Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Animated Production Among Us ... Again

Now with Add-On!

As I write, this minute, the Animation Guild has 3.467 people working under its jurisdiction.

This is a long way from the 700 artists, writers and technicians who were employed under a contract in 1989, but hey. Twenty-seven years ago, animation was the ugly, beaten step-child of the movie and television industry. Now it is not only beloved, but a big profit center in Tinsel Town (which explains why it's now beloved).

TV work has steadily grown over the past three years, and looks to be growing some more in 2016. DreamWorks Animation TV is steaming ahead with new orders from Netflix, and the conglomerates (Disney, Time-Warner, Fox) are developing new content.

There have been a number of new studios that have entered the Los Angeles market. Some, like Original Force 3-D Animation, the Guild has signed contracts with. Others, like Alpha Animation Inc., remain unorganized. (Both of these studios come from mainland China). There are small TV animation studios (like Wild Canary and Robin Red Breast) doing sub-contracting work for the majors, and a few like Splash Entertainment (formerly Moonscoop, formerly Mike Young Productions) doing original content with larger partners.

The long and short of it is, the Los Angeles animation scene is active and vibrant; if there wasn't a country to our north giving away fistfuls of Free Money, it would be even more vibrant. But even with the subsidized cartoon work force in Canada, Los Angeles is doing all right. As the list directly below will attest. ...

Kindly note that there is big overlap with this post's previous incarnation, but also a lot of new projects. As before, feel free to comment at the bottom; we will add or subtract shows as needed, for we are not all-seeing nor infallible. ...

(Mainly guild work, but also some non-guild productions. Obviously the list will be amended as we go along, no?)

Alcon Entertainment/Appian Way

Pete the Cat

Bento Box

Legends – multi episodes
Bob’s Burgers – multi episodes ...

Bureau of Magic - Amazon

Lost in Oz

Cartoon Network

Power Puff Girls – multi episodes
Ben 10 – multi episodes
(Above shows = high international demand.)
Regular Show – multi episodes
Adventure Time -- multi episodes
Stephen Universe – multi episodes
Clarence – multi episodes
Royals – multi episodes
Uncle Grandpa – multi episodes
Mixels – episode
We Bare Bears
Samurai Jack
Various pilots
OK-KO – Let’s Be Heroes
(Additional unannounced shows in development for multiple distribution platforms.)

Cosmic Toast (non-signator)

Lalaloopsy – multi episodes

Disney Television Animation

Star Vs. Forces of Evil – multi episodes
Mickey shorts – ongoing.
Big Hero 6: The Series
Mickey and the Roadster Racers (CG show) – multi episodes
Tangled – multi episodes
The Lion Guard – multi episodes
The 7D -- multi-episodes (wrapping end of season 2)
Pickle And Peanut – multi episodes
Future-Worm! – multi episodes
Duck Tales – multi episodes
Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer – multi episodes
Wicked World – multi episodes
Sophia the First – multi episodes
Elena of Avalor – multi episodes
Goldie and Bear -- new episodes
Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer -- new series
Country Club -- new series
Vampirina -- newer series
Puppy Dog Tales -- newer series

Dream East Pictures(non-union)

Magic Deer

DreamWorks Animation

Puss in Boots 2

(Other jams and jellies in development).

DreamWorks Animation TV

Croods – multi episodes
Vegie Tales – multi episodes
Peabody and Sherman (wrapping up)
King Julien – multi episodes
Dinotrux – multi episodes
Puss in Boots – multi episodes
Unannounced projects – multi episodes)
Dragons of Berk – multi episodes
Felix the Cat – DHX/Dreamworks
Harvey Girls
(Projects in development.)

Film Roman

(Note that FR has recently been sold by Starz Media to a new holding company, that corporate topkick Dana Booten has resigned from the company but founder Phil Roman has returned, and that there are various projects in development.

However, the company is no longer doing "Ultimate Spiderman" or "The Simpsons". Spidey moved to Marvel Animation under a different title, and the Yellow Family shifted to Fox Animation as of January 1st.

Fox TV Animation

Family Guy – multi episodes
The Simpsons – multi episodes (moved from Film Roman)
American Dad – multi episodes


Rescue Bots – multi episodes
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Micronauts (2D series)
Stretch Armstrong

Illumination Entertainment

(Some feature story work done in L.A.; production at the MacGuff studios in Paris.)

Marvel Animation Studios

Spiderman (new version)
Avengers Assemble – multi episodes
Guardians of the Galaxy – multi episodes


Pinky Malinky
Shimmer and Shine
Pig, Goat, Banana, Cricket
The Loud House
Harvey Beaks
Sanjay and Craig
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Spongebob Squarepants
Fairly Odd Parents
Welcome to the Wayne
Bunsen Is a Beast

(The above show are multiple episodes in various stages of work. Several have just been announced as new series or renewed series.)

Original Force 3-D Animation

Duck Duck Goose Goose
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

(A new company recently signed; located in Culver City. See information here.)

Paramount Animation

Sponge Bob 3

(Also, too, multiple other feature projects in Development.)

Renegade Animation (non-signator)

The Tom and Jerry Show

Six Point Harness (non-signator)

Hollow Gauntlet

Shadow Machine (non-signator)

Bojack – multi episodes

Sony Pictures Animation

Surf's Up 2

Starburns Industries

Rick and Morty – multi episodes
Animals – multi episodes

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (non-signator)

Robot Chicken
Lego Scooby Doo
WWE Slam City

Titmouse* (Robin Red Breast)

Fancy Bastards – pilot (waiting series pickup)
Niko and the Sword of Light (with Amazon)

Universal Cartoon Studios

Land Before Time
Alvin and the Chipmunks

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Moana (in production)
Gigantic (next up)
Frozen 2
Wreck-It Ralph 2

Warner Animation Group

Lego Batman
Lego 2
Billion Brick Race
(and various others)

Warner Bros. Animation

Scooby Doo Wild West
WWE Meets Jetsons
Be Cool, Scooby Doo
Bunnicula – multi episodes
Justice League Action – multi episodes
Mike Tyson Mysteries – multi episodes
Teen Titans Go! – multi episodes
DC Girls (online show)
Green Eggs and Ham (online show)
(Unannounced shows in development.)

Wild Canary

Miles From Tomorrowland
Puppy Capers
Sheriff Callie

Add On New television series keeping coming and coming:

Disney XD is expanding their original series roster.

The network has greenlit two animated comedies, Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer and Country Club.

Billy Dilley’s hails from Aaron Springer (SpongeBob SquarePants) and will premiere in 2017, while Country Club comes from comic book creators Chris and Shane Houghton (Harvey Beaks) are is slated to launch in 2018. Both are produced by Disney Television Animation (TVA). ...

Kindly note that the number of projects contained in this post has been steadily expanding over the last few days.


inquisitivewordsmith said...

I believe Dreamworks is also at work on Voltron and Trollhunters for Netflix. It also looks like Turbo FAST is pretty much done.

Steve Hulett said...

You''re right. Corrections will be made.

N/A said...

Nothing for Disneytoon Studios? Are they shutting it down?

Steve Hulett said...

Disneytoon has a little something in development, but the facility on Sonora is being (mostly) used by Walt Disney Animation Studios while crew is out of the Hat Building on Riverside Drive.

Speaking of the Hat, employees are now re-occupying the 2nd and 3rd floors while the 1st floor and basement continue with re-construction. (The top two levels look GREAT, by the way. A total make-over from the structure's first incarnation).

Digamma-F-Wau said...

Misha pls go
(before you get confused it's a /sug/ in-joke)

Adam Martinez said...

A couple things about Universal:
A) Land Before Time? Does this mean more sequels?
B) Alvin and the Chipmunks??
C) Is Curious George done?
D) I heard somewhere that Bill Kopp was developing a Woody Woodpecker project. Did that ever go anywhere?

Sebastian C said...
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Sebastian C said...

Why MLP Friendship Is Magic isnt listed ,it isnt getting a seven season and its ending afther the 2017 movie?

SleepyBat said...

Just to make a minor correction: Milo Murphy's Law at Disney Television Animation?

SleepyBat said...

Is Mixels going to be continuing after this next episode or is it wrapping up? (It's okay if you don't have that information -- even with the CN Studios production it's still a LEGO property and surely they might be a bit secretive about it)

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