Soup2Nuts Animation Studio– the in-house cartoon production wing of Scholastic Entertainment– will be closed by its parent by the end of this month, according to Kyle Good, the senior vice president of corporate communications for Scholastic. The studio, which produced shows for PBS such as and O’Grady, was acquired by Scholastic, and has served as an in-house production studio under its Scholastic Media children entertainment group ever since.
The studio was founded in 1993 as Tom Snyder Productions, when it produced Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist and Home Movies. The name change to Soup2Nuts Animation Studio occurred in 1999. Scholastic Inc. bought the studio in 2001. Soup2Nuts has just completed work on season 8 of “WordGirl” and a new series for Sprout called “Astroblast“. The fate of both series in undetermined at this point, according to a spokesman for Scholastic.
Soup2Nuts was running with more than 60 employees last year, according to sources close to the company. This year, that number has been cut down to 9 sources say.
The decision was made to shut down Soup2Nuts is part if an overall restructuring of the parent company. Kyle Good of Scholastic commented, “We are restructuring that part of the business closer to our core businesses which are children’s publishing and education. We have other options to continue television programming.”
It has been speculated that having an in-house animation shop such as Soup2Nuts was not cost effective option for Scholastic, which can contract animation work from cheaper and smaller independent studios, or overseas animation companies.