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 Studios in South Korea.
The studio is featured in many behind-the-scenes bonus features included on the 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.
On May 8, 2015, it was revealed that the studios were expanding. Nickelodeon bought out a United Rentals lot, tore down their building, and built a new animation building. Construction started in June 2015. The building was finished in 2016.
"Mooncation" is the only non-special/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 was in the shape of a cartoon foot. Since the late-2009 logo rebrand, the front entrance of the studio has been updated to use the standard Nickelodeon logo without a shape around it.