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Fil-Cartoons was a Philippines-based animation studio. It was established in 1987 by Hanna-Barbera (specifically, Jerry Smith), and was in operation through 2001. The studio was primarily responsible for producing animation for parent company, Hanna-Barbera. Some of its employees later went to work for Toon City.

As the studio is closed, there is no official website for Fil-Cartoons, but here is a short video tour, hosted by its general manager Bill Dennis.


See also Wang Film Productions, another major animation provider for Hanna-Barbera (and its partner for several shows).

Among the animations worked on by Fil-Cartoons:


  • Timeless Tales From Hallmark: Jerry Smith is listed as a production supervisor, which is often a giveaway that he supervised episodes at his studio Fil-Cartoons. And Hanna-Barbera used them quite heavily during this period. They are not listed in the end credits though.

Tropes associated with this Company:

  • Animation Bump:
    • Many of their What a Cartoon! shorts.
    • Compared to the rest of the series, Season 3 of The Mask is easily the most fluid and expressive.
  • Depending on the Artist: Their style tended to be cruder but more offbeat and free style than standard studios at the time, meaning a lot of their episodes produced this for respective shows. The episodes they produced for Dexter's Laboratory and The Dreamstone in particular contrast greatly with the work of other studios.
  • Deranged Animation: Present in a lot of their What a Cartoon! shorts, but especially the ones directed by Pat Ventura.
    • Also many moments in Capertown Cops, especially the intro sequence.
    • Urpgor is generally characterised by this individually in The Dreamstone but Fil-Cartoon's episodes animate him especially bizarre.
  • Line Boil: In the What a Cartoon! short "Kitchen Casanova".
  • Off-Model: There were numerous animation mistakes for their work on Ren and Stimpy, including drawing Stimpy's eyes as just black dots in one scene in "Stimpy's Breakfast Tips". They were fired after the first season. Interestingly The Dreamstone was similarly only animated by the studio for that one same year, their episodes also common for drawing and colour errors. In both cases, members of the staff had to directly supervise the studio to keep things (mostly) up to standard.