Tuesday, September 29, 2015


You may be aware that many iconic animated American TV shows have often been animated in South Korea, especially during the last few decades.  Some of those shows have included The Simpsons, Futurama, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Back in the 1980's, several popular animated American TV programs were still being animated in America, such as Masters of the Universe. However the ones that weren't being animated at home didn't outsource their animation work to Korea like they do today, they outsourced to Japan.

Japanese animation studios worked quickly, efficiently and produced high quality, slick animation at a very low cost. You can actually see a lot of Japanese handiwork in the opening sequences to many, if not most, 1980's animated TV shows.

One of my favorite animated television shows from that era not only had an opening sequence animated in Japan, the entire show itself was animated in Japan...  

That show was The Real Ghostbusters.

Fans of the animated series and even the films should definitely check out this fun documentary made in 1990 about the history and production of The Real Ghostbusters.  It follows the process of script writing, storyboarding and voice acting with the American production staff, then takes us to Japan where the animation itself is produced.  There are even interviews with the Ghosbusters' creators and actors, Dan Aykroyd (Ray) and Harold Ramis (Egon), discussing how the whole proposition of an animated Ghostbusters series came into fruition.

The only downside to this documentary is that it's hosted by a convicted pedophile...

...who ya gonna call?

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  1. Actually, American cartoons in the 80's often outsourced to Korea, as well as Japan, etc. Transformers for example:

    "Writing and distribution for this series were handled as a joint effort by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions. Animation was produced overseas, by Toei, AKOM, Tokyo Movie Shinsha (supposedly) and an unknown studio from the Philippines"

    - http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Transformers_(cartoon)

    If I remember rightly, Thundercats was animated partly in both Japan and Korea, too.

    1. This is true, but these days nobody outsources to Japan at all, only to Korea. Even Japanese animation studious outsource to Korea now, haha.

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  2. I believe the majority of cartoons produced by DiC back then were all 100% Japanese- RGB, Ulysses 31, Jayce and the wheeled warriors, Heathcliff, MASK, Popples, COPS, etc...

  3. No wonder so many of DIC's cartoons of the 1980's looked so amazing. Sadly all good things must come to an end. For the final two seasons of The Real Ghostbusters (1990-1991) the animation was done by a Korean studio and the quality was different when compared to the first five seasons. " If you watch the episode "Russian About" you can see just how different the animation style looks since two scenes reused animation from when the Japanese studios animated the show.

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