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Nickelodeon Animation Studio, formerly known as Games Animation, is an American animation studio. The studio is owned and operated by television network Nickelodeon. The studio produces many animated series, including SpongeBob SquarePants. Writing, directing, storyboarding, and voice acting duties are handled at the studio, while the animation for SpongeBob is completed by Rough Draft Korea.

The studio is featured in many behind-the-scenes shorts included on SpongeBob DVDs. It has made occasional appearances in the episodes themselves, usually as part of a brief gag. "Truth or Square" features the studio as a major setting.


The Nick Animation Studio expansion

On May 8, 2015, it was revealed that the studios were expanding.[1] Nickelodeon bought out a United Rentals lot, tore down their building, and built a new animation building.[2] Construction started in June 2015.[3] The building was finished in 2016.[4]

Role in series

"The Sponge Who Could Fly"

Don the parking attendant at Nickelodeon Animation Studios is seen standing at the front entrance.

SpongeBob Airpants: The Lost Episode

It was seen in the first page of the book.

Behind the Scenes: The Voices of SpongeBob & Friends

Crew members like Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, and many more expand how they did the characters' voices.

Behind the Scenes with Pick Boy and SpongeBob

Pick Boy was seen running to the studio to meet SpongeBob.

Behind the Pantis

The studio makes a cameo at the start of the special.

Inside the SpongeBob Animation Studios

People are seen drawing the storybound for "Atlantis SquarePantis".

Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants

It was seen at the start of the special.

"Truth or Square"

Patchy is seen getting dropped off there by his mom in a car. He is later seen using the back door and driving away in his own boat car.


Ernest Borgnine is seen standing at the front entrance as he looks up high in the sky to see a small rocket passing by.

"Goons on the Moon"

The Storyboard artist played by Rodger Bumpass is seen in his office at the studio.


  • "Mooncation" is the only regular-length episode that the studio appears in.
  • While the pilot was being made in 1997, the studio's name was still Games Animation. It did not change to Nickelodeon Animation Studio until 1998.
  • Nickelodeon's logo in the 1990s was used on over a hundred different shapes, and for some of the studio's appearances on SpongeBob, the Nickelodeon logo is in the shape of a cartoon a foot. Since the late-2009 logo rebrand, it has been the standard Nickelodeon logo without a shape around it.
  • The studio's new appearance was finished on January 12, 2017.


Atlantis SquarePantis (VE)

Characters:Lord Royal HighnessAtlantean citizensCaptain of the Sea Ship AtlantisAtlantean RobotsRobot touristsRed AtlanteanYellow AtlanteanNandoSpongeBob hallucinationAggressive Case of the SnifflesOrange guardBubble SpongeBobVultureDave (cave)GermsNorblock FiveMagenta thugGreen jellyfishRed jellyfishGhost jellyfishBlack jellyfishMagma jellyfishDiamond JellyfishSteel JellyfishRoyal Guard CommanderLawrence Whelk

Locations:AtlantisMuseum of AtlantisMuSquirrel Museum of NutsJellyfish FieldsEncinoGasMusic StationNickelodeon Animation StudioBikini Bottom MuseumBikini BottomKelp ForestThe Bubble RoomThe Science Room

Objects:Plankton's tankAtlantean amuletSea Ship AtlantisOldest living bubbleGolden spatulaHooksBubble Collector 2000Frampton Comes AliveSquidward tikiCanned BreadAnchor ArmsPlankton's shoesJellyfish netSquidward's clarinet

Songs: The Bubble SongFueling the BusMr. Krabs' songSandy's songSquidward's songPlankton's SongGood-Bye, AtlantisBack in Encino

Shorts: Are We There Yet?Beware Flying JellyfishDocumenting Our Road Trip

Miscellaneous: DVDBookVideo gameMobile gameOnline gameSpongeBob's Director's CommentaryMy Trip to Atlantis - by SpongeBob SquarePantsSpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis SquareOffInside the SpongeBob Animation StudiosBehind the PantisOn the Road AgainFrom the Beginning, Pt.2The Best 200 Episodes EverSpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 7SpongeBob SquarePants Special Collection, Vol. 1The First 100 EpisodesThe Complete Fifth SeasonSeason 5 Volume 2Blitz GamesAltronSpongeBob Z-A CountdownSwapBob SpareFaceHappiness to Go!Best Bikini Bottom Stories Ever!The SpongeBob Super Square Collection

SpongeBob's Truth or Square (VE)

Characters and actors: Andy SambergCaptainRicky GervaisPatchy's momDevil PottyAngel PottyCeeLo GreenRosario DawsonEddie DeezenTriumph, the Insult Comic DogLeBron JamesTina FeyWill FerrellCamerafishBoom microphone operatorRobin WilliamsThe Guy on the PennyP!nkMimeTalking flowersNot SpongeBobWedding officiantLive-action whaleTenderizerPlanktoBotDemento BotSquidBotWee Yellow BotNosferatuSanta Claus

Locations: Krusty KrabKrusty Krab freezerChum BucketSpongeBob's housePatrick's houseSquidward's houseNickelodeon Animation StudioEncino

Songs: A Day Like ThisKrabby Patty JingleRubber Hose RagWe've Got ScurvyOh, Krusty KrabBeautiful DreamerRejected theme songs

Objects: Jellyfish netBubblesBaby jellyfishSandy's iced tea glassMagic Conch shellHeart-shaped acornMopHot dogGolden spatulaSnellie's pet carrierSoda drinking hatWooden clarinetMermaid Man's beltAquaphoneKrabby PattyMr. Krabs' first dollarKarate gearVolcano SauceMr. Krabs' first dimeFriendship ringRecipe for a Krabby PattyWalkie-talkieSquidward tiki

Shorts: BalloonsJuice ManTrafficThe Outfit

Miscellaneous: DVDVideo gameOnline gamePC gameThe Great Escape bookGood Times!Screen NoveltiesBurger King toysBikini Bottom Bash DVDThe Next 100 EpisodesThe Best 200 Episodes EverThe Pilot a Mini-Movie and the Square ShortsSpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 9The Complete Sixth SeasonSeason 6 Volume 1Triple Pack 1Big Hits: Volume 1The Super Spongy Square GamesAltronList of MTV bumpersSpongeBob's Greatest Hits

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