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Rough Draft Studios
Rough Draft Studios, Inc.
Industry Television (animation)
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

Rough Draft Studios, Inc. is an American (with studios in South Korea) animation production studio based in Glendale, California[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 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, Star vs. the Forces of Evil 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

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

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

TV series

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
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 Channel 4
Clash-a-Rama 2016-present YouTube Tolerable Entertainment
Supercell Oy
Tarantula 2017 TBS Rough House
Solid Brass
Studio T
Disenchantment 2018 Netflix The Curiosity Company
The ULULU Company


Title Year Client Notes
The Thief and the Cobbler 1992 The Completion Bond Company ink-and-paint
RoboCop 3 1993 Orion Pictures "Johnny Rehab" commercial animation
Duck Dodgers: Attack of the Drones 2003 Warner Bros. Animation theatrical short
The Whizzard of Ow
A Fairy Tale Christmas 2005 Waterfront Pictures TV special
Futurama: Bender's Big Score 2007 20th Century Fox
The Curiosity Company
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs 2008
Futurama: Bender's Game
The Pink Panther 2 2009 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Columbia Pictures
opening title sequence only
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder 20th Century Fox
The Curiosity Company
How Murray Saved Christmas 2014 Universal Television TV special


Rough Draft Korea filmography

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

TV series

Show Year(s) Client Notes
The Ren & Stimpy Show 1992-1995 Spümcø/Games Animation [9]
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 [10]
The Brothers Grunt A.k.a. Cartoon
Timon & Pumbaa 1995 Walt Disney Television Animation 8 shorts
Eek! Stravaganza 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 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 6 episodes of 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 1997-2001 20th Century Fox Television 30 episodes
The Angry Beavers Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 HBO 5 episodes of season 2
Johnny Bravo Cartoon Network Studios Season 1
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
Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 1998 Warner Bros. Animation
The Powerpuff Girls 1998-2005 Cartoon Network Studios Overseas Production Facility
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 Cartoon Network Studios
Sammy 2000 Adelaide Productions
Jackie Chan Adventures 2000-2002 seasons 1 and 2
Sheep in the Big City Curious Pictures
The Oblongs 2001 Film Roman
Samurai Jack 2001-2004;
Cartoon Network Studios seasons 1-4 and "XCVIII"
Time Squad 2001-2003
Grim & Evil 2001-2002
The Legend of Tarzan 2001 Walt Disney Television Animation "Lost Cub", "Enemy Within", "One Punch Mallargan"
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 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
Clone High 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 Walt Disney Television Animation "Phantasmo", "Bad Stitch"
Star Wars: Clone Wars 2003-2005 Cartoon Network Studios
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 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Camp Lazlo 2005-2008 Cartoon Network Studios
Sunday Pants 2005 "Periwinkle Around the World"
The X's Nickelodeon Animation Studio A couple episodes during Season 1.
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
Class of 3000 2006-2008 Cartoon Network Studios 14 episodes
Random! Cartoons 2006-2007 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
The Modifyers 2007 TV pilot
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 2010-2018
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien 2010-2012
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
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 2017-present Cartoon Network Studios
Summer Camp Island
Big City Greens 2018-present Disney Television Animation


Title Year Client Notes
FernGully: The Last Rainforest 1992 Kroyer Films
P. J. Sparkles Mike Young Productions opening titles
Once Upon a Forest 1993 20th Century Fox
The Bears Who Saved Christmas 1994 Film Roman
Izzy's Quest for Olympic Gold 1995
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 Paramount Pictures
MTV Films
overseas animation, 3-D sequences
The Story of Santa Claus Film Roman
A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith 1999 Spümcø
Boo Boo Runs Wild Uncredited
Globehunters 2000 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
The Electric Piper
The Flintstones: On the Rocks 2001 Cartoon Network Studios
The Powerpuff Girls Movie 2002
Polly Pocket: Lunar Eclipse 2003 Mike Young Productions
Stitch! The Movie Walt Disney Television Animation
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2004 Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Inside the CIA 2005 20th Century Fox American Dad! theatrical short
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Walt Disney Television Animation
The Simpsons Movie 2007 20th Century Fox
Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown 2009 Walt Disney Television Animation
The Princess and the Frog Walt Disney Animation Studios/DisneyToon Studios
Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs To You! 2010 Walt Disney Television Animation
Winnie the Pooh 2011 Walt Disney Animation Studios/DisneyToon Studios
Achmed Saves America 2012 Anchor Bay Entertainment
Hotel Transylvania Sony Pictures Animation titles only
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 2015 Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
2D hand-drawn animated sequences only
Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run Warner Bros. Animation
Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony Pictures Animation titles only
Hotel Transylvania 3 2018 titles only


  1. ^ "Studio Info". Rough Draft Studios. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Spoke (2011-05-26). "Rough Draft Studios, Glendale, CA". Spoke. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "ROUGH DRAFT KOREA CO., LTD. (82-2-571-4871) | South Korea Business Database". Retrieved . 
  4. ^ a b Loos, Ted (November 10, 2002). "Commuting the Pacific, Unseating 'The Simpsons'". The New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Legacy: 23rd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1995)". International Animated Film Society. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Driver, Dustin. "Rough Draft Studios: Drawing Inspiration". Apple. p. 2. Retrieved . 
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  8. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (2018-05-23). "Netflix Sets 'Disenchantment' Premiere Date, Unveils First Look At Matt Groening Animated Series". Deadline. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Megna Co-productions Database (over 1000 listed titles!!)". Retrieved . 
  10. ^ Furniss, Maureen (1999). Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics (Reprint ed.). London: John Libbey. ISBN 9781864620399. Retrieved 2015. 

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