Games Pinwheel Anderson (November 24, 1910-April 3, 2003, born Charles Austin Anderson) was a Canadian-American animator, writer and film and television producer known for founding Paramount Animation with his younger brother William Anderson (1915-2009)

Early life

Born in Toronto, Canada on November 24, 1905, Games Pinwheel Anderson was the son and, After William Pinwheel Anderson, the brother (1915-2008), the second child of Mike J. Anderson, the father (TBA-TBA) and Sarah Anderson II, the mother (TBA-TBA) who were TBA.

At age 5, he and his family moved to the United States where his parents got their new job in New York. During that time, he went to art school

Early career

After dropping out of college in the late 1920s, Games Anderson started looking for a job, Game's life would change upon seeing the animated short film Steamboat Willie (in 1928) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (IN 1937) and wished that he would become an animation artist, along with his brother William Anderson,



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Founding Paramount Animation/First Years of Paramount Animation (1934-1950)

Animator and movie producer Games Phinwheel Anderson, along with his younger brother Williams Pinwheel Anderson, founded his animation studio based in Hollywood in 1940, to create an new animation studio that would later be built in 1940,  After Fleischer Studios was closed down in 1942 due to bankruptcy, most of the animators and artists moved to Paramount Animation.

which was named Games Cartoon Studio/Games Pinwheel Anderson Productions, to produced GameToons launched i, a series of animated cartoons that were made to compete for other cartoon shorts of that era, such as Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies, Max Fleischer's Popeye the Sailor, and Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. As well, the studio produced cartoon ad shorts for various products


Starting Television Cartoons/The Creation of GameToons (1950-1970)

While working in animation, Game's talent for drawing became evident, and in mid-1940's he joined Paramount to create an animation studio which has cartoons which Games Anderson created the GameToons in 1945 who are similar to Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series, Despite a lack of formal training, Hanna soon became head of their ink and paint department. Besides inking and painting, Game's also wrote songs and lyrics for Paramount Animation films such as TBA, TBA and TBA


Founding Games Animation Inc (1951)

With Hit films from Paramount Animation like The Friendly Ghost, A Sponge Named Bob and Headin’ South,

In 1952, Games and Willams worked alongside animation director Tex Avery to create a GamesToons show called The Sponge and the Star, which was a huge hit, they also created The Teenage Robot Jenny witch also was a huge hit that both are on TV CBS as compassion agent Hanna Barbara


Founding Nickelodeon (1961)

In 1961 with the hit of GamesToons Cartoons they set up a network called Phinweel (later named Nickelodeon), TBA

Animation Career (1935-1994)




Retirement, illness, Death, and legacy

In 1994, the Anderson brothers announced that they would retire from their studio and sell it to Bloo J, Matt Chaudhary, Stephen Hillenburg, and John Kricfalusi and the other younger animators. The final show they greenlit before retirement was SpongeBob SquarePants, which would eventually air its first episode in 1997 The last few movies that the Andersons worked on include Wonder Park (1994), Shrek (1995), Goin' Down To South Park (1996), Trolls (1996), Rumble (1997), and House of Bloo's (1998).

In December 1993- Mid 1997, Games Anderson was starting to feel ill (failing health since 1993 which caused him to retire in 1994) and was later sent to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he discovered less than five years after he retired, he was diagnosed with leukaemia and esophageal cancer and underwent surgery to remove the tumor in his esophagus and a bone marrow transplant to remove the leukaemia

On April 3, 2003, Games Anderson passed away from sepsis caused by complications related to leukaemia and esophageal cancer by the age of 93, after it returned in late 2002 at his home in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, After his death, Nickelodeon aired a 20-second segment with Spongebob, Patrick, Jenny, Timmy, Jimmy and the others GameToons tracing Games portrait with the words " Games Anderson (1910-2003) We'll miss you. Sincerely, Nickelodeon" fading in on the right-hand side. This same type of tribute happened for Anderson's brother, William Anderson in 2009, and for Stephen Hillenburg in 2018. His remains were cremated two days later, and he was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) was dedicated to his memory.

During the production of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, storyboard artist Vincent Waller drew a piece of artwork depicting many of Anderson's characters appearing sad and depressed at his funeral. These were the characters created throughout his lifetime, such as Jenny, Ickis, Jimmy, Ren, Stimpy, and Timmy Turner, including SpongeBob and Patrick who are seen flat on the floor with a puddle of tears while post-Games Anderson characters (Bloo, Mac, the South Park Boys, Shrek, Donkey, June and The Wonder Gang, The Madagascar Gang, The Sonic gang, Poppy, Branch, The BreadDucks, and the StarBirds) are trying to cheer them up.


See also

List of Games Anderson filmography


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