • Busho's Guide to Cool Things (2017) • Keena's Magical Journey (2017) • Neon (2018) • Zola's Makeover (2018) • Monkey Business (2018) • Mine! (2019) • Birth (2019) • Falia's Challenge (2020) • Virtual Vinna (2020) • Cookie's Tale (2021)
Franchises
Ama (1997–present) • Paint World (1999–present) • Computeropolis (2004–present) • Nepola's Odyssey (2011–present) • Paradoria (2015–present) • Imagimals (2017–present) • Lix (2017–present)
Directors
Michael WildshillAudel LaRoqueAsh BrannonSteve SamonoGeo G.Mike MoonGary HallKarey KirkpatrickJohn FranceMark DindalFrans VischerAmy McNeill
Producers
John CohenBrandon MinezJim AndersonCynthia Marion‎‎Teresa ChengAmy McNeillRandy FullmerRoy KobayashiMary Parent
Writers
Len BlumThomas LennonIrene MecchiKarey KirkpatrickJoe StillmanMike ReissBrian LynchErica RivinojaLaurie CraigJohn HamburgDavid ReynoldsDarren Lemke
Associated Figures
Michael WildshillJohn CohenDavid Stainton
Signature Voice Actors
Jodi BensonHarland WilliamsElijah WoodRob CorddryDan FoglerJim CummingsJohn DiMaggioMichael WildshillCynthia Marion‎‎Gary HallAmy McNeillChris ParnellPatrick StewartKari WahlgrenFrank WelkerDee Bradley BakerBill FarmerTara Strong
Signature Musicians
James HornerJohn DebneyHeitor PereiraMark Mothersbaugh
Visual Development & Storyboard Artists
Craig KellmanJohn FranceCarter GoodrichShane PrigmoreYarrow CheneyShannon TindleCynthia Marion‎‎Geo G.Shiyoon KimJin Kim


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Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
Universal PicturesUniversal Pictures Home EntertainmentUniversal AnimationIlluminationIllumination Mac GuffDreamWorks AnimationFocus FeaturesGramercy PicturesWorking Title FilmsNBCUniversal Entertainment Japan
Television Production
NBCUniversal Television DistributionUniversal TelevisionUniversal Television AnimationGingo AnimationNightHouse AnimationDreamWorks Animation Television
Former Studios
MCA Inc.Pacific Data ImagesUniversal Interactive
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal Orlando Resort (Universal Studios FloridaIslands of AdventureCityWalk) • Universal Studios JapanUniversal Studios SingaporeUniversal Studios Beijing


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