Creator: AKOM

AKOM (short for Animation KOrea Movie Productions) is a South Korean animation studio formed in 1985 by Nelson Shin, a former animator at De Patie Freleng Enterprises and creator of the Lightsaber effects in Star Wars, as well as producer of the original Transformers TV Series and director of the show's (first) full-length toy commercial.

The studio is also responsible for publishing a South Korean magazine called "Animatoon" since 1995. You can probably tell from the title what the magazine's about.

Amongst the series and movies they animated:

Tropes associated with the company:

  • Animated Adaptation: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, RoboCop.
  • Animation Bump: Occasionally (including select instances in Batman, Transformers, and Tiny Toon Adventures). Word of God has pointed out that they did the good animation in Spiral Zone. Also appears in The Simpsons Movie for obvious reasons.
    • Many fans of Arthur consider the animation the company's animation to be of acceptable quality as well, slight errors aside.
    • AKOM generally did a good job on the animated comedies that didn't require constant movement (which seemed to be the studio's weakness): The Simpsons, Dilbert, Mission Hill, and The Oblongs all came out relatively unscathed.
  • Animesque: Teen Days.
  • Author Appeal: The Transformers episodes "The Core", "City of Steel" and "The Autobot Run" had liberal usage of the Constructicons.
  • Deranged Animation: Their season 1 Tiny Toons episodes were quite rubbery and wacky, though they got a bit more conservative starting in the second season when Dev Ramsaran replaced Warren Marshall as overseas supervisor.
    • The Simpsons has its moments as well.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: AKOM was one of the busiest studios of the late '80s through the '90s (in 1996, for example, they were working on ten different series at once), but the 2000s were not kind to the studio (and they lost one of their major properties, Arthur, to Animation Service (HK)), and the '10s have been even worse. It's now gotten to the point that The Simpsons is, for the most part, the only American series they're working on anymore (until recently, as most episodes as of late 2014 are now being done exclusively at Rough Draft).
  • Limited Animation: Not to the extent of Filmation, but still present. Of course the founder first worked at such a company.
  • Off Model: Aside from some exceptions like The Simpsons note , a pretty awful poster child of this trope.
    • The studio (along with Sunrise) was fired from Batman because of this. As this article says about the episode "Prophet of Doom":
      Series director Frank Paur: "How hard is it to animate circles?"
    • Paur adds in the same article that "Mad as a Hatter" was AKOM's best episode, but still needed to perform "close to a hundred retakes", and Bruce Timm says "Feat of Clay, Part One" was animated by AKOM's C-Team, and "nearly completely redone two or three times before we could actually air it without cringing".
    • Even The Simpsons was not immune, despite being considered the best studio by some. Thanks to a combination of Klasky-Csupo (the first domestic studio to work on the show) still animating in the looser, more cartoony Tracey Ullman Show style and AKOM not getting the unique animation feel of the show, "Some Enchanted Evening" of The Simpsons almost cancelled the series before it even began; James L. Brooks famously said of it, "This is shit." It's estimated that about 70% of the episode had to be re-animated (and headed by David Silverman's team), with only a few scenes from original director Kent Butterworth surviving to air.
      • On a similar note, "When Flanders Failed" came back with "a thousand mistakes in it and was just a complete and utter mess." Some parts had to be re-animated in America.
    • "Carnage In C-Minor" is often considered to be one of the worst Transformers Generation 1 episodes, animation wise. Though it can't (and doesn't) do their "quality" on that series justice.
      • While it's hard to explain what extreme AKOM's TF episodes go to without Walls of Textnote . What is easy to explain are some of the more common errors, such as the wrong character model being used (they had a habit of using the pre-movie model of Grimlock and giving Optimus and Soundwave white backpacks for instance), layers done wrong so that a character will disappear "behind" something that's actually behind him, three shots with a group of characters will have three different versions of the roster, including an Autobot with Decepticons or vice-versa. Season two even kept screwing up Devastator's combination: no two versions looked the same, and none of them ever had the right bot going into the right place. And it wasn't just aesthetically displeasing, but could really become plot-alteringnote .
    • In short, get used to scratching your head over this kind of thing. They keep getting work because they're not just cheap, but are also the embodiment of the phrase "You get what you pay for."
  • Production Posse: Universal, Marvel and Sunbow loved to use AKOM. Warner Bros. also did for a time, until they gradually phased them out.
    • And of course, The Simpsons has stuck with them since the beginning, and is one of the few American shows to still employ them.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation: Established during this period.
  • Signature Style: In many of the shows they animated on, AKOM liked to draw the characters with shadows that shifted when they moved.