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Screen Novelties
Company typePrivate
United States
Key people
Mark Caballero
Seamus Walsh
Chris Finnegan

Screen Novelties (stylized as SCREEN NOVELTIES) is an American animation studio, specializing in stop motion animation. It was founded by Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh, and Chris Finnegan.[1]


Their work fuses classic cartoon sensibilities with mixed-media elements such as puppetry and miniature model photography.[citation needed] They were among the first stop motion artists to adopt an entirely digital capture system and workflow,[citation needed] beginning in 1999 with the pilot films that would eventually become Robot Chicken. Screen Novelties was integral in the launch of both Robot Chicken and Moral Orel for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block.[citation needed] They also animated the stop motion SpongeBob SquarePants episodes, It's a Spongebob Christmas! and The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom.

Notable past work includes:[citation needed]

Their offbeat short films enjoy a small cult following,[citation needed] especially "Mysterious Mose" which was made in their garage in 1997-98, using a hand-wound Bolex camera and an old 78rpm record as the soundtrack.[citation needed] The film mixes rod puppetry, stop motion animation, and silhouette animation.


Television and film credits

Title Year(s) Notes Client
The Flintstones: On the Rocks 2001 stop-motion sequence Cartoon Network Studios
Courage the Cowardly Dog 2002 "Perfect" (stop-motion sequence) Stretch Films
Drew Carey's Green Screen Show 2004 stop-motion animation Warner Bros. Television
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2004 stop-motion sequence Nickelodeon Movies
Robot Chicken 2005-2012 first 5 seasons Stoopid Monkey
Moral Orel 2005-2007 seasons 1 and 2 ShadowMachine
Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure 2007 puppets Cartoon Network Studios
Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2007 Stoopid Monkey
Chowder 2007-2010 stop-motion/puppet sequences Cartoon Network Studios
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack 2008-2010 stop-motion sequences Cartoon Network Studios
The Electric Company 2009 Jack Bowser sequences Sesame Workshop
Family Guy 2006
"Deep Throats" (stop-motion segment)
"Road to the Multiverse" (Robot Chicken segment)
"Foreign Affairs" (puppet sequence)
20th Century Fox Television
SpongeBob SquarePants 2009-present stop-motion animation Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Mad 2010-2011 additional animation Warner Bros. Animation
85th Academy Awards 2013 Sock puppet sequence Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Adventure Time 2013 LEGO title sequence Cartoon Network Studios
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013 end credits Sony Pictures Animation
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas 2014 Warner Bros. Animation
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 2015 Bubbles character only Nickelodeon Movies
Harvey Beaks 2015
"Yampions" (stop-motion animation)
"It's Christmas You Dorks!" (stop-motion sequences)
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 2017 Sock puppet sequence DreamWorks Animation
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus 2019 Puppet sequence Nickelodeon Animation Studio
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run 2020 stop-motion animation Nickelodeon Movies and MRC
The Patrick Star Show 2021-present stop-motion animation Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years 2021 "What About Meep?" (puppet sequence) Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Animaniacs 2021 "Mouse Madness" (stop-motion sequence) Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television
The Cuphead Show! 2022 stop-motion backgrounds Netflix Animation and Studio MDHR

Video game credits

Title Year(s) Notes Client
Fortnite 2018 Stop-motion cutscene animation[4] Epic Games
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course 2022 Puppet Trailer[5] Studio MDHR


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Awards and nominations

Won 30th Annual Annie Award in the category Best Short Film for The Story of the Tortoise & The Hare.[6]

Nominated for the 34th Annual Annie Award in the category Best Animated Television Commercial.[7][8]


  1. ^ "About Us | Los Angeles Stop Motion Animation Studio | Screen Novelties".
  2. ^ Goodman, Brenda (2006-12-23). "Rudolph and Santa, as Good as New". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-07-28.
  3. ^ Rankin/Bass Puppet Restoration
  4. ^ "Fortnite Season 7 Trailer | Screen Novelties".
  5. ^ "Cuphead D.L.C Trailer | Screen Novelties".
  6. ^ 30th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2002)
  7. ^ 34th Annie Award winners and nominations
  8. ^ Candy factory commercial