Rough Draft Studios

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Rough Draft Studios, Inc.
Industry Television industry
Founded March 20, 1991; 26 years ago (1991-03-20) in Van Nuys, California, U.S.
Founder Gregg Vanzo
Headquarters Glendale, U.S.
Key people

Rough Draft Studios, Inc. is an American 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, 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 many others.

It is the primary contractor and a commercials and several direct-to-video work for Paramount Pictures, Geffen Pictures, MTV Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, Cartoon Network Studios, 20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Gracie Films, Film Roman, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Paramount Animation, United Plankton Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Television Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Peanuts Worldwide, LLC, and Universal Uclick, a Disney division of produced of direct-to-video film and television films coordination done of Rough Draft Korea: Stitch! The Movie, Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama, Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown, Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs to You! and Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown Hosted by Kelly Osbourne, adaptations all.


Rough Draft Studios was 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.

Rough Draft Studios filmography[edit]

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


TV series[edit]


Rough Draft Korea filmography[edit]

RDK, Rough Draft studios' sister studio 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 [8]
The Simpsons 1992-present 20th Century Fox Television
Beavis & Butt-Head 1993-1997
MTV Animation
Benjamin Blümchen 1993 Kiddinx
The Critic 1994-1995 Film Roman [9]
The Brothers Grunt 1994-1995 A.k.a. Cartoon
Timon & Pumbaa 1995 Walt Disney Television Animation
Eek! Stravaganza 1995 Film Roman Klutter! segments only
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat 1995-1996 Film Roman
The Nanny 1995 TriStar Television "Oy to the World"
Rocko's Modern Life 1996 Games Animation "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"
King of the Hill 1997-2000 20th Century Fox Television
Daria 1997-2002 MTV Animation
The Angry Beavers 1997-2001 Nickelodeon
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 HBO season 2
Johnny Bravo 1997
Cartoon Network Studios
Cow and Chicken 1997-1999 Hanna-Barbera
I Am Weasel 1997-2000 Hanna-Barbera
CatDog 1998-2001 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Oh Yeah! Cartoons 1998-2001 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
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 Adelaide Productions 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 Walt Disney Television Animation
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 2001 Williams Street episodes 2-9
Harold and the Purple Crayon 2001-2002 Adelaide Productions
Kim Possible 2002-2007 Walt 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 Warner Bros. Animation
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 Cartoon Network Studios
My Life as a Teenage Robot 2003-2006 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Lilo and Stitch: The Series 2003-2004 Walt Disney Television Animation "Phantasmo", "Bad Stitch"
Star Wars: Clone Wars 2003-2005 Cartoon Network Studios
Danny Phantom 2004-2007 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
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 Cartoon Network Studios "Periwinkle Around the World"
The X's 2005-2006 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers 2006 Walt 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 Walt Disney Television Animation Season 2
The Replacements 2006-2009 Walt Disney Television Animation
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 Season 2
Phineas and Ferb 2007-2012 Walt 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 Cartoon Network Studios
Adventure Time 2010-present Cartoon Network Studios
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien 2010-2012 Cartoon Network Studios
Sym-Bionic Titan 2010-2011 Cartoon Network Studios
The Looney Tunes Show 2011-2013 Warner Bros. Animation
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 2012 Warner Bros. Animation "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 Cartoon Network Studios
Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015-present Disney Television Animation starting from episode 8, then season 2
We Bare Bears 2015-present Cartoon Network Studios
Wabbit 2015-present Warner Bros. Animation
Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer 2017 Disney Television Animation
Big Hero 6: The Series 2017 Disney Television Animation


  1. ^ "Studio Info". Rough Draft Studios. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  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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