Rooster Teeth Productions
is an Austin, Texas-based video production studio focusing on online content. They are famous for pioneering machinima
and being its most mainstream success. Founded on April 1
, 2003, they gained popularity through their first show, Red vs. Blue
, which debuted on that date. It especially became notable when they were officially endorsed by Bungie
and Microsoft Studios
in using Halo
for their machinima. Today, Rooster Teeth is separated into three groups:
- The main portion of the company itself is used for Red vs. Blue, RWBY, and all of their original shorts and series.
- Achievement Hunter is a division of the company that broadcasts how-to guides on how to get various achievements in several video games, along with a couple YouTube channels that invokes Let's Play videos and other nonsense. They're much more focused on the Let's Plays than anything these days, especially Let's Play Minecraft and Let's Play Grand Theft Auto among other videos.
- The Know, a daily YouTube show presenting news across pop culture, primarily focused on video games.
They also hold an increasingly-popular annual convention called RTX
, which despite the name's implication is not
entirely focused on the company itself and definitely not called the "Rooster Teeth Expo". Held at the company's hometown of Austin at the Austin Convention Center, the convention's main focus is on gaming and Internet culture, much like the studio itself.On November 10, 2014, the studio was acquired by media company Fullscreen.
On February 5, 2015, the studio welcomed in the members of the former Machinima
group Inside Gaming
, being rebranded as "Funhaus" (pronounced "Funhouse")The Other Wiki
has more info about them here.
Notable works include:
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- Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures, a webseries that turns the funny bits of The Rooster Teeth Podcast into a cartoon. Animated by Jordan Cwierz.
- RWBY, an computer-animated series created by Monty Oum and produced by Rooster Teeth, first shown as a trailer after the final episode of Red vs. Blue: Season 10. The first episode was aired at RTX in the summer of 2013, then released on the website on July 18. It can be viewed here.
- X-Ray and Vav, a new animated series that focuses on the Super Powered Alter Egos of Achievement Hunter cast members Ray Narvaez, Jr. ("X-Ray") and Gavin Free ("Vav"). Debuted in November 2014.
- Rooster Teeth Shorts, a webseries that depicts the company's staff in... unusual situations.
- Immersion, a webseries where Burnie and Griffon decide to test various video game facts on Geoff and Gus, seeing if they would work in real life. After a long hiatus, a second season featuring the tests this time on Gavin and Michael is in the works.
- Past Cast, the YouTube blogs of historical figures.
- RT Life, which are videos the employees make of the various antics they get up to instead of working.
- The Gauntlet, a series where several gamers take each other on in a video game tournament similar to a reality television show in order to win ten thousand dollars, with Burnie as the Games Master and Brooke, Caleb, Gus, and Joel as team coaches.
- A Simple Walk (Into Mordor), where Chris and Kerry have six days to walk from Hobbiton to Mordor - or rather, their respective filming locations.
- The Slow Mo Guys, where Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy film things overcranked. Was actually independent of Rooster Teeth until 2013.
- Lazer Team, the company's first feature-length, live-action film currently in production. It will be a sci-fi comedy. They held an Indiegogo campaign which for a couple months became the most successful fully-funded project ever on the site.
- Ten Little Roosters, where ten Rooster Teeth employeeslist are at a party... only for Michael to drop dead. Everyone is locked in, and they must figure out who the killer is before they all die. Viewers are asked to submit guesses as to who is the killer; who will be the survivor (confirmed to not be the killer); and, each week, who will die in the next episode, as well as how they will die.
- The Rooster Teeth Podcast (formerly Drunk Tank) is Rooster Teeth's main podcast which, "On a more-or-less weekly basis, the Rooster Teeth crew discuss gaming, films and projects that they are currently working on." However it sometimes will go a bit off-topic into more general news and occasionally into the personal, and quite often strange, experiences of the RT staff and guests to the show. If the recent video format podcasts are any indication, the recording room is well stocked with beer and liquor, some of which is sent in by fans, just as the former title Drunk Tank suggests. Hosted by Gus, three others, and Gus.
- In response to the fact that the main podcast has shifted away from being a gaming podcast to a general comedy one, they later created The Patch. It runs for approximately one hour and is completely centered on video games. Usually hosted by a three person combination of either Gus, Burnie, Meg, Ashley, Ryan and Gus.
- They now have a TV and movie-themed podcast named Screen Play, hosted by JJ.
Also, while it is not
part of Rooster Teeth proper, Michael Jones
' Internet Box
podcast features several of the company's employees.
- Nature Town, a webseries that stars various animals voiced by members of the Rooster Teeth staff.
- Rooster Teeth Comics, a comic series about the Rooster Teeth staff's daily life. Written by Griffon Ramsey and drawn by Luke McKay, the series ended in Summer 2011.
Rooster Teeth as a whole is an example of: