List of animation studios

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The following list of animation studios presents past and present 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 to be found across all continents.

Studios[edit]

The Studio5 Australia 2000 Active
Studio Country Founded Active/Defunct Notes
A Squared Entertainment United States 2009 Active
A-1 Pictures Japan 2005 Active
A. Film Denmark 1988 Active
A.C.G.T Japan 2001 Active
Aardman Animations United Kingdom 1972 Active
Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC United States 2011 Active
Act3animation Australia 1992 Active
Adelaide Productions United States Active Formerly named Columbia TriStar Children's Television.
Adventure Cartoon Productions United States Defunct
AIC Japan 1982 Active
Ajia-do Japan 1978 Active
AKOM South Korea 1985 Active
Alphanim France 1997 Defunct The French independent animation production and distribution company.
Amblimation United States 1989 Defunct (1997) The animation production arm of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.
Androscoggin Animation United States 1988 Defunct (2001)
Ánima Estudios Mexico 2002 Active
Animafilm Romania 1964 Active
Animal Logic Australia 1991 Active
Animasai Studios Canada 2013 London, Ontario's first animation company. http://www.animasaistudios.com
Animation Collective United States 2003 Active
Animax Entertainment United States 2001 Active
Animonsta Studios Malaysia 2009 Active
Annix United Kingdom 2007 Active
Anzovin Studio United States 1999 Active
APPP Japan 1984 Active
Arc Productions Canada 1985 Active
Arms Corporation Japan Active
Artland Japan 1978 Active
Asahi Production Japan 1973 Active
Asterisk animation United States Defunct (2011)
Atomic Cartoons Canada 1999 Active
Augenblick Studios United States 1999 Active
Bagdasarian Productions United States 1961 Active
Bakshi Productions/Ralph's Spot United States Defunct
Barré Studio United States 1914 Defunct (1923) After 1917 called Bud Fisher Films Corporation.
Bee Train Japan 1997 Active
Bent Image Lab United States 2002 Active
Big Bad Boo Canada 2005 Active
Big Idea Productions United States 1993 Active
Bill Melendez Productions United Kingdom 1969 Defunct
Bird Studios United Kingdom 2003 Defunct
Blue Sky Studios United States 1987 Active
Blue-Zoo United Kingdom 2000 Active
bolexbrothers United Kingdom 1991 Active
Bones Japan 1998 Active
Boulder Media Limited Ireland 2000 Active
Brain's Base Japan 1996 Active
Bray Productions United States 1913 Defunct (1927)
BRB International Spain 1972 Active
Brown Bag Films Ireland 1994 Active
BUG Norway 1984 Active
Bullwinkle Studios United States Active
Burbank Films Australia Australia 1981 Defunct (1988)
Buzzco Associates United States 1974 Active
Callicore France 2000 Active
Cartoon Network Studios United States 1994 Active Started as sub-division of Hanna-Barbera.
Cartoon Pizza/Jumbo Pictures United States 1988 Active Formerly named Jumbo Pictures.
Cartoon Saloon Ireland 1999 Active
Cellmin Animation Studio Republic of Maldives 2005 Active
Charlex United States 1979 Active
Chuck Jones Productions United States Defunct
CINAR Films Canada 1976 Defunct (2004) Merged into Cookie Jar Entertainment.
CinéGroupe Canada 1974 Active Also has offices in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Clockwork Zoo Animation South Africa 2008 Active Formerly Octagon CSI.
Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment United Kingdom 1988 Active
(Colossal) Pictures United States 1976 Defunct (2000) Absorbed into W!ILDBRAIN.
Cookie Jar Group Canada 1976 Defunct (2012) Formerly Cinar, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
Bought by DHX Media in 2012.
Cosgrove Hall Films United Kingdom 1976 Defunct (2009) ITV owners wound down after purchase.
Creative Capers Entertainment United States 1989 Active
Creative Power Entertaining China 2003 Active
Crest Animation Studios India 1990 Active
Crew972 Israel 2005 Active
Cuckoo's Nest Studio Taiwan 1978 Active Also known as Hong Guang (宏廣) and Wang Film Productions.
Cuppa Coffee Studio Canada 1992 Active
The Curiosity Company United States 1999 Active
Curious Pictures United States 1978 Active Formerly Stowmar Enterprises.
Daume Japan 1986 Active
David Production Japan 2007 Active
Def2shoot France 2002 Active
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises United States 1963 Defunct (1981) Re-organized as Marvel Cartoons.
DHX Media Canada 2006 Active
DIC Entertainment United States 1971 Defunct (2008) Merged into Cookie Jar Entertainment.
Digital Domain United States 1993 Bankrupt Purchased by Galloping Horse Studio in China
Digital Frontier Japan 2000 Active
Diomedea Japan 2005 Active
DisneyToon Studios United States 1988 Active Formerly Walt Disney Animation Australia.
DNA Productions United States 1987 Defunct (2006)
Dogakobo Japan 1973 Active
Don Bluth Films, Inc. United States 2000 Active
Dong Woo Animation South Korea 1991 Active
DR Movie South Korea 1990 Active
DreamWorks Animation United States 1994 Active The studio was spun off from the live action DreamWorks as it's own company.
Dygra Films Spain 1987 Active
Eiken Japan 1969 Active Formerly known as Television Corporation of Japan.
Ellipse Programme France 1987 Defunct
EMation South Korea 1993 Active
Fatkat Canada 1999 Defunct
Feel Japan 1999 Active
Felix the Cat Productions United States 1953 Active
Film Roman, Inc. United States 1984 Active
Filmation United States 1963 Defunct (1989)
FilmFair United Kingdom 1968 Defunct (1996)
Fine Arts Films United States
United Kingdom
1955 Active
Fleischer Studios
(Inkwell Studios/Famous Studios/Paramount Cartoon Studios)
United States 1921 Defunct (1967) Name changes in 1928, 1942, 1956.
Folimage France 1981 Active
Format Films United States 1959 Defunct
Fox Animation Studios United States 1994 (old)
2009 (new)
Active
Fred Wolf Films Dublin Ireland
United States
1967 Active
Frederator Studios United States 1997 Active
Future Thought Productions India Active
Fuzzy Door Productions United States 1996 Active
Gainax Japan 1984 Active
Gallop Japan 1978 Active
Games Animation United States 1990 Defunct
Gaumont Animation France 2013 Active
Gaumont British Animation United Kingdom 1946 Defunct (1950)
George Pal Studio United States Defunct Stop-motion animation only.
Ghost Planet Industries United States 1994 Defunct
Global Mechanic Canada 1995 Active
GoHands Japan 2008 Active
Golden Films United States 1989 Defunct
Gonzo Japan 1992 Active
Grantray-Lawrence Animation United States 1954 Defunct (1967)
Green Gold Animation India 2001 Active
Group TAC Japan 1968 Defunct (2010)
Guru Studios Canada 2000 Active
H-Gun United States 1988 Defunct (2001)
H5 France 1994 Active
Hal Film Maker Japan 1993 Defunct (2009) Merged with Yumeta Company into TYO Animations.
Halas and Batchelor United Kingdom 1940 Defunct
Hanho Heung-Up South Korea 1984 Active
Hanna-Barbera United States 1957 Defunct (2001)
Harman-Ising Productions United States 1930 Defunct (1960)
Head-Gear Animation Canada Active
Hong Ying Animation Taiwan 1986 Active
Ilion Animation Studios Spain 2002 Active
Illumination Entertainment United States 2007 Active
ImageMovers Digital United States
Imagi Animation Studios Hong Kong 2000 Active
Imagin Japan 1992 Active
Industrial Light & Magic United States 1975 Active
International Film Service United States 1915 Defunct (1918)
J.C.Staff Japan 1986 Active
Jack Kinney Productions United States 1960 Defunct (1963)
Jam Filled Entertainment Inc. Canada 2007 Active
Janimation United States 1993 Active
Jay Ward Productions United States 1958 Defunct (1984)
Jetlag Productions United States
Japan
1992 Defunct (1996)
Jetix Animation Concepts United States defunct
JibJab United States 1999 Active
John Lemmon Films United States 1984 Active
Kandor Graphics Spain Active
Khara Japan 2006 Active
Kharabeesh Jordan 2008 Active
Kievnauchfilm USSR 1941 Defunct
Kinema Citrus Japan 2008 Active
Klasky Csupo United States 1982 Active
Koko Enterprises South Korea Active
Kroyer Films United States 1986 Defunct Studio in active as of 1994.
KRU Studios Malaysia 2005 Active
Kurtz & Friends United States 1981 Defunct (2007)
Kyoto Animation Japan 1981 Active
Lacewood Canada Defunct
LAIKA United States 1974 Active
Lambie-Nairn United Kingdom 1976 Active
Laugh-O-Gram Studio United States 1921 Defunct (1923) Walt Disney's first animation venture.
Lisenbart Animation Ukraine 2007 Active
Leon Schlesinger Productions/Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc./Warner Bros Seven Arts United States 1933
1967
Defunct (1969) 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.
Lerche Japan 2011 Active
Les' Copaque Production Malaysia 2005 Active
Light Chaser Animation Studios China 2013 Active
Littlenobody United Kingdom 2004 Active
Lucasfilm Animation United States 2003 Active Have over seen products in Singapore
MAAC India Animation India 2001 Active
Mac Guff France
United States
Active
Madhouse Japan 1972 Active
Magic Bus Japan 1977 Active
Manglobe Japan 2002 Active
March Entertainment Canada 1996 Active
Marvel Animation Studios United States 2008 Active
Marwah Films & Video Studios India Active
Marza Animation Planet Japan 2003 Active
Mathematical Applications Group, Inc. (MAGI) United States 1966 Defunct
Melnitsa Animation Studio Russia 1999 Active
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation United States 1993 Active Re-Establishment of animation division within MGM.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio and MGM Animation/Visual Arts/Sib Tower 12 Productions (1962–1970) United States 1937 Defunct (1957)
MGM Animation/Visual Arts/Sib Tower 12 Productions United States 1962 Defunct (1970)
Mike Young Productions United Kingdom Active Studio in Wales, United Kingdom.
HQ in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Millimages France 1990 Active
Mirari Films United States 1999 Active
Mondo Mini Shows United States 1998 Active
Mondo TV Italy 1985 Active
Mook Animation Japan 1986 Active
MoonScoop Group France 1984 Defunct
Morphia United States 2012 Active
Mushi Production Japan 1977 Active There was a studio with the same name that was active between 1961–1973 and went bankrupt.
Myzornis Media center India 2014 Active http://www.myzornis.com
National Film Board of Canada Canada 1939 Active
Nelvana Canada 1971 Active
Nickelodeon Animation Studios United States 1990 Active
Nippon Animation Japan 1975 Active
Nomad Japan 2003 Active
Noyes & Laybourne United States 1978 Defunct (1991)
O Entertainment/Omation Animation Studio United States 1990 Active
Oh! Production Japan 1970 Active
Oeuvreglobe Studios Pvt Ltd India 2013 Active
OLM, Inc. Japan 1995 Active
Ordet Japan 2007 Active
Oriental DreamWorks China 2012 Active Founded as a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Chinese investment companies
P.A. Works Japan 2000 Active
Pacific Data Images United States 1980 Active
PannóniaFilm Hungary Active
Paramount Animation United States 2011 Active Paramount's return to having its own animated division for the first time since 1967, when Paramount Cartoon Studio was closed.
Pentamedia Graphics India Active
The People's Republic of Animation Australia 2003 Active
Phoenix Animation Studios United States 1991 Defunct (1998)
Pierrot Japan 1979 Active
Piranha NYC United States 2009 Active
Pixar United States 1979 Active made the first computer animated feature film
Plus One Animation South Korea 1991 Active
Polygon Pictures Japan 1983 Active
Post Amazers Pakistan 2002 Active
Powerhouse Animation Studios, Inc. United States 2001 Active
Premavision/Clokey Productions United States Active
Production I.G Japan 1987 Active
Production Reed Japan 1975 Active
Radicial Axis United States 2000 Active
Rainbow S.r.l. Italy 1994 Active
Rainmaker Digital Effects Canada Active
Rankin-Bass United States 1961 Defunct (2003)
Reel FX United States 1993 Active
Rembrandt Films Czechoslovakia 1949 Defunct Operated in Prague by Americans.
Renegade Animation United States 1992 Active
Rhythm and Hues Studios United States 1987 Active
Richard Williams Animation Canada Active
Richard Williams Studio Ltd. Canada 1958 Defunct (1992)
RingTales United States 2006 Active
Rough Draft Studios United States
South Korea
1991 Active
Rubicon Group Holding Jordan 2004 Active
Ruby-Spears Productions United States 1977 Defunct (1996) Studio inactive as of 1996.
Sae Rom South Korea 1987 Active
Satelight Japan 1995 Active
Sav! The World Productions France 1998 Active
Savage Studios Ltd. United States Active
Se-ma-for Poland 1947 Active
Seven Arcs Japan 2002 Active
Shademaker Productions United States Active
Shaft Japan 1975 Active
Shanghai Animation Film Studio China 1946 Active
Shin-Ei Animation Japan 1976 Active
Silver Link Japan 2007 Active
Six Point Harness United States 2003 Active
Skellington Productions United States 1986 Defunct (1996?) Renamed as Skellington in 1992.
Škola Animiranog Filma Croatia Active
Skycron Canada Active
Smallfilms United Kingdom 1959 Active
Sony Pictures Animation United States 2002 Active
Soup2Nuts United States 1993 Active
Soyuzmultfilm Russia 1936 Active
Sparx* China
Vietnam
1995 Active HQ in France.
Spectrum Animation Japan Defunct
Spümcø United States 1988 Defunct (2004)
Spy Pictures United Kingdom 1999 Active
Start Anima Brazil 1966 Active
Stretch Films United States 1991 Active
Studio 4°C Japan 1986 Active
Studio Comet Japan 1986 Active
Studio DEEN Japan 1975 Active
Studio Fantasia Japan 1983 Active
Studio Ghibli Japan 1984 Active
Studio Gokumi Japan 2010 Active
Studio Hibari Japan 1979 Active
Studio Mir South Korea 2010 Active
Sullivan-Bluth Studios Ireland
United States
1985 Defunct
Sumo Dojo United Kingdom Active
Sunbow Entertainment United States 1980 Defunct (2003)
Sunrise Japan 1972 Active
Sunwoo Entertainment South Korea 1974 Active Has over seen in between animation for many US studios.
SynergySP Japan 1998 Active
Tatsunoko Productions Japan 1962 Active
Teletoon Canada Canada Active
Terrytoons United States 1928 Defunct (1968)
Tezuka Productions Japan 1968 Active
Tim Burton Animation Co. United States Active
Titmouse United States Active
TMS Entertainment Japan 1946 Active
TNK Japan 1999 Active
Toei Animation Japan 1948 Active
ToonBox Entertainment Canada Active
Toon City Philippines 1993 Active
Toondra Russia 2001 Active
Toonz India 1999 Active
Total Television United States 1960 Defunct (1968)
Tradition Studios United States 2009 Defunct (2012)
TransTales Entertainment United Kingdom 2005 Active
Trigger Japan 2011 Active
Triggerfish Animation Studios South Africa 1996 Active
Turner Feature Animation United States Defunct
TVC Cartoons
(1961-1979, 1988-1997)
Canada Defunct
TYO Animations Japan 2009 Active
Ub Iwerks Studio/Cartoons Films Inc United States 1930 Defunct (1936) Iwerks sold the studio in 1936, but the studio continued to produce animation commercials into mid-1940s.
Ufotable Japan 2000 Active
United Productions of America (UPA) United States 1944 Defunct (1964)
Universal Animation Studios United States 1993 Active Also known as Universal Cartoon Studio. Not be confused with Walter Lantz Studio.
Van Beuren Studios United States 1928 Defunct (1936)
Vanguard Animation United States 2002 Defunct (2012)
Varga Studio Hungary 1988 Active
Varga TVC Productions Hungary Defunct
Vasoon Animation China 1992 Active
Walt Disney Animation Studios United States 1923 Active Founded after Disney's earlier venture Laugh-O-Gram went bankrupt.
Walt Disney Television Animation United States 1985 Active
Walter Lantz Studio United States 1929
1950
Defunct (1972) Universal now owns the library.
Wang Film Productions Taiwan 1978 Active
Warner Bros. Animation United States 1980 Active
White Fox Japan 2007 Active
W!LDBRAIN United States 1995 Active
Will Vinton Studios United States 1979 Defunct (2005) became LAIKA
Williams Street Studios United States 1999 Active
Winkler Pictures* (Charles Mintz Studios**/Screen Gems Studio***) United States 1921 Defunct (1946) Re-organizations in 1929**, 1940***
*also known as M.J. Winkler Productions and Robert Winkler Productions
Wit Studio Japan 2012 Active
Wizart Animation Russia 2007 Active
Worker Studio United States 2009 Active
Xebec Japan 1995 Active
Xilam France 1991 Active
Xyzoo Animation South Africa 1991 Active
Yowza! Animation Canada 1996 Active
Zagreb school of animated films Croatia 1956 Active
Zexcs Japan 1998 Active
Zero One Animation Australia 2006 Active http://zerooneanimation.com
Zinkia Entertainment Spain 2001 Active
3D Upside Down United States India 2007 Active www.3d-upside-down.com known in India as Paradigm Shift 3D Animation

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