First founded in 1988 by Motoyoshi Tokunaga with [[Creator/WaltDisneyAnimationUnits Walt Disney Animation Japan]], [[ Spectrum was Disney Japan's non Disney based unit]] (the studios shared 20-30% of their staff), the studio is known for having spectacularly gorgeous animation (like TMS and Disney Japan) and working on 9 episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' plus the associated films ''Mask Of The Phantasm'' and ''Sub Zero''. The studio also worked on other productions as well, but went out of business in 1998 as they were failing to compete in the anime market (They only did four as subcontractors. But ''did'' do some cutscenes for some PC-FX and UsefulNotes/{{PS1}} games), as well as the studio's debt (things like the airbrushing in Mr. Freeze's helmet did not help either) and Michael Eisner wanting to cut corners at Disney, and one way to do that was to tell Motoyoshi Tokunaga to shut down Spectrum. After that, most of their staff (like the ones that were not based through Disney Japan like Sabaro Hashimoto (who is now a arts teacher) Hiroshi Kawamata and Kazuyoshi Takeuchi (who both now work for Creator/TheAnswerStudio) went to Creator/ProductionIG.

See also Creator/TMSEntertainment, Creator/StudioGhibli and [[Creator/WaltDisneyAnimationUnits Walt Disney Animation Japan]], three other Japanese studios known for gorgeous looking animation.
!!Productions by Spectrum:

* ''WesternAnimation/ABunchOfMunsch'' - With {{Creator/AKOM}}, Creator/HanhoHeungUp and other companies.[[labelnote:2 episodes]]"Jonathan's Snowsuit[=/=]50 Below Zero" "Pigs[=/=]David's Father" (both with Creator/AnimationServiceHK)[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' - Ink and Paint & Camera for TMS on 3 shorts - ''Les Miseranimals'', ''Pavlov's Mice'' (both by Yuichiro Yano) and Hisao Yokobori's ''Wild Blue Yonder'', Animation Cooperation for the latter. Done uncredited.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' - The studio's biggest production, 7 episodes[[labelnote:list]]"On Leather Wings", "Heart of Ice", "It's Never Too Late", "P.O.V.", "Vendetta", "Beware the Gray Ghost" (uncredited animation by [[Creator/{{DASTCorparation}} Dust]]), "Robin's Reckoning Part I"[[/labelnote]]. Also provided layouts for 12 episodes[[labelnote:list]]"Tyger Tyger", "Almost Got 'im", "His Silicon Soul", "The Laughing Fish", "Zatanna", "Robin's Reckoning Part II", "See No Evil", "Fire From Olympus", "Shadow the Bat Parts I and II", "The Worry Men", "Sideshow"[[/labelnote]].
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' - done with Koko[=/=]Dong Yang.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' - Last production, with Koko[=/=]Dong Yang.
* ''WesternAnimation/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventures'' - With Creator/BigStarEnterprise.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'': First project, served as supervisor and storyboard artists. Also did animation during season 2. (other studios to work on the show include Creator/{{Saerom}}[=/=]Creator/PlusOneAnimation and Creator/SeiYoung).
* ''VideoGame/CrimeCrackers'' - Cutscenes.
** ''VideoGame/CrimeCrackers2'' - Last known production done in-house, Cutscenes.
* ''VideoGame/DefendersOfDynatronCity'' - The cartoon pilot
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Saves Christmas'' - with Creator/HongYing.
* ''Literature/{{Madeline}}'' - Four Specials, ''Madeline in London'', ''Madeline's Rescue'', ''Madeline's Christmas'' and ''Madeline and the Bad Hat''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealHistoryOfHumptyDumpty''
* ''Anime/ReporterBlues'' - Animation Cooperation for TMS.
* ''Manga/SilentMobius'' - In-Between Animation for the first movie.
* ''Anime/SoccerFever'' - Animation Cooperation for TMS.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' - Animation Cooperation for TMS, uncredited.
* ''VideoGame/{{Twinbee}} and [=WinBee's 1/8=] Panic'' ([=OVA=]) - With Creator/DRMovie and Creator/{{AIC}}.

!!Tropes associated with Spectrum:

* AnimationBump: Arguably one of the best studios ever established, until they went out of business.
* OffModel: Despite their quality, they do slip up on the rare occasion.