Wang Film Productions

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Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Native name
Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
FormerlyCuckoos' Nest Studio (1978–1986)
IndustryTraditional hand-drawn 2D Animation
PredecessorChunghwa Cartoon Company
FoundedJuly 10, 1978; 45 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 a Taiwanese-American animation studio since 1978.

History[change | change source]

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. Hanna-Barbera sent Jerry Smith to help set up the company and eventually owned half the company. 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.

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

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.

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 and some Peanuts television specials, production ink & paint matting, and animation assistance.

Filmography[change | change source]

TV series[change | change source]

Outsourced from Disney Television Animation

  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997–1998)
  • The 7D (Season 2)
  • Aladdin (1994) - 14 half-hour episodes: Elemental, My Dear Jasmine, To Cure a Thief, My Fair Aladdin, Web of Fear, Seems Like Old Crimes: Part 1, Seems Like Old Crimes: Part 2, The Love Bug, The Vapor Chase, The Day the Bird Stood Still, Smells Like Trouble, Armored and Dangerous, Dune Quixote, The Prophet Motive and Sea No Evil.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long
  • Bonkers (1993–1994)
  • Brandy & Mr. Whiskers
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989–1990, Season 2 only) - 16 episodes: The Luck Stops Here, An Elephant Never Suspects, Fake Me to Your Leader, Last Train to Cashville, The Case of the Cola Cult, Throw Mummy from the Train, A Wolf in Cheap Clothing, Robocat, Does Pavlov Ring a Bell, Seer No Evil, Chocolate Chips, The Last Leprechaun, Double 'O Chipmunk, Short Order Crooks and Out of Scale.
  • Darkwing Duck (1991) - 3 half-hour episodes: The Darkwing Squad, Inside Binkie's Brain and Slime Okay, You're Okay.
  • Dave the Barbarian
  • DuckTales (some 1987 and 1989–1990 episodes only)
  • The Emperor's New School (2006–2008)
  • Fillmore! (2002)
  • Gargoyles - "Enter Macbeth"
  • Goof Troop (1992–1993) - 8 half-hour episodes: Buddy Building, Where There's a Will, There's a Goof, Terminal Pete, Rally Round the Goof, Frankengoof, Calling All Goofs, Pistolgeist and Tee for Two.
  • Gravity Falls (Season 1)
  • Hercules: The Animated Series (1998–1999) - 12 episodes
  • House of Mouse (2001–2003)
  • Jungle Cubs (1996–1998)
  • The Legend of Tarzan (2001–2003)
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003–2006) (with Sunwoo Animation)
  • The Lion Guard (Season 2) (2016–2019)
  • The Little Mermaid (TV series) (1992-1994)
  • Marsupilami (1993–1994)
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2014–2016)
  • Mickey Mouse Works (1999–2000)
  • Mighty Ducks (1996–1997) - 2 episodes: "Dungeons and Ducks", "Puck Fiction"
  • Milo Murphy's Law (2016–2019) (with Synergy Animation)
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1991) - 5 episodes: "Sorry, Wrong Slusher", "A Pooh Day Afternoon", "Home is Where the Home Is", "The Wise Have It", "To Dream the Impossible Scheme"
  • Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015)
  • Quack Pack (1996) - 5 episodes
  • Raw Toonage (1992)
  • The Replacements
  • The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1995)
  • TaleSpin (1990–1991) - 8 half-hour episodes: The Bigger They Are, the Louder the Oink, Bearly Alive, On a Wing and Bear, The Old Man and the SeaDuck, Sheepskin Deep, Waiders of the Wost Tweasure, Mach One for the Gipper and A Jolly Molly Christmas.
  • Teacher's Pet (2001)
  • Timon & Pumbaa (1995–1999)
  • Tyler & Marky (1995–1999)
  • The Weekenders (2000–2001)
  • W.I.T.C.H. (Season 1)

Outsourced from Hanna-Barbera

  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985–1986, uncredited) - 13 half-hour episodes: To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before, Scoobra Kadoobra, Me and My Shadow Demon, Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye, That's Monstertainment, Ship of Ghouls, A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You, When You Witch Upon a Star, It's a Wonderful Scoob, Scooby in Kwackyland, Coast-to-Ghost, The Ghouliest Show on Earth and Horror-Scope Scoob
  • 2 Stupid Dogs
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (Season 1)
  • The Biskitts
  • Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (1977–1980, uncredited)
  • Capitol Critters
  • Challenge of the GoBots
  • The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999–2002)
  • The Dukes (1983, uncredited)
  • The Flintstone Kids (1986–1988)
  • The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980–1982, uncredited)
  • Foofur (1986-1988)
  • Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (uncredited)
  • Galtar and the Golden Lance (1985–1987)
  • The Godzilla Power Hour (uncredited)
  • Gravedale High (1990–1991)
  • The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible (1985–1993, direct-to-video series)
  • The Jetsons (1980s revival, 1985 episodes only, uncredited)
  • Laff-A-Lympics (Season 2, uncredited)
  • Laverne and Shirley in the Army (1981-1982, uncredited)
  • The New Adventures of Jonny Quest
  • Pac-Man (1983; uncredited)
  • Paw Paws (1985–1986, uncredited)
  • The Pirates of Dark Water
  • Police Academy: The Animated Series
  • Popeye and Son (1987–1988)
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988–1991)
  • Shirt Tales (uncredited)
  • The Smurfs (Animation production shared with Toei Animation on some episodes during season 6–8)
  • Snorks (1984–1989)
  • The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
  • Timeless Tales from Hallmark (direct to video series, 1990)
  • Tom & Jerry Kids (1990–1993)
  • Yo Yogi! (1991–1992)
  • Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985–1987)
  • What a Cartoon! (some shorts)
  • Wildfire (1986–1987)

Outsoured from Warner Bros. Animation[change | change source]

  • Animaniacs (1993–1998)
  • Baby Looney Tunes (2002–2005)
  • Detention
  • Histeria! (1998–2000)
  • The Looney Tunes Show - 12 episodes
  • ¡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

  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • The Adventures of Paddington Bear (1997–2001)
  • The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy (1988–1990)
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series
  • Around the World with Willy Fog (2nd series produced in association with BRB Internacional, Spain)
  • Back to the Future: The Animated Series
  • Beetlejuice
  • Ben 10 (2005-2008)
  • Ben 10: Alien Force
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
  • Benjamin Blümchen
  • Bibi Blocksberg
  • BraveStarr
  • Bobby's World (1990–1998)
  • Bobobobs
  • The Busy World of Richard Scarry (Seasons 2–5)
  • Captain N: The Game Master (1991–1992)
  • Care Bears (Nelvana series)
  • ChalkZone
  • The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
  • Chowder
  • Chucklewood Critters
  • The Video Adventures of Clifford the Big Red Dog (Nelvana series)
  • The Comic Strip
  • The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures
  • Code Lyoko
  • Danger Mouse (1981–1992)
  • Dink, the Little Dinosaur
  • Dog Tracer
  • Dragon Tales (Season 1)
  • Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (2nd series produced in association with BRB Internacional, Spain and Thames Television, UK)
  • Duckman
  • Duck Dodgers
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Eek! The Cat
  • The Fairytaler (2004–2005)
  • Family Dog (1993) (as Wang Film Productions Co. Inc.)
  • Fantastic Four (First Season only. Animation production shared with Kennedy Cartoons)
  • The Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
  • Fievel's American Tails (1992)
  • Free Willy
  • The Further Adventures of SuperTed
  • Garbage Pail Kids
  • Garfield and Friends (1988–1994)
  • Generation Rex
  • Generation O!
  • Ghostbusters
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (season 1)
  • Harvey Girls Forever!
  • Hey Arnold! (Season 1)
  • Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985–1987, Animation production shared with Shaft and Hanho Heung-Up)
  • Inspector Gadget (first season only, 12 episodes: Down on the Farm, Gadget at the Circus, The Amazon, Movie Set, Amusement Park, Art Heist, M.A.D. Trap, Eye of the Dragon, King Wrong, Pirate Island, Smeldorado and So It Is Written)
  • Invader Zim
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • James Bond Jr. (1991)
  • Jungledyret Hugo (TV series, overseas animation)
  • KaBlam!
  • Kidd Video (TV series, overseas animation with Cuckoos' Nest Studios)
  • Kissyfur (Season 2)
  • The Land Before Time (2007–2008)
  • Lazer Tag Academy
  • Lenny & Sid
  • Life with Louie
  • The Little Lulu Show (Seasons 1 and 2)
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Madballs: Escape from Orb
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
  • Make Way for Noddy
  • The Mask (Season 1)
  • Mad TV (2D animated segments)
  • Men in Black: The Series
  • Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (1987–1988)
  • Momo
  • Mort & Phil (TV series, produced in association with BRB Internacional, Spain and RTL Television, Germany)
  • Mother Goose and Grimm
  • The Mozart Band
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Season 1)
  • Ned's Newt
  • The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil
  • New Kids on the Block
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show
  • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
  • The Off-Beats
  • The Oz Kids
  • Peter Pan and the Pirates
  • Piggsburg Pigs! (uncredited)
  • The Pink Panther (1993 series)
  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Pig Goat Banana Cricket
  • Poochini's Yard (2000)
  • Rambo and the Forces of Freedom
  • Random! Cartoons (Ivan the Unbearable)
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show (3 episodes only)
  • Rugrats (Pilot & 1st season only)
  • Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat
  • Sandokan (BRB International) (1992)
  • Silverhawks (uncredited)
  • Slimer! And The Real Ghostbusters (Slimer! segments)
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series
  • Staines Down Drains
  • Star Wars: Ewoks (1985–1987)
  • Stickin' Around (Season 1)
  • Street Sharks (Season 2)
  • Stripperella (3 episodes)
  • Stuart Little: The Animated Series (2003)
  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • ThunderCats (1985–1989) (uncredited)
  • Totally Spies! (uncredited)
  • Troll Tales
  • Time Squad
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (uncredited)
  • Ulysses 31 (uncredited)
  • Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa (Season 2)
  • Wisdom of the Gnomes
  • Winx Club (2004) (Season 1)
  • Zazoo U
  • Zig and Sharko (Season 1 alongside Top Draw Animation)

Television films and specials[change | change source]

  • The Betty Boop Movie Mystery (1989) (co-produced by King Features)
  • The Bug Hunt (1996, Disney Television Animation)
  • Care Bears Nutcracker Suite (1988, Nelvana and Telefilm Canada)
  • Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990) (co-produced by Southern Star Productions)
  • Christmas in Tattertown (1988, Nickelodeon)
  • Dieter: Der Film (2000, TFC Trickompany)
  • The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special (1988, Hanna-Barbera Productions)
  • Garfield's Feline Fantasies and Garfield Gets a Life (1990, 1991, Film Roman, United Media and PAWS, Inc.)
  • Hägar the Horrible: Hägar Knows Best (1989, Hanna-Barbera Productions)
  • Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 TV movies (1987–1988, Hanna-Barbera Productions)
  • Peanuts (three specials, Snoopy's Reunion, It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown & You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, 1991, 1992, 1994)
  • Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights (1994, Hanna-Barbera Productions)
  • Tiny Toon Spring Break (1994, Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment)
  • The Town Santa Forgot (1993, Hanna-Barbera Productions)
  • The Wind in the Willows (1987, Rankin/Bass Productions)
  • Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982, Hanna-Barbera Productions)

Feature films[change | change source]

Original productions

  • Uncle Niou's Great Adventure (1982)
  • Doraemon Robot Wars (1983)
  • Funky Space Monkey
  • Fire Ball (2005)
  • Lin Wang (2018) (currently in production)

Outsourced productions

  • The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (2006, Universal Animation Studios)
  • Aladdin (1992, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation)
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation)
  • Annabelle's Wish (1997, Ralph Edwards Productions)
  • Babes in Toyland (1997, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation)
  • Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002, Universal Animation Studios)
  • Balto III: Wings of Change (2004, Universal Animation Studios)
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997, Disneytoon Studios and Disney Television Animation)
  • Bebe's Kids (1992, Hyperion Pictures)
  • The BFG (1989, Cosgrove Hall Films)
  • Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003, Lego, Miramax Films, Buena Vista, Create TV & Film, and Creative Capers Entertainment)
  • Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (2004, Lego, Miramax Films, Buena Vista, Create TV & Film, and Creative Capers Entertainment)
  • Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005, Lego, Miramax Films, Buena Vista, Create TV & Film, and Creative Capers Entertainment)
  • The Brave Little Toaster (1987, Hyperion Pictures and Atlantic/Kushner-Locke)
  • Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure (2005, Hasbro Entertainment and SD Entertainment)
  • The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987, Nelvana)
  • The Care Bears Movie (1985, Nelvana)
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986, Nelvana)
  • Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure (2003, Paramount Pictures, Universal Animation Studios and Nickelodeon)
  • Curious George (2006, Universal Animation Studios)
  • The Emperor's New Groove (2000, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • Felidae (1994, TFC Trickompany, Animationstudio Ludewig, Uli Meyer Animation and Natterjack Animation)
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992, Kroyer Films, Youngheart Productions and FAI Films)
  • FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998, WildBrain)
  • GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986, Hanna-Barbera Productions and Tonka)
  • Hercules: Zero to Hero (1999, Disneytoon Studios and Disney Television Animation)
  • Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party (2005, Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
  • Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes (2006, Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
  • Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever (2007, Nickelodeon Animation Studio)
  • How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • Jetsons: The Movie (1990, Hanna-Barbera Productions)
  • Joseph: King of Dreams (2000, DreamWorks Animation LLC)
  • Kleines Arschloch (1997, TFC Trickompany Filmproduktion GmbH)
  • The Land Before Time (films VII–XIII) (2000–2007, Universal Animation Studios)
  • The Lion King (1994, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • Leroy & Stitch (2006, Disney Television Animation)
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000, Disneytoon Studios and Disney Television Animation)
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Monster Musical (2015, Disney Television Animation)
  • Mulan (1998, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • Mulan II (2005, Disneytoon Studios)
  • My Little Pony: A Charming Birthday (2003, SD Entertainment)
  • My Little Pony: Dancing in the Clouds (2004, SD Entertainment)
  • My Little Pony: Friends are Never Far Away (2005, SD Entertainment)
  • My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas (2005, Hasbro Entertainment and SD Entertainment)
  • My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow (2006, SD Entertainment)
  • My Little Pony: A Very Pony Place (2007, SD Entertainment)
  • My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure (2009, SD Entertainment)
  • My Scene Goes Hollywood (2005, Miramax Family)
  • Once Upon a Forest (1993, Hanna-Barbera Productions and Harlech Television Cymru/Wales)
  • The Pagemaster (1994, Turner Feature Animation)
  • Phineas and Ferb Decology (2009–2015) (with Synergy Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown (2009, Disney Television Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation (2009, Disney Television Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown Hosted by Kelly Osbourne (2013, Disney Television Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel (2013, Disney Television Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb Save Summer (2014, Disney Television Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars (2014, Disney Television Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb: Night of the Living Pharmacists (2014, Disney Television Animation)
    • Tales from the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension (2014, Disney Television Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb: Last Day of Summer (2014, Disney Television Animation)
    • Phineas and Ferb: The O.W.C.A. Files (2015, Disney Television Animation)
  • Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011, Disney Television Animation) (A Disney Channel Original Movie)
  • Pippi Longstocking (1997, Nelvana)
  • Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw (1988, Carolco Pictures, Atlantic/Kushler-Locke and The Maltese)
  • The Prince and the Pauper (1990, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • The Pumpkin of Nyefar (2004)
  • Rover Dangerfield (1991, Hyperion Pictures)
  • The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation)
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico (2003, Warner Bros. Animation)
  • Tarzan & Jane (2002, Disney Television Animation)
  • Tarzan (1999, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • The Thief and the Cobbler (1995, Richard Williams Productions, Fred Calvert Productions and Allied Filmmakers)
  • Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992, Turner Entertainment, Film Roman, and WMG)
  • Tom Sawyer (2000, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation)
  • Tron (1982, Walt Disney Productions and Lisberger Studios)
  • Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002, Disneytoon Studios)
  • Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999, Disneytoon Studios)
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Fight for the Netherworld (1994, Pierrot)
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie (1993, Pierrot)
  • Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983, Paragon Films)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Wang Film Productions Contact". 4 October 2007. Archived from the original on 4 October 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2020 – via