Bento Box Entertainment
TypeDivision
IndustryAnimation
Founded2009 (2009)
FounderScott Greenberg
Joel Kuwahara
Mark McJimsey
Headquarters,
U.S.
Key people
  • Scott Greenberg (CEO)
  • Joel Kuwahara (President of production)
  • Brett Coker (COO)
ProductsTelevision animation
ParentFox Entertainment
(Foxcorp Holdings, LLC)[1]
SubsidiariesBento Box Animation Studio Atlanta
Bento Box Canada
Bento Box Interactive
Bento Rights
Princess Bento Studio (co-owned with Princess Pictures)
Sutikki
Websitewww.bentoboxent.com
www.bentoboxatl.com
www.princessbento.com

Bento Box Entertainment (also known as Bento Box Animation) is an American animation studio located in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.[2] It was founded in 2009 by executive producers Scott Greenberg, Joel Kuwahara, and Mark McJimsey. It is a subsidiary of Fox Corporation and operates under the Fox Entertainment division. The studio is best known for producing Bob's Burgers for Fox prior to its acquisition in August 2019.

Bento Box Entertainment has four animation studios — in North Hollywood, Burbank, Bento Box Animation Studio Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bento Box Canada in Toronto, Ontario.[3][4][5] The company also operates Princess Bento Studio, a joint venture with Princess Pictures, in Melbourne, Victoria.

History

On October 11, 2016, Bento Box launched a children's division called Sutikki.[6] Sutikki opened an office in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2017.[7]

On August 6, 2019, it was announced that Fox Corporation would acquire Bento Box, while still allowing it to operate as an independent production house; Sutikki was not part of the acquisition.[8]

On April 8, 2020, it formed a pact with Australian film company Princess Pictures called Princess Bento Studio.[9][10] Their first series Smiling Friends started airing on Adult Swim on January 10, 2022.[11]

Productions

Television series

Bento Box Entertainment

Title First air date Last air date No. of
seasons
Network Co-production company(s)
As animation service
Neighbors from Hell June 7, 2010 (2010-06-07) July 26, 2010 (2010-07-26) 1 TBS 20th Century Fox Television, Wounded Poodle and MoonBoy Animation
Bob's Burgers January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) Present 12 Fox 20th Television Animation, Wilo Productions (Season 2-present) and Buck & Millie Productions (Seasons 2–10)
Allen Gregory October 30, 2011 (2011-10-30) December 18, 2011 (2011-12-18) 1 20th Century Fox Television, Jonah Hill Films, a J. Paul/A. Mogel/D. Goodman Piece of Business and Chernin Entertainment
Brickleberry September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) April 14, 2015 (2015-04-14) 3 Comedy Central Fox 21 Television Studios, Damn! Show Productions and Black Heart Productions
Out There February 22, 2013 (2013-02-22) April 19, 2013 (2013-04-19) 1 IFC 20th Century Fox Television and Quincy Productions
Perfect Hair Forever April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01) Adult Swim Williams Street; episodes 8 and 9 only
Future-Worm! May 27, 2015 (2015-05-27) June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11) Disney XD Disney Television Animation and Quincy Productions; shorts only
Bordertown January 3, 2016 (2016-01-03) May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22) Fox 20th Century Fox Television, Fuzzy Door Productions and Hentemann Films
The Who Was? Show[12] May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11) Netflix Penguin Random House, FremantleMedia and Matador Content
The Masked Singer January 2, 2019 (2019-01-02) Present 5 Fox animated sequences (season 4)
Duncanville February 16, 2020 (2020-02-16) 3 Paper Kite Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, 20th Television Animation, Fox Entertainment and Universal Television
Central Park May 29, 2020 (2020-05-29) 2 Apple TV+ 20th Television Animation, Angry Child Productions, Wilo Productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Hoops August 21, 2020 (2020-08-21) 1 Netflix 20th Century Fox Television and Lord Miller Productions
The Great North January 3, 2021 (2021-01-03) Present 2 Fox 20th Television Animation, Double Molyneux Sister Sheux, Wilo Productions and Fox Entertainment
The Prince[13] July 29, 2021 (2021-07-29) 1 HBO Max 20th Television and Nickleby, Inc.
As production company
The Awesomes August 1, 2013 (2013-08-01) November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03) 3 Hulu Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions
Legends of Chamberlain Heights September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14) August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20) 2 Comedy Central Running with Scissors and TrueStarr Society of Ninjas Incorporated
Paradise PD August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31) Present 3 Netflix Damn! Show Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment
Alien News Desk February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27) May 4, 2019 (2019-05-04) 1 Syfy Broadway Video
Lazor Wulf April 8, 2019 (2019-04-08) January 11, 2021 (2021-01-11) 2 Adult Swim Williams Street; season 1 only; season 2 animated by Six Point Harness
HouseBroken May 31, 2021 (2021-05-31) Present 1 Fox Kapital Entertainment, Merman and AllanDen
Wolfboy and the Everything Factory September 24, 2021 (2021-09-24) Apple TV+ HitRecord and Toff's Tiny Universe
Saturday Morning All Star Hits! December 10, 2021 (2021-12-10) Netflix Live-action/animated series; co-production with Broadway Video and Universal Television[14]
Farzar July 15, 2022 Netflix Animation, Damn! Show Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment
Krapopolis November 27, 2022 Fox Fox Entertainment and Harmonious Claptrap
Grimsburg 2023 Fox Entertainment
His Majesty's Dragon[15] TBA Fox Entertainment and Orion Television
Mulligan Netflix Little Stranger, Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Television
Harold & Kumar[16] Unreleased Adult Swim pilot; co-production with Lionsgate Television
Murder Police Unreleased 20th Century Fox Television; Ordered by Fox but pulled from schedule
The Pandas Unreleased Wumo

Sutikki

Title First air date Last air date No. of
seasons
Network Note(s)
Moon and Me[17] February 3, 2019 (2019-02-03) Present 2 CBeebies First Sutikki series

Princess Bento Studio

Title First air date Last air date No. of
seasons
Network Notes
YOLO: Crystal Fantasy[18] August 10, 2020 August 31, 2020 1 Adult Swim co-production with Williams Street and Monkeystack
Smiling Friends January 9, 2022 Present 1 co-production with Williams Street and Goblin Caught on Tape
Hazbin Hotel[19] TBA TBA co-production with SpindleHorse Toons and A24[20]
Koala Man[21] TBA Hulu co-production with 20th Television Animation and Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions![22]

Short form series

Title Years Site Notes
Glove and Boots 2010–2018 YouTube Show originally a local production in New York from 2004 until 2006.
Kuroba 2018–present YouTube co-production with WildBrain[23]
Dogs Playing Poker 2021–present Fox co-production with Fox Entertainment[24]
Best Fiends Shorts 2021–present YouTube co-production with Seriously[25]
Aquadonk Side Pieces 2022 YouTube co-production with Williams Street[26]

Direct-to-video animated films

Release Date Title Notes
March 18, 2014 Achmed Saves America co-production with Levity Entertainment Group
January 20, 2015 Madea's Tough Love co-production with Tyler Perry Studios

Specials

Release Date Title Notes
October 28, 2017 The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special co-production with Universal Television, SNL Studios and Broadway Video

Theatrical films

Release Date Title Notes
May 27, 2022 The Bob's Burgers Movie First theatrical film
co-production with 20th Century Animation

Streaming films

Release Date Title Notes
TBA Big Bruh [27]
TBA Millennial Hunter [27]
TBA Pastacolypse [27]

Bento Box Interactive

Bento Box Interactive is an entertainment-based technology company launched in 2012 by Bento Box Entertainment. In October 2012, Bento Box Interactive partnered with Alicia Keys to create an education mobile application entitled "The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee" for iOS devices.[28] The application tells the story of the relationship between a young New York City girl and her wise grandmother and features two original songs by Keys, "Follow the Moon" and "Unlock Yourself".[29]

See also

References

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