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Nickelodeon is notable for being the first cable network, focus for children. But the network has also has its own significant achievements and firsts for the network, as well its motion picture label, listed below.
Lists of Nickelodeon firsts and achievements
- 1977 - The first cable network, aimed for children: Founded as Pinwheel, renamed Nickelodeon in 1979
- 1991 - First 3 original animated shows (a.k.a. "Nicktoons") created by Nickelodeon: Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show, in that order
- 1996 - First film released by Nickelodeon Movies: Harriet the Spy
- 1998 - First film based on a Nicktoon: The Rugrats Movie
- 1998 - First traditionally-animated film to gross over $100 million in the United States, not created by Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Rugrats Movie
- 1999 - First crossover: "Ghost Story"
- 2001 - First CGI-animated film released by Nickelodeon Movies: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- 2002 - First studio to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature: Nickelodeon Movies for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- 2002 - First Nickelodeon film to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio: The Wild Thornberrys
- 2003 - First CGI Nicktoon: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- 2003 - First Nicktoon-based film to be nominated for an Academy Award: The Wild Thornberrys Movie for Best Original Song (also the studio's first Golden Globe nomination)
- 2003: First crossover film: Rugrats Go Wild
- 2005 - First Nickelodeon film to win an Academy Award: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events for Best Makeup
- 2005 - First art-house documentary film: Mad Hot Ballroom
- 2005: First flash-animated Nicktoon: The X's
- 2009 - First Nickelodeon film not distributed by Paramount Pictures: Hotel for Dogs
- 2009 - First Nickelodeon film to receive a PG-13 rating: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
- 2009 - First Nickelodeon film to be released in the IMAX format: The Spiderwick Chronicles
- 2010 - First live-action Nicktoon film: The Last Airbender
- 2010 - First Nickelodeon film to use stereoscopic 3D: The Last Airbender
- 2011 - First motion-capture animated film: The Adventures of Tintin
- 2012 - First American-released Nickelodeon film to earn a PG-13 rating: Fun Size
- 2015 - First 2D animated film since Winnie the Pooh and in stereoscopic 3D: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water