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Rough Draft Studios

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Rough Draft Studios
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Their work is really anything but rough!
Industry: Animation
Founded: March 20, 1991
Founder: Gregg Vanzo
Headquarters: Glendale, California, USA
Seoul, South Korea
Key people: Gregg Vanzo, Key Vanzo, Claudia Katz
Subsidiaries: Rough Draft Korea
Notable works: Futurama
The Simpsons
Dragon Tales
SpongeBob SquarePants
The Ren & Stimpy Show
Dexter's Laboratory
Phineas and Ferb
Gravity Falls
The Owl House
Drawn Together

Rough Draft Studios is an American/South Korean animation studio founded in 1991, and is best known for often mixing traditional animation with CG.

Why They Never Make Rough Drafts

  1. Very fluid and detailed animation in a majority of cartoons they animated.
    • The wacky and hilariously cartoony scenes in The Simpsons episodes "Homer Goes to College" and "Homer's Triple Bypass" (the scenes with the bee and Homer's heart attack, respectively) were animated by them.
    • The Owl House episode "Enchanting Grom Fright" was animated by them, and is notable for some of the most beautiful animations in the series, particularly during the climax.
    • Their Gravity Falls episode "Not What He Seems" is noted for fantastic special effects even by the show's standards. They are also responsible for the first and third parts of the finale, "Weirdmageddon".
  2. Similarly to TMS Entertainment, their work manages to look both fluid and on-model, such as in Rocko's Modern Life and The Owl House. Many studios take a "one or the other" approach.
  3. They expertly mix traditional animation with CG, especially in shows like Futurama. Their work as Orange (a subsidiary mainly used for anime) also exemplifies this.
  4. Their work often acts as a saving grace to otherwise bad/mediocre shows like Squirrel Boy, Full English, The Mighty B!, The Brothers Grunt or the Larry Doyle Looney Tunes cartoons.
  5. Under the name "Orange", they've also done various work for many anime like Black Lagoon, Love Live! School Idol Project (and its successor Love Live! Sunshine!!), Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, Beastars (2019), Blue Exorcist, among many others.
  6. They animated most of the shows from Cartoon Network, MTV, and Disney Channel.
    • Also, they animated many Adelaide Productions shows including Dragon Tales, Jumanji (animated series), Dilbert, Jackie Chan Adventures, Harold and the Purple Crayon HBO animated series, etc.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. Not all of their work is good; their episodes of Steven Universe are infamous among the fandom for their scaling issues.
    • Their work on Family Guy was also below their usual standards, but this can be excused because all of their episodes were produced for Season 2, which was before the show's animation became more refined. However, unlike their work in Steven Universe, they did try their best to stay on-model and fluid in their animation for Family Guy.
    • Their work on Star vs. the Forces of Evil (as well as Sugarcube's) is considered a bit of a step down from that of the more fluid Mercury Filmworks and Toon City, though it does have the advantage of being the only studio to animate the series traditionally.
    • Additionally, some of their animations in other shows that have good animation are not always perfect. SpongeBob SquarePants and Dexter’s Laboratory, while their animation is still good, can have washed out colors, and sometimes it is completely lifeless. While their animation for The Mighty B! Is decent, it can look slow at times. The animation made by then for Looney Tunes (Larry Doyle Era), while still good, can look messy at times and often contains overly bright colors.