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Sunwoo Entertainment is a South Korean animation studio based in Seoul. They started doing animation in 1979 (though they existed as a company as early as March 1974), first working on South Korean productions, then for Disney nearly a decade later and have since become one of the busier overseas animation studios.

Back in The '90s, Sunwoo had a few companies spun-off from it: Anivision (in March 1991 Note ), Grimsaem (in March 1997), and Sunwoo Digital (in April 1998). In April 2000, however, the spin-offs were all sucked back into the main studionote . Sunwoo has a subsidiary in the Philippines, as well as a studio in Singapore called Sunwoo Asia Pacific. They also have a toy company (Named Mocom Toys; making them one of two Korean animation studios that owns a toy company)note , responsible for releasing Hasbro's Transformers toys (as well as stuff for Thomas & Friends, Hamtaro, Disney and others).


In addition to Disney, Sunwoo and its spin-offs have also worked for Universal, Cookie Jar Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, and, of course, Nickelodeon.

Compare Toon City (another studio that got its start with Disney), TMS Entertainment, Wang Film Productions, Rough Draft Studios, the Walt Disney Animation Units, Varga Studio and Kennedy Cartoons, other studios that Sunwoo and its spin-offs have worked alongside.


Shows worked on by Sunwoo, Anivision, Grimsaem, and Sunwoo Digital (Studio section in brackets):


  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series (Sunwoo) (7 episodes)List 
  • Aladdin: The Series (Sunwoo) (21 episodes)List 
  • American Dragon: Jake Long (Sunwoo) (9 episodes)List 
  • Bonkers (Sunwoo) (20 episodes)List 
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (Sunwoo) (7 episodes)List 
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Sunwoo, the company's first notable U.S. work; 12 episodes)List 
  • Darkwing Duck (Sunwoo) (41 episodes solo)List  (camera services for 2 episodes)List 
  • Gargoyles (Sunwoo) (7 episodes)List 
  • Goof Troop (Sunwoo) (17 episodes)List 
  • Hercules [TV series] (Sunwoo) (4 episodes) list  Trivia 
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series (Sunwoo) (8 episodes)list 
  • Lloyd in Space (Sunwoo) (19 episodes)List  (the rest by Plus One Animation)
  • Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series (Sunwoo) (8 episodes)List 
  • Pepper Ann (Sunwoo) (3 episodes were done by Hana Animation)
  • Quack Pack (Sunwoo) (3 episodes)list 
  • Recess (Sunwoo/Grimsaem/Anivision) (Grimsaem did most of season one and the theme song, Sunwoo did the rest of season one, assorted traditional cel episodes for the rest of the series (along with Plus One Animation), and Recess: School's Out, and Anivision the (better animated) digitally colored episodes (along with Toon City))
  • TaleSpin (Sunwoo, 25 episodes)List 
  • Teamo Supremo (Sunwoo)
  • Timon & Pumbaa (Sunwoo; 2 episodes: "Isle of Manhood", "Timon on the Range")



  • Angry Birds (Sunwoo; 2D animations only)
  • Baby Blues (Sunwoo, three episodes)List 
  • Bad Dog (Sunwoo)
  • Big Bear & Nannook (Sunwoo)
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers (Sunwoo) (uncredited)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (Sunwoo)
  • Clifford's Puppy Days (Sunwoo; season 1; replaced by Yeson Entertainment)
  • Colorful Crayon (Sunwoo)
  • Cro (Sunwoo, Anivision, Anivision America)
  • Curious Ping & Pong (Sunwoo)
  • Curious George - first movie and certain episodes of the TV series (Sunwoo)
  • Dooly's Journey to the World (Sunwoo/Anivision)
  • Dreamland Cartoon Theater (Sunwoo, the company's first notable work)
  • Dragon Tales (Sunwoo)
  • Duckman (Sunwoo/Anivision; 70 episodes total)List of Sunwoo episodes  List of Anivision episodes 
  • Dumb and Dumber (Sunwoo)
  • Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle (Anivision; with Wang Film Productions)
    • Edith Ann: Homeless Go Home (Anivision)
  • Family Guy (Grimsaem/Sunwoo Digital in seasons 1-3) (31 episodes) List  / (Sunwoo in seasons 4-6) (35 episodes) list 
  • Fatherhood (Sunwoo)
  • Flamingo Court pilot (Sunwoo)
  • Growing Up Creepie (Sunwoo) (with Peach Blossom Media) (also had uncredited work by Sunwoo's Philippines division)
  • Holly Hobbie and Friends (Sunwoo)
  • I Got A Rocket (Sunwoo) (also had uncredited work by Sunwoo's Philippines division)
  • The Illusionist (Sunwoo)
  • Immigrants (aka L.A. Dolce Vita) (Anivision/Sunwoo Digital)
  • Johnny Bravo (Sunwoo) (season 1, along with Rough Draft Studios)
  • Jumanji (Sunwoo) (5 episodes)List  (also animated the opening sequence)
  • King of the Hill (Anivision; 3 episodes)List 
  • Klasky Csupo pilots: (all by Anivision/Sunwoo Digital International)
    • Bench Pressly
    • Citizen Tony
    • Psyko Ferret
    • Stinky Pierre
    • You Animal
  • Kung Fu Dino Posse (Sunwoo/Sunwoo Asia Pacific)
  • Metajets (Sunwoo)
  • Megas XLR (Sunwoo) (6 episodes)List 
  • Milo's Bug Quest (Sunwoo/Grimsaem/Anivision America)
  • Mini B (Sunwoo)
  • Mix Master: King of Cards (Sunwoo; Co-produced with Nippon Animation, KBS, Beijing Omni Culture Exchange Co., Ltd., and du HITEC)
    • Mix Master: Final Force (Sunwoo/Sunwoo Asia Pacific; with Axis & Studio Raon)
  • The Mouse and the Monster (Sunwoo; with Saerom)
  • Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (Sunwoo) (4 episodes)List 
  • ¡Mucha Lucha! (Sunwoo)
  • The Mummy: The Animated Series (Sunwoo)
  • Mulk & Swank's Music Show (Sunwoo, Co-Produced with Film Roman & Tooniverse)
  • My Friend Kommy (Sunwoo)
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show (Sunwoo; with Big Star)
  • Nick & Noël (Sunwoo)
  • The Night B4 Christmas (Grimsaem/Sunwoo Digital)
  • No More Diapers (Anivision)
  • Noonbory and the Super 7 (Sunwoo; season 2 only)
  • Party Wagon (Sunwoo; with Saerom)
  • Paul's Miraculous Adventure (Sunwoo)
  • Private Eye Princess pilot (Sunwoo)
  • Random! Cartoons (Sunwoo) (one short: "Hornswiggle")
  • Red Planet (Sunwoo) (with Anitec Animation Production)
  • Santo Bugito (Anivision)
  • The Simpsons (Seasons 3-10, Anivision; 57 episodes)list 
    • Deep Deep Trouble music video (Anivision's first assignment, animation for Rough Draft Studios)
  • Siren (Sunwoo)
  • Sofia the First (Sunwoo; season 1 only) (5 episodes)list  (the rest by Toiion Animation Studios)
  • Son of the Mask (Sunwoo, Animated sequences only. Movie with Industrial Light & Magic, Illusion Arts, Digital Dimension, Pacific Title and Tippett Studio)
  • Space Goofs (Sunwoo/Anivision) (with Big Star)
  • Space Hip Hop Duck (Sunwoo; Co-produced with Shanghai Animation Film Studio)
  • Special Agent Oso (Sunwoo)
  • Spin Kicker (Sunwoo)
  • Stressed Eric (Anivision; season 1 only)
  • Ted & Dory Detectives (Sunwoo)
  • Transformers (Mocom Toy, later Sunwoo; Toyline distribution in South Korea since the 2007 film)
  • Trickster: Clue Hunters (Sunwoo) [cancelled]
  • Van Helsing: The London Assignment (Sunwoo; Animation services for Production I.G)
  • The Wacky Adventures Of Ronald Mc Donald (Grimsaem/Sunwoo Digital International)
  • Wild Animal Baby Explorers (Sunwoo)
  • Winnie The Pooh and Christmas Too (Sunwoo; provided Ink & Paint/Camera services for Walt Disney Animation France)
    • Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh (Sunwoo)
  • Xiaolin Chronicles (Sunwoo, 2D and CG Animation. Series with Digital eMation; 7 episodes)List 
  • Yobi, the Five-Tailed Fox (Sunwoo)

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Tropes found in the works of Sunwoo and its spin offs:

  • Adobe Flash: Growing Up Creepie.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: Sofia the First, Special Agent Oso, Ted & Dory Detectives, Wild Animal Baby Explorers, Noonbory.
  • Animation Bump: Grimsaem's feature film work, as well as their work on Recess.
    • When Anivision replaced Wang on Rugrats, the animation quality improved greatly.
    • They had the fullest animation of the three studios on Baby Blues.
  • Animesque: MetaJets, Mix Master, Spin Kicker and Yobi.
  • Deranged Animation: Plenty of moments in Aaahh! Real Monsters.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Disney, one of their biggest clients, has moved away from them. The Simpsons dumped them in 1999. Klasky-Csupo is no longer active in the TV animation field. Fuzzy Door now prefers working with Yearim Productions and Digital eMation. Nickelodeon hasn't used them in quite some time. In general, the studio doesn't have nearly as many projects as it once did, with almost all of them being made for domestic Korean audiences.
  • Medium Blending: Several shows.
  • Name's the Same: Anivision is an entirely different studio than the Pittsburg-based Anivision, which did the opening titles for Creepshow. It's also separate from the Alabama-based video game studio AniVision, the company that developed the Gods and Generals video game.
  • Off-Model: A common complaint with the company's Disney projects. That, and how their animation as a whole looks bland and uninteresting compared to some of the higher quality studios like Walt Disney Japan and Australia.
    • Reportedly, Joe Murray was less than satisfied with their work on Rocko's Modern Life, and switched to Rough Draft Studios for its final season because of this.
      • The pilot "Trash-o-Madness" had very inconsistent animation; as the original pilot was too short, new animation by Sunwoo was added so that the short could fill the typical 11 minute running time. This results in two wildly different animation styles for the same episode; Sunwoo's sections are generally considered much more refined and professional, but less wacky than what Joe Murray's in-house crew came up with.
    • Their first few Recess episodes were extremely off-model, most notably "Jinxed", "To Finster With Love", "Big Brother Chad", and "The Legend of Big Kid". However, these occurrences lessened as season one went on, and have since been considered to be one of the best animation departments for the show.
    • On the commentaries on The Simpsons DVD sets, the staff didn't mention Anivision by name. But they did mention on one of their episodes ("I Married Marge") that the overseas studio at the time was having difficulty with the size of the pupils. Indeed, it was quite common for the characters in episodes animated by Anivision to have large pupils, as if the characters were perpetually stoned. Simpsons Archive considers them the worst overseas studio, saying, "Anivision specializes in lousy colors, misshapen figures (especially the eyes), and generally unfinished-looking, sloppy work." Due to this, they were shown the door by the end of Season 10.
    • Their ChalkZone episodes were very inconsistent (some of their recurring errors were mixing up the colors on Rudy's shirt, as well as drawing him without his bucktooth), and tended to have a different look compared to the other studios' episodes; they would make Rudy and Penny more Puni Plush than normal, and gave the show Thick-Line Animation during the second season (they thinned the outlines out in season three). They stopped working on the show after the third season.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Kung Fu Dino Posse, Mr. Bean, Night B4 Christmas.