Rough Draft Studios

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Rough Draft Studios, Inc.
Industry Film and television animation
Founded Van Nuys, California, 1991
Founder Gregg Vanzo
Headquarters Glendale, California, United States
Seoul, South Korea
Key people
Gregg Vanzo
Scott Vanzo
Claudia Katz
Owner Government of South Korea

Rough Draft Studios, Inc. (RDS) is an animation production studio based in Glendale, California, United States,[1] with a second studio in Glendale [2] and its sister studio Rough Draft Korea located in Seoul, South Korea.[3] Rough Draft Studios was founded in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California by Gregg Vanzo. The studio produces animation for film and television; including:The Simpsons Movie, Futurama, Great Britain's Full English, Napoleon Dynamite, Sit Down, Shut Up, Drawn Together, Baby Blues, The Maxx, Star Wars: Clone Wars, the Spy vs. Spy shorts on MADtv and others. The Korean studio does work on the aforementioned, as well as shows from other studios, such as The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants, Gravity Falls, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Beavis and Butt-head, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Phineas and Ferb, Rocko's Modern Life, and many others.


Rough Draft Studios was originally founded in a Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California garage by Gregg Vanzo and his wife Nikki Vanzo. While working on The Ren & Stimpy Show, Nikki Vanzo approached John Kricfalusi, creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show, about taking the animation to Korea.[4] In Korea, Nikki Vanzo founded and runs Rough Draft Korea.[4]

Growth in business[edit]

After working on The Ren & Stimpy Show, many other shows requested the assistance of Rough Draft Korea in animation and ink & paint. In 1992, Rough Draft Studios began producing animation for The Simpsons and then for Beavis and Butt-Head in 1993. Also in 1993, Gregg's brother Scott Vanzo was brought on board. Rough Draft Korea quickly built a strong portfolio in the animation business with shows like their first series The Maxx in 1995, which was nominated for an Annie Award.[5] Claudia Katz, who had joined Rough Draft Studios in 1994 to produce The Maxx, and Rich Moore, joining in 1995 after having worked with Gregg on The Simpsons, completed the core of a Rough Draft Studios which would help "drive the cartoon boom of the late ‘90s".[6] It was also in 1995 that Rough Draft Studios moved to Glendale, California.


Rough Draft Studios is known for its blending of 2-D with computer animation, or non-photorealistic rendering which it first used on The Maxx and further utilized with Futurama and The Simpsons Movie.


Feature films[edit]

TV series[edit]


Outsourced projects[edit]

RDK, Rough Draft studios' sister studio in Korea has produced overseas animation for the following series, features and specials:


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