Disney is considered to be the authority when it comes to animation. Their partnership with other big animation studios such as Pixar has produces some of the best animated films today. To be honest, bringing down Disney from the animation throne might just be impossible, but that doesn’t mean that other studios are not worth checking out.
I’ve listed some of the most notable animation companies in the world that can give Disney a run for their money.
- Studio Ghibli – Japan
Studio Ghibli is arguably one of the top film animation studios in Japan and is responsible for 8 of the 15 top grossing anime films in Japan. Notable works are Grave of the Fireflies (1988), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001).
- Animal Logic – Australia
An award-winning Austrialian animation studio behind critically acclaimed movies such as The Lego movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, and Peter Rabbit.
- Sunrise – Japan
Another Japanese studio in the list with more Animage Awards than any other studio in the world, Sunrise is critically lauded for a number of popular anime series like Gundam, Cowboy Bebpo and The Vision of Escaflowne.
- Toon City – Philippines
An Emmy Award-winning animation production house based in the Philippines. Notable works include Kim Possible, Hercules and Gravity Falls.
- Locksmith Animation – England
Founded by Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart in 2014, their multi-year partnership with Fox put this company under everyone’s radar. Their first animated feature is set to be Kung Fu Panda 3, which is expected to be released on 2020.
- Sparky Animation Studios – Singapore
Considered one of the best animation companies in Singapore, Sparky was popularly known for its work on Dinosaur Train which garnered multiple awards in Hollywood and Daytime Emmy’s.
- Animaccord Animation Studio – Russia
Animaccord Animation is a Moscow-based studio known for its success with the series Masha and The Bear, which quickly became on of the most popular franchises in the world.
- Illumination Mac Guff – France
The studio behind Minions’ success, they were the producers of the Despicable Me and Minions Movies.
- Light Chaser Animation Studio – China
Founded in 2013, this rapidly growing studio from China. In 2016, they released their first full-length animation film “Little Door Gods” and became a hit in the Box office.
- Anima Estudios – Mexico
The leading animation studio in Latin America, best known for producing highly successful animated content such as Monster Island, Legend Quest, and Space Chickens, among others.