Nickelodeon Movies

Nickelodeon Movies is the theatrical motion picture production arm of the Nickelodeon TV channel. Founded in 1996, the company released its first film Harriet the Spy in 1996. It has produced family features and films based on Nickelodeon programs, as well as other adaptations and original projects. Its films are co-produced and/or distributed by fellow ViacomCBS division Paramount Pictures. The studio's highest-grossing films are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), which grossed $493.3 million worldwide, The Adventures of Tintin (2011),[1] which grossed $374 million worldwide, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015), which grossed $323.4 million worldwide.

Nickelodeon Movies
Production arm of Nickelodeon
Founded1996 (1996)
Area served
ProductsMotion pictures
Paramount Pictures


Nickelodeon/20th Century Fox deal (1993–95)

In 1993, Nickelodeon forged a 2-year contract with 20th Century Fox to make feature films. The joint venture would mostly produce new material, though a Nickelodeon executive did not rule out the possibility of making films based on The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats and Doug.[2] None of the movies were produced due to the 1994 acquisition of Paramount Pictures by Nickelodeon's parent company, Viacom, and they would distribute the movies instead. With the creative differences with John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy and an inability to market that property in a family-friendly manner instead of a "cynical and gross humor" scuttled that film.[3][4] However, Paramount and Viacom would go forward and start development on The Rugrats Movie a year after the acquisition.

The Nickelodeon version of the Doug film was not made due to the acquisition of the show's production studio, Jumbo Pictures, by The Walt Disney Company in 1996. With this, the show moved to Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC Kids and ABC. In 1999, Walt Disney Pictures released the film adaptation of Disney’s Doug, Doug's 1st Movie; the movie serves as the series finale.

Nickelodeon Movies (1996–98)

Nickelodeon Movies was then founded in 1996. On July 10, 1996, the studio released its first film, Harriet the Spy, a spy-comedy film based on the 1964 novel of the same name.

On July 25, 1997, the studio then released another film, Good Burger, a comedy film, starring Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Abe Vigoda, Dan Schneider, Shar Jackson, Josh Server, Lori Beth Denberg, Jan Schweiterman, Linda Cardellini and Sinbad. It was based on the Good Burger sketch on Nickelodeon's popular sketch comedy series All That.

On November 20, 1998, the studio released The Rugrats Movie, Nickelodeon Movies' first animated film and the first Nicktoon to be shown in theaters. It received mixed critical reception, but despite this, the movie became a box office success, earning $100,494,675 in the domestic box office and $140,894,675 worldwide.[5] It also became the first non-Disney animated film to gross over $100,000,000 domestically and was the studio's first film to receive a G rating from the MPAA. The success of the film led to two sequels.


On February 11, 2000, the studio released Snow Day, a comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Chris Elliott, Zena Grey, Josh Peck, Mark Webber, Schuyler Fisk, Jade Yorker and Emmanuelle Chriqui. This film met negative reviews, yet it grossed $62,464,731 worldwide.

Nine months later, the studio released Rugrats in Paris: The Movie on November 17, 2000. It is the first sequel to The Rugrats Movie, and grossed $76,507,756 at the domestic box-office and $103,291,131 worldwide.[6] The movie received favorable reviews, becoming the most critically acclaimed Rugrats film to date.

On December 21, 2001, the studio released its first CGI animated film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It is based on a series of shorts that aired on Nickelodeon in 1998. It became a critical and box-office success, earning $80,936,232 in the United States and $102,992,536 worldwide. It stars voice actors Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Carolyn Lawrence, Jeffrey Garcia, and Candi Milo, and co-starred Martin Short and Patrick Stewart. On March 24, 2002, this movie was nominated for the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Shrek.[7] It is the first Nickelodeon film to be nominated for an Academy Award. The success of the film spawned this film into a TV series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, which aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006.

On March 29, 2002, the studio released Clockstoppers, a sci-fi action film, starring Jesse Bradford, Paula Garcés, and French Stewart. This film received negative reviews and was a minor box office success, only earning $36,989,956 in the United States and $38,793,283 worldwide.


On June 28, 2002, Nickelodeon Movies released Hey Arnold!: The Movie, starring the series's original cast members and guest starring Paul Sorvino as Scheck, the CEO of a real estate company called Future Tech Industries (FTI). The film received negative reviews and grossed $15.2 million.[8] It was originally going to be a TV film entitled Arnold Saves the Neighborhood, but executives of Paramount Pictures decided to release this film theatrically. It was the first animated film from Nickelodeon to get a PG rating.

In 2002 and 2003, the studio, along with Klasky Csupo, released two films based on popular TV shows, The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Rugrats Go Wild, respectively. The Wild Thornberrys Movie was released on December 20, 2002, starring the show's original cast members, Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, Danielle Harris, Michael "Flea" Balzary, and Tom Kane. This film received positive reviews and was a box office success. It only grossed $40.1 million domestically and $60.7 million worldwide. On March 23, 2003, this film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.[9]

Rugrats Go Wild was later released on June 13, 2003. This film met with mixed critical reception and was a minor box office success, unlike previous Rugrats movies, only earning $39.4 million in the United States and $55.4 million worldwide. This film is also the only Rugrats film to receive a PG rating.[10]

On November 19, 2004, Nickelodeon released The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, based on the popular Nickelodeon television series, SpongeBob SquarePants. This film grossed $85.4 million in the United States and $140.2 million worldwide.[11] The success of this film led to a sequel,[12] and it was adapted into various media, including its own video game, soundtrack, books, and toy line.


With the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Nickelodeon Movies returned to making box-office hits. The studio purchased the film rights of the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series in May 2000.[13] Paramount Pictures, owner of Nickelodeon Movies, agreed to co-finance, along with Scott Rudin.[14] Various directors, including Terry Gilliam and Roman Polanski, were interested in making the film. One of author Daniel Handler's favorite candidates was Guy Maddin. In June 2002, Barry Sonnenfeld was hired to direct. He was chosen because he had previously collaborated with Rudin and because of his black comedy directing style as seen in The Addams Family, Addams Family Values and Get Shorty.[15] Sonnenfeld referred to the Lemony Snicket books as his favorite children's stories.[16] The director hired Handler to write the script[17] with the intention of making Lemony Snicket as a musical, and cast Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in September 2002.[17] Sonnenfeld eventually left over budget concerns in January 2003 and director Brad Silberling took over. This film was released on December 17, 2004, a month after The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released. It became a huge box office success, earning $118,634,549 at the United States box office and $209,073,645 worldwide. This film won an Academy Award for Best Makeup in 2005.

In 2005, the studio and Paramount Classics purchased a documentary film, Mad Hot Ballroom, at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It became the studios' first (and, so far, only) documentary film and their only film to have a limited theatrical release. It grossed $8,117,961 in the United States and $9,079,042 worldwide. It also was a huge critical success.

Several months later, the studio and Paramount Pictures released their first co-production with both Columbia Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer and released a family comedy film, Yours, Mine and Ours, a remake of the 1968 film of the same name. This film stars Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. This film was critically panned, but was a modest box office success, earning $53,412,862 in the United States and $72,028,752 worldwide.

On June 16, 2006, Nickelodeon released the wrestling comedy film Nacho Libre. It is very loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta. This film stars Jack Black, Héctor Jiménez, and Ana de la Reguera. This film met with mixed critical reception, but was a box office success, earning $80,197,993 in the domestic box office and grossed $99,255,460 worldwide. A sequel to this film is being considered.[18][19]

Two months later, the studio released another CGI film, Barnyard, starring the voices of Kevin James, as Otis, a carefree cow who loves throwing parties, David Koechner as Dag, a red coyote, Sam Elliott as Ben, Otis's father and the leader of the barnyard, and voice actors Cam Clarke, Jeff Garcia, S. Scott Bullock, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Fred Tatasciore, and Rob Paulsen. This film met with negative critical reception, but was a box office success, earning $72,637,803 at the United States box office and grossed $116,476,887 worldwide. Like Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the film's success has spawned into a TV show, Back at the Barnyard, which ran from 2007 to 2011 on Nickelodeon, longer than The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Chris Hardwick replaced Kevin James as the role for Otis.

On December 15, 2006, the studio released Charlotte's Web, a family drama film based on E. B. White's popular book of the same name, starring Dakota Fanning, Kevin Anderson, Beau Bridges, and the voices of Dominic Scott Kay, Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates, with Thomas Haden Church and Cedric the Entertainer. This film became a critical and box office success, earning $82,985,708 in the United States and $144,877,632 worldwide. This is Nickelodeon's first G-rated film in five years and first live-action film rated G as well as being the studio's highest-grossing film with that rating. Dakota Fanning won a Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress at the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards.

2 years later on February 14, 2008, the studio released The Spiderwick Chronicles, a fantasy drama film based on the bestselling book of the same name, starring Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Short, Nick Nolte, and Seth Rogen. This film was released in both regular and IMAX theaters and received favorable reviews and was a box office success, earning $71,195,053 in the United States and $162,839,667 outside of the United States.[20]

On July 28, 2008, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies released a coming-of-age comedy film, Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging, based on two bestselling British novels by Louise Rennison, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers. The film met with positive reviews and was a box office success. It was released in theaters in the United Kingdom, earning £8,647,770 and grossed £13,835,569 worldwide. To date, it has a direct-to-DVD release in the United States and has made its U.S. premiere on Nick at Nite on March 12, 2009. It is also the first film from Nickelodeon Movies to receive a PG-13 rating.

On January 16, 2009, Hotel for Dogs was released, starring Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Johnny Simmons, Kyla Pratt, Troy Gentile, with Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle. It is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. This film received mixed reviews from film critics, but was a box office success, earning $73,034,460 in the United States box office and grossed $117,000,198 worldwide. It is distributed by DreamWorks. This marks the first film from Nickelodeon to be distributed outside of Paramount Pictures. However, it is still distributed under Paramount.

5 months later on June 12, 2009, Paramount Pictures reunited with Nickelodeon Movies and released Imagine That, a comedy-drama film starring Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker, Martin Sheen, Marin Hinkle, and Yara Shahidi. This film received very unpleasant reviews, mainly criticizing Murphy's performance, and earned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor in 2010, only to lose to The Jonas Brothers' performances in Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience as themselves. It was also a box office failure, only earning $16,123,323 at the domestic box office and grossed only $22,985,194 worldwide.


On January 8, 2007, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies announced that they had signed M. Night Shyamalan to write, direct and produce a trilogy of live-action films based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, the first of which would encompass the main characters' adventures in Book One.[21] This film was later released in theaters in 3D on July 1, 2010 and was universally panned by critics, fans, and even from audiences that weren't familiar with the TV series and is often considered one of the worst movies ever made. This was the studio's first feature film released in 3-D. On its opening day in the United States, The Last Airbender made $16 million, ranking fifth overall for Thursday openings.[22] Despite negative critical reception, the film was a box office success, and grossed $131,601,062 in the United States box office, also grossed $187,340,196 in other countries, making for a total of $318,941,258 worldwide.

On March 4, 2011, Nickelodeon Movies released Rango, a CGI-animated western comedy film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant and Ned Beatty. The film was produced by Gore Verbinski's production company Blind Wink, and Graham King's GK Films. The CGI animation was created by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), marking its first full-length animated feature. ILM usually does visual effects for live-action films.[23] It is also the first animated film for Verbinski. During voice recording, the actors received costumes and sets to "give them the feel of the Wild West"; star Johnny Depp had 20 days in which to voice Rango and the filmmakers scheduled the supporting actors to interact with him.[24] Verbinski said his attempt with Rango was to do a "small" film after the large-scale Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, but that he underestimated how painstaking and time-consuming animated filmmaking is.[23][24] This film has met universal acclaim from critics and general audiences alike and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The success of Rango led Paramount to create its own animation studio, Paramount Animation.

9 months later, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies partnered with Columbia Pictures once again and released The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, a performance-captured animated 3D film, directed by director Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, based on three of the comic book series of the same name by Hergé, The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham's Treasure (1944). This film was released in 3D and IMAX 3D theaters, as well normal "2D" theaters, and earned $77,591,831 in North America and $296,402,120 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $373,993,951.[1] It also was studio's first animated film to be shown in 3D. John Williams, the composer for the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score. This film became the first non-Pixar film to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and is the first Nickelodeon film to do so.

On February 28, 2012, a sequel to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie titled The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was announced to be in production, and was scheduled to be released in 2015. Philippe Dauman, the president and CEO of the studio's parent company Viacom, told sources:[25]

"We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort."

Dauman also once again said that the Paramount animation productions will be a new opportunity for his company as they will each cost less than $100 million, and the animation unit will only have 30 to 40 people, allowing for good financial returns and profits. Thanks to modern technology, the films still look "great" despite the lower cost, he said. He also lauded his studio team for winning an animation Oscar for Rango, the studio's first fully owned CGI effort. "We're very proud of that," he said.[25][26]

The sequel was directed by Paul Tibbitt, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, produced by Mary Parent, and executive-produced by the series' creator, Stephen Hillenburg.[27] The series' cast members reprised their roles from the first film.[28] The sequel was animated using the same animation style (traditional animation) as the TV show was.[29]

In 2012, following the news of the Viacom buyout of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, it was announced that Nickelodeon would produce a new film through Paramount Pictures with an expected release date sometime in 2012.[30] In late May 2011, it was announced that Paramount and Nickelodeon had brought Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form on to produce the next film that would reboot the film series.[31] Bay, Fuller, and Form would produce alongside Walker and Mednick. For the script, the studio originally hired Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to write the film for close to a million dollars. A year later the studio turned to writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec to rewrite the script.[31][32] In February 2012, Jonathan Liebesman was brought into negotiations to direct the film. It was released on August 8, 2014.

The studio released a Halloween comedy film, Fun Size, which opened on October 26, 2012, starring Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, and Thomas Mann. This film met with negative reviews, and was a box office failure. It grossed $11.4 million, and is the lowest wide-grossed film ever produced by Nickelodeon Movies.

A reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened on August 8, 2014. It was the biggest opening weekend for any movie produced by Nickelodeon Movies, grossing over $65 million in its first three days of release in the United States. It has since become Nickelodeon Movies's highest-grossing movie domestically (in North America) and worldwide, with over $191 million domestically and a total of $493.3 million worldwide.

On February 6, 2015, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the second film based on SpongeBob SquarePants, was released. The film grossed almost $163 million in the United States and $323.4 million worldwide, making it the third-most successful film produced by the studio.

On June 3, 2016, the studio released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. This met mixed reviews, but grossed $240.6 million worldwide.

Nickelodeon Movies was also involved in the film Monster Trucks, though merely as a label partner as Paramount vacillated several times about including the Nickelodeon Movies vanity card within the film. It was released on January 13, 2017 as a critical and box-office flop.

An original animated feature produced by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies in association with Ilion Animation Studios, titled Wonder Park, released on March 15, 2019 with reviews being mixed and was a minor box office success. A television series based on it, which is titled Adventures in Wonder Park, is scheduled to air on Nickelodeon in the near future.[33]

On August 9, 2019, the studio released the first film based on a Nick Jr. series Dora the Explorer, titled Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Produced by Paramount Players, it is directed by James Bobin. It received positive reviews and was a box office success.

Nickelodeon Movies distributed an original feature called Playing with Fire, starring John Cena, and directed by Andy Fickman. The film was released on November 8, 2019. It received negative reviews, but was a modest box office success.

Upcoming projects

A third film in the SpongeBob SquarePants film series, titled The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, will be released on May 22, 2020, with former writer Tim Hill directing and co-writing. It is the first SpongeBob film not involving series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died on November 26, 2018 from ALS.[34][35][36]


Release date Film Director(s) Story by Screenwriter(s) Co-production with Budget Gross (millions)
July 10, 1996 Harriet the Spy Bronwen Hughes Greg Taylor and Julie Talen Douglas Petrie and Theresa Rebeck Rastar $12,000,000 $26.6
July 25, 1997 Good Burger Brian Robbins Dan Schneider, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert Tollin/Robbins Productions $8,500,000 $23.7
November 20, 1998 The Rugrats Movie Norton Virgien and Igor Kovalyov David N. Weiss and J. David Stem Klasky Csupo $24,000,000 $140.9
February 11, 2000 Snow Day Chris Koch Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi C.O.R.E. $13,000,000 $62.5
November 17, 2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Stig Bergqvist and Paul Demeyer J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jill Gorey, Barbara Herndon and Kate Boutilier Klasky Csupo $30,000,000 $103.3
December 21, 2001 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius John A. Davis John A. Davis and Steve Oedekerk John A. Davis, Steve Oedekerk, J. David Stern and David N. Weiss O Entertainment
DNA Productions
$30,000,000 $103
March 29, 2002 Clockstoppers Jonathan Frakes Rob Hedden, Andy Hedden, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss Rob Hedden, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss Valhalla Motion Pictures $26,000,000 $38.8
June 28, 2002 Hey Arnold!: The Movie Tuck Tucker Craig Bartlett and Steve Viksten Snee-Oosh, Inc. $3,000,000 $15.2
December 20, 2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Cathy Malkasian and Jeff McGrath Kate Boutilier Klasky Csupo $25,000,000 $60.7
June 13, 2003 Rugrats Go Wild Norton Vergien and John Eng $25,000,000 $55.4
November 19, 2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Stephen Hillenburg Stephen Hillenburg Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, Stephen Hillenburg, Kent Osborne, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt United Plankton Pictures $30,000,000 $140.2
December 17, 2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Brad Silberling Robert Gordon DreamWorks Pictures
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
$140,000,000 $209.1
May 13, 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom Marilyn Argrelo Amy Sewell Paramount Classics
Just One Production
$500,000 $9.1
November 23, 2005 Yours, Mine & Ours Raja Gosnell Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr. Bob Hilgenberg, Rob Muir, Ron Burch and David Kidd Robert Simonds Company
Columbia Pictures
$45,000,000 $72
June 16, 2006 Nacho Libre Jared Hess Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess and Mike White HH Films $35,000,000 $99.3
August 4, 2006 Barnyard Steve Oedekerk O Entertainment $51,000,000 $116.5
December 15, 2006 Charlotte's Web Gary Winick Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick The Kerner Entertainment Company
Walden Media
$85,000,000 $144.9
February 14, 2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Mark Waters Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum and John Sayles The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Atmosphere Pictures
$90,000,000 $162.8
July 25, 2008 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Gurinder Chadha Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi N/A $997,955 $14.9
January 16, 2009 Hotel for Dogs Thor Freudenthal Jeff Lowell, Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley DreamWorks Pictures
Cold Spring Pictures
The Montecito Picture Company
The Donners' Company
$35,000,000 $117
June 12, 2009 Imagine That Karey Kirkpatrick Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson Di Bonaventura Pictures
Goldcrest Pictures
Internationale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Sud III GmbH Ko.
$55,000,000 $23
June 30, 2010 The Last Airbender M. Night Shyamalan Blinding Edge Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
$150,000,000 $319.7
March 4, 2011 Rango Gore Verbinski John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit John Logan Blind Wink Productions
GK Films
Industrial Light & Magic
$135,000,000 $245.7
December 21, 2011 The Adventures of Tintin Steven Spielberg Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish Columbia Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
WingNut Films
Hemisphere Media Capital
$135,000,000 $374
October 26, 2012 Fun Size Josh Schwartz Max Werner [[Anonymous Content]
Fake Empire Productions
$14,000,000 $11.4
August 8, 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jonathan Liebesman Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty Platinum Dunes
Gama Entertainment
Mednick Productions
Heavy Metal
$125,000,000 $493.3
February 6, 2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Paul Tibbitt Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger United Plankton Pictures
Paramount Animation
$74,000,000 $323.4
June 3, 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Dave Green Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec Platinum Dunes
China Movie Media Group
Gama Entertainment
Mednick Productions
Smithrowe Entertainment
$135,000,000 $245.6
January 13, 2017 Monster Trucks Chris Wedge Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Matthew Robinson Derek Connolly Paramount Animation
Disruption Entertainment
$125,000,000 $64.5
March 15, 2019 Wonder Park Dylan Brown (uncredited)[37][38] Robert Gordon, Josh Appelbaum, and André Nemec Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec Ilion Animation Studios
Paramount Animation
$100,000,000 $119.6
August 9, 2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold James Bobin Tom Wheeler and Nicholas Stoller Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson[39] Paramount Players
Walden Media[40]
Media Rights Capital
Burr! Productions
$49,000,000 $113.5
November 8, 2019 Playing with Fire Andy Fickman Dan Ewen Dan Ewen and Matthew Lieberman Paramount Players
Walden Media
Broken Road Productions
$29.9[41] N/A
Upcoming films
May 22, 2020[34] The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Tim Hill[42] Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Michael Kvamme, and Tim Hill United Plankton Pictures
Paramount Animation
Mikros Image

Cancelled or inactive projects

BoneMoved to NetflixIn the late 1990s, an attempt was made through Nickelodeon Movies to produce a film based on the Bone comics. Jeff Smith, author of the Bone comics, stated in a 2003 interview that Nickelodeon had insisted on the Bone cousins being voiced by child actors and wanted the film's soundtrack to include pop songs by the likes of N'Sync. Smith's response was that nobody would insert pop songs in the middle of The Lord of the Rings or The Empire Strikes Back and therefore pop songs should not be placed in Bone either.[43] The film was then developed at Warner Bros. under their Warner Animation Group banner instead. However in 2019, Netflix purchased the rights to turn Bone into an animated series.
Prometheus and BobCancelledA live-action Prometheus and Bob film was announced in 1998 as an adaptation of the KaBlam! series.[44] The film was to be produced by Amy Heckerling and directed by Harald Zwart, but the film later fell through due to lack of interest.
Sector 7Development HellIn May 2000, Nickelodeon won a bidding war against Pixar in acquiring the film rights to the novel Sector 7 with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct and Good Machine as co-producer. As of March 2019, the project remains in development hell.[45]
EctokidUnknownAfter the cancellation of Razorline, Barker sold the television and film rights of the Ectokid series to Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures in 2001. The film was set to have Barker, Don Murphy, and Nickelodeon's Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor as producers, Joe Daley as executive producer, and Karen Rosenfelt overseeing development at Paramount. Barker would also act as executive producer of the television series, with Daley and Murphy as producers. Talking to Daily Variety, Barker explained that his aim was to create "a franchisable world" for the studio, "of great, transcendent beauty; one that reconfigures people's expectations of what ghosts are, of what comes after death."[46] As of November 2018, no further information regarding both the film and the television series surfaced, presumably both were cancelled.
Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsMoved to Sony Pictures Animation, becoming a 2009 animated filmIn 2000, Nickelodeon Movies and Valhalla Motion Pictures was set to develop and produce a live-action film version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs along with another film, Clockstoppers, and was set to be released in 2002. However, the Nickelodeon version of the project was cancelled and years later, the rights were obtained by Sony Pictures Animation, turning it into an animated movie in 2009, which was followed by a sequel in 2013.
Jimmy Neutron 2: The Search for CarlCancelledOn June 20, 2002, The Hollywood Reporter reported that writer Kate Boutilier had signed a writing deal with Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures to write a sequel for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius titled Jimmy Neutron 2: The Search for Carl, but the sequel was never materialized. Instead the sequel's plot was used as the basis for the Game Boy Advance version of the video game Jimmy Neutron vs. Jimmy Negatron.
Where's Wally?A film based on the Where's Wally? series of books has been pursued by various studios. Nickelodeon was one of the studios to take interest in the idea but when the regime at Paramount (Nickelodeon's parent company) changed, the project was cancelled.
Sequels to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsParamount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG and Nickelodeon Movies hoped Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events would become a franchise like the Harry Potter film series.[15] Jim Carrey thought his character would be good as the basis for a film franchise since it would allow him to dive into a new role. "I don't have a deal [for a sequel], but it's one that I wouldn't mind doing again because there are so many characters," the actor explained in December 2004. "I mean, it's just so much fun. It's so much fun being a bad actor playing a character."[47] In May 2005, producer Laurie MacDonald said, "Lemony Snicket is still something Paramount is interested in pursuing and we're going to be talking with them more."[48] In October 2008, Daniel Handler said that "a sequel does seem to be in the works. Paramount has had quite a few corporate shakeups, which has led to many a delay. Of course, many, many plans in Hollywood come to naught, but I'm assured that another film will be made. Someday. Perhaps."[49] In June 2009, Silberling confirmed he still talked about the project with Handler, and suggested the sequel be a stop motion film, with each film being in a new medium, due to the young lead actors having grown too old to continue their roles. "In an odd way, the best thing you could do is actually have Lemony Snicket say to the audience, 'Okay, we pawned the first film off as a mere dramatization with actors. Now, I'm afraid I'm going to have to show you the real thing.'"[50] The franchise ran a live-action series for 3 seasons on Netflix.
The Anybodies film adaptationUnknownIn December 2004, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon acquired the film rights from the book series of the same name.[51][52][53] It was originally set to be released sometime in 2006,[54] but it has not been released since then.
Untitled Fairly OddParents animated filmCancelledIn 2005 or 2006, Butch Hartman considered making a theatrical adaptation of his animated television series The Fairly OddParents after the show's initial cancellation in 2006, to be produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures. The film was to be animated much like the series as well as previous Nickelodeon fare such as the Rugrats trilogy and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, but was scrapped due to a management change at Paramount although the script was already written. Despite this, Hartman expressed interest in releasing the film for DVD someday, and stated that the script could serve for another TV movie of the show. The series ended on July 26, 2017 and Butch Hartman left Nickelodeon in early 2018 before moving to Sony Pictures Animation to plan any direct-to-video sequels to the original film,[55][56] seemingly ending any chances of the film happening. Despite several TV films, The Fairly OddParents is the longest running series on the network to not receive a theatrical film release.[57]
Sequels to The Last AirbenderThe Last Airbender, released in 2010, was originally intended to be the first film in a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender film trilogy each based on the series' three seasons. Due to the poor reception of the film, Nickelodeon and Paramount decided to put further plans for the sequels on hold. In September 2018, a new unrelated live-action remake of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender for Netflix was announced, effectively cancelling any lingering chances of possible sequels to the film.[58]
Mighty MouseMoved to Paramount AnimationAs early as 2004, Omation Animation Studios and Nickelodeon announced their intention to bring Mighty Mouse (a property held by CBS Corporation) back to the big screen with a CGI Mighty Mouse feature film that was tentatively scheduled to be released sometime in 2013.[59] This film never materialized and the project's fate was unknown until in 2019, when it was confirmed that the project would be revived by Paramount Animation, and that Jon and Erich Hoeber were announced to be the writers for the film.[60][61]
The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the SunUnknownIn November 2011, Steven Spielberg announced a sequel to the 2011 film The Adventures of Tintin and was planned to be released sometime in the future.[62] As of 2019, there have been little to no info about the film, but Peter Jackson is still involved with the project.[63][64]
Untitled Nicktoons crossover filmIn January 2016, Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies announced that they hired Jared Hess to direct and co-write (alongside his wife Jerusha Hess) a Nicktoons feature-length crossover film. As of 2019, no further updates regarding the project have been announced, meaning that the film is most likely either put on hold or cancelled.[65]
Untitled Henry Danger filmOn May 5, 2017, former president of Viacom's Nickelodeon group, Cyma Zarghami, announced that a film based on the live-action series Henry Danger was in development, but as of 2019, no further information about the film was announced, presumably due to both Dan Schneider & Cyma Zarghami's departure from Nickelodeon in 2018.[66][67]
Untitled Are You Afraid of the Dark? filmCancelledOn November 13, 2017, it was announced that a film adaptation and reboot of Are You Afraid of the Dark? was in the works at Paramount Players, with a release date set for October 11, 2019. It writer Gary Dauberman was going to write the screenplay, Matt Kaplan was going to produce, and D.J. Caruso was going to direct the film.[68][69] But on February 27, 2019, Paramount removed the film from their schedule.[70]
Untitled Rugrats filmOn July 16, 2018, Variety reported that a new Rugrats movie was in production alongside a revival of the series with a release date originally set for November 13, 2020. The movie would've been a live action/CGI hybrid film, to be written by David Goodman and would be produced by Paramount Players, a division of Paramount Pictures.[71][72][73] On February 27, 2019, it was announced that the movie would be pushed back to January 29, 2021, with Clifford the Big Red Dog taking over the original release date.[74] On April 26, 2019, it was announced that David Bowers would be set as director, along with Karen Rosenfelt as producer.[75] However, on November 12, 2019, the film was pulled from Paramount’s release schedule.[76]

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

2002 Best Animated Feature Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius[77] Steve Oedekerk
John A. Davis
2003 Best Original Song The Wild Thornberrys Movie[78] Paul Simon ("Father and Daughter") Nominated
2005 Best Makeup Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events[79] Valli O'Reilly
Bill Corso
Best Original Score Thomas Newman Nominated
Best Art Direction Rick Heinrichs
Cheryl Carasik
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Nominated
2012 Best Animated Feature Rango[80][81][82][83] Gore Verbinski Won
Best Original Score The Adventures of Tintin[84] John Williams Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

2003 Best Original Song – Motion Picture The Wild Thornberrys Movie[85] Paul Simon ("Father and Daughter") Nominated
2012 Best Animated Feature Film Rango Gore Verbinski Nominated
The Adventures of Tintin[86] Steven Spielberg Won

Kids' Choice Awards

1997 Favorite Movie Actress Harriet the Spy Rosie O'Donnell Nominated
1999 Favorite Movie The Rugrats Movie N/A Won
2001 Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Susan Sarandon Won
2004 Rugrats Go Wild Bruce Willis Nominated
2005 Favorite Movie Actor Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Jim Carrey Nominated
2007 Nacho Libre Jack Black Nominated
Favorite Movie Actress Charlotte's Web Dakota Fanning Won
2012 Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Rango Johnny Depp Nominated
2015[87] Favorite Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles N/A Nominated
Favorite Movie Actor Will Arnett (also for The Lego Movie) Nominated
Favorite Movie Actress Megan Fox Nominated
Favorite Animated Movie The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water N/A Nominated
2017 Favorite Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows N/A Nominated
Favorite Movie Actor Will Arnett Nominated
Favorite Movie Actress Megan Fox Nominated
#Squad Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson Nominated

Saturn Awards

2005 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events N/A Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Make-Up Valli O'Reilly and Bill Corso Nominated
2007 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film Charlotte's Web N/A Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Special Effects Karin Joy, John Andrew Berton, Jr., Blair Clark and John Dietz Nominated
2008 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film The Spiderwick Chronicles N/A Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor Freddie Highmore Nominated
2012 Saturn Award for Best Animated Film Rango N/A Nominated
The Adventures of Tintin N/A Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Music John Williams Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Special Effects Matt Aiken, Jamie Beard, Joe Letteri, Keith Miller, Wayne Stables and Matthias Menz Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Editing Michael Kahn Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Production Design Kim Sinclair Nominated


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