List of animation studios

The following lists of animation studios presents current and former organizations similar to artists studios but principally dedicated to the production and distribution of animated films. Such studios may be actual production facilities or corporate entities. The countries with the most listed, active studios, are Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and South Korea, but studios are found across all continents.

Active studios

Studio Country Founded Notes and sources
20th Century Fox Animation United States 1997 See also: Fox Animation Studios below
8-Bit Japan 2008
A Squared Entertainment United States 2009
A-1 Pictures Japan 2005 [1]
A. Film Denmark 1988
A.C.G.T Japan2001
A.P.P.P. Japan 1984
Aardman Animations United Kingdom 1972
Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC United States 2011
Act3animation Australia 1992
Adelaide Productions United States 1993 Formerly named Columbia TriStar Children's Television.
Animaccord Animation Studio Russia2008
AIC Japan1982
Ajia-do Japan 1978
AKOM South Korea 1985
Allspark Pictures United States 2014 Division of Hasbro Films, a subsidiary of Hasbro Studios
Ánima Estudios Mexico 2002
Animafilm Romania 1964
Animal Logic Australia 1991
Animax Entertainment United States 2001
Animex Producciones Mexico 2000
Animonsta Studios Malaysia 2009
Animusic United States 1995
Annix United Kingdom 2007
Arms Corporation Japan 1996
Artland Japan 1978
Asahi Production Japan 1973
Assemblage Entertainment India 2013
Atomic Cartoons Canada 1999
Augenblick Studios United States 1999
Bagdasarian Productions United States 1961
Bardel Entertainment Canada 1987
Bee Train Japan 1997
Bent Image Lab United States 2002
Bento Box Entertainment United States 2009
Big Bad Boo Canada 2005
Big Idea Entertainment United States 1989 Formerly GRAFx Studios
Blue Sky Studios United States 1987
Blur Studio United States 1995
Blue-Zoo United Kingdom 2000
bolexbrothers United Kingdom 1991
BONES Japan 1998
Boulder Media Limited Ireland 2000
Brain's Base Japan 1996
BRB International Spain 1972
Brown Bag Films Ireland 1994
BUG Norway 1984
Bullwinkle Studios United States
Buzzco Associates United States 1974
C2C Japan 2006
Cartoon Network Studios United States 1994 Started as sub-division of Hanna-Barbera.
Cartoon Saloon Ireland 1999
Cellmin Animation Studio Republic of Maldives 2005
Charlex United States 1979
China Film Animation China
Clockwork Zoo Animation South Africa 2008 Formerly Octagon CSI.
Collingwood & Co. United Kingdom 1988
Cookie Jar Group Canada 1976 Formerly Cinar, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
Copa Studio Brazil 2009
Creative Capers Entertainment United States 1989
Crest Animation Studios India 1990
Crew972 Israel 2005
Cuckoo's Nest Studio Taiwan 1978 Also known as Hong Guang (宏廣) and Wang Film Productions.
Cuppa Coffee Studio Canada 1992
The Curiosity Company United States 1999
Curious Pictures United States 1978 Formerly Stowmar Enterprises.
Daume Japan 1986
David Production Japan 2007
Def2shoot France 2002
DHX Media Ltd. Canada 2006
DIGIC Pictures Hungary 2002
Digital Domain United States 1993 Purchased by Galloping Horse Studio in China
Digital eMation South Korea 1993
Digital Frontier Japan 2000
Diomedea Japan 2005
DisneyToon Studios United States 1988 Formerly Walt Disney Animation Australia.
Dogakobo Japan 1973
Don Bluth Films, Inc. United States 2000
Dong Woo Animation South Korea 1991
DR Movie South Korea 1990
DreamWorks Animation United States 1994
Dygra Films Spain 1987
Eiken Japan 1969 Formerly known as Television Corporation of Japan.
Eric Miller Animation Studios United States 2014
Estudio Haini Mexico 2003
Exceptional Minds United States 2011
Feel Japan 1999
Felix the Cat ProductionsUnited States 1953
Film Roman, Inc. United States 1984
Fine Arts Films United States
United Kingdom
Folimage France 1981
Fred Wolf Films Dublin Ireland
United States
Frederator Studios United States 1997
Future Thought Productions India
Fuzzy Door Productions United States 1996
G&G Entertainment South Korea
Gainax Japan 1984
Global Mechanic Canada 1995
GoHands Japan 2008
GonzoJapan 1992
Green Gold AnimationIndia 2001
Guru Studios Canada 2000
H5 France 1994
Hanho Heung-Up South Korea 1984
Head-Gear Animation Canada
Hong Ying Animation Taiwan 1986
Hoods Entertainment Japan 2009
Ilion Animation Studios Spain 2002
Illumination Entertainment United States 2007
Imagi Animation Studios Hong Kong 2000
Imagin Japan 1992
InlayFilm Russia 2007
Industrial Light & Magic United States 1975
Janimation United States 1993
J.C.Staff Japan 1987
JibJab United States 1999
John Lemmon Films United States 1984
Kandor Graphics Spain
Khara Japan 2006
Kharabeesh Jordan 2008
Kinema Citrus Japan 2008
Klasky Csupo United States 1982
Koko Enterprises South Korea
KRU Studios Malaysia 2005
Kyoto Animation Japan 1981
LAIKA United States 2005
Lambie-Nairn United Kingdom 1976
Lay-duce Japan 2013
Lerche Japan 2011
Les' Copaque Production Malaysia 2005
Liden Films Japan 2012
Light Chaser Animation Studios China 2013
Littlenobody United Kingdom 2004
Lucasfilm Animation United States 2003 Have overseen products in Singapore
Lumicel Animation Studios India 2008
Mac Guff France
United States
Madhouse Japan 1972
Magic Bus Japan 1977
Makuta VFX India 2010
MAPPA Japan 2011
March Entertainment Canada
Marvel Animation United States
Marwah Films & Video Studios India
Marza Animation Planet Japan 2005
Melnitsa Animation Studio Russia 1999
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation United States 1993 Re-establishment of animation division within MGM.
Mike Young Productions United Kingdom Studio in Wales, United Kingdom.
HQ in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Millimages France
Mirari Films United States
Mondo Mini Shows United States
Mondo TV Italy 1985
Mook Animation Japan 1986
MorphiaUnited States 2012
National Film Board of Canada Canada
Nelvana Canada
Nickelodeon Animation Studios United States
Nippon Animation Japan 1962
Nomad Japan 2003
O Entertainment/Omation Animation Studio United States
Ogniroth Studio Bangladesh 2010
Oh! ProductionJapan 1970
OLM, Inc. Japan 1995
Oriental DreamWorks United States 2012
Ordet Japan 2007
P.A. Works Japan 2000
PannóniaFilm Hungary
Paramount Animation United States 2011 Paramount's return to having its own animated division for the first time since 1967, when Paramount Cartoon Studio was closed.
Passione Japan 2013
Pentamedia Graphics India
Petersburg Animation Studio Russia 2003
The People's Republic of Animation Australia
Piranha NYC United States 2009
Pixar United States 1979 Made the first computer animated feature film
Plastic Wax Australia 1997
Plus One Animation South Korea
Polygon Pictures Japan 1983
Post Amazers Pakistan
Powerhouse Animation Studios, Inc. United States
Premavision/Clokey Productions United States
Production I.G Japan 1987
Production Reed Japan 1975
Radicial Axis United States 2000
Rainbow S.r.l. Italy 1994
Rainmaker Entertainment Canada 1991 Formerly Mainframe Entertainment
Reel FX Creative Studios United States 1993
Renegade Animation United States 1992
Rhythm and Hues Studios United States 1987
Richard Williams Animation Canada
RingTales United States 2006
Rough Draft Studios United States
South Korea
Rubicon Group Holding Jordan 2004
Saerom Animation South Korea 2003
Sanzigen Japan 2006
Satelight Japan 1995
Sav! The World Productions France 1998
Savage Studios Ltd. United States
Se-ma-for Poland
SEK Studio North Korea 1957
Seven Arcs Japan 2002
Silver Link Japan 2007
Skycron Canada
Shademaker Productions United States
ShadowMachine United States 1999
ŠAF Croatia
SHAFT Japan 1975
Shanghai Animation Film Studio China
Shin-Ei Animation Japan 1976
Six Point Harness United States
Slap Happy Cartoons Canada
Smallfilms United Kingdom
Sony Pictures Animation United States 2002
Soup2Nuts United States
Soyuzmultfilm Russia 1936
Sparky Animation Singapore 2006
Sparx* China
1995 HQ in France.
Spümtwo United States 2016 Formerly known as Spümcø, which shut down in 2005, but was later revived in 2016 as Spümtwo.[2]
Spy Pictures United Kingdom
Start Anima Brazil
Stretch Films United States
Studio 4°C Japan 1986
Studio B Productions Canada 1988 Acquired by DHX Media in 2007 and renamed: DHX Media Vancouver.
Studio Chizu Japan 2011
Studio Comet Japan 1986
Studio DEEN Japan 1975
Studio Fantasia Japan 1983
Studio Gallop Japan 1972
Studio Ghibli Japan 1984
Studio Gokumi Japan 2010
Studio Hibari Japan 1979
Studio Mir South Korea 2010
Studio Pierrot Japan 1979
Sumo Dojo United Kingdom
Sunrise Japan 1972
Sunwoo Entertainment South Korea 1974
SynergySP Japan 1998
Tatsunoko Productions Japan 1962
Tezuka Productions Japan 1968
Tim Burton Animation Co. United States
Titmouse United States 1999
TMS Entertainment Japan 1946
TNKJapan 1999
Toei Animation Japan 1948
Toon City Animation Philippines 1993
ToonBangla Bangladesh 2005
Toondra Russia 2001
Toonz India
TRIGGER Japan 2011
Triggerfish Animation Studios South Africa 1996
Troyca Japan 2013
TYO Animations Japan 2009
Ufotable Japan 2000
Universal Animation Studios United States 1993 Also known as Universal Cartoon Studio.
Vanguard Animation United States
Varga Studio Hungary
Vasoon Animation China 1992
Walt Disney Animation Studios United States 1923 Founded after Disney's earlier venture Laugh-O-Gram went bankrupt.
Walt Disney Television Animation United States 1985
Wang Film Productions Taiwan 1978
Warner Bros. Animation United States 1980
Warner Animation Group United States 2013 White Fox Japan 2007
W!LDBRAIN United States
Williams Street Studios United States
Wit Studio Japan 2012
Wizart Animation Russia 2007
Worker Studio United States 2009
Xebec Japan 1995
Xilam France
Xyzoo Animation South Africa
Yowza! Animation Canada
Zagreb school of animated films Croatia
Zexcs Japan 1998
Zinkia Entertainment Spain2001

Defunct studios

Studio Country Operated Notes and sources
Adventure Cartoon Productions United States 1962(?)–66(?)
Alphanim France 1997–???? The French independent animation production and distribution company.
Amblimation United States ???? The animation production arm of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.
Androscoggin Animation United States 1988–2001
Animation Collective United States 2003–14
Arc Productions Canada 1990–2016 Formerly Dan Krech Productions, DKP, IDT, Starz, purchased after bankruptcy by Jam Filled/Boat Rocker
Asterisk Animation United States 2004(?)–11
Bakshi Productions/Ralph's Spot United States ????
Barré Studio United States 1914–23 After 1917 called Bud Fisher Films Corporation.
Belvision Belgium 1956–2005
Bill Melendez Productions United States ????
Bird Studios United Kingdom ????
Bray Productions United States 1913–27
Burbank Films Australia Australia 1981–88
Cartoon Pizza/Jumbo Pictures United States 1988–2015 Formerly named Jumbo Pictures.
Chuck Jones Productions United States ????
CINAR Films Canada 1976–2004 Merged into Cookie Jar Entertainment.
CinéGroupe Canada 1974–???? Also has offices in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Colossal Pictures United States 1976–2000 Absorbed into W!ILDBRAIN.
Cosgrove Hall Films United Kingdom 1976–2009 ITV owners wound down after purchase.
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises United States 1963–81 Re-organized as Marvel Cartoons.
DIC Entertainment France 1971–2008 Merged into Cookie Jar Entertainment.
DNA Productions United States 1987–????
DUCK Studios United States 1972–????
Ellipse Programme France 1987–????
Fatkat Canada 1999–????
Filmation United States 1963–89
FilmFair United Kingdom ????
Fleischer Studios
(Inkwell Studios/Famous Studios/Paramount Cartoon Studios)
United States 1921–67 Name changed in 1928, 1942, 1956.
Format Films United States ????
Fox Animation Studios United States 1994–2000 See also: 20th Century Fox Animation above
Games Animation United States ????
George Pal Studio United States ???? Stop-motion animation only.
Ghost Planet Industries United States ????
Golden Films United States ????
Grantray-Lawrence Animation United States 1954–67
Group TACJapan 1968–2010
Gaumont British Animation UK 1946–50
H-Gun United States 1988–2001
Hal Film Maker Japan 1993–2009 Merged with Yumeta Company into TYO Animations.
Halas and Batchelor United Kingdom ????
Hanna-Barbera United States 1957–2001
Harman-Ising Productions United States 1930–60
ImageMovers Digital United States 2009–11
International Film Service United States 1915–18
Jack Kinney Productions United States 1960–63
Jay Ward Productions United States 1958–84
Larry Harmon Pictures United States 1958-1962
Jetix Animation Concepts United States ????
Jetlag Productions United States
Kievnauchfilm USSR 1941–????
Kroyer Films United States 1986–94 Studio inactive as of 1994.
Kurtz & Friends United States 1981–2007
Lacewood Canada ????
Laugh-O-Gram Studio United States 1921–23 Walt Disney's first animation venture, which didn't last long.
Leon Schlesinger Productions/Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc./Warner Bros Seven Arts United States 1933–64
Schlesinger sold the studio to Warner Bros in 1944, in 1964 the studio closed down, and reopened brefly in 1967 to close down in 1969.
Manglobe Japan 2002–15
Mathematical Applications Group, Inc. United States ???? Also known as MAPI
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio United States 1937–57
MGM Animation/Visual Arts/Sib Tower 12 Productions United States 1963–70
MoonScoop Group France ????
Mushi Production Japan 1961–73 A new studio with the same name was established in 1977 and is still active.
Noyes & Laybourne United States 1978–91
Pacific Data Images United States 1980–2015
Phoenix Animation Studios United States ????
Pilot Studio Russia 1988–????
Radix Ace Entertainment Japan ????
Rankin-Bass United States 1961–2003
Rembrandt Films Czechoslovakia ???? Operated in Prague by Americans.
Richard Williams Studio Ltd. Canada 1958–92
Ruby-Spears Productions United States 1977–96 Studio inactive as of 1996.
Skellington Productions United States 1986–96(?) Renamed as Skellington in 1992.
Spectrum Animation Japan ????
Studio Ekran Russia 1968–????
Sullivan-Bluth Studios Ireland
United States
Sunbow United States ????
Terrytoons United States 1928–68
Top Craft Japan ???? Became Studio Ghibli.
Total Television United States 1960–68
Tradition Studios United States 2009–12
Turner Feature Animation United States ????
TVC Cartoons Canada 1961–79
Ub Iwerks Studio/Cartoons Films Inc United States 1930–36 Iwerks sold the studio in 1936, but the studio continued to produce animation commercials into the mid-1940s.
United Productions of America United States 1944–64 Also known as UPA
Van Beuren Studios United States 1928–36
Video Brinquedo Brazil 1994-2010
Walt Disney Animation Canada Canada 1996–2000
Walt Disney Animation Japan Japan 1989–2004
Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida United States 1989–2004 Became a general satellite studios of Walt Disney Animation Studios, founded after earlier venture Disney's Hollywood Studios went bankrupt and for additional output.
Walt Disney Feature Animation, France S.A./Walt Disney Feature Animation Paris France 1989–2003
Walter Lantz Productions United States 1929–48
Universal now owns the library.
Will Vinton Studios United States 1979–2005 Became LAIKA.
Winkler Pictures*/Charles Mintz Studios**/Screen Gems Studio*** United States 1921–46 *Also known as M.J. Winkler Productions and Robert Winkler Productions
**Re-organization in 1929
***Re-organization in 1940

See also


  1. "ABOUT". (in Japanese). A-1 Pictures Inc. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  2. Del Valle, Gabe (2016-04-17). "John K. and I Are in the Process of Opening a Company". Tumblr. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
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