Cartoon Pizza
TypeAnimation studio
PredecessorJumbo Pictures
Founded2001; 22 years ago (2001)
2016; 7 years ago (2016) (revival)
FoundersJim Jinkins
David Campbell
Defunct2015; 8 years ago (2015) (original)
HeadquartersNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S. (formerly)
Key people

Cartoon Pizza is an American animation studio located in Nashville, Tennessee. It was co-founded by Jim Jinkins and David Campbell as the successor to Jinkins' former company, Jumbo Pictures. A hallmark of both Jumbo Pictures and Cartoon Pizza has been their commitment to the continued use of hand-painted cel animation at a time when animated series are increasingly produced using digital ink and paint.[citation needed]

The studio had partnered with several studios to help produce their shows, including Disney in 2001, Sesame Workshop in 2006, and Cuppa Coffee Studios. The studio was formerly headquartered in New York City until 2011, when the company relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2]


In February 1996, the company was bought by The Walt Disney Company, which produced Doug's 1st Movie (1999) and integrated the studio into its subsidiary Walt Disney Television Animation.[3]

In 2001, a year after Jim Jinkins' former company Jumbo Pictures was closed by The Walt Disney Company, Jinkins and David Campbell formed Cartoon Pizza as a successor company.[4][5] Jinkins was helming the position as president, Campbell as CEO, Jack Spillum as the president of animated productions, Ellie Copeland as the vice president of finances and operations, and Beldeen Fortunato as the vice president of administration.[6]

In December 2001, Cartoon Pizza agreed to a two-year nonexclusive production deal with Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street, Dragon Tales, and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat. Sesame Workshop agreed to house the company at their New York City office and handle international distribution. They would co-produce a minimum of six new kids' properties.[7]

The company became a co-production partner in Tiger Aspect Productions' animation division to develop a series titled Earth Kid. Gullane Entertainment became an equal partner in Earth Kid as the show's international distributor in April 2002 until it was acquired by HIT Entertainment in September of that year. Gullane and HIT also had three other projects in the works with Cartoon Pizza.[8]

In 2015, the company had been dissolved.[4] As of December 2016, Cartoon Pizza was brought back by Jim Jinkins, but in Nashville, Tennessee.[5]


Title Release date Channel/block Notes
Stanley 2001–2007 Playhouse Disney
Sesame Street shorts[5] 2002–present PBS Kids (2002–present)
HBO (2016–2021)
HBO Max (2021–present)
Co-produced with Sesame Workshop
JoJo's Circus[5] 2003–2007 Playhouse Disney Co-produced with Cuppa Coffee Studios
HoopDogz 2004–2008 Direct-to-DVD
Pinky Dinky Doo 2005–2010 Noggin Co-production with Sesame Workshop
Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up 2006 Playhouse Disney
Feeling Good with JoJo 2006–2008 Playhouse Disney Co-production with Cuppa Coffee Studios
Monster Monster Trucks 2006 Co-production with IDT Entertainment
Musical Mornings with Coo 2007–2009 PBS Kids Sprout


  1. ^ [1] Wayback Machine Retrieved on July 27, 2015.
  2. ^ [2] Wayback Machine Retrieved on July 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Disney - Leadership, History, Corporate Social Responsibility". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2022-07-25.
  4. ^ a b "Cartoon Pizza, Inc". New York Department of State Division of Corporations. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Woodbury, Jason P. (December 5, 2016). "I Was That Kid, Too: Twenty-Five Years of Nickelodeon's "Doug"". FLOOD. No. 5. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  6. ^ [3] Wayback Machine Retrieved on 27-07-15.
  7. ^ Webster, Kay Leigh (October 25, 2001). "Cartoon Pizza and Sesame Workshop team up". C21media. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Winstone, Keely (April 29, 2002). "Tiger Aspect and Cartoon Pizza sign with Gullane". C21media. Retrieved May 18, 2017.