Rough Draft Studios

Rough Draft Studios, Inc.
Industry Television industry
Founded March 20, 1991 (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 Maxx1995MTV
Futurama1999-2003; 2008-2013Fox (1999-2003)
Comedy Central (2008-2013)
The Curiosity Company
20th Century Fox Television
Baby Blues2000-2002The WB NetworkWarner Bros. Animation
Drawn Together2004-2007Comedy CentralDouble-Hemm Productions
Comedy Partners
Sit Down Shut Up!2009Fox20th Century Fox Television
Sony Pictures Television International
Good Vibes2011MTVWerner Entertainment
Rough House
Not the QB Pro.
Warner Horizon Television
Pilot episode only[7]
Napoleon Dynamite2012Fox20th Century Fox Television
Full EnglishChannel 4
Clash-a-Rama2016-presentYouTubeTolerable Entertainment
Supercell Oy
Tarantula2017TBSRough House
Solid Brass
Studio T
Disenchantment2018NetflixThe Curiosity Company
The ULULU Company


Title Year Client Notes
The Thief and the Cobbler1992The Completion Bond Companyink-and-paint
RoboCop 31993Orion Pictures"Johnny Rehab" commercial animation
Duck Dodgers: Attack of the Drones2003Warner Bros. Animationtheatrical short
The Whizzard of Ow
A Fairy Tale Christmas2005Waterfront PicturesTV special
Futurama: Bender's Big Score200720th Century Fox
The Curiosity Company
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs2008
Futurama: Bender's Game
The Pink Panther 22009Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Columbia Pictures
opening title sequence only
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder20th Century Fox
The Curiosity Company
How Murray Saved Christmas2014Universal TelevisionTV 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 Show1992-1995Spümcø/Games Animation[9]
The Simpsons1992-present20th Century Fox Television
Beavis & Butt-Head1993-1997;
MTV Animation
Benjamin Blümchen1993Kiddinx
The Critic1994-1995Film Roman[10]
The Brothers GruntA.k.a. Cartoon
Timon & Pumbaa1995Walt Disney Television Animation8 shorts
Eek! StravaganzaFilm RomanKlutter! segments only
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat1995-1996
The Nanny1995TriStar Television"Oy to the World"
Rocko's Modern Life1996Games Animation"Fatal Contraption" and season 4 only
Dexter's Laboratory1996-1999;
Cartoon Network Studios
Pinky and the Brain1996-1998Warner Bros. Animation
Jumanji1996Adelaide Productions6 episodes of season 1
What a Cartoon!1996-1997Cartoon Network Studios"Buy One, Get One Free*", "The Zoonatiks, in Home Sweet Home"
King of the Hill1997-200120th Century Fox Television30 episodes
The Angry BeaversNickelodeon Animation Studio
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997HBO5 episodes of season 2
Johnny BravoCartoon Network StudiosSeason 1
Cow and Chicken1997-1999Hanna-Barbera
I Am Weasel1997-2000
Daria1998MTV AnimationSeason 2
CatDog1998-2001Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Oh Yeah! Cartoons
Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain1998Warner Bros. Animation
The Powerpuff Girls1998-2005Cartoon Network StudiosOverseas Production Facility
Dilbert1999-2000Adelaide Productions
SpongeBob SquarePants1999-presentNickelodeon Animation Studio
Dragon Tales1999-2005Adelaide Productions
ChalkZone1999-2000Nickelodeon Animation Studioseason 1
Family Guy2000-200120th Century Fox Televisioneight episodes of season 2 (production order)
The Cartoon Cartoon ShowCartoon Network Studios
Sammy2000Adelaide Productions
Jackie Chan Adventures2000-2002seasons 1 and 2
Sheep in the Big CityCurious Pictures
The Oblongs2001Film Roman
Samurai Jack2001-2004;
Cartoon Network Studiosseasons 1-4 and "XCVIII"
Time Squad2001-2003
Grim & Evil2001-2002
The Legend of Tarzan2001Walt Disney Television Animation"Lost Cub", "Enemy Within", "One Punch Mallargan"
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at LawWilliams Streetepisodes 2-9
Harold and the Purple Crayon2001-2002Adelaide Productions
Kim Possible2002-2007Walt Disney Television Animation22 episodes
Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?2002-2003Cartoon Network Studios
Baby Looney Tunes2002Warner Bros. Animation
3 South2002-2003
Clone HighNelvana
Codename: Kids Next Door2002-2008Curious Pictures
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy2003-2005Cartoon Network Studiosseasons 1-4
Evil Con Carne2003-2004
My Life as a Teenage Robot2003-2006Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Lilo and Stitch: The Series2003-2004Walt Disney Television Animation"Phantasmo", "Bad Stitch"
Star Wars: Clone Wars2003-2005Cartoon Network Studios
Danny Phantom2004-2007Nickelodeon Animation Studio
American Dad!200520th Century Fox TelevisionUnaired pilot episode only
The Life & Times of Juniper Lee2005-2007Cartoon Network Studios
CatscratchNickelodeon Animation Studio
Camp Lazlo2005-2008Cartoon Network Studios
Sunday Pants2005"Periwinkle Around the World"
The X'sNickelodeon Animation StudioA couple episodes during Season 1.
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers2006Walt Disney Television Animation"Get a Job"/"Jungle Makeover", "You've Got Snail"/"The Magic Hour"
Squirrel Boy2006-2007Cartoon Network Studios
Korgoth of Barbaria2006Williams StreetTV pilot
American Dragon: Jake Long2006-2007Walt Disney Television AnimationSeason 2
The Replacements2006-2009
Class of 30002006-2008Cartoon Network Studios14 episodes
Random! Cartoons2006-2007Nickelodeon Animation Studio
The Modifyers2007TV pilot
Tom and Jerry Tales2007-2008Warner Bros. Animation5 episodes of season 2
Phineas and Ferb2007-2012Disney Television AnimationSeasons 1-3
The Mighty B!2008-2011Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Ben 10: Alien Force2008-2010Cartoon Network Studios
The Cartoonstitute2009
Adventure Time2010-present
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien2010-2012
Sym-Bionic Titan2010-2011
The Looney Tunes Show2011-2013Warner Bros. Animation
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated2012"The Night the Clown Cried" two-parter only
Gravity Falls2012-2016Disney Television Animation23 episodes
Ben 10: Omniverse2012-2014Cartoon Network Studios
Uncle Grandpa2013-2017Cartoon Network Studios
Steven Universe2013-present
Star vs. the Forces of Evil2015-presentDisney Television Animationstarting from episode 8, then season 2
We Bare BearsCartoon Network Studios
WabbitWarner Bros. Animation
Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer2017Disney Television Animation
Craig of the Creek2017-presentCartoon Network Studios
Summer Camp Island
Go! Cartoons2017-2018Sony Pictures Animation
Big City Greens2018-presentDisney Television Animation


Title Year Client Notes
FernGully: The Last Rainforest1992Kroyer Films
Cool WorldParamount Pictures
P. J. SparklesMike Young Productionsopening titles
The Bears Who Saved Christmas1994Film Roman
Izzy's Quest for Olympic Gold1995
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America1996Paramount Pictures
MTV Films
overseas animation, 3-D sequences
The Story of Santa ClausFilm Roman
A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith1999Spümcø
Boo Boo Runs Wild
Globehunters2000Nickelodeon Animation Studio
The Electric Piper
The Flintstones: On the Rocks2001Cartoon Network Studios
The Powerpuff Girls Movie2002
Polly Pocket: Lunar Eclipse2003Mike Young Productions
Stitch! The MovieWalt Disney Television Animation
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie2004Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Inside the CIA200520th Century FoxAmerican Dad! theatrical short
Kim Possible Movie: So the DramaWalt Disney Television Animation
The Simpsons Movie200720th Century Fox
Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown2009Walt Disney Television Animation
Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs To You!2010
Achmed Saves America2012Anchor Bay Entertainment
Hotel TransylvaniaSony Pictures Animationtitles only
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
2D hand-drawn animated sequences only
Looney Tunes: Rabbits RunWarner Bros. Animation
Hotel Transylvania 2Sony Pictures Animationtitles only
Hotel Transylvania 32018titles only


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