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Wang Film Productions

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Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
WangFilm Animation Studio
Native name
Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
FormerlyCuckoos' Nest Studio (1978–1986)
IndustryTraditional hand-drawn 2D Animation
PredecessorChunghwa Cartoon Company
FoundedJuly 10, 1978; 44 years ago (1978-07-10) in Xinyi City, Taipei, Taiwan
FounderJames C.Y. Wang
ProductsFeature films, television series
ServicesAnimation outsourcing
OwnerHanna-Barbera (1978–2001)
WarnerMedia (1996–2022)
Warner Bros. Discovery (2022–present)
Brilliant Pictures Group (2013–present)
Government of the Republic of China (1978–present)
ParentHanna-Barbera (1978–2001)
SubsidiariesHong Ying Animation
CGCG, Inc.
CGCG Studio, Inc.

Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. (also known as Hong Guang Animation (宏廣) and Cuckoos' Nest Studio) is one of the oldest and most prolific Taiwanese-American animation studios since 1978. The company, based in Xindian, Taipei and Los Angeles, California,[2] has done traditional hand-drawn 2D animation/ink and paint for various TV shows and films for studios in North America, Europe and Asia.


Wang Film/Cuckoos' Nest, the studio's original name, was founded by James C.Y. Wang (王中元)/Wang Zhongyuan, Hsu Chih-wei and Lu Kuang-chi started the studio in 1978 as an overseas facility for the U.S. animation outlet Hanna–Barbera.[3] Hanna-Barbera sent Jerry Smith to help set up the company and eventually owned half the company.[4] Many employees from Chunghwa Cartoon came to work at Cuckoos' Nest Studio along with employees from Ying Ren Cartoon and Shang Shang. Don Patterson was brought on board as a trainer. The company started with about 50 employees but soon had 300.[3]

In the company's first year, 17 episodes were produced for Hanna-Barbera. Quickly, they had contracts with Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, and Universal.[5]

With increased wages and foreign exchange rates, Cuckoos' was being priced out of the outsourcing market. Thus the CNS began restructuring. A Chinese subsidiary was opened in 1990 in Zhuhai, southern Guangdong province. In 1991, Cuckoos' Nest had to lay off 200 employees in Taipei. The company began computerization to reduced cost, while training some that would have been laid off to operate the computers. By 1993, the company had capacity to produce 200 half hour episodes each year. In 1993, a Shanghai unit, possibly a joint venture, was under consideration with Bangkok as an alternative. Also, internal developed and produced material was expected to start hitting the market in mid-1994.[5]

In early 1991, Hanna-Barbera sold its digital ink and paint software to the company which was developed by Marc Levoy.

The company is also famous for their work on the overseas production for Nelvana's Care Bears franchise, Film Roman's Garfield and Friends and Bobby's World, Klasky Csupo's Rugrats pilot and first season, Disney's DuckTales and Stretch Films' Courage the Cowardly Dog. They also helped produce effects for the 1982 film Tron[3] and some Peanuts television specials, production ink & paint matting, and animation assistance.


TV series

Outsourced from Disney Television Animation

Outsourced from Hanna-Barbera

Outsourced from Warner Bros. Animation

  • Animaniacs (1993–1998)
  • Baby Looney Tunes (2002–2005)
  • Detention
  • Histeria! (1998–2000)
  • ¡Mucha Lucha!
  • Ozzy & Drix
  • Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)
  • Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain (1998)
  • Taz-Mania
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1992) - 30 half-hour episodes: The Looney Beginning (animated by Kennedy Cartoons with a few scenes by Wang Film Productions), You Asked for It, Rock 'n' Roar, Career Oppor-Toon-ities, Dating, Acme Acres Style, Hare Raising Night, Citizen Max, Prom-ise Her Anything, The Acme Acres Zone, Starting from Scratch, Looking Out for the Little Guy, Spring in Acme Acres, Ask Mr. Popular, Europe in 30 Minutes, Fairy Tales for the 90's, Here's Hamton, No Toon Is An Island, Return to the Acme Acres Zone, Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool!, Viewer Mail Day, K-ACME TV, High Toon (animated by Kennedy Cartoons with a few scenes by Wang Film Productions), Going Places, Best of Buster Day, Toon TV, New Class Day, Flea for Your Life, Weekday Afternoon Live, Buster's Directorial Debut and The Horror of Slumber Party Mountain.
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2002–2003) - 4 half-hour episodes: It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine, Roller Ghoster Ride, A Scooby-Doo Christmas and Pompeii and Circumstance.

Outsourced from other studios

Television films and specials

Feature films

Original productions

Outsourced productions


  • MGM Sing Alongs (1997)


CGCG, Inc.
ProductsFeature films, television series
Production output
ServicesAnimation outsourcing
OwnerWang Film Productions (1998–present)
SubsidiariesCGCG Studio, Inc.

CGCG, Inc. is a computer-animation studio that is a division of Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd..


CGCG (Taiwan)

Show Year(s) Notes Client
Donkey Kong Country (Season 2) [6] 1999-2000 Nelvana
Xcalibur 2001–02
Make Way for Noddy 2002–03 SD Entertainment
Bionicle 2003–05; 2009 film series Lego
Tonka Tough Truck Adventures: The Biggest Show on Wheels 2004 SD Entertainment
Alien Racers 2005 SD Entertainment
D.I.C.E. 2005 CGI Xebec
My Friends Tigger & Pooh 2007–10 Walt Disney Television Animation
The Future Is Wild 2007–08 Nelvana
Tak and the Power of Juju 2007–09 six episodes Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008–14 Lucasfilm Animation
The Penguins of Madagascar 2008–09 "Popcorn Panic", "Launchtime", "Happy King Julien Day!", "Kingdom Come" Nickelodeon Animation Studio
DreamWorks Animation Television
Bob the Builder 2009–12 HIT Entertainment
SD Entertainment
Fanboy & Chum Chum 2009–12 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Hero Factory 2010–13 Lego
Green Lantern: The Animated Series 2012–13 Warner Bros. Animation
Dragons: Riders of Berk 2012–13 layouts DreamWorks Animation Television
Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out 2012
Beware the Batman 2013–14 Warner Bros. Animation
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014–17 Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Star Wars Rebels 2014–18 Lucasfilm Animation
Thunderbirds Are Go 2015–20 ITV Studios
Dragons: Race to the Edge 2015–18 animation for most episodes; layouts for a few episodes DreamWorks Animation Television
Tales of Arcadia
2016–20 layouts and animation DreamWorks Animation Television
Star Wars Resistance 2018 Lucasfilm Animation
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers 2019–present asset creation and rigging DreamWorks Animation Television
Universal Pictures
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous 2020–present DreamWorks Animation Television
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Star Wars: The Bad Batch 2021–present production services Lucasfilm Animation
Gabby's Dollhouse 2021–present production services DreamWorks Animation Television


CGCG (China)

Show Year(s) Notes Client
Pet Alien 2006–07 Taffy Entertainment

CGCG Studio (Japan)

Show Year(s) Notes Client
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2004 "The Howl that Dyed the Setting Sun" Sunrise
Genki Genki Nontan 2004
Zoids: Genesis 2005–06 CGI ShoPro
Rockman.EXE Beast 2006 Xebec
Saru Get You -On Air- 2006–07 Xebec
Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars 2007 "Bian's Final Will" OLM, Inc.
Abunai Sisters Koko & Mika 2009 CG modeling
Appleseed XIII 2011 motion capture; production coordination Production I.G
Blade & Soul 2014 ending animation motion capture Gonzo
Schwarzesmarken 2016 ixtl/Liden Films
Ajin: Demi-Human 2016 motion capture assistance Polygon Pictures
Aikatsu Stars! 2016–18 CG cooperation Bandai Namco Pictures
The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar 2018 EMT Squared
The Magnificent Kotobuki 2019 CG cooperation for episodes 11 and 12 Digital Frontier
Ultraman 2019–present rigging assistance Production I.G
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 2020–present rigging Production I.G
Eden 2021 Qubic Pictures

Thai Wang Film Productions

Thai Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Headquarters63/141-142 Cartoon Building Ratanathibet Rd. Bangkasor Nonthaburi 11000[7]
ProductsFeature films, television series
Production output
ServicesAnimation outsourcing
OwnerWang Film Productions

Thai Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. is a division of Wang Film Productions located in Bangkok, Thailand.


Hong Guang Animation (Suzhou)

Hong Guang Animation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
HeadquartersNo. 137 Bao Dai West Road, Wu Zhong Qu, Su Zhou City, Jiang Su Province, China (P.R.C.)[8]
ProductsFeature films, television series
Production output
ServicesAnimation outsourcing
OwnerWang Film Productions

Hong Guang Animation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (simplified Chinese: 宏广动画(苏州)有限公司; traditional Chinese: 宏廣動畫(蘇州)有限公司; pinyin: Hóng Guǎng Dònghuà (Sūzhōu) Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī) is a division of Wang Film Productions located in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.


See also


  1. ^ "Wang Film Productions Contact". 4 October 2007. Archived from the original on 4 October 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2020 – via
  2. ^ Chang, Violet (1 May 1998). "Wang's World". Taiwan Review. Government Information Office, United States of America (USA) and Republic of China (Taiwan). Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  3. ^ a b c Lee, Daw-Ming (2012). Historical Dictionary of Taiwan Cinema. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. pp. 48–51. ISBN 9780810879225. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Drogin, Bob (March 30, 1993). "Doing Business : Cartoon Stars Take Around-the-World Cruise". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Animated Industry". Taiwan Today. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China. 1 November 1993. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Index".
  7. ^ "Wang Film Productions Contact". 4 October 2007. Archived from the original on 4 October 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2020 – via
  8. ^ "Wang Film Productions Contact". 4 October 2007. Archived from the original on 4 October 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2020 – via

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