Telecom Animation Film: Founded in 1975 so that TMS can compete in western markets as pure American animation was started to become expensive (and stilted). The studio didn't start doing productions until 1977 (said production came out in 1978). Their first product was a show called Obake Chan, which is very unknown. Afterwards, Telecom did a number of episodes of Lupin III series 2, The Castle Of Cagliostro, and started production on Little Nemo (which started in 1978 and was finished eleven years after). From the '80s and '90s most of their productions were made for US marketsnote as the western productions from DiC and Disney were taking time away from Little Nemo. This was one of the reasons why the movie was taking so long. The studio is known for some of the best animation in history, and also does their own productions outside of TMS as well.
TMS Photo:Sometimes known as Toms Photo, founded in 1988 to do digital effects on AKIRA, TMS Photo is TMS's digital effects and coloring unit.
Studio Sakimakura: A more recent studio, the studio was founded in March of 2011, and has worked on Bakugan (Mechtanium Surge series), Cardfight!! Vanguard and Brave 10.
A-Productions:Founded in 1965 to help out TMS during Fujiko Pro's large work load, A-Pro split off from TMS in 1976 when TMS replaced them with Telecom, from then on A-Pro became Shin-Ei Doga.
Shin-Ei Doga: After A-Pro split off from TMS, they got 98% of their stocks, 90% of it was sold to TV Asahi, 8% of it became Shin-Ei Doga. The 2% TMS did not give out to A-Pro was put into Telecom. As of 2010, the studio is now 100% owned by TV Asahi.
KK C&D Asia: Formed by Tetsuo Katayama and Shigeru Akagawa in 1983 because of the way Little Nemo was going, the studio mostly did shows for DiC with their biggest project being The Real Ghostbusters. The studio shut down in 2000 due to becoming too expensive for the US to ship off productions to Japan and failing to compete in the anime market. Most of the staff now work for Production I.G.
Spectrum Animation: Formed in 1988, the studio's first job was to supervise the Koreanstudios responsible for Captain N: The Game Master. The company's first (and only) big break was on Batman The Animated Series, providing animation to episodes like "Robin's Reckoning Part 1" and to the movie Mask of the Phantasm. The studio also did some work for Cinar as well. But, much like KK C&D, they were unable to compete in the anime market and shut down in 1998. Most of their staff, like KK C&D's, now work for Production I.G.
Walt Disney Animation Japan: Founded by Motoyoshi Tokunaga in 1988 as Michael Eisner was opening up a unit in Japannote after he bought out Pacific Animation Corp. and was giving him more money to run the studio. The studio stayed open until 2004, when Disney got rid of most of their traditional animation unitsnote however, Roy E. Disney and John Lasseter did save the Los Angeles unit, and the Australia unit stayed open until 2007. After that most of their staff members went to work for Madhouse, Studio Pierrot or Production I.G. The ones who did stick with Tokunaga went on to become...
Noteworthy TMS staff members include (also counting their Telecom unit):executives and producers
Yutaka Fujioka: Founder of TMS, he retired in 1992note some say that he left in 1989 because of Little Nemo's bombing, however he was in a Tiny Toons staff photo, which was shot in 1990, which debunks that. Here's◊ a picture of him, and the full photo; to compare with older pictures of him, here is a photo of him and other TMS staff members during production on Little Nemo; the latter photo is a video, but he is in the very start of the video. He died in 1996.
Koji Takeuchi: Came to TMS in 1977 from A-Pro. He is the president of the Telecom unit.
Tetsuo Katayama: He worked for TMS in the '70s and early '80s. Left in 1983 to establish KK C&D Asia.
Shigeru Akagawa: He worked for TMS in the '70s and eary '80s. Like Katayama, he left TMS in 1983 to work for KK C&D Asia.
Isao Takahata: Takahata came to TMS from Toei through A-Pro in 1968, then left with Miyazaki to go work for Nippon Animation in 1972. He came back to TMS through Telecom in 1977, left with Miyazaki in 1983 to go work for Topcraft and went with Miyazaki when he co-founded Studio Ghibli.
Yasuo Otsuka: He came to TMS from Toei through A-pro in 1968 then to Telecom when A-Pro split from TMS in 1976note He did not come to Telecom until 1977, as he was supposed to be one of the main executives of Shin-Ei Doga. Mostly known for doing key animation on The Castle Of Cagliostro and doing early drafts for Little Nemo. He also runs a TMS owned animation school called Anime Juku.
Yoshifumi Kondo: Mostly known for Whisper of the Heart from Studio Ghibli, he came to TMS in 1968 through A-Pro. He left for Shin Ei Doga when A-Pro split off from TMS, after which he left for Nippon Animation, working with Hayao Miyazaki on Future Boy Conan and other stuff. In 1980, he left to go back at TMS through Telecom. He left Telecom in 1985 because of sickness. When he got better, he went back to do contract work for Nippon which didn't last long. After that, he went to work for Studio Ghibli until he died in 1998.
Takashi Kawaguchi: He did a number of things for TMS, then left to become freelance.
There are 2 known TakashiKawaguchis out there in the world, the later is the Ex-TMS staff member.
Hisao Yokobori: The only known member of Telecom to have a Twitter acount; See it here.
As a side note, she was the animation director of several Animaniacs episodes including Taming Of The Screwynote which was shipped off to Actas, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump and Schnitzelbank.
Shojiro Nishimi: Sometimes known as Shijiro Nishimi and Shoujirou Nishimi, he came to TMS in 1984, left in 2003 to work at Studio 4░C, and came back to TMS in 2009, the last thing he did at 4░C were some animated clips to a movie that he did in 2008 but said movie did not came out until 2009.
He also did Storyboards for Atlus's Catherine, whose chief animation studio is Studio 4░C. However, he did it along side Toshihiko Masuda and Sawako Miyamoto, who were doing key animation for it stationed at Telecom during production.
He also did a short called Keep Walking Theater that started production [[Development Hell in 2008 but did not came out until 2012 due to issues going on at 4░C, He did go back to finish it but quickly came back to Telecom after it was done.
Masatomo Sudo: Worked at TMS as early as the 1980s, doing key animation on Mighty Orbots. He also did the character designs for Hamtaro.
Noteworthy productions from the 1960s
1964Big X: TMS's first production, and the only production they got from Osamu Tezuka when he was still alive. Only done because Mushi Productions (the studio that most of Tezaka's productions were done by when he was still alive) was full at the time.
1965Obake No Q-Taro: TMS first production from Fujiko Pro.
1967/1971Chingo Muchabe: Made in 1967, but never aired until 1971. Final anime broadcast in black & whitenote but not the last one made. That honor goes to Umeboshi Denka.
1967Pa-Man: First series only, second series and the movies are done by Shin Ei Doga. Production was split between TMS and Studio Zero.
1968/1977/1979Kyojin No Hoshi: aka Star Of The Giants, did all three series.
1968Kaibutsu-Kun: With Studio Zero.
1969Umeboshi Denka: With Studio Zero. Final black & white anime from TMS note Chingo Muchabei was made before Denka, but aired years after.
1969Moomin: First 26 episodes of the first series. The rest of the first series and New Moomin are by Mushi, and Tanoshii Moomin Ikka is done by Telescreen and Visual 80.
1969, 1971-NowLupin III: Pilot came out in 1969, 1st series came out in 1971 but bombed, the 2nd series came out in 1977, the series received a 3rd series in 1985 (but is mostly forgotten by many fans) and the franchise's many movies and specials. The 4th series, ''The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, was released in 2012.
1990Peter Pan & the Pirates: 13 episodes, including the first episode and the "Ages Of Pan" 2 parter, the rest of the series is done by other studiosnote Wang, AKOM, Dai Won, Pacific Rim Animation, Studio Sginal, Tae Sung, Pion Animation, Take One Productions, Hinton Animation Studios and Island Animation. Also served as co-producer and current owner.
2011 A music video from the UK called Cartoon Style Fighting Kids aka It's Tropical: Live action X animation cross breed, produced by in the UK by Elnino and Studio 7-Machine Molle, but the live action was shot in France and the animation is done in Japan by TMS (Telecom Unit), however this video is NSFW due to all the blood shed that goes on in it.
Summer Wars (Key Animation through Telecom by Kenji Hachizaki, Atsuko Tanaka and Sawako Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Aoyama was also stationed at Telecom for Key Animation but was stationed at Madhouse for its Animation Direction and Storyboards)
Limited Animation: Justified throughout the '60s and '70s, as practically everyone, even Disney was doing it due to incredibly low budgets. However like most anime, it sill largely serves as the norm. They do tend to fare better than other studios (With some exceptions as shown below).