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Film Roman, LLC is an American animation studio based in Los Angeles and founded on October 26, 1984 by former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animator and Bill Melendez Productions director Phil Roman. Its first work includes the animated specials based on Garfield, as well as Garfield and Friends. Since then, they have worked on a number of other animated media, listed below. In 1999, Roman left the company, and formed another animation studio called Phil Roman Entertainment, which has produced Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. For a time in the 2000s, the studio became known as DPS Film Roman, after a merger with the IDT-owned Digital Production Solutions; the name was reverted back to simply Film Roman later on. From 2006 to 2015, Film Roman was owned by the Starz premium TV group, which acquired the previous owner, IDT Entertainment, in 2006 (IDT had acquired Film Roman in 2003); The Weinstein Company had also owned a stake in FR. However, in 2015, Starz was dissatisfied with the studio's performance and sold the studio to producer Steve Waterman that year. Although Starz no longer owns the company, they still retained the rights for some of their catalog up to that point.

Main production company for the following series/movies:

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Tropes associated with Film Roman include:

  • Animation Bump:
    • Many of their feature films tend to looks miles better than their television work.
    • Their run of The Simpsons reduced the amount of Off-Model animation that plagued the Klasky-Csupo produced episodes.
  • Creator's Oddball: Although Film Roman primarily produced cartoons, Johnny Tsunami and Motocrossed are some of the company's only live-action work. They also provided some visual effects services for some Hollywood movies as well.
  • Deranged Animation: The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat and The Haunted World of El Superbeasto have this type of animation.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: They were once the biggest pre-production animation studios in America during the '90s to the early 2010s. Once they cut ties with parent Starz Media, their work input had all but been nonexistent, with Fox/20th Television Animation later being the current producers of The Simpsons starting with season 28.
  • Limited Animation: Any of their series animated in Flash and/or aimed at adult audiences are this, although their adult-animated series don't go to the extent as Fuzzy Door Productions, Williams Street and Bento Box Entertainment.
  • Production Posse:
    • AKOM, Plus One Animation, Saerom and Rough Draft are their most common contractors for their adult-animated series.
    • Mike Judge used them to do the pre-production work on King of the Hill, The Goode Family, and the 2011 revival of Beavis and Butt-Head.
    • Gracie Films used them for The Simpsons for most of that series run and The Critic.