UPA

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United Productions of America, typically abbreviated as UPA, was an American studio founded in 1941. Beginning as an animation studio, UPA produced several theatrical shorts for Columbia Pictures such as the Mr. Magoo series, and went on to find success with the television series Gerald McBoing-Boing it produced for CBS. When UPA's financial condition declined in the 1950's and 60's, it was purchased by producer Henry G. Saperstein, who initially increased the quantity of television output it produced before turning the studio toward distribution instead. UPA co-produced three kaiju films with Japanese studio Toho in 1965 and 1966, and would go on to release numerous Toho productions to theaters, television syndication, and home video from the 1960's through 80's. UPA became defunct in 2000 following Saperstein's death in 1998, and was sold to Classic Media, itself acquired by DreamWorks in 2012 and then by Universal Pictures in 2016.

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