(short for A
ovie 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:
- Adventures in Oz World
- Animaniacs - 61 shorts and several bumpers.
- Arthur - The first eleven seasons, replaced by Animation Service (HK).
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! - Hired for the first season before being replaced by an in-house team.
- Batman: The Animated Series - 11 episodesList . Fired after the episode "Cat Scratch Fever" was animated.
- The Brothers Flub
- Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars
- City Hunters (alternating with Sunmin Animation)
- Conan The Adventurer - With KK C&D Asia
- Dilbert - 4 episodes List . Rough Draft Studios and Yeson Entertainment handled the rest.
- Dino Riders - Hired for the remainder of the show's run after the first two episodes, replacing Hanho Heung-Up.
- Dooly The Little Dinosaur - Worked on the first season with Hanho.
- Dr. Rabbit's World Tour
- Earthworm Jim
- Empress Chung - AKOM's first major production for the Korean market, worked alongside the North Korean Studio SEK.
- Exo Squad - Replaced Sunrise after the initial stages of planning.
- Fraggle Rock - Animated Adaptation.
- Gargoyles - Subcontracted by Disney, of all companies. Six episodes of "The Goliath Chronicles"List
- G.I. Joe & G.I. Joe Extreme
- Huntik: Secrets & Seekers
- Invasion America
- The Jackie Bison Show pilot
- The Land Before Time - Movies II to VI
- The Little Lulu Show - With Wang
- Littlest Pet Shop (1995) - With Wang and KK C&D
- The Magician
- Magic Sport
- Marsupilami - Early Marathon episodes only.
- McGee and Me - All of season 1; StarToons did the three season 2 episodes.
- Mission Hill - 6 episodes. Remaining episodes were by New Millennium.
- Mosaic - Opening titles only, main feature handled by Mook DLE.
- Muppet Babies - From Season four to the series' end.
- My Little Pony - G1, The Movie (With Toei Animationnote ) and Tales only.
- Myscene: Jammin' in Jamaica
- The Oblongs - 7 episodes. Remaining six were by Rough Draft Studios.
- Peter Pan & the Pirates - Amongst other companies, 9 episodesList .
- Pinky and the Brain - several episodes.
- Rescue Heroes - Seasons two & three, replacing the first company.
- RoboCop: The Animated Series
- Rude Dog And The Dweebs
- The Savage Dragon (TV series)
- The Simpsons - Over 230 episodes. The company's most notable work. They also helped animate the movie and the game.
- Skeleton Warriors
- Sky Dancers (with SEM Animation)
- Spiral Zone - 15 episodes, others by Visual 80 and an uncredited Mook DLE. Also split camera duty with Trans Arts.
- The Spooktacular New Adventures Of Casper
- Teen Days
- Tiny Toon Adventures - 23 episodes List . One of their episodes had Ink and Paint shipped off to Fil-Cartoons.
- The Tick
- Toad Patrol (season 1; uncredited) (replaced by UTV Toons)
- The Transformers - The company's first (known) work, 22 episodes (Three Season 2 episodesList , sixteen Season 3 episodesList and The Rebirth 3-parter). Done uncredited.
- Winx Club
- Wunschpunsch (with Nightstorm Media)
- X-Men - seasons 1-4, and the first five episodes of season 5, later episodes done by Philippine Animation Studio Inc and Hong Ying.
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.
- 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 (and even then, most of that show's animation is now being done 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: A pretty awful poster child of this trope.
- 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.