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 {{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 AKOM.
* ''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 later. Done uncredited.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' - The studio's biggest production, 9 episodes (with 1 episode done with [[Creator/DASTCorporation Dust]], ''Beware The Gray Ghost''). Also provided layouts for 12 episodes. Other studios that worked on the show include: TMSEntertainment, {{Sunrise}}, Creator/StudioJunio, NOA Animation (layouts for 2 episodes for Dong Yang and AKOM each), Creator/KokoEnterprises[=/=]Dong Yang, Creator/{{AKOM}}, Creator/JadeAnimation and Creator/LapizAzul (aka Blue Pencil).
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' - done with Koko[=/=]Dong Yang.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' - Last production, with Koko[=/=]Dong Yang.
* ''WesternAnimation/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventures'' - Supervising for Korean studios.
* ''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 other studios.
* ''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.
* ''SilentMobius'' - In-Between Animation for the first movie.
* ''Anime/SoccerFever'' - Animation Cooperation for TMS.
* ''VideoGame/{{Twinbee}} and [=WinBee's 1/8=] Panic'' ([=OVA=]) - With Creator/DRMovie and {{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.