Rough Draft Studios

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Rough Draft Studios, Inc.
Industry Television industry
Founded March 20, 1991; 27 years ago (1991-03-20) in Van Nuys, California, United States
Founder Gregg Vanzo
Headquarters Glendale, California, United States
Key people
Divisions Rough Draft Korea
Orange Co., Ltd.

Rough Draft Studios, Inc. is a Korean/American animation production studio based in Glendale, California[1] with a second studio in Glendale[2] and its sister studio Rough Draft Korea located in South Korea.[3] Rough Draft Studios was founded in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California by Gregg Vanzo and produces animation for film and television like The Simpsons and its film 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 while SpongeBob SquarePants, Gravity Falls, Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Beavis and Butt-head, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Phineas and Ferb, Rocko's Modern Life and others was made by the Korean sister studio.

Rough Draft Studios and its divisions have also produced specials, commercials and direct-to-video work for companies like Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios, 20th Century Fox Television, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Film Roman and Disney Television Animation.


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

Rough Draft Studios filmography[edit]

Most projects produced by Rough Draft Studios are animated overseas by Rough Draft Korea.


TV series[edit]

Show Year(s) Network Co-production(s) Notes
The Maxx 1995 MTV
Futurama 1999-2003; 2008-2013 Fox (1999-2003)
Comedy Central (2008-2013)
The Curiosity Company
20th Century Fox Television
Baby Blues 2000-2002 The WB Network Warner Bros. Animation
Star Wars: Clone Wars 2003-2005 Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Studios
CGI animation only
Drawn Together 2004-2007 Comedy Central Double-Hemm Productions
Comedy Partners
Sit Down Shut Up! 2009 Fox 20th Century Fox Television
Sony Pictures Television International
Good Vibes 2011 MTV Werner Entertainment
Rough House
Not the QB Pro.
Warner Horizon Television
Pilot episode only[7]
Napoleon Dynamite 2012 Fox 20th Century Fox Television
Full English 2012 Channel 4
Clash-a-Rama 2016-present YouTube Tolerable Entertainment
Supercell Oy
Tarantula 2017 TBS Rough House
Solid Brass
Studio T
Disenchantment TBD Netflix The Curiosity Company
The ULULU Company


Rough Draft Korea filmography[edit]

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


TV series[edit]

Show Year(s) Co-production(s) Notes
The Ren & Stimpy Show 1992-1995 Nickelodeon Animation Studio [8]
The Simpsons 1992-present 20th Century Fox Television
Beavis & Butt-Head 1993-1997
MTV Animation
Benjamin Blümchen 1993 Kiddinx
Animaniacs 1993 Warner Bros. Animation
The Critic 1994-1995 Film Roman [9]
The Brothers Grunt 1994-1995 A.k.a. Cartoon
Timon & Pumbaa 1995 Disney Television Animation 8 shorts
Eek! Stravaganza 1995 Film Roman Klutter! segments only
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat 1995-1996
The Nanny 1995 TriStar Television "Oy to the World"
Rocko's Modern Life 1996 Nickelodeon Animation Studio "Fatal Contraption" and season 4 only
Dexter's Laboratory 1996-1999
Cartoon Network Studios
Pinky and the Brain 1996-1998 Warner Bros. Animation
Jumanji 1996 Adelaide Productions season 1
What a Cartoon! 1996-1997 Cartoon Network Studios "Buy One, Get One Free*", "The Zoonatiks, in Home Sweet Home"
Hey Arnold! 1996-1999 Nickelodeon Animation Studio Some early episodes.
King of the Hill 1997-2001 20th Century Fox Television 30 episodes
The Angry Beavers 1997-2001 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 HBO 5 episodes of season 2
Johnny Bravo 1997
Cartoon Network Studios
Cow and Chicken 1997-1999 Hanna-Barbera
I Am Weasel 1997-2000
Daria 1998 MTV Animation Season 2
CatDog 1998-2001 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Oh Yeah! Cartoons 1998-2001
Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 1998 Warner Bros. Animation
The Powerpuff Girls 1998-2005 Cartoon Network Studios
Dilbert 1999-2000 Adelaide Productions
SpongeBob SquarePants 1999-present Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Dragon Tales 1999-2005 Adelaide Productions
ChalkZone 1999-2000 Nickelodeon Animation Studio season 1
Family Guy 2000-2001 20th Century Fox Television eight episodes of season 2 (production order)
The Cartoon Cartoon Show 2000-2001 Cartoon Network Studios
Sammy 2000 Adelaide Productions
Jackie Chan Adventures 2000-2002 seasons 1 and 2
Sheep in the Big City 2000-2002 Curious Pictures
The Oblongs 2001 Film Roman
Samurai Jack 2001-2004
Cartoon Network Studios seasons 1-4 and "XCVIII"
Grim & Evil 2001-2002 Cartoon Network Studios
The Legend of Tarzan 2001 Disney Television Animation "Lost Cub", "Enemy Within", "One Punch Mallargan"
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 2001 Williams Street episodes 2-9
Harold and the Purple Crayon 2001-2002 Adelaide Productions
The Mummy: The Animated Series 2002 Universal Animation Studios
Kim Possible 2002-2007 Disney Television Animation 22 episodes
Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? 2002-2003 Cartoon Network Studios
Baby Looney Tunes 2002 Warner Bros. Animation
3 South 2002-2003
Clone High 2002-2003 Nelvana
Codename: Kids Next Door 2002-2008 Curious Pictures
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy 2003-2005 Cartoon Network Studios seasons 1-4
Evil Con Carne 2003-2004
My Life as a Teenage Robot 2003-2006 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Lilo and Stitch: The Series 2003-2004 Disney Television Animation "Phantasmo", "Bad Stitch"
Danny Phantom 2004-2007 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
American Dad! 2005 20th Century Fox Television Unaired pilot episode only
The Life & Times of Juniper Lee 2005-2007 Cartoon Network Studios
Catscratch 2005-2007 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Camp Lazlo 2005-2008 Cartoon Network Studios
Sunday Pants 2005 "Periwinkle Around the World"
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers 2006 Disney Television Animation "Get a Job"/"Jungle Makeover", "You've Got Snail"/"The Magic Hour"
Squirrel Boy 2006-2007 Cartoon Network Studios
Korgoth of Barbaria 2006 Williams Street TV pilot
American Dragon: Jake Long 2006-2007 Disney Television Animation Season 2
The Replacements 2006-2009
Class of 3000 2006-2008 Cartoon Network Studios 14 episodes
Random! Cartoons 2006-2007 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Tom and Jerry Tales 2007-2008 Warner Bros. Animation 5 episodes of season 2
Phineas and Ferb 2007-2012 Disney Television Animation Seasons 1-3
The Mighty B! 2008-2011 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Ben 10: Alien Force 2008-2010 Cartoon Network Studios
The Cartoonstitute 2009
Adventure Time 2010-present
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien 2010-2012
Regular Show 2010-2017
Sym-Bionic Titan 2010-2011
The Looney Tunes Show 2011-2013 Warner Bros. Animation
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 2012 "The Night the Clown Cried" two-parter only
Gravity Falls 2012-2016 Disney Television Animation 23 episodes
Ben 10: Omniverse 2012-2014 Cartoon Network Studios
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja 2012-2015 Disney Television Animation
Uncle Grandpa 2013-2017 Cartoon Network Studios
Steven Universe 2013-present
Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015-present Disney Television Animation starting from episode 8, then season 2
We Bare Bears Cartoon Network Studios
Wabbit Warner Bros. Animation
Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer 2017 Disney Television Animation
Craig of the Creek Cartoon Network Studios Pilot
Summer Camp Island Cartoon Network Studios Pilot

Orange Co., Ltd.[edit]

Orange Co., Ltd. is a division of Rough Draft Studios based in Tokyo, Japan which primarily produces CGI animation.



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  2. ^ Spoke (2011-05-26). "Rough Draft Studios, Glendale, CA". Spoke. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  3. ^ "ROUGH DRAFT KOREA CO., LTD. (82-2-571-4871) | South Korea Business Database". Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  4. ^ a b Loos, Ted (November 10, 2002). "Commuting the Pacific, Unseating 'The Simpsons'". The New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Legacy: 23rd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1995)". International Animated Film Society. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  6. ^ Driver, Dustin. "Rough Draft Studios: Drawing Inspiration". Apple. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  7. ^ a b c "Studio Info". Rough Draft Studios. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  8. ^ "Megna Co-productions Database (over 1000 listed titles!!)". Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  9. ^ Furniss, Maureen (1999). Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics (Reprint ed.). London: John Libbey. ISBN 9781864620399. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 

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