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A list of notable animation or visual effects companies, sorted mostly by country or region.

Active Studios

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    Non-Asian animation, visual effects and post-production studios 
Major; US and Mexico

Minor; US and Mexico



South American


  • AnimaxFYB Studios - Based in Ghana.
  • Sea Monster Entertainment - Based in South Africa, formed by ex-Clockwork Zoo employees after that company abruptly closed down.
  • Triggerfish Animation Studios - Based in South Africa, but also has a branch in Ireland.



  • WETA - located in New Zealand

    Chinese/Hong Kong animation studios 
  • Beijing Xie Le Art Co., Ltd. (北京写楽美術芸術品有限公司) - Owned by Tezuka Productions.




Hong Kong

  • Agogo Media: Formerly known as Animation Services, Hong Kong.




  • HSM (半扇門)
  • Maliang Animation (無錫馬良動画制作有限公司) - Owned by Ajia-Do/Asia-Do.
  • Nendai Animation - (無錫年代動画制作有限公司) - Also known as Niandai Animation. Originally a Taiwanese studio before moving to its current location.
  • Phoenix Animation (火鳥動画) - Originally owned by Studio Izena, currently owned by Akatsuki.
  • Taiguan Animation (太観アニメ)
  • Xing Yue Animation (星月動画有限公司)


  • Xuyang Animation (無錫旭陽動画制作有限公司) - Owned by Asahi Production.

Not specified

    Indian animation studios 

    Philippine animation studios 

    Taiwanese animation studios 
  • Bicycle Animation Studio
  • BV Animation Studio
  • CGCG Inc
  • DOYOPINS Animation Co.,Ltd
  • H.C.Studio Animation Co., Ltd.
  • Joy-Team Animation Production Co., Ltd. - Formally known as Joy-Team Anime Production Co., Ltd.
  • Nada Anime
  • SOFA Studio
  • Spring House Entertainment Inc.
  • Tiger Paws Animation Co., Ltd.
  • Wang Film Productions (宏廣股份有限公司) - One the biggest overseas studios in the world.
  • Yu-Sheng Animation Studio

    South Korean animation studios 

    Major Japanese animation studios 
The major animation studios in Japan.

    Minor Japanese animation studios 
While not as big as the major animation studios in Japan. These animation studios still mostly do their own productions and tend not to rely on outsourcing from bigger studios.

    Japanese adult animation studios 
These studios specialize in producing or animating adult-oriented anime (or hentai).
  • Milky (ミルキー)
  • Pink Pineapple (ピンクパイナップル) - One of the most well known producers and publishers of adult animation.
  • Pixy (ピクシー)
  • Seven (セブン)
  • T-Rex (ティーレックス)

    Supporting Japanese animation studios 
Animation studios that tend to do mostly do outsourcing for bigger animation studios in Japan. With only a handful of productions, if that.
Major/notable sub-contractors

Sub-contractors that outsource to foreign countries

  • Asahi Production (旭プロダクション)
  • Beep (ビープ)
  • Big Owl (ビッグオウル)
  • CLC (aka CL Corporation)
  • Core (コア)
  • D-Motion (D-モーション)
  • J&K Corporation (J&Kコーポレーション)
  • Jumondo (寿門堂)
  • M.S.J. Musashino Production (MSJ武蔵野制作所)
  • Reboot (リブート)
  • Studio Myu (スタジオミュウ; AKA Studio μ)
  • Top Gear (トップギア)
  • Triple A (トリプルA)


  • Acca Effe
  • ACCEL/Axel
  • Ad Cosmo (アドコスモ)/Studio Cosmo (スタジオ・コスモ)
  • Akatsuki
  • Albion
  • Anime Torotoro (アニメトロトロ)
  • Anime Workshop Basara (アニメ工房婆娑羅)
  • Anitus Kobe (アニタス神戸)
  • Arcturus
  • Asterism
  • Asunaro Studio (あすなろスタジオ)
  • AZETA Pictures (アゼータピクチャーズ)
  • Beat Frog
  • BeStack
  • Buyu (武遊)
  • CCR - Also known as Colour Coordinators Room.
  • Chiptune (チップチューン)
  • Code
  • Creators in Pack (also has an Indonesian branch)
  • C-Station
  • Cube Emotion
  • D'Art Shtajio (デ・アート シタジオ)
  • Dangun Pictures (ダンガン・ピクチャーズ)
  • DCI
  • DEF.C
  • Delta Peak Production (デルタ・ピーク・プロダクション)
  • Digicrafts (デジクラフト) - Also has a branch in Thailand.
  • Eagle Nest (イーグルネスト)
  • Fan Out (ファンアウト)
  • Giga Production (戯画プロダクション)
  • Gingaya (銀画屋)
  • Group ZEN (グループゼン)
  • Hayashi (ハヤシ株式会社)
  • I&S Factory
  • ingresA
  • Japan Vistec
  • Jinbun (じんぶん)
  • Land Q Studios (ランドック・スタジオ)
  • Lightfoot (ライトフット)
  • Marvy Jack
  • Meta Studio
  • Mouse Animation Studio (マウス)
  • Peace & Kindness
  • PRA
  • Rocket Vision
  • Shogakukan Music And Digital Entertainment: Shogakukan's music publishing arm and CGI unit.
  • Soratia
  • Studio Add (スタジオアド)
  • Studio Blanc (スタジオブラン)
  • Studio Boomerang (スタジオブーメラン)
  • Studio Carpenter (スタジオカーペンター)
  • Studio Core: Also known as Studio COA.
  • Studio Gash (スタジオガッシュ) - Also known as Studio Gouache and Studio Gush.
  • Studio Hercules (スタジオへらくれす) - Technically not a studio, but a group of animators.
  • Studio Izena (スタジオイゼナ)
  • Studio Kelmadick
  • Studio Liberty (スタジオリバティ)
  • Studio Peacock (スタジオピーコック): Also just known as Peacock.
  • Studio Ribla (スタジオりぶら)
  • Studio Road (スタジオロード)
  • Studio Victory (st.ビクトリー)
  • Studio Zaendou (スタジオ座円洞)
  • Tanto (タント)
  • TAP: Not to be confused with Toei Animation Philippines who formerly used the abbreviation "TAP" in their credits but stopped in the early 2010's to avoid confusion with this company.
  • Wafu Animation (和風アニメーション)
  • Xenron (神龍) (also has a branch in Thailand)
  • Yuhodo (遊歩堂)

Background studios

Photography studios

    Other Asian animation studios 
  • Armada TMT - A studio in Vietnam.
  • Center for the Intellectual Development of Child and Adolescent - A studio in Iran, also known as Kanoon.
  • Infinite Frameworks - A studio in Singapore, with a sister studio in Indonesia.
  • Inspidea - A studio in Malaysia.
  • OLM Asia - A studio in Malaysia that serves as a satellite studio of OLM Incorporated.
  • Oktobor Animation - A studio in New Zealand which has mostly worked on Nick's CGI series.
  • Pitchi Poy - A studio in Israel.
  • Scrawl Studios - A studio in Singapore.
  • Sparky Animation Studio - A studio in Singapore.
  • Studio Paek-ho - A studio in North Korea.
  • Sao Sang - A studio in Vietnam.
  • Nam Hai Art - A studio in Vietnam
  • SEK Studio - A studio in North Korea that mostly does contract work for South Korean studios, which said studios get their contracts from the United States. The studio has also done shows for Europe as well.
  • VINACOM - A studio in Vietnam.
  • Vision Animation - Based in Malaysia.

    Anime distributors 

Defunct/dormant Studios Studios that are either out of business or out of work.

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    North American animation studios 

    Asian animation studios 
  • Animasia - Based in Singapore.
  • Animation Dimensions - Based in India. Hasn't worked on a show since 2009.
  • Bang On Animation - Merged into Tycoon Animation.
  • Banyu Bening Studio
  • Bintan Junaka Cartoon Film (BJCF) - Based in Indonesia. Owned by E&G Films.
  • Crest Animation Productions - Headquartered in America but has a Unit in India.
  • Digicrafts - Based in Thailand.
  • DOT Production
  • Future Thought Productions - Based in India.
  • Gabah Studio Yogayakarta - Based in Indonesia. Worked on Ali Baba & the Gold Raiders and seemingly not much else.
  • Ittina Animation Studios - Based in India.
  • Jadooworks - Based in India. Hasn't worked on anything since 2005.
  • KAB Corp. - Based in Thailand. It was a joint venture between Kitty Films, Artland, and Boot Systems, a Japanese/Thai computer company.
  • Kantana Animation - Based in Thailand. Has worked with Toei on several projects.
  • Laughing Lion Animation - Based in India.
  • Lensamation/Lensa Film - Based in Malaysia. Like Kantana, it has also worked with Toei.
  • Millitoon - Based in India.
  • PT Asiana Wang - A division of Wang Film Productions based in Indonesia.
  • Prana Studios - Based in India. Also owns Rhythm & Hues.
  • Rash Animation Production - Based in Iran.
  • Siam Mammoth Animation - Based in Thailand. It's only work seems to be FernGully: The Last Rainforest.
  • TASK - Based in Thailand.
  • Thai Wang Film Productions - A division of Wang Film Productions based in Thailand. Hasn't worked on a show since 2003.
  • UTV Toons - Based in India. Hasn't worked on anything since 2007.
  • Wissta Animation Team

    Philippine animation studios 

    Taiwanese animation studios 
  • Chinese Cartoon Production Co., Ltd.
  • Color Key Studios
  • Far Eastern (遠東動画科技股份有限公司)
  • Galaxy Dogasha (銀河动画社) - Worked with Sunrise on a couple projects.
  • Gideon Anime (基句動画) - Worked on Bremen 4 and 3 episodes of Attacker You!.
  • Kuangchi Program Service (KPS) - Founded in 1961, with an animation department established in 1965.
  • Mei Xue (美雪) - Only worked with TMS on Karate Baka Ichidai.
  • Shang-Shang (上上) - Only worked on the second series of Gatchaman.
  • SMEC Media and Entertainment - Based in Taiwan. Last activity was in 2005.
  • Sun Look - Worked on the second series of Astro Boy and a few other projects.
  • Xin Yang Animation (朝阳动画) - Hasn't worked on a production since 2002.
  • Ying Ren Cartoon Production Center (影人卡通製作中心) - Worked with TMS on Star of the Giants, Attack No. 1, and Karate Baka Ichidai.
  • Zhongri Animation (中日動画) - Also known as Chung-Rhy.

    Chinese/Hong Kong animation studios 


Hong Kong


  • Shanghai Morning Sun (上海朝陽動画) - See Xin Yang Animation above.
  • Shanghai Tongren (上海同人動画有限公司)


  • Jade Animation (深圳市翡翠動画制作有限公司) - Hasn't worked on a production since 2009.


  • Sichuan Top Animation - Mainly known for its co-production with Nelvana for Corduroy, but also did some uncredited work on other series.


  • United Sun (蘇州聯陽動画有限公司)


  • Enzo Animation (無錫园造卡通有限公司) - Owned by Mook DLE.

Not specified

  • Anitime
  • Feng Animation (風動画文化発展有限公司) - Owned by Green.
  • Frontier Pictures: An obscure studio who has worked only for Walt Disney Animation Japan.
  • Mingyee Animation Design Co. - Worked on Eleanor's Secret and seemingly not much else.
  • Pacific Rim Animation - Also has a sister studio in the Philippines. Hasn't been credited on a show since 1995.
  • Van Gogh (梵谷)

    South Korean animation studios 

    Japanese animation studios 
  • ACC Production (ACCプロダクション)
  • Animation 21 (アニメーション21)
  • Animation 501 (アニメーション501) - Hiroshi Ogawa's studio. Its last known credit was in 1997.
  • Animation Staff Room (アニメーションスタッフルーム) - Closed down in 2011.
  • Anime Friend (アニメフレンド)
  • Anime Room (アニメルーム)
  • Anime Spot (アニメ・スポット) - Asorbed into Studio Elle in 2012.
  • Anime World Osaka (アニメワールド大阪)
  • APPP - a.k.a. Another Push Pin Planning (アナザープッシュピン・プランニング) - Closed down in 2021.
  • Araki Productions (荒木プロ)
  • Arcturus (アークトゥールス) - Merged with Seven Arcs in 2019.
  • Arms Corporation (アームス)
  • Artland (アートランド)
  • Atelier BWCA (アトリブーカ) - Shut down in 2017 due to health complications of its lead artist and founder Hidetoshi Kaneko.
  • Aubec (アウベック)
  • Bebow (ビーボォー) - Tomonori Kogawa's studio; dissolved in 1988.
  • Bee Train (ビィートレイン) - Once a unit of Production I.G but has split off.
  • Canvas Inc. - Did the openings for Super Mario World and ProStars, and a few episodes of Real Story Of....
  • Circus Production (サーカスプロダクション)
  • Code (コード) - hasn't been credited on a production since 2011.
  • DAST Corparation - also known as Dust. Dissolved in 2011.
  • Dai-Ichi Douga (第一動画) - An animation subsidiary of Dai-Ichi Kikaku (later Asatsu-DK).
  • Daume (童夢)
  • Decoloco
  • Dream Force (ドリームフォース)
  • Easy Film/E&G Films (イージー・フィルム) - Originally known as Easy World Pro.
  • EIV Pro - Worked on Burn Up!.
  • EMUAI (エムアイ) - Succeeded by Wish.
  • Film Magic (フィルムマジック)
  • Frontier Enterprises - A Tokyo-based English-dubbing house.
  • Frontline (フロントライン) - Several of its staff would go on to form SILVER LINK..
  • Green (グリーン) - Several of its staff would form Studio Naya.
  • Green Box (グリーン・ボックス)
  • Green Bunny: No productions since 2006.
  • Group Joy (グループジョイ)
  • Group TAC (グループ・タック) - Mostly known for Tama and Friends and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.
  • Grouper Productions (グルーパープロダクション) - Founded by ex-Sanrio staff (including Masami Hata) after the latter shut down its animation studio. They were best known for their work on the 90's Hello Kitty anime.
  • Hal Film Maker (ハルフィルムメーカー) - Became TYO in 2009.
  • Hoso Doga Seisaku (放送動画制作)
  • I-move (アイムーヴ)
  • Japan Taps (ジャパンタップス)
  • Japan Tele-Cartoons: Currently known as "Fuji TV Enterprise".
  • Jec.E (ジェック・イー) - Became Studio Elle's animation department in 2005.
  • Jin Productions
  • J.O. Studio: Later renamed "Toho Eiga Kyoto Satsueijo".
  • Kaname Productions (カナメプロダクション) - Filed for bankruptcy in 1988.
  • Kitahara Production (北原プロ)
  • Kitty Films (キティフィルム): Established in 1972 and best known for Ranma ½. Not technically defunct, but majorly shifted gears in the 2000s to become a talent agency.
  • KK C&D Asia - Founded by Tetsuo Katayama and Shigeru Akagawa after they left TMS, the studio is mostly known for The Real Ghostbusters
  • Kobayashi Production (小林プロダクション)
  • KSS (ケイエスエス) - Filed for bankruptcy in 2005.
  • Magic House (マジックハウス)
  • Maki Pro (マキ・プロ)
  • Manglobe (マングローブ) - Filed for bankruptcy on September 30, 2015.
  • Märchen-Sha (メルヘン社) - Dissolved in 2018.
  • Marcus
  • Minamimachi Bugyosho (南町奉行所)
  • Min Pro - Worked on Burn Up!.
  • Miyuki Production (みゆきプロダクション)
  • MOE: Hasn't been credited on a series since 2005.
  • Mook DLE (ムークアニメーション)
  • Movie International Co.Ltd. (MOVIC) - Also known as Kokusai Eigasha (国際映画社).
  • Nihon Manga Film Kenkyu-jo
  • Nippon TV Doga (日本テレビ動画)
  • Office Next-One (オフィス・ネクスト・ワン) - Also has sister studios in South Korea and the Philippines.
  • Otogi Productions
  • Pacific Animation Corporation: Sometimes known as Pacific Animation Company, the studio is mostly known for Thunder Cats and SilverHawks. They were shortly bought by Disney and became Walt Disney Animation Japan and was mostly ran by Ex-Sanrio and TMS staff members. There is also another studio with the same name in Japan as well.
  • Palm Studio (パルムスタジオ)
  • Pastel (パステル) - Owned by OB Planning.
  • Picture Magic (ピクチャーマジック)
  • Pigmon 8 (スタジオピグモン8): Formed by Atsuko Nakajima (of Ranma 1⁄2 fame) and eight other friends.
  • Po10tial: Was a unit of TMS, worked on Lupin II The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, merged with Telecom Animation Film in 2013 and has since worked on ZX Ignition and episode 2 of Space☆Dandy for Bones after the merger.
  • P Productions
  • Production IMS (プロダクションアイムズ) - Formed by ex-AIC staff.
  • Public & Basic (パブリック&ベーシック)
  • Q Production (Qプロダクション)
  • Radix (ラディクスエースエンタテインメント) - Known for Kikaider.
  • Random (ランダム)
  • Sanrio Animation/Sanrio Film: At one point, Sanrio had a animation studio that made art films, but went out of business in the mid 80's
  • Shindo Production (進藤プロダクション)
  • Shochiku Doga Kenkyujo: Formerly known as "Shochiku Kamata Satsueijo".
  • Spectrum Animation - A studio founded by Ex-TMS staff members. Its most well-known project was some episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Studio Annapuru (スタジオあんなぷる) - Founded by Osamu Dezaki and Akio Sugino.
  • Studio Bogey (スタジオボギー)
  • Studio CATS (スタジオキャッツ)
  • Studio Cockpit (スタジオコクピット) - Shut down in 2016, exists in name only.
  • Studio Coral Reef (珊瑚礁) - Also known as Sangosho.
  • Studio Egg (スタジオえっぐ) - Also has a sister studio in the Philippines.
  • Studio Fantasia (スタジオ・ファンタジア)
  • Studio G 1 Neo (スタジオG-1NEO): Formerly Studio G1, Masami Obari's former studio.
  • Studio Galapagos
  • Studio Giants (スタジオジャイアンツ) - Withdrew from business in 2021.
  • Studio Junio (スタジオジュニオ) - Withdrew from the animation business and became Junio Brain Trust.
  • Studio Jungle Gym (じゃんぐるじむ)
  • Studio Kikan (スタジオ旗艦)
  • Studio Korumi (スタジオ古留美) - Hasn't been credited since 1996.
  • Studio Kuma (スタジオ九魔) - Went bankrupt in 2017 after the death of its founder. Some of its staff went to form Giga Production and Team Harada.
  • Studio Line (スタジオライン)
  • Studio Look (スタジオルック)
  • Studio Matrix (スタジオマトリックス)
  • Studio Max (スタジオMAX)
  • Studio MIN
  • Studio No.1 (スタジオNo.1)
  • Studio PIA
  • Studio Robin (スタジオロビン)
  • Studio Rong (スタジオロン)
  • Studio Signal (スタジオシグナル)
  • Studio Take One (スタジオテイクワン) (aka Studio Take)
  • Studio Wanpack (スタジオワンパック) - Ceased operations with the founder and CEO's passing.
  • Studio Wood (スタジオウッド)
  • Studio Z (スタジオZ) - Founded four times; the first studio was founded in 1971 as a drawing studio in the second floor of Shingo Araki's home. Notable staff include Kazuo Tomizawa (the studio's representative), Yoshinori Kanada, and Osamu Nabeshima.
  • Studio Z5 (スタジオZ5) - Technically Studio Z's fifth studio. Re-organized in 2003 by Xebec as XEBEC M2.
  • Studio Zero (スタジオ・ゼロ)
  • T Nishimura (ティ・ニシムラ) - Succeeded by Tripod.
  • Takahashi Studio (タカハシスタジオ) - Not to be confused with the photography studio Takahashi Production.
  • Tama Productions (タマ・プロダクション)/drop - Tama shut down in 2011 due to bankruptcy, drop would follow suit in 2018.
  • Telescreen Japan (テレスクリーン) - Telescreen's former Japanese unit.
  • Tiger Production (タイガープロダクション)
  • Tokyo Kids (東京キッズ)
  • Topcraft (トップクラフト) - Rankin/Bass's unit in Japan, the studio also did Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
  • Trans Arts (トランス・アーツ) - A company known mainly by being a support studio and The Prince of Tennis.
  • Triangle Staff (トライアングルスタッフ): Best known for Serial Experiments Lain.
  • Trinet Entertainment
  • Tsuchida Production (土田プロダクション) - Went bankrupt in 1986.
  • Viewworks
  • Visual 80 (ビジュアル80)
  • Wako Pro (和光プロダクション)/Teleimage (テレイメージ)
  • Walt Disney Animation Japan - Folded in 2004. Many of its employees formed The Answer Studio.
  • Xebec - Sold off to Sunrise.
  • Youmex (ユーメックス)

    European animation studios 

    Oceanian animation studios (excluding Indonesia) 

    Other animation studios 
  • Anima Studios - Based in Israel. It did the Sniz & Fondue short "A Toxic Tail" and the 1998 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Mondo TV.
  • Chile Animación - Worked on What's with Andy? and The Kids from Room 402, and did additional animation on Chile's first animated film, Ogu and Mampato in Rapa Nui. Hasn't been credited for anything since 2005.
  • Clockwork Zoo - Based in South Africa.
  • Denge Animation - Based in Turkey. Worked on Baydog and Albert sagt... Natur - aber nur!.
  • Dream Box - Based in Turkey.
  • Eastman Kodak: Yes, the camera company. Also owned Cinesite until 2012.
  • Guimaraes Productions - Based in Brazil. Worked on four of the Disney Afternoon shows (Gummi Bears, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Aladdin) before closing.
  • Hook Up Animation - Based in Argentina.
  • Jaime Diaz Productions - Based in Argentina. Hasn't been active since 1996.

    Anime distributors 

See also